THE stars of RTE's latest hit crime drama, Amber, have defended last night's vague ending as "controversial but real to life".
The four part series, which has enjoyed a ratings peak of more than 700,000 viewers, ended last night with no obvious conclusion to what happened 14-year-old missing girl Amber Bailey.
Viewers took to Twitter afterwards to vent their frustration at the conclusion of RTE's big drama.
Damien Mulley said: #Amber account saying ending is like reality. I've watched reality TV, reality TV was a friend of mine, Amber you're no reality TV."
Another tweeter Mushypea said: "RTE just stole four hours of my life. #Amber". Another said: "If that is seriously the ending I am suing RTE."
Ronan Hunt Murphy tweeted: "Dear RTE, you can refund me my licence fee in one lump sum or weekly or monthly payments. #Amber"
RTE tweeted from their @AmberDrama account said: "So Amber was never found. This is the reality for many families. Sometimes there are no simple answers."
The man behind the series, director Thaddeus O'Sullivan, said that while the missing girl simply vanishes into the air in the final scenes, it is very clear what happens to her.
"I think people get a very strong and clear ending to the series," he told the Herald.
"Although yes, it is ambiguous in story form, I think it is very clear on where we stand on it and what happened to her."
The 15-year-old responsible for bringing Amber to life on the screen, Lauryn Canny, described the decision to end the show in such a manner as "very brave".
"I personally loved the ending and thought it was very realistic because a lot of missing person cases don't get closure," she told the Herald.