Well, after five gripping weeks, it's all come down to this -- one final hour of what I'm sure you'll agree has been a truly amazing mini series (and that's saying a lot when you put it up against shows like Game of Thrones!)
Last week, Roper, Pine and their group returned to Cairo, leaving Pine even more on edge than usual for fear his cover would be blown by the many individuals around him who know who he really is. Freddie Hamid is the key player who stands in the way of Pine pulling of his elaborate and dangerous plan, so what else can he do but, following a night of martinis at a bar, take him home and drown him in the pool? It's what we'd all do, right? Oh, maybe just me, then. (I'm joking!)
Roper spends the majority of the episode completely oblivious to the carnage that Pine's about to unleash on him -- that and the unmistakable chemistry between his new friend and Jed, who he finally realises has been in on the many mysteries which have been unfolding around him. “I think you must care very deeply about the person you’re protecting,” he tells her (well, duh!). In one of the series' most distressing scenes, Jed is then subject to a violent attack by one of Roper's men, but she still steadfastly remains loyal to her promise not to say anything.
By this time, Burr (Olivia Colman) has decided to head to Cairo to assist in whatever way she can with the on-going plan, although she puts herself in harm's way more than once. Meanwhile, with Pine inching ever closer to dealing Roper the nasty hand he's long since been due, a transfer of money Roper arranges between himself and a business acquaintance doesn't quite go to plan (go Pine!); following on from a mighty explosion from within an arms truck, he, for once, finds himself the underdog, sinking under the smarts of a man he clearly underestimated. Finally defeated, he turns to Pine and says:
“It is a very rare thing, Jonathan Pine, for me to trust a person. But you were special. I knew it the first moment I saw you. You saved my son, risked your life. I should have known something was wrong.”
Yes, you should have you arms-dealing moron, but, since you didn't, hey, let's have you locked in the back of a police van - which is then hijacked by angry and vengeful gangsters, shall we? *mwah-ha-ha*
And, with that, Jed is free to leave Cairo and to be reunited with her son - even if it means being separated from her lover - and Burr is finally satisfied that Roper can no-longer inflict his own brand of damage on the world. Pine, meanwhile, appears still somewhat uneasy - after all he's done, who can blame him? - but there's a slight glint of calm in his eyes, a look of someone who has done things he's not proud of but has done them, quite simply, for the good of himself and of others who aren't here to see the pay-off with him.
There has been growing debate over whether the show should return for a second series, but, given that this six-parter was the adaptation of all of John le Carré's The Night Manager novel, unless he gets pen to paper or fingers to keys pretty quickly, if it's to happen, it certainly won't be for a while.
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