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However, many viewers have described themselves as “disappointed” with how the series ended, citing sometimes unbelievable plot turns and confusing resolutions that left them scratching their heads.
#TheReplacement well that's three hours of my life I won't get back ????
— Chasing Badger (@chasingbadger) March 14, 2017
I'm literally so confused. How did she get caught? Did she hand herself in? #TheReplacement
— Ellie (@EllieGranata) March 14, 2017
Anyone else really disappointed with the ending of #TheReplacement?
— Ross Adams (@ross_adams) March 14, 2017
Shame #TheReplacement turned into The A-Team during its last episode. Left huge plot holes. Made mums look mental. V disappointing finale
— Michael Hogan (@michaelhogan) March 14, 2017
The last episode is so far-fetched #TheReplacement
— Joanne de Mesa (@JoanneMesa) March 14, 2017
Shit ending to a most ludicrous episode #TheReplacement
— ????Cᵣₐₙₖyₒₗdₒwₗ (@CrankyOldOwl) March 14, 2017
The final episode of #TheReplacement is what happens when a writer uses up all their good ideas in episode one
— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) March 14, 2017
"I want that finished script on my desk in 10 minutes."
"But I'm only half-way through episode 3…"
— Judith McDevitt (@judithmcd22) March 14, 2017
— MarketingMog (@marketingmog) March 14, 2017
For the most part, viewers were just confused about the series’ ending, which involved a mix of hotwired airbags, unexplained arrests and sort-of A-Team shenanigans that left fans at home reeling.
— Ellie Macdonald (@elliemac94) March 14, 2017
Did Paula confess? How did the police suddenly arrest her? Confused #TheReplacement
— Sarah Witten (@sarahwitten) March 14, 2017
So confused about #TheReplacement – why did Paula get arrested and why did Ian lose custody?
— Nick Francis ???????? (@ncl_medic) March 14, 2017
— Claire (@CC05JUN) March 15, 2017
Still, not to worry – we sat down with the show’s writer Joe Ahearne to clear up a few of these mysteries, and he helped shed light on exactly what happened between Paula and Ellen as well as revealing a different ending that might have appeared instead.
And who knows? Maybe now that we’ve all had a good sleep or another watch on iPlayer, it might be a little clearer exactly what happened. Fingers crossed.
You can read our full interview with The Replacement creator and writer Joe Ahearne below.