**SPOILERS: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FINAL EPISODE OF INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY**
And so the final episode of Inspector George Gently has aired, a decade since the eponymous copper burst onto our screens. And it certainly wasn’t the ending many were expecting, with Martin Shaw’s character dying at the show’s close.
But what a death: Gently was shot in the back on an empty beach just seconds after delivering the evidence that would expose the authorities for their corruption. Staggering towards the sea, he saw the figure of his dead wife standing at the shoreline and cried out his final word – “Isabella!” – before sinking to his knees. One more shot from an MI5 sniper and Gently plunged face-first into the sand.
It was a twist that left many at home unable to hold back the tears…
— Bookworm and Theatremouse ???????? (@bookworm_mouse) October 30, 2017
Although there were plenty who thought it was the perfect conclusion to both the Gently character and show.
— Paul Smith (@Stand_and_stare) October 30, 2017
And many applauded the staggering performance from Martin Shaw throughout the finale…
I've always admired Martin Shaw's work, ever since The Professionals, but his performance tonight was just brilliant.#GeorgeGently
— Andrew French (@AFrenchAuthor) October 30, 2017
And even though some fans are already looking for a spin-off…
— Jem (Goodfellow) Scholefield (@RobPresence) October 30, 2017
…Most were simply waving goodbye to a show that’ll be sorely missed.
— Mrs K (@TheMrsKeogh) October 30, 2017
What did YOU think about the Inspector George Gently ending?