A Very English Scandal impressed viewers once again with its second outing, but many found a particular scene involving Norman Scott’s (Ben Whishaw) Great Dane Rinka quite distressing.
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In the second episode, Scott’s canine was murdered by a dog-phobic gunman in Exmoor, an unfortunate consequence of one of Jeremy Thorpe’s (Hugh Grant) unsuccessful attempts to dispose of his former lover.
As we have written elsewhere, no animal was harmed in the making of the scene, but the knowledge that the real Rinka did indeed take a bullet for her owner was enough to unsettle the souls of many viewers on a Sunday evening, who took to social media to voice their anxiety.
“A Very English Scandal needed a bit at the end where Grant and Whishaw sit with the dog and say everything is ok, they’re all actors,” user @steaexanderuk wrote.
@LidlKim added: “Basically rocking in my chair muttering ‘it’s not a real dog, it’s not a real dog.”
Thankfully, the daughter of the dog’s owners was on hand to confirm that she is alive and well and “living the life of luxury”, which will have eased some pain.
— amelia? (@Am_Eliaaa) May 27, 2018
Check out the best responses to A Very English Scandal episode 2 below.
#AVeryEnglishScandal needed a bit at the end where Grant and Whishaw sit with the dog & say everything is OK they're all actors
— Steven Alexander (@stealexanderuk) May 27, 2018
Catching up on #AVeryEnglishScandal. Basically rocking in my chair muttering 'it's not a real dog, it's not a real dog'. Poor real Rinka though
— Lidl Kim (@lidlkim) May 27, 2018
#AVeryEnglishScandal I knew it was gonna happen but I was hoping he would miss the dog ????
— Jo Smith (@josmithtats2170) May 27, 2018
#AVeryEnglishScandal it's an acting dog it's an acting dog it's an acting dog it's an acting dog it's an acting dog it's an acting dog
— Freya Adams ???????? (@GrayEyeAssassin) May 27, 2018
Thanks to all those that watched & enjoyed #AVeryEnglishScandal
Apologies to any dog lovers that were caught unawares!
— blake harrison (@blakeharrison23) May 27, 2018
— Lydia (@LydiaMizon) May 27, 2018
Loving #AVeryEnglishScandal, but that poor dog!
— Niall Kiely (@niallkiely31) May 27, 2018
In today's episode a woman and a dog died bacause Jeremy didn't give Norman a national insurance card. #AVeryEnglishScandal
— 프란체스카 (@blissfulbilby) May 27, 2018
My young brother for some reason was watching #AVeryEnglishScandal and said to me ‘I hope the dog will be alright’…..he was not happy to say the least
— PoliticEd (@ed_politic) May 27, 2018
This article was originally published on 28 May 2018