BBC1’s four-part legal thriller The Victim concluded with a twist, as viewers finally discovered the identity of Eddie J Turner, a child killer living under witness protection.
*WARNING: Contains spoilers for The Victim episode four*
The series followed Anna (Kelly Macdonald), a nurse whose nine-year-old son was tortured and killed by an older child — Eddie J Turner — over a decade ago.
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In the present day, bus driver Craig Myers (James Harkness) is brutally attacked following Anna’s online post alleging Myers is Turner, and Anna is charged with incitement to murder.
However, it soon becomes clear that there are potentially multiple men who fit the profile of Turner — and episode three concluded with the apparent revelation that Craig’s best friend Tom Carpenter was really Turner.
I knew it! I suspected it was Tom when it came out that Craig Myers shared a cell with someone in Young Offenders. Poor Craig ????#TheVictim
— ????????♀️ Pritha Bardhan ????????♀️ (@PrithaBardhan) April 10, 2019
In the series finale, Anna is convicted for conspiring to have Craig assaulted. Believing that she has falsely accused an innocent man and ruined his life in the process, she meets with Craig for a restorative justice session.
However, during the session a distressed Craig breaks down — and reveals that he is Eddie J Turner after all.
— BBC One (@BBCOne) April 11, 2019
— Sara Wallis (@sarawallis) April 11, 2019
I knew there would be another twist but I didn’t expect this ???? #TheVictim
— Lesley Hyland (@Lel_H) April 11, 2019
Knew there would be this twist……#TheVictim
— Jo (@Ge_l_t_yJo) April 11, 2019
— Alice Stapleton (@A_CareerCoach) April 11, 2019
The episode ends with Craig and Anna meeting at the location where her son Liam was killed. Craig recounts the events that led up to Liam’s death, breaking down in tears. When Anna’s ex-husband appears clutching a knife, Anna stands between him and Craig, in a final twist that viewers dubbed “heartbreaking”.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” Rumi
— BBC One (@BBCOne) April 11, 2019
“That last 15-20 minutes of The Victim on BBC1 was hands down the hardest and most heartbreaking tv I’ve ever watched!,” Helen Manley wrote.
That last 15-20 minutes of The Victim on BBC1 was hands down the hardest and most heartbreaking tv ive ever watched! #TheVictim
— Helen Manley (@helenmelon1) April 11, 2019
What a truly outstanding performance by James Harkness and Kelly MacDonald. Heartbreaking final scenes powered by an incredible script by Rob Williams #TheVictim
— Leonard Forman (@LeoForman) April 11, 2019
“Oooof. That last 20 mins of #TheVictim was some of the best acting I’ve ever seen, but how difficult was it to watch? Absolutely heartbreaking. Brilliantly written drama, and I thought the ending was perfect. The BBC are absolutely killing it lately,” another viewer posted on Twitter.
Oooof. That last 20 mins of #TheVictim was some of the best acting I’ve ever seen, but how difficult was it to watch? Absolutely heartbreaking. Brilliantly written drama, and I thought the ending was perfect. The BBC are absolutely killing it lately.
— Cheryl Pearson (@cherylpea) April 11, 2019
I spent 10 seconds being miffed that the 'big reveal' happened too soon, then
the final 20 minutes sobbing and gesturing wordlessly at the screen. What a stunning piece #TheVictim was. Heartbreaking story, stunning performances. Drama at its best, @TheBBCtv , thank you.
— Terri Nixon (@TerriNixon) April 12, 2019
“I was in bits watching that ending, heartbreaking stuff,” one viewer posted.
I was in bits watching that ending, heartbreaking stuff #TheVictim
— Karen (@fents6) April 11, 2019
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