Season five of ITV’s Endeavour concluded with a death and a massive shake-up – but fans were mostly relieved to see that their favourite character was still alive and kicking as the credits rolled, assuaging their fears.
*Spoilers for Endeavour season 5 episode 6 follow*
The episode saw the shock death of Lewis Peek’s DC George Fancy, a character introduced this year who was apparently caught in the crossfire of a gang war in the latter half of the story. After his death, Cowley police station was shuttered and the team found themselves headed to separate postings, with WPC Trewlove (Dakota Blue Richards) off to pastures new and DCI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) forced to delay his retirement.
Throughout the broadcast on Sunday night, fans were terrified that Thursday wouldn’t make it. There was a close call – he was nearly hit by a stray bullet – and many fans took to Twitter to voice their concerns during the broadcast.
There was the initial creeping fear:
I have a horrible feeling Fred's not going to make it to retirement… #endeavour
@ScriptULike We can't even watch Series 5 of #Endeavour in Canada yet but I'm reading UK tweets frantically just to make sure Fred Thursday's alright. That's how much this show means to us. #stressed 😧Love to Team Endeavour.
Can't believe that's Series 4 @EndeavourTV finished already! 🙁Gutted! I guess all good things come to an end… Great drama, great acting, great characters… Think I'm in love with Fred Thursday!! 😳Looking forward to more? #Endeavourhttps://t.co/7smIvZSv5K
At the end of the broadcast on Sunday night, ITV announced that the show will be returning for a sixth season. And executive producer Damien Timmer told RadioTimes.com that the hunt for whoever killed George Fancy will form a part of the next series.
Endeavour series six is expected to air on ITV in 2019