Whereas optimists like myself have been hoping for a enjoyable Comfortable Valley spinoff sequence (ideally a Nepal-based backpacking journey, starring Catherine and Clare Cawood and their unresolved points solely), others – some may say realists – have give you a really completely different ending for the BBC drama.
You guessed it, pricey reader: they assume Sarah Lancashire’s beloved ‘Sarge’ is doomed to die on the finish of season three. Which makes quite a lot of sense, contemplating her her archnemesis Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) is lastly free and at giant.
First, some context.
In episode 4 of the third and closing season of Comfortable Valleywe noticed Tommy – in addition to his ominous again tattoo (Ryan’s identify? On a sword? Smells like a revenge factor to us) – one way or the other escaped a crowded courtroom, hightail it to Rico’s Newsagents, disguise himself as a courier, and calmly cycle to freedom.
Now, we all know that Ryan (Rhys Connah) continues to be protected with Catherine’s ex-husband Richard Cawood (Derek Riddell). In the interim, no less than.
However what of Catherine herself?
How is Catherine spending her previous couple of days till retirement?
It was a comparatively chilled episode for Catherine, who spent quite a lot of time reminding us all about her impending retirement.
“On Thursday, you may kiss my ample arse goodbye,” she mentioned at one level.
Joyce (Ishia Bennison), in the meantime, revealed that she had collected “£2,175 and sixpence” in a whip-round – however Catherine insisted that she did not desire a leaving ‘do of any sort. And, in fact, she returned her spare uniform, too.
Thus far, so regular. Besides…
Nicely, contemplating all the pieces we learn about Hollywood cops working the beat within the days main up till retirement, it actually feels as if the Sarge has solely gone and signed his personal demise warrant.
Let’s speak about retirement
Retirony – a portmanteau of retirement and irony – refers to that cinematic trope which sees anyone in a harmful job who’s only some days away from retirement doomed to die earlier than the ultimate credit roll.
It is a trope that everyone knows and love, making it into all the pieces from the newest season of The Handmaid’s Story to Unhealthy Boys For Life (that poor previous police chief by no means noticed that murderer coming).
Hell, the idea of retirement even made it into an episode of the simpsons eleven, when Chief Wiggum revealed his plans for all times after the pressure.
“Nicely, you understand how it’s with cops,” he mentioned matter-of-factly.
“I will be shot three days earlier than retirement. Within the enterprise, we name it retirement!”
Is it any marvel, then, that so many Comfortable Valley viewers imagine the fixed references to Catherine retiring imply that she will not make it that far? And that the leaving ‘do she’s so determined to keep away from will, y’know, grow to be her funeral of her?
“They hold mentioning Catherine’s retirement which implies she is not making it to retirement,” tweeted one.
One other added: “So with all this retirement discuss are each Tommy and Catherine going to finish up useless…”
And nonetheless yet one more mentioned: “One thing is telling me Catherine will not be getting this retirement celebration.”
Hmm. Throw in the dead of night fan idea encompass this season’s creepy poster (it includes a closing showdown between three key characters, in case you’re ), and it would not look too good for Catherine, does it?
Causes to be hopeful
Personally, this author thinks that it is extremely unlikely the sequence will finish with Catherine’s demise: in any case, retirement is never performed straight anymore because it has turn into such a widely known and joked about trope, so it appears Comfortable Valley writers may simply taking part in with our hearts and feelings.
Plus, I am truthfully banking on that beforehand talked about Comfortable Valley spinoff sequence, as a result of I want an intense drama in regards to the Cawood sisters reconnecting over a globetrotting roadtrip already, and I want Catherine to get a contented ending.
And, judging by reactions on Twitter, everybody wants a contented(ish) ending to this sequence, if solely to place the ‘completely satisfied’ again into Comfortable Valley already. In any other case it truly is the falsest of promoting but…
Comfortable Valley season three continues on BBC1 on Sundays at 9pm