I’m definitely late to the party, but I watched the series finale of “Ripper Street” last night. I gotta say, it was one of the most depressing and less fulfilling series finales I’ve ever watched. Nothing good came out of it and I literally mean NOTHING.
As a writer, you go ahead and kill Susan. I don’t like it, but I get it (my ship ruined, but hey, not everyone gets a happy ending, let alone Susan, who already escaped the noose once). Still, I understand. But then you go and kill Jackson off-screen? Leaving Connor an orphan after everything????? WHY? What good does it do?
After one family’s ruined, let’s move on to another, shall we? Mathilda, gets married to Drum, gets pregnant and they move away to raise the child. Alright, that’s understandable, after everything they’ve been through. But at the moment of their departure she GLEEFULLY states that her father shall never visit them? WHAT THE HELL, GIRL?
I’ll let that slide, as well as all the rest. We see Edmund visit and dine and develop a close relationship to Mimi. I’m like “finally, someone’s gonna be happy”. Then, out of nowhere Mimi’s like “Imma get married to an old dude who’s probably gonna die soon, so I’ll have his fortune” and Reid’s like “guess I’ll be all alone” and then they’re both like “sounds cool”. That’s the part where I lost EVERY SHRED OF FAITH I had left, that something good was gonna happen. At that point, I even expected Edmund getting together with Ms Goren (ew!).
But once again, the writers hit a new low. Reid’s whole outburst at the theatre had me like “yup, they’re gonna lock him up in an asylum now, to top it all”. But I was proven wrong. He returned to the station perfectly fine. At that point I thought he was gonna blow his brains out on his office. What did he do? Paperwork. On New Year’s Eve. Damn, on New Century’s Eve.
My frustration hit a new high point! So much pointless misery to go around and for what? I obviously didn’t expect a happy ending for every single character and for everything turning into a colorful bliss, but honestly, to me, that’s just sloppy writing. It’s so obvious they were on a specific timeline to finish it and they just patched a bunch of things up into an “unconventional” not-so-happy ending.
Those people spent 5 entire seasons developing these characters (and God, did they develop) only to rob them of any future, that, let’s be honest, after everything they’ve been through, they all deserved to have one. None of them got justice, none. And it was painful.
“Know this, Duggan. Every moment I felt your foul breath on my face, your murderous fingers on my body, I thought of this. Dreamt of it. Your laywers, your estates and holdings, all will now be made to work for me. Everything that you have built, I will make it mine. […] Do not be confused husband. Everything I have said remains the case. I want none of you. I want none of any man.”