King Nidge brings in a million
THE finale of the fourth series of Love/Hate attracted more than one million viewers.
A massive 1,007,500 viewers tuned in last night to see one of the most controversial runs of any drama broadcast by Irish TV.
However, many of those watching were scratching their heads at over ending that left more questions than answers.
“What just happened there? Can someone explain,” asked one Twitter user within seconds of the credits rolling. Another wrote: “Still can't believe how bad the ending of Love/Hate was...”
However, actor Peter Coonan has defended the final scenes, where Tom Vaughan-Lawlor who plays Nidge lets rip in his prison cell, saying it had done the trick by starting a debate.
“It keeps people talking as everyone has a different opinion on what is going to happen after. But here there is still a good bit of the story to be told,” he said.
“I was wrought with emotion watching Tom at the end of it. It was incredible,” he said, speaking on FM104.
“It is all in writer Stuart Carolan's mind. He can really create some very interesting and dark situations.”
But Love or Hate it, fellow cast member Laurence Kinlan, who plays Elmo, said the success of the series had “massively” changed the lives of all the actors involved.
“Listen, I have been acting since I was 14, lots of different films and all sorts. You get recognised the odd time,” he said.
“This has gone beyond what any of us imagined. We can't go anywhere now.
“You get recognised anywhere you go.”
Asked to explain the delight taken by viewers in the murder of dentist Andrew (played by Peter O'Meara), he added: “It takes a while for people to warm to characters and Peter wasn't there. It is hard to explain.”
Both actors said it was hard to say if their characters would survive season five, which they believed was going ahead.