The plot turns much darker than we thought as a seemingly innocent resident is charged in the final episode of Broadchurch (S4, E8)!

So we were eventually up to the final final episode of Broadchurch and we were definitely disappointed.

We eventually found out who raped Trish Winterman and it was one of the secondary characters that had so little attention that he was overlooked. Micheal Lucas, Clive’s son was revealed to be the rapist, but not in the way you think. Micheal, as you know, was innocent and quiet and was not intending to hurt anyone. Committing the rape was as a result of peer pressure, by Leo Humpreys, who was obsessed with sex and porn.

The way Leo tried to turn Micheal’s mind dark and groom him into committing sexual acts was especially upsetting. We saw a dark side to Leo, more dark than his long stares, which were especially uneasy. Leo had a history of raping girls since he left university, including two who were unidentified. It started once a month, but it became an addiction and he found it “beautiful” and felt like he was “the only one in the world” when he did it. He was proud to rape girls which was hard for the detectives to hear, especially Miller who was bought to tears.

We didn’t have our eyes set on Micheal as the rapist earlier on in the episode. Before this, the plot followed the motives of Clive and Leo (as a duo) and it seemed very plausible that it was them. The director was very clever to steer us in a totally different direction from what was actually the truth. When we found out the truth, we were disgusted at Leo, yet we felt sorry for Micheal as he was pressured into it. This was odd as we normally feel negative towards the perpetrator.

I must say that I am happy that the detectives found the rapist and revealed the real side to Leo. The town eventually found peace and started to forgive each other. It all happened so fast though… if you found that one of your residents was a rapist, it would take longer than a day to get over it! Leo, of course, coached the football team and ran a hardware shop, so everyone in the town would have interacted with him in some way.

What a great series and final episode! It was tense, captivating, shocking and surprisingly happy all at the same time!

It will be sad to not watch Broadchurch on a Monday night. I have grown found of the series, characters and plot twists. On the bright side, we can relive Broadchurch by watching it from series one as much as we like! Hooray!

I hope you have enjoyed my reviews of Broadchurch! All comments welcome!

Bye guys 🙂

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