Under the Bridge Episode 7 (Three and Seven) Recap and Ending Explained: Created by actor and filmmaker Quinn Shephard, “Under the Bridge” is an eight-part Hulu limited series based on Rebecca Godfrey’s 2004 true crime book of the same name. The series explores the investigation behind the shocking murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk in 1997 in British Columbia, Canada. In the previous episode, “In Water They Sink as the Same,” the police eventually apprehended Kelly Ellard (Izzy G), the primary suspect in Reena Virk’s murder. The episode also revealed the shocking involvement of Warren G (Javon Walton) in Reena’s murder. 

Author Rebecca’s (Riley Keough) attachment with Warren – in whom she sees her deceased brother, Gabe – impacts her perception and causes a rift with her friend and police officer, Cam Bentland (Lily Gladstone). Though Dusty, Reena’s only friend, wasn’t connected to the murder, also gets arrested. The displaced girl tried protecting her friends, who only saw her as expendable. In “Under the Bridge” episode 7, “Three and Seven,” we witness the trial of Reena Virk’s murder case. Warren Glowatski first faces the trial, and his statement reveals what happened on the night of November 14th, 1997. Considering Kelly’s affluent family background, it’s evident that she will receive the support of top defense attorneys, unlike Warren. 

Will that help the cold-blooded murderer get away from severe punishment? Cam’s belief in the justice system is slightly tested during the trial despite arresting the culprits. Moreover, her rift with Rebecca widens as the author, despite learning the hard truth about Warren, doesn’t waver in her allegiance to the boy. Now let’s take a detailed look at “Under the Bridge” episode 7 (the penultimate episode), “Three and Seven.” Spoilers Ahead. 

Under the Bridge Episode 7 “Three and Seven” Recap:

Why was Warren enraged on November 14th?

“Under the Bridge” episode 7, “Three and Seven,” opens with a news report on Reena Virk’s murder four months after her death. It informs the four teenagers who attacked Reena under the Craigflower bridge are found guilty of aggravated assault and sentenced to a year at the Youth Detention Center. The news report also states Warren Glowatski’s trial will soon begin. Rebeca Godfrey is also featured in the news report who speaks about the lack of evidence in Warren’s case. Moreover, Rebecca cites the class disparity between Warren and Kelly that might affect Warren’s access to a fair trial. The news report, particularly Rebecca’s opinion, is being watched by an enraged Cam and her colleagues. 

The narrative jumps back to November 14, 1997, when Warren’s dad received an eviction notice for the trailer. Warren calls his absentee father, who casually informs him that he has married a woman and won’t be coming back. Though Warren is a calm and compassionate boy, the testing circumstances of losing his home put him in a state of rage. It’s one of those primary reasons that made him do what he did under the bridge. It is March 1998, and Rebecca Godfrey is writing this incident to provide a context to Warren’s indescribable rage on that day. 

Rebecca’s unconditional support for Warren Glowatski

Warren is locked at the Youth Detention Center, and Rebecca visits him. They speak about what’s going on in the outside world. But the conversation naturally turns to the life Warren won’t experience. Rebecca assures him he will have a life even after all this. Warren is afraid that everyone will see him as a monster once he tells the truth about what he did to Reena. Rebecca emphasizes that Kelly is the perpetrator, and the people who know Warren love him. One of the troubling aspects of Rebecca Godfrey’s book is the manner in which she focuses on the minute details of the perpetrators’ lives. In contrast, details about Reena Virk are relatively scarce. 

The series takes a more objective approach to showcase Rebbeca’s mildly distressing association with Warren, to the extent of actively downplaying Warren’s involvement in Reena’s murder. It is true that the real Warren was deeply remorseful of his crime, unlike the cold-blooded Kelly Ellard. Yet Rebecca’s outspoken support and unbridled empathy for Warren even trump Truman Capote’s self-serving friendship with Perry Smith. 

Why does the prosecution decide to put Dusty on the stand?

Sheriff Roy (Matt Craven), Cam, Scott (Daniel Diemar), and prosecutor Stan Lowe (Terry Chen) discuss about the upcoming trial. They learn that their chief witness, Samara (Isabella Leon), whose testimony they have taped, has left town due to her mother’s cancer diagnosis. Roy says they might not need Samara to take the stand. Instead, they can use Dusty (Aiyana Goodfellow), who had previously claimed that she heard Warren confessing about killing Reena. Cam objects to it since it is mere hearsay, unlike Samara’s statement. Subsequently, the sheriff orders Cam to speak to Dusty and make her take the stand against Warren. 

Meanwhile, Kelly speaks with her lawyer, Adrian Brooks (Brian Markinson), in the presence of her parents. She offers an “I’m just a little girl” act and hopes she can stay at home until the trial. Kelly shows her lawyer an allegedly intimidating message from the other inmates. The lawyer then questions Kelly if she feels unsafe in the place. Kelly is a perfect sociopath who can mimic emotions to serve her needs. Her lawyer has just given Kelly an idea of how to temporarily move from the detention center till the trial. The following day, Kelly passes a paper to Josephine (Chloe Guidry) that says, “I have a plan to get us out.” 

Dusty vows to do the right thing

Cam meets Dusty Pace at the detention center, who keeps to herself and spends time reading. When Cam says Dusty will have to testify in Warren’s trial, she immediately agrees. But when Cam mentions Dusty has to talk about her sworn statement against Warren, Dusty is ill at ease. Furthermore, Cam says if Dusty accepts she lied about Warren, she’d be charged for that, adding more years or months to her sentence. So, Cam openly says Dusty shouldn’t take the stand. But then, if Dusty refuses to testify, she will be held in contempt of court, which will also add more time to her sentence. 

Dusty believes she is screwed either way, but it’s her decision to whether perpetuate a lie or accept that she lied. Then, Dusty breaks down for not protecting the only friend who trusted her. So, at least this time, whatever the punishment, Dusty wants to do the right thing. Meanwhile, Josephine – perhaps under Kelly’s direction – asks Warren not to snitch on Kelly during the trial. 

Why is Reena Virk nowhere to be found in Rebecca’s book?

Rebecca offers an excerpt from the book she is writing to her dad for his opinion. He reads a passage that describes Warren in glowing terms. After reading it, the dad questions why Rebecca chose Warren’s perspective in telling this story. Rebecca provides a self-serving justification for her writing tone. Furthermore, she says the only alternative is “to write a sad book about a girl I didn’t know.” The way Rebecca casually dismisses Reena’s voice and experiences are nothing short of appalling, and the scene strongly registers it. 

The dad calmly takes what Rebecca has said and asks why Reena is nowhere to be found on these pages. The Virks have given her the choice of choosing between Reena and Warren, and Rebecca says she doesn’t feel comfortable doing that. Now, the dad pointedly asks: whether she is truly feeling uncomfortable or just that she doesn’t want to hear what they have to say. 

Rebecca’s uncomfortable meeting with the Virks

Rebecca meets Manjit (Ezra Faroque Khan) and Suman Virk (Archie Panjabi) the following morning at their home. The conversation naturally veers toward what Rebecca said in the news report. It’s apparent Suman doesn’t trust Rebecca to write an unbiased account of the crime, as Suman questions how Rebecca can write about Reena by befriending her killer. Subsequently, when Suman asks what Warren told her about Reena’s murder, Rebecca deflects the question, saying they haven’t yet talked about it. 

Manjit, with a touch of innocence, asks what Reena’s friends have told her about their daughter. Rebecca feels uncomfortable saying that the people she talked to had zero insights on Reena. Suman then asks Rebecca the obvious: “For someone who wants to write a book about my daughter, you don’t know much, do you?” Two girls from Kelly’s circle of friends, who beat up Reena in the initial assault, approach Kelly at the detention center.

They are already sentenced to a year, but they are infuriated because Josephine has told them that Kelly is trying to blame those girls for what happened to Reena. The vile Kelly offers a characteristic snarky reply to the girls. It leads to an altercation, and one of the girls violently pushes Kelly. First, Kelly laughs, having achieved what she wanted. Then, when the people in charge arrive, Kelly cries, and Josephine testifies Kelly was subjected to violence.

Under the Bridge Episode 7 "Three and Seven" Explained
A still from “Under the Bridge” episode 7, “Three and Seven”

Cam goes against her father’s orders

Cam meets her dad/Sheriff Roy, and says she coerced Dusty to offer that statement against Warren. Furthermore, Cam threatens Roy that if he puts Dusty on the stand, she will come forward and say she forged Dusty’s signature. Taken aback by Cam’s stance, Roy asks if she is going to ruin her career over a ‘Bic girl’ – the local slang word for the lost and runaway girls. The sheriff says that without a witness, Warren could get acquitted. 

But Cam doesn’t want Dusty to suffer more. She believes the judge will make the right decision once Warren testifies to his crime. At the detention center, Warren approaches Dusty. The girl says she got over her nightmares involving Reena after honestly accepting how she let down Reena that night. Dusty offers ‘honesty’ as the keyword to Warren as he goes for his trial. During the trial, Warren recalls a moment on the night of Reena’s murder before everything went to hell. 

Why did Warren join the bully gang?

Warren was drinking with his girlfriend Samara and other friends at a party. Soon, Reena Virk, understanding why Josephine has called her to the party, runs away from the girls. The people around the girls cheer them on to get Reena. Without comprehending what’s really happening, Warren leaves Samara and joins the excited mob. Up until this point, Warren didn’t even know who Reena was. When Warren takes the stand, his lawyer asks him about November 14th. 

Warren says he was quite drunk that day because he learned about the eviction notice in the morning. So, he doesn’t remember much from the night of Reena’s murder. During the cross-examination, prosecutor Lowe gradually persuades Warren to speak the truth. Then, the guilt-ridden boy recalls what he saw and did during Reena’s initial attack under the bridge. The inebriated Warren witnesses the girls beating up Reena. The pent-up rage within Warren finds its release as he joins them and kicks Reena, who is already down. One of Warren’s friends takes him away, saying he didn’t even know her. 

Why did Warren answer ‘Three and Seven’?

Later, Kelly asks Warren to follow Reena with her. Kelly says she wants to make sure Reena is okay. Warren sees Kelly’s bloodied and bruised hands for a moment and then follows Kelly to check up on Reena. At the trial, Warren mentions that Kelly then beat Reena some more and drowned her in the water. When the prosecutor questions if Warren touched Reena at any point, he says no. The prosecutor follows it with the crucial question of whether he physically tried to stop Kelly from hurting Reena. Warren takes a long pause to say ‘no.’ Samara testified that Warren helped Kelly drag Reena to the water. When the prosecutor asks about this, Warren gives an odd reply: “I don’t want to say something to incriminate myself.” Warren’s silence and ‘I don’t know’ answers make the boy incriminate himself. 

The prosecutor then goes for the kill, bringing up how Warren mentioned to Samara specifically about ‘Reena’s hairy back’ while dragging her to the water. Prosecutor Lowe equates Warren’s detailed recollection of Reena’s body hair with him seeing Reena as an animal. Warren doesn’t understand that his half-truths are only making him look like a remorseless killer. Finally, the prosecutor questions, on a scale of 1 to 10, what Warren thinks is his and Kelly’s responsibility for the death of Reena Virk. Warren replies, “Three and Seven.” The boy says he is only guilty of kicking Reena during the first assault and for sticking around Kelly. 

Under the Bridge Episode 7 “Three and Seven” Ending Explained:

Kelly enjoys a temporary victory

Cam and Rebecca have a sleepless night after Warren’s testimony. Rebecca shows up at Cam’s home. Cam gives Rebecca the suit she gave Warren for the dance. Seeing that it’s Gabe’s suit, Cam says Gabe and Warren are not alike. Rebecca says she knows that, but the helpless Warren needs her. When Gabe died, in a fit of anger, Cam told Rebecca that he would have been alive if not for Rebecca’s harsh words. The horrible mistake Rebecca committed might not be the same as the crime Warren committed. But in Warren, Rebecca not only sees her vulnerable brother but also sees herself, who has carried her adolescent trauma and guilt into adulthood. 

At the detention center, a jubilant Kelly Ellard approaches Josephine to say her plan worked. Kelly’s lawyer’s ploy to make it look like Kelly’s life is in danger at the center has helped the killer girl stay at home till the end of the trial. Josephine looks a bit disappointed since Kelly seems to have promised to take Josephine with her. Kelly hugs Josephine, slaps her on the forehead, and leaves the detention center, hopping around joyfully. Josephine is perhaps too late to understand that her best friend Kelly never cared about anyone except herself. 

Was Warren found guilty?

Rebecca comes across Suman Virk in the courthouse restroom. Suman is disturbed to learn that Warren didn’t see Reena as human. When Rebecca objects to it, Suman questions if Warren would have done the same if Reena was white. Furthermore, Suman agrees Warren might have been angry that day, but he took that anger on someone who was weaker and didn’t look like him. The grieving mother says Rebecca can write about Reena’s murder only if she accepts that. 

“Under the Bridge” episode 7, “Three and Seven,” ends with the judge passing judgment on Warren’s trial. The judge considers Warren’s testimony incomplete, and he finds him guilty of the second-degree murder charge. Warren Glowatski is sentenced to life imprisonment. Rebecca sheds tears hearing the verdict. Outside the courtroom, in front of the press and the Virks, Rebecca hugs a dejected Warren. Rebecca’s chance to write about Reena with her parents’ cooperation isn’t possible now. The series finale (episode 8), “Mercy Alone,” will depict Kelly’s trial and its aftermath. 

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Under the Bridge Episode 7 Cast: Lily Gladstone, Riley Keough, Vritika Gupta, Archie Panjabi, Izzy G, Anoop Desai, Ezra Faroque Khan, Chloe Guidry, Aiyana Goodfellow, and Javon Walton

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