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Unsatisfying Ending


Anyone else feel disappointed by how The Silence ended? It leaves you in the dark as to where ever the two murderers will ever be brought to justice. Even though Rocky told Amelia that he'll "Do what he can", which is a sign that he would expose the corruption within the drugs squad, how would anyone be able to convict the two of murder since the evidence that Amelia gave wouldn't be enough. Also it would of been nice to of had a fifth episode to tie all the loose ends.

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I thought the show was a bit slow all the way through, but the ending just made me think I had wasted the whole 4 hours.

Its still saved on the Sky+ for my dad to watch, but I dont think he'll bother when I tell him how poor the ending was.

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I really enjoyed the series but I do agree that the end was a bit too sudden and while it was implied that things would work out why they would work out was unexplained.

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I felt it should have been finished off better. I am not saying every show should have a happy ending tied up in ribbon, but I do hate being left with questions unanswered. Will Jim survive? Will the murderers be brought to justice? Will Jim be fired?
I have to say, the acting was brilliant, especially from Genevieve & Dougie.
Being a longtime Douglas Henshall fan, I think this was one of his best performances to date. It was on a par with 'Kid in the Corner'.

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The paramedic said Jim was stable, that they had a line in -- so medically he was supposed to survive. Jobwise -- if he could prove who attacked him. I wanted to hear that his boss was picked up at Heathrow.

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I actually thought it was pretty brave ending. Hollywood, and telly in general, always likes to give nice sown-up endings, but that's not really true in real life.

As was said, Amelia's eyewitness testimony wouldn't have stood up in court, and given the amount of corruption involved, it wouldn't have been at all realistic for the professional standards investigators to have quickly & satisfactorily worked out for themselves what the truth was. That would take a massive investigation, too long for just another episode to resolve, and I don't think I would have found it believable if they ended all happily ever after.

That isn't to say there weren't things I didn't like about the ending (like Jim being left for dead, but also conveniently with his mobile phone), but even if I had hated the ending that doesn't detract from the fact that the rest of it was a gripping thriller with well written characters, great acting and some creative touches to show us the world from a deaf person's perspective.

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The problem is that it what made it interesting was the character drama and Amelia's attempt to straighten out her life and her family. It would almost have been as good without the murder plot. So it ended where her character arc ended rather than where the investigation was resolved. And as you point out, what was left in the investigation plotline was rather mundane.

I choked a bit on the phone, but if he hadn't had it on him, the suicide story wouldn't stick.

Would have been nice to see a few of the villains, especially the official lipreader, get theirs but effective nontheless and it's not always a bad thing to leave the audience wanting more.

I don't think it would be all that hard to get money for a second series with a different central police mystery.

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I actually thought it was pretty brave ending. Hollywood, and telly in general, always likes to give nice sown-up endings, but that's not really true in real life.

Well I wasn't expecting a happy ending considering the themes of the show but as a viewer I felt that the ending wasn't enough. Although the ending didn't satisfy me, you are right about it being brave since it stands by realism and the show never crossed over onto unrealistic territory.

"T'ank you veddy much!"

(Formerly The_godfather_06, Godfather_07 & Mr_Martini_08)

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I agree with all your points. It was a mashed up ending.
This was either an editing farce or a director's FU. I get the impression that non-creative, bureaucratic management cast their baleful spell on this.
The fact is that it was well acted and well edited but it seemed as if they had initially decided on 6 series but pared it back to four.
Mind you, the Policeman in charge of the Homicide was a very stupid person.
Shouting at his key witness. Keeping her out of sight and generally playing into the vice squad's hands.
There were some very interesting family stories here but they didn't bother taking them further.
Plenty of missed opportunities!

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I was very slightly unsatisfied by the ending, partly because I'd been coming up with expansive theories all the way through that I never got the chance to gloat about.

But actually, I'm normally at the front of the queue to complain about the heroes strolling off into the sunset as the plotlines are all conveniently tied up; I can't and shouldn't expect to have it both ways.

Also they did cram an awful lot of half-developed themes into the series. If there had been a 5th episode it would have needed to be completely used up by tying ribbons around the various strands of storyline - that would REALLY have been an anti-climax.

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Yeah I agree a very unsatisfying ending. I know "open endings" are fashionable nowadays (see The Sopranos and No Country For Old Men) but this one didn't feel right.

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It needed a fifth episode - we watched it on i-player & hadn't realised that was the end until we couldn't find the next bit! I know there's a credit crunch and money is tight at the beeb but as Granny used to say, 'if a story is worth telling ...'

Shame though as the acting was A+ and the background story (or foreground depending on how you look at it) with Amelia and her implant was so much more interesting than the usual alcoholic divorced policeman arguing with his ex wife about the kids and doing his own thing at work as only he knows how to police - same old same old booooring.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the series but was also disappointed in the end. I don't think too much was left to the imagination. Jim lives (ambulance officer says they have it under control) and chances are the others get what they deserve. BUT, even though I don't always need neatly wrapped endings I thought in this case it was left open either for the sake of it or due to lack of time. I thought after all we'd been through as viewers watching the drama, the story needed a little more genuine come-uppance to be served on the baddies so we could see it and relish the moment.

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To me, this show wasn't a detective/murder mystery type drama. It was the story of a deaf girl coming to terms with her new life after a cochlear implant. Therefore, everything circumstantial that occurred during this period involving her didn't necessarily have to be tied up in a bow - especially as, realistically, some of it would have taken years to resolve. The main part of the story - that through this turbulent period she has come to terms with her new world and her tumultuous relationship with her mother improving – was, for me, satisfactorily wrapped up.

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totally. I just watched it and I thought I was missing an episode. I asked the person who I got it from, and he said that four episodes was all he had. Then I lent it to my brother and he told me the same thing "we are missing at least an episode". I had to check online to see if there was a fifth episode that we were missing for some reason, but no. I don't even qualify this as an open ending. :S :S I came here expecting to see that the show was cancelled and they didnt get the chance to film the last episode, but well, no. I am very very disatisfied.

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Very disappointed with the ending. There's at least another half-hour of story required to tie this up and actually give it a decent denouement. My bugbear with the BBC is that that they seem to be gleefully stripping funds from superb productions like this, Upstairs Downstairs & The Fades (to name but three) all the while crying poor, yet they seem to have unlimited accounts when it comes to vile, lowest-common-denominator reality drivel. What the hell is going on????????

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