MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD: do not read until after you’ve seen the show
After four series, Annie finally gets her proper door – all she needed to do was save the world – and carries baby Eve through to the other side with a beatific smile. (Didn’t you hope that there’d be a nice shot of Mitchell, George and Nina waiting for her on the other side?) No need for the men with sticks.
Lenora Crichlow departed the series in the best possible way. After Cutler was almost allowed to kill Eve in a scene that could have come straight out of True Blood in terms of ick-factor, the fact that Annie was the one who actually destroyed the Old Ones was only fair. Plus we got to see her standing up to the Old Ones – “Give me back my f***ing baby!” – and walking through flames Terminator-style, which makes a change from making cups of tea.
Thankfully that isn’t the end. We’ve got another great little trinity locked down in Honolulu Heights. From nowhere Kate Bracken has emerged as a perfect addition to the gang. Another stroppy Scot – a shout-out to those fans who miss the equally sharp-tongued Daisy – Alex must now find the mysterious bureaucrats who removed her body before she can depart this world. She is the perfect foil to Hal, at whom she’s understandably peeved, and Tom (Damien Molony and Michael Socha).
Both have shone this season. Molony possibly had the hardest task, coming into the series after Aidan Turner had departed, but Hal couldn’t be more different from Mitchell. He’s older – Mitchell was turned during WWI, Hal following the Battle of Orsha in the early 16th century – wiser, but even more tortured, with a darker past to be ashamed of and a fiercer hunger for blood than Mitchell ever had. After he’d suppressed his emotions for most of the series, seeing him finally spitting with rage at Tom tying him down was actually very refreshing.
Socha’s Tom was brave, honest and totally loveable: he finally got the family he needed, a romance, and his “My team, with me” comment was the perfect soldier’s response as he prepared his explosive reaction to the Old Ones’ arrival.
Plus we mustn’t forget the splendid collection of guest appearances this season: the likes of Alex Jennings, Mark Williams, James Lance, Craig Roberts (please, don’t say this is the end of middle-aged teen vampire Adam) and Selina Griffiths, Amanda Abbington, Ellie Kendrick and Mark Gatiss all made an impression. And special mention must be made of Andrew Gower’s ambitious but fatally flawed Nick Cutler. Even as he burned, you couldn’t help but feel some sympathy for the humiliated vampire lawyer.
It’s proved to be a strikingly strong season, moving easily from past to future, and matching humour with horror, friendship with grief and pain.
As for the future, who knows? Who are these “domestic servants of the world” who tidy up after supernatural occurrences? What hold can they have on Alex, Tom and Hal? As Buffy fans know, every vampire series needs a “Big Bad”. We’ve had Herrick and Mr Snow (and nearly Hal) – could the dapper Mr Rook be the one for series five?