“Home Fires” has been a melting-pot series for ITV. We have seen happiness, fear, loneliness, heartbreak, and so much more throughout the past six episodes, and the prevailing feeling of dread has started to seep in more and more as we’ve neared the end. The advancement of Nazi Germany has led to more concern in Britain that Hitler could someday make his way to the United Kingdom, and many are preparing themselves for the worst.
So on tonight’s season 1 finale (the series has been renewed already), we had a chance to see many characters start to realize that there were many moves to be made, and for some that meant either getting themselves to a safe place, or trying to fight what was coming. Typically (especially after the Jack shocker earlier this season), hearing that someone is departing should be met with sorrow. However, maybe Pat has a reason to be happy now that Bob is heading off? This gives her at least a temporary respite from his abuse, but if he comes back and is unchanged it does not stop the problem.
Also tonight, Bryn and Miriam received some good news regarding their family at a time of great upheaval (a baby could be coming!), and maybe that is meant to be the happiest news that we get in the hour, given that was also saw an arrest at one point, as well.
This final episode rearranged some shares and taught us a thing or two more about how this village is going to cope, but at the same time, it also resolved little. Given the sight of airplanes in the sky at the very end, the hardest times are still to come, and that beautiful music had us close to welling in the closing minutes. A very strong end to a series that really should have lasted longer than six mere episodes. Grade: A-.
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