Who is the informant in The Fall of the House of Usher?

The Fall of the House of Usher. (L to R) T'Nia Miller as Victorine LaFourcade, Rahul Kohli as Napoleon Usher in episode 101 of The Fall of the House of Usher. Cr. Ricardo Hubbs/Netflix © 2023
The Fall of the House of Usher. (L to R) T'Nia Miller as Victorine LaFourcade, Rahul Kohli as Napoleon Usher in episode 101 of The Fall of the House of Usher. Cr. Ricardo Hubbs/Netflix © 2023 /
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One of the biggest plot points introduced in the very first episode of The Fall of the House of Usher is the mysterious Usher family informant who helps assistant U.S. attorney Auguste Dupin (Carl Lumbly) pad out his case against the formidable and seemingly untouchably opioid-centered dynasty. Which Usher revealed Fortunato Pharmaceutical secrets to the enemy?

Spoilers ahead for The Fall of the House of Usher

The possibility of an informant is such an intense threat to the family’s mountains of wealth and legacy that Madeline Usher (Mary McDonnell) writes up an intense and ironclad NDA for all of them to sign. Her twin brother and the Usher patriarch Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood) essentially puts out a bounty on all of his children, prompting them to go after each other to find the leak.

But which Usher ends up being the informant? The truth is, there is no informant and there never was. Auguste realized that the only way to have a chance of winning against a family as formidable as the Ushers is to get down in the mud with them. While it’s against his principles, he plays the “informant” hand as a way to pit the Ushers against one another in the hopes it might create discord and help him win his case.

Even Roderick is impressed by Auguste’s tactic and wishes they’d have gotten the chance to play it out in court when it finally gets revealed in episode 5, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Roderick gleefully uses Auguste’s guilt to take revenge on the attorney by telling him that it’s his fault all of his children are dead.

Within seconds of his condemnation, Roderick sees the horrific ghost of one his dead children, calling him out for his lie. Roderick takes back his allegation, relieving Auguste of any guilt he might feel for the deaths of all six Usher heirs.

It wasn’t Auguste’s fault at all. Roderick and Madeline set the deaths of every Usher into motion a long time ago, as we soon learn.

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