History threatened to repeat itself in this week’s the missing as we saw Sophie Giroux teetering on the edge of the cliff in front of a horrified, desperate, Julien Baptiste, who willed her not to jump like her mother did ten years ago.
The finale certainly did not disappoint, leaving us on cliff hangers throughout as we watched Sam and Gemma trekking across Europe with Baptiste to discover the fate of their beloved daughter, Alice. We saw Adam, Alice and Sophie’s abductor, hunting them like a predator in the woodlands, trying to protect what he sickeningly dubbed, his ‘family’. As the shaky camera cut between Baptiste, Gemma and Sam between the trees, we were left on the edge of our seats, waiting to find out who would be Adam’s next victim.
Sadly, in the end, it was Sam that fell victim to the sniper and, as he finally laid eyes on daughter Alice for the first time in 11 years, he slipped into unconsciousness, never to see her again. As Alice re-joined her family, they lost Sam. As Sophie’s Dad finally goes to see her, he discovers he has a granddaughter, but his own daughter has rejected him out of anguish at the loss of Adam. Of course, if everyone had listened to Baptiste, the series would have reached its conclusion much sooner. But part of the pleasure of watching The Missing are the thrills we have in discovering the dark secrets of each of the characters.
Certainly, the season finale was no disappointment, and as we watched Baptiste finally undergo brain surgery, the writers cleverly had him count down to three before he slipped under the anaesthetic. Will our beloved Baptiste be returning for a third series of BBCs best drama? I certainly hope so.