Acclaimed comedy Derry Girls, Channel 4’s comedy set in a girls school during the Troubles in Derry in the 1990s, closed out its first series with a powerful finale.
*Spoilers for Derry Girls season 1 to follow*
While the violence between unionists and nationalists has been very much in the background throughout the series, it was brought to the forefront at the climax of the finale, as the shot cut from the central quintet dancing with glee in their school hall to Erin’s family at home, forlornly watching a news report of a fatal bombing.
The scene, soundtracked by Irish band The Cranberries, sparked a strong reaction for many viewers, who took to Twitter to praise the writers for capturing the “sickening horror of when the violence of the troubles crashed into normal life in NI.” Check out some of the best Twitter reactions below.
Hats off to the writer of #derrygirls that final scene perfectly captured the sickening horror of when the violence of the troubles crashed into normal life in NI. Really hammered home why we must do all we can to protect our fragile peace.