Poldark season 5 episode 8 (series finale): Ross & Demelza’s future

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Poldark season 5 episode 8 proved itself to be the end of an era — and an emotional end of the road. It was also an episode keen on throwing us through as many different emotional whirlwinds as humanly possible. This was eventful, dramatic, heartfelt, but also heartbreaking.

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Remember, the series finale started with a time jump of several months and Ross orchestrating a ploy to get close to the French — something that he was doing only for the purpose of spying on them. He wanted to know what they were looking to do in England and, in the end, his mission of espionage was successful. What was surprising, however, was what happened along the way. His relationship with Demelza went into peril (again), and we as viewers were left reasonably in the dark as to what Ross’ real intentions were. Was this a man willing to betray his own friends and loved ones?

In the end, Ross did reveal the truth, but also landed himself in a great deal of peril — so much so that he needed the help of one George Warleggan to save him. Ross’ greatest enemy became his savior and, on the other side of it, it feels like the two moving forward could have a rather different relationship. They will never be the best of friends, but at the same time they may not be at each other’s throats anymore.

As for some other news from the finale, Sam and Rosina are finally together and happy, Drake and Morwenna are expecting a baby of their own, and Caroline showcasing her bond with Demelza. You could argue that there is more that the series could have done building up the Dwight – Caroline family unit, but what matters the most here is that the two have a chance to move forward happy.

In general, that feels like the legacy of the series — everyone went through great trial and turmoil and yet, they all have a chance to put their best foot forward now. Would we have preferred Ross to not go off to another battle at the end? Sure, but it does in many ways serve as a bookend to the series — and it also shows us further that this is who Ross is. He’s an adventurer who never quite can find himself in a position here he has enough. These characters, this world, this music and so much more will live on within us. We’ll miss Poldark dearly, but we’re glad for these five years and all of the memories that we have.

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