As you can probably guess, I’m watching Godfather movies.
Godfather part II starts off with a hit on Michael inside the Corleone compound. The Don is convinced there is a traitor on the inside, and this is supported when the assassins turn up dead somewhere in the gardens.
The traitor famously turns out to be Michaels older brother Fredo, although precisely what Fredo did is unspecified.
Fredo himself claims to have been unaware that there was going to be a hit, that he was duped into betraying Michael. Ultimately this is irrelevant, as the only penalty for betrayal is death, and this isn’t the first time Fredo fucked up.
However…there is still the matter of the dead assassins. Who killed them? I really cannot figure it out. The obvious answer is Fredo, but that is not really believable. Killing two heavily armed men by yourself, concealing the bodies, then calmly going back to bed does not seem like something Fredo is capable of, certainly not if he was taken unawares as he claims. So, two options:
There is someone else in the compound that night. He was either helped to escape by Fredo, who still hadn’t put 2 and 2 together (which might take a while - this is Fredo, after all), or is another traitor, unspecified.
Fredo knew about the hit all along, somehow managed to kill the assassins, and then lied, hoping for mercy. This is supported by the assassins apparently being discovered by Fredo’s wife - did they come to his window, hoping he would hide them? It does, however, seem a bit to competent for Fredo, but given enough time to prepare, I guess it’s possible.
What I do not believe is:
- Fredo had no idea it was a hit, but killed the assassins to cover his tracks, because he is just that cold-blooded and smart underneath the stupid exterior.
So, what did I miss? Is it really obvious, and I’m just Fredo-level oblivious? Or is this unanswered?