We’ve come to the end of this captivating arctic drama, and what a ride it’s been. This compelling reimagining of the ill-fated Franklin expedition has proven to be a highly original and unusual drama – that’s garnered heaps of critical praise and even sparked rumours of an anthology series to follow.
But before we say a last goodbye to The Terror, let’s take a look at five of the finale's most memorable moments:
Farewell, Doctor Goodsir
Goodsir, without a doubt the most likeable and compassionate of Crozier's crew, meets a tragic end. Forced to join Hickey’s creepy rebellion and dissect human flesh for human consumption, the final blow comes when he helplessly watches his respected Captain Crozier become a chained prisoner. He’s simply had enough.
He takes his own life and in a surprisingly beautiful death scene, flashes of crystals and flowers appear, symbolising his pure and earnest spirit. However, he hasn’t gone down without one final twist - he’s lathered his skin with poison, warning Crozier to only eat the soles of his feet.
Hickey thinks he’s got one over on the remaining crew when he confesses he killed the real Hickey in hope of a new life in an exotic, sunny land – and he has no intention of ever returning to Britain.
While the crew hope to kill Tuunbaq for his fur and meat, Hickey seems to think he will somehow make friends with the beast.
As the crew confront Tuunbaq, several begin to feel the effects of Goodsir’s poison and collapse around him – but Hickey thinks he still has a chance of survival…
Tuunbaq's final hurrah
Hickey, naively believing he is the Tuunbaq’s equal, attempts the Inuit binding ritual by cutting off his tongue and presenting it to a totally unimpressed creature, who without hesitation consumes Hickey's hand - followed by the upper half of his body.
Sadly, the Tuunbaq has ingested some of Crozier’s chain - and we also don’t think his last meal of a metal fork-addled Blankey did him any good – so the previously indestructible monster is finally vanquished.
Last man standing
And there it is - Captain Crozier is the last man standing. In wordless yet engrossing scenes, Lady Silence chops off his hand to free him from his chains, and troops him back to her camp.
He is treated with respect and dignity by the Inuits, who attend to his wound and clothe him with furs. The same cannot be said for Lady Silence; she is blamed for all the mayhem and death that Crozier’s men brought to their people and is banished into the white abyss.
Crozier, already fluent in the Netsilik Inuit language, makes himself at home and in scenes set two years later seems now to be a fully accepted member of their community. And given all that this poor man has been through, it’s really no surprise that when English rescuers arrive at their camp in search of him, he hides from their sight. As he says to the Inuits, he’s ‘gone’ and has nothing left to return home to - or perhaps even left within himself.
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