The 'Bodyguard' Finale Comes To Dramatic Close As Shocking Twist Unravels
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS
Maybe you're a hardcore addict who keeps up with writer Jed Mercurio's incredible tweets about the BBC drama, you couldn't help but admire David Budd's phenomenal catwalk (for the 'gram) and desperately longed for Keeley Hawes to accidentally tweet the biggest spoiler of all.
Or maybe you've made sure to tune in at 9pm every Sunday evening but left it at that and didn't let it consume your life.
Either way, we've all loved Bodyguard.
The series had us all gripped way back when an inquisitive Budd started sniffing around on that bloody train and we were left sweaty-palmed and wanting more.
It seems like an age ago now that the main character was talking a suicide bomber out of blowing up a train filled with members of the public. And coincidentally in the final episode, which aired tonight, he found himself wearing an identical suicide jacket.
We watched as the drama unfolded and Budd was set up to look like the 'inside man' in the assassination of the Home Secretary, Julia Montague.
In between trying to self-diffuse a bomb, Budd took the time to ask his estranged wife how her new relationship was going - there's a time and a place, mate. There was a tense few moments where Budd cut the power supply to the jacket and off he went.
In the first major twist of the finale, crime lord, Luke Aitken, who set up the suicide jacket, met up with Lorraine Craddock, Budd's superior. He admitted to killing Julia Montague before Craddock was taken in for questioning.
She explained that she would give Aitken information that would threaten his criminal activities and then went on to reveal that she gave him Julia Montague's itinerary which led to her assassination.
And in a final plot twist, the original suicide bomber, Nadia Ali, explained that she remembered everything about Budd's children - their names and ages - so that her organisation could plan an attack on his children's school.
"I am a jihadi," she explained and revealed that she engineered all of the suicide bombs.
I always find it notable when people become defensive about drama choosing not to uphold the ideal. It makes me wonder how or even if they perceive the mishaps of real life. pic.twitter.com/ErbGNcdmub
- Jed Mercurio (@jed_mercurio) September 6, 2018
The six-part show followed Sergeant David Budd, an Afghanistan war vet and Met Police Protection Command officer tasked with looking after Julia Montague, who stood for everything Budd despised.
Budd suffered with undisclosed PTSD, didn't like the fact that his wife (Ada Shelby in Peaky Blinders) had a new fella, and had to contend with what looked like the mammoth task of dealing with a sniper - who just happened to his own mate and former war vet, Andy Apsted.
Anyway, we always knew the identity of Julia's killer - the person who was responsible for the explosion - would be revealed tonight.
But we also hoped and prayed for answer to a number of burning questions. Who tampered with Budd's bullets? As glad as we were that they did. What was DCI Deepak Sharma's problem? And who TF is Richard Longcross? The mysterious bastard.
Although we now have answers, there's been no holding back when it comes to fan theories surrounding the show.
Even Piers Morgan himself jumped on the bandwagon, believing that the only person who could have changed the bullets used by David Budd in his suicide attempt was Julia Montague. And the only reason she would do that is because she's still alive.
It's not just Piers for whom the show's been such a hit (or this writer, obviously) - the first episode accrued the highest viewing figures for a new BBC drama in the multi-channel era.
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According to the Independent, the final instalment was expected to attract one of the biggest TV audiences for a drama series this decade, as the hit thriller has seen a steady increase in viewers since it began - and most of them are off the back of my Monday morning rants, I reckon.
Well, here's to hoping for an approving tweet from Jed himself. Now hurry up with Line of Duty. Oh, and what're the chances of a Lindsay Denton comeback? It didn't even look like 'The Caddy' murdered her anyway...
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