Sunday night’s new episode of “Call the Midwife” was the last in season 5, and it proved to be a study in the cyclical nature of life. Some lives end, others begin, and others hit a new stage. This is a show about childbirth, and yet death has never been too far from the discussion.
Take, for example, in season 3 when we ended up seeing Jessica Raine’s character of Jennifer Worth leave Nonnatus House in order to take on a career helping those who were dealing with the latter stages of life. Grief is a difficult emotion to handle, and therefore there are a select few who are really capable of handling this sort of subject matter. They could have used Jenny in some ways tonight as Nonnatus suffered a grave loss in Sister Evangelina. Not long after she returned, she suffered a stroke that saw her character unfortunately lose her life. In many ways, the story became a tribute to her character, but also a look in the future courtesy of a wedding.
What this show did rather effectively in this episode is paint a picture of how, even when a death is not a particular surprise, it can still be heartbreaking and force a community to rally together. In many ways, we’ve seen the characters of this show splinter off to other things, whether it be Trixie and her new fitness goals, Barbara’s new relationship, or some of the medical struggles Dr. Turner has faced. Yet, this was a way to bring everyone together and focus them.
Now, we are left to wonder what Poplar will look like without Evangelina, and how far into the future we will go with the next season. Only time will give us that answer…
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