Only one more episode left before the conclusion of Broadchurch. Last night’s episode peeled away layers of lies and it finally brought us closer to the truth we’re eagerly waiting for .
We thought we’ve seen it all, we were wrong. Chris Chibnall threw us another curve ball and surprised us all again with episode seven.
WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD
If you’re still mourning for Mark Latimer (Andrew Buchan), it was premature. He was found alive after last week’s cliffhanger. The good news should feel welcoming but somehow it was oddly disappointing. Mark Latimer’s seemingly closed chapter is now wide open.
Don’t mess with Hardy’s daughter
If anyone deserves Father of the Year Award, it’s Alec Hardy. David Tennant rightfully delivered an outstanding scene which paired with the iconic Series one’s “bloody Twitter” outburst. The protective dad grilled the teenage boys like it’s just another day at the office “any of you even talk about my daughter…let alone do anything to make her unhappy, I will find you and I will cut your tiny little c**ks off”
We gladly cheered him on and firmly stood by our grumpy Scot hero. Liam Neeson’s “particular set of skills” got nothing on Hardy. It makes you wonder if this is how he normally is when he’s not busy dying from heart arrhythmia.
The Broadchurch Echo editor, Maggie (Carolyn Pickles) shined in this episode. Her refusal to publish Mark Latimer’s suicide attempt prompted her to resign. She loves this town and the people in it. Attacking the Latimer family for a juicy front-page article is the last thing on her mind. A strong sense of journalism was the character’s strength and Maggie carried on through and through.
Pool of Suspects
Back to the rape investigation front, the pool of suspects now narrowed down to a few. Somehow Aaron Mayford (Jim Howick) and the Axehampton House owner (Richard Hope) were completely left out of the episode.
The remaining Ian Winterman (Charlie Higson) who’s more likely will get ruled out. He confessed to installing spyware on his wife’s computer to keep an eye on her, admitting he’s still in love with her. Ed Burnett (Sir Lenny Henry) who’s most likely just a stalker and is hopelessly in love with Trish (Julie Hesmondhalgh) But his reacquaintance with the booze put him back in the frame.
That left Jim Atwood (Mark Bazeley) who has the best potential as the attacker and by far the worst person in this episode. Clive Lucas (Sebastian Armesto) and his suspicious drawer of trophies and dodgy behaviour around his wife. Then the twine shop kid, Leo Humphries (Chris Mason) who helped Ian with his spyware installation but he could be hiding something else.
But this is Broadchurch, we forced to think outside the box. We wouldn’t be surprised if the real attacker turns out to be none of these guys. Let’s not forget about other men in town. Paul Coates (Arthur Darvill) and Mark Latimer are still around and possibly for a very good reason. But the real tragic story here is Trish, the poor woman was not only raped but she was stalked by the ex and the boss.
Women in Resistance
The beautiful scene showcasing a strong sense of community displayed by the women of Broadchurch was nicely done. Organised by Trish’s daughter (Hannah Millward), everyone came together for a silent vigil showing the attacker that he doesn’t control their lives. The powerful moment between Cath (Sarah Parish) and Trish was wonderfully captured. With wind in her hair, Cath sincerely begged, “forgive me“. Trish softened with an understanding look in her eyes, “If you forgive me“. Nothing comes between the two best friends.
One more hour
One more episode to go before the last waves hit the coastlines and we say forever goodbye to Broadchurch. There is no shortage of strange men in this seaside town. The investigation intensified as time is running out. Each suspect certainly felt the pressure and someone will finally crack. The truth lies within the sock and the matching DNA. The rapist could be anyone and we hope to get our minds blown one last time.