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Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in the last episode of Love/Hate.

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in the last episode of Love/Hate.

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in the final episode of series 5.

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in the final episode of series 5.

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Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in the last episode of Love/Hate.

ACTOR Tom Vaughan-Lawlor has done little to clear up the mystery of whether 'Nidge' is dead or alive.

In a statement the actor hails his time on Love/Hate and looks to new projects.

Vaughan-Lawlor says he is now looking forward to "new challenges" following a series finale which gripped more than one million viewers, as Nidge was gunned down by Patrick (John Connors) in the final scene of Series Five.

"The last five years working on Love/Hate has been an incredible and unforgettable journey for me," said Vaughan-Lawlor.

"I've had the privilege of working with a brilliant cast who I've learnt a huge amount from, a visionary director, an amazing group of producers, and in Stuart Carolan a world-class writer."

The most telling thing about the statement, though, is that it doesn't say: "I will not be back" or "Yes, Nidge is dead".

An average of 1,005,400 viewers tuned into the last episode in season six. It was a gory episode with of gun fights, beatings, torture and a graphic rape scene.

RTE received four complaints about the level of violence in the episode.

Head of drama Jane Gogan said RTE was now in the process of deciding whether a sixth series would get the go-ahead.

"That decision is yet to be made. We will take time to reflect before making a decision - there are many places it could go," she said.

Irish Independent