Viewers feared contestants actually died on ABC's 'Whodunnit?'

Image: Sheri is the first victim on "Whodunnit?"
Sheri was the first (fake) victim on the "Whodunnit?" premiere.Today

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By Ree Hines

As the premiere episode of ABC's reality TV murder mystery "Whodunnit?" opened Sunday night, a voiceover explained that the contestants knew they were there to play a game, but "what they don't know is: The game is murder."

As it turned out, the contestants weren't the only ones who didn't quite know all the details. For instance, viewers knew the show was a murder mystery, but it's now clear what many of them didn't know was that the murders weren't real.

That's right, despite the fact that killing off contestants would be illegal (and, of course, just plain wrong), some believed that two players might have actually been killed as part of the show.

Concerned viewers even took to Twitter after the first person, Sheri, met her (not really) final fate.







Even after contestant Melina said, "In my heart, I know it's not a dead body, but it feels too real," some viewers remained suspicious.





When Dontae fled the "Whodunnit?" mansion in flames at the end of the show, even more shocked viewers tweeted their fears.









Of course, there was no need to worry about anyone. The mystery -- not the murder -- is the reality in this competition.

Check out the next faux fatalities when "Whodunnit?" airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. on ABC.