Warning: The following article contains spoilers for the Trauma finale.
All week long, John Simm's three-part ITV thriller Trauma has been sharply dividing viewers, with reactions swinging wildly from the sublime to the ridiculous. No surprise then that the finale was equally as divisive.
The latest televisual offering from Doctor Foster and The Town writer Mike Bartlett centres around a dispute between grieving father Dan (Simm) and the surgeon, Jon (Adrian Lester), who failed to save his son on the operating table.
Throughout the first two parts, viewers have watched with clenched teeth while Dan grew more obsessed with reaping revenge on Jon by surveilling every aspect of his life.
To do so, Dan got a job at the hospital where Jon worked, and when he was promptly fired, he started stalking the surgeon at work and at home - a pair of twists that many viewers found implausible.
Wednesday's finale opened on a similarly sinister note, with a deranged Dan turning up at Jon's home with a knife in hand and greeting the surgeon's own young daughter Alana (Jade Anouka) with a sadistic smile.
What played out was a home invasion nightmare where he milked Alana for personal information about Jon under the guise of picking up a charity donation, then cut the phone lines to deliver a terrifying threat.
"I just want it to be fair," a manic Dan warned.
I know it is far fetched because my teenage daughter can’t even be arsed to open the door when it rings let alone talk to someone she doesn’t know #trauma- tom (@tomgor) February 14, 2018
#Trauma didn't her parents teach their daughter not to let strangers in the house...wtf...- billabong isfemale (@bill_abong) February 14, 2018
Can't believe the bright daughter would let him in. Not hopeful this is going to end without me feeling as if I've wasted three hours... #Trauma- Phil (@philbet5) February 14, 2018
Didn’t bat an eyelid when told who stabbed his son, but wants to make it ‘fair’ by killing the surgeon’s daughter .... something doesn’t add up here?? #Trauma- Lucy Hubbard (@LucyHubbard1) February 14, 2018
Alana's fate was temporarily left unresolved, when the show cut to Dan outside of the house trying to convince Jon's wife (aka his psychiatrist Lisa) to let him in for a counselling session. This was, of course, a ruse to lure Jon back to the family home.
Meanwhile, Dan was trying to convince Lisa that Jon had been having an affair. This was all getting very messy...
Blood pressure is hitting the roof!! What’s he done with the daughter? And what’s he gonna do with his wife? ]]>😳😳😮😑🙈