In this week’s issue (on newsstands Friday), Entertainment Weekly’s Lynette Rice (with the help of Vegas oddsmakers) speculates on the identity of the Carver:

“How much you wanna bet Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) is the Carver? Odds are you’d lose if you wagered on Nip/Tuck’s Dec. 20 finale, when we’ll learn the identity of the serial slasher. According to the (just for fun) oddsmakers at Wynn Las Vegas, Troy’s odds are 5,000 to 1. The safe bet? Two-timing scuzzball Dr. Quentin Costa (Bruno Campos; 8 to 5). Running behind him: Matt McNamara (John Hensley; 5 to 2), Det. Kit McGraw (Rhona Mitra; 3 to 1), Dr. Merrill Bobolit (Joey Slotnick; 8 to 1), Dr. Liz Cruz (Roma Maffia; 10 to 1), and Ava Moore (Famke Janssen; 15 to 1).”

For what it’s worth, PopWatch Nip/Tuck aficionado Katy Caldwell sees another option: “This is the first season I have watched, so I could be waaaaaaay off base here, but I think everyone’s overlooking a prime suspect: Gina Russo (Jessalyn Gilsig), Dr. Troy’s scorned ex-wife. Look at the evidence: Russo has ties to both Kit McGraw (Victim No. 1), the undercover investigator who had a threesome with Kimber and Christian, and Kimber (Victim No. 2), whom Gina was the last person to see alive. She also has a financial motive. As the co-owner of the recovery spa, she’s getting a lot of referrals from the plastic surgeons who have to repair the Carver’s victims, no?”

Who do you think the Carver is?