Red Rock ended on a dramatic high last night as Garda Sean Holden witnessed his colleague and friend Adrijan Kosos get run over.
Kosos, played by Boyko Krastanov was hit full on by a passing car just as he was in the process of asking a driver to exit his vehicle.
Speaking about how he directed the final scene, Director Rob Burke said, "My first reaction when reading the scene was, I love a challenge but how are we gonna do this?
"Luckily, we have a great team behind the scenes at Red Rock and one of the editors pitched a solution that involved a bit of VFX work where we splice two shots together, one shot with Adrijan and no car and then another without Adrijan but with the car driving past.
"So, in the end, it was just a matter of sitting down with the DOP and Post Production team to make sure we were all on the same page and got it shot in a manner that would allow us to hide the edit between the two shots.
"I was thrilled with the outcome and I hope that people enjoyed the shock factor."
The episode saw an average of 183,000 viewers (TV3/TV3+1) tune in to watch Paudge get caught on camera burning his own house down, Angela being hit with the reality of her son Conor’s heroin addiction and whether or not Katie would go through with her abortion.
Earlier this week TV3 released a video of stars including Lucy Kennedy, Mark Cagney, Glenda Gilson, Caroline Morahan, Louis Walsh, Sean Bean, Moe Dunford, Deirdre O’Kane, Henry McKean and Ian Dempsey reacting to the final scene.
The soap, which draws an average 202,300 viewers per episode across TV3 and TV3+1, has wrapped for the season and will return on Wednesday September 2.
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