Dracula: Final episode of BBC adaptation torn apart over ‘dreadful’ conclusion

‘I have seen rapid declines in TV shows over seasons before – never have I seen it over three episodes’

Jacob Stolworthy
Saturday 04 January 2020 09:49
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The final episode of Dracula has been torn apart by viewers who feel that the second episode’s twist ruined the show’s conclusion.

Claes Bang played the evil vampire at the heart of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ adaptation, which scored rave reviews following its premiere on New Year’s Day (1 January).

Just three days later, though, and the show fell out of favour with those who had been praising it – mainly due to the twist that brought the character face-to-face with Van Helsing’s descendant in the 21st Century.

After watching two episodes that were set in the same time period as Bram Stoker’s novel, viewers felt the modern day re-imagining failed to hit the mark.

Twitter was awash with messages criticising Sherlock creators Moffat and Gatiss’ decision.

“I have seen rapid declines in TV shows over seasons before. Never have I seen it over three episodes,” one Twitter user wrote, with critic Helen O’Hara calling the conclusion “deeply silly.”

“We’ll always have episode one,” another quipped, referencing the acclaimed premiere, while others branded the episode ”horses*** and so boring” as well as “dreadful”.

Find a collection of responses below.

Dracula also starred Dolly Wells, Morfydd Clark and Lydia West.

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