Ok, so viewers actually had more than one question at the end of the Baptiste finale on Sunday night. For instance: would there be a second series? Would it see Tchéky Karyo’s Julien Baptiste and Tom Hollander’s Edward Stratton team up as a crime-fighting duo? And what the hell did Julien’s final philosophical beach aphorisms about shells and rain mean?
But there was one question above all that had fans perplexed: what happened to ‘Meat Cleaver Man’?
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Corrupt copper Niels’s bearded accomplice was seen creeping into Europol officer Genevieve Taylor’s darkened flat brandishing a meat cleaver towards the end of the episode, and when Genevieve (Jessica Raine) arrived home and – sensing something was not right – picked up a pair of scissors, viewers were expecting nasty scenes to ensue.
Instead, after doing a quick round of her apartment, she concluded she’d just been imaging things and Meat Cleaver Man was never seen again…
What happened with the guy and the meat cleaver in her apartment? What was the significance? #Baptiste
— Iain (@BeaIe_) March 24, 2019
#baptiste why did the meat cleaver baddy tidy up a transformer and then just disappear?
— Richard Debenham (@RDebenham) March 24, 2019
A clever and suitably dramatic finale for #Baptiste thank you @BBCOne
Not sure happened to the meat cleaver man in Genevieve's flat, although he was arrested later – did he run when he heard the phone conversation? pic.twitter.com/WbHlyoMPoc
— Ginny #ItIsWhatItIs (@Gini_L) March 25, 2019
Viewers had their own theories about what might have happened…
Is meat cleaver man stuck in a cupboard somewhere? #Baptiste
— Stephen Elliott (@BonsallMayor) March 24, 2019
That meat cleaver man is still in that house till this very day #baptiste
— Adam Bakewell (@adam_bakewell14) March 24, 2019
#Baptiste Methinks the ‘Cleaver Man’ must have got the chop by the Editor!
— Julian Carosi (@julian_carosi) March 24, 2019
Meat Cleaver man went to find whoever wrote that ending #Baptiste
— Nicola Moran (@nic_moran) March 24, 2019
Meanwhile, the scenes spawned suggestions of a brutal upgrade for a popular game…
Rock, paper, scissors, meat cleaver #Baptiste
— Cat (@catfield12) March 25, 2019
#Baptiste New perspective on Rock Paper Scissors with a meat cleaver in the mix!! ????
— Tracey Byrne (@MissMajorB) March 24, 2019
…and left some worrying that Mr Cleaver might be about to turn up when they least expected it…
Anyone else looking over their shoulder for Mr Cleaver? #baptiste
— ???? Day dreaming girl ???? (@GypsyHairPoetry) March 24, 2019
This article was originally published on 25 March 2019