Derry Girls: Twitter reacts to bittersweet finale
The first series of Derry Girls came to a heartwrenching end on Thursday night, finishing up a six episode run of huge laughs from creator Lisa McGee.
The final episode saw Erin, played by Saoirse Jackson, become editor of her school's magazine and as always madness ensued.
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But it was the final moments of the episode that had everyone talking on Twitter, as the young cast danced away in their school hall while older characters solemnly watched the aftermath of a fatal bombing unfold on TV.
With The Cranberries' Dreams providing the soundtrack it was an unexpected and poignant moment depicting the reality of the Troubles.
Here's what Twitter had to say:
Well that’s the way to end a series. So brilliant, so moving. Congratulations to everyone involved #DerryGirls— Richard Osman (@richardosman) February 8, 2018
The ending of #DerryGirls was superbly written. Perfectly captured growing up during the Troubles. Life was surprisingly normal and yet, even as kids, every so often the full horror of the violence would spring into sharp relief to remind us just how abnormal everything was.— Naomi Long MLA (@naomi_long) February 9, 2018
Everyday innocence of youth vs the everyday horror of conflict, set to the sound of The Cranberries.— James Gordon (@jamesgordon89) February 8, 2018
That was the perfect way to end the best TV comedy series since Father Ted. #DerryGirls
Hats off to the writer of #derrygirls that final scene perfectly captured the sickening horror of when the violence of the troubles crashed into normal life in NI. Really hammered home why we must do all we can to protect our fragile peace.— Danny Donnelly (@DannyDonnelly1) February 8, 2018
Was keeping it together until Joe put his hand on Gerry's shoulder #DerryGirls— Kitty Gallagher (@KittyLovesDucks) February 8, 2018
My word! Poignant end to Derry Girls. Reminder of the real 1990's. Great programme. #DerryGirls— Frank Mitchell (@frank_broadcast) February 8, 2018
I think the end of #DerryGirls brilliantly summed up growing up in the 90s, it was all normal to us, we just had fun and it was up to the adults to worry about the troubles.— Ciara Nic Sheáin (@Ciara87C) February 8, 2018
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