‘War and Peace’ Finale Review: Final Episode Aired

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‘War and Peace’ Finale Review: “War and Peace”-the TV series based on Leo Tolstoy’s much coveted book by the same name aired its final episode last night. The series, directed by Tom Harper and written Andrew Davies garnered positive reviews from both audience and critics. Originally aired on BBC One, it attracted a large amount of viewership. Andrew Davies contemplated in an interview that the series should have been produced in eight parts instead of six which I couldn’t agree



Originally aired on BBC One, it attracted a large amount of viewership. Andrew Davies contemplated in an interview that the series should have been produced in eight parts instead of six which I couldn’t agree less to. The 1400 paged novel was incorporated quite exemplarily into six episodes but I think that the ending was somewhat rushed. (read: Captain America: Civil War superbowl 2016 video review.)

However, focusing on the story, Natasha was seen packing her things up along with her family and a couple of wounded soldiers when she runs into a quite disheveled Pierre, who tells her that he couldn’t come with them as he is going to kill Napoleon. Pierre was in a wild ride as he got into a feud with a French soldier, saved a girl from a burning building and almost got executed, all within the first thirty minutes of the episode.

‘War and Peace’ Finale Review

Natasha and Andrei got together at last, followed by Andrei’s death. Sonya releases Nikolai, due to which he looks quite relieved. A war is imminent, Napoleon marches into Moscow but is staggered at General Kutuzov’s decision to not fight the French, yet.

Meanwhile, Pierre can’t help but get into trouble. He is a prisoner of the French, while Helene was in a miserable condition after being ousted from the pomp and show of social parties. People were quite hypocritical and mean in that era. She died a sad death, which was somewhat her fault for being a “party girl” given that women were treated very differentially in that era.

Petya, who has joined Dolokhov and Denisov in their obnoxious work dies in his first raid. This is the most eminent sign that so much time has passed in a span of six episodes. His already overwhelmingly distressed parents are pretty much ruined now and poor Ilya dies of grief.

‘War and Peace’ Finale Review

I expected the death count of this to episode to be high, still it was saddening to see one of the most loved characters of this series die.

Marya was among the very few people in the show who got a happy ending. She got Nikolai; Nikolai’s mother wouldn’t have to worry about their money crisis now. And at long last, Pierre and Natasha got together.

In the last scene, we jump cut to a few years later where Pierre looks sane for the first time. He is happy, everyone around him is happy. Nice!

This series would appeal to our emotional audience and has the most indulging background score among the TV series that I am watching right now. I really heightens the emotional quotient, which makes the show even more glorious.

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    • Prateek Awasthi on

      Yes, and no. It aired on History TV in the form of 4 2-hour episodes. So technically, they didn’t shorten the series.