***** SPOILER ALERT **** The Bloodbath that was the Love/Hate finale
KING Nidge was brutally cut down in a hail of bullets in the explosive season finale of Love Hate
Traveller bomb maker Patrick finally exacted bloody vengeance in his feud with the crimelord, killing Siobhan in the process.
Her death came just as she revealed that she was the ‘rat’ in Nidge’s gang, and that the guards were on the way to arrest him.
In one of the most violent episodes of the hit drama ever broadcast, Nidge’s bit-on-the-side, brothel madam Janet, was also tortured and murdered on the orders of Spain-based drug lord Terrence.
The episode came to a head in the heart-spotting final minutes. Siobhan visited Trish where she confirmed to Nidge’s devastated wife that he was responsible for Janet’s death. Meanwhile she planted her dead rapist’s finger bone in the house in a bid to frame her uncle for his killing.
She confronted Nidge outside about the beating that left Tommy in a coma and revealed she was the garda informer before all hell broke loose when Patrick arrived guns blazing.
Nidge met his demise in front of his horrified wife Trish and son, Warren.
And Fran was thrown back in jail where he was brutally raped by Noelie and his pals – as payback for desecrating his mother’s grave.
With so many lead characters whacked, in a coma or locked up, questions were last night being raised as to whether the series can continue, though series creator Stuart Carolan has previously hinted there will be a series six.
Charismatic crime psychopath Nidge – played to perfection by Tom Vaughan Lawlor was already having a tough episode before the shock ending.
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His lover Janet was murdered on Terrence’s orders after she was wrongly identified as the Garda ‘rat’. Subsequently, Nidge’s involvement emerged in the newspapers, which Trish saw.
Janet’s death came as surprise to everyone except actor Mary Murray she has revealed.
“I knew Janet’s demise was imminent. My agent mentioned it to me earlier,” Mary Murray confessed but added that she was relieved that her character made it to the last episode.
“The description of her murder was horrific and I knew it would make an impact,” she explained.
In the run-up to the final shoot she revealed that she had to hide her face from Tom Vaughan Lawlor’s little boy, Freddie, because she didn’t want to terrify him.
But playing tart-with-a-heart Janet was an enjoyable role for the star who will now take to the stage for a number of theatre roles.
“I loved playing Janet. She was introduced as greedy and hard nosed but as time went on we learned that she would never have survived if she hadn’t created this persona for herself,” the 34-year-old said.
“She had a rocky upbringing, a husband in prison, a son to rear alone, a younger sister who died and a job that wouldn’t be top on your career guidance counsellor’s list of options”.
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The Ballyfermot-born actress called it “unlucky” that Nidge had made a habit out of using Janet’s phone.
It was the garda’s number saved on her phone that led to the suspicion that she was the rat in Nidge’s gang – though she only had it to liaise with a community officer over her son’s career in petty crime. The show’s shocking scenes were unlike anything that has come from the national broadcaster.
But last night showed that even those on the right side of the law can find it hard to stay within it. Moynihan loses his cool and takes out his pent-up frustration of trying to get Nidge behind bars. He gives the criminal kingpin a vicious beating after pulling him over for a non-existent traffic violation.