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The Capture finale: 5 big questions we need answering tonight

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Ahead of tonight’s nail-biting final episode of The Capture, we recap the big questions that need to be answered. 

Trust no one. This is the lesson we have learned from watching The Capture. We’ve been hooked on the surveillance thriller since episode one, and we’ve been confused and paranoid since. It promised to be “the next Bodyguard” and, despite a few flaws (which we’ll go into when the series wraps up), it hasn’t disappointed. Despite a slow start, the series soon picked up when we realised the case was far bigger than DI Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) and accused kidnapper Shaun Emery (Callum Turner) could ever have imagined. 

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In episode five, we stared to get some big answers. To quickly recap: Shaun discovered that he had been set up by Hannah Roberts (Laura Haddock) and Charlie Hall (Barry Ward) in an attempt to expose the intelligence services’ use of “correction”. This is the term used for when CCTV footage is manipulated in order to create admissible evidence to convict known terrorists. Rachel, who was informed about what’s been going on by Danny Hart (Ben Miles), asked Shaun to join forces with her in order to prove his innocence. We last saw them pulling up outside Rachel’s parents house in the dead of night…

There are plenty of things still to be revealed in tonight’s episode. Here are five questions we want the answers to:

Is Hannah Roberts still alive? 

The Capture: is Hannah Roberts still alive?
The Capture: is Hannah Roberts still alive?

In episode four, we discovered that Hannah staged her own disappearance. We also learned that she was hiding out in a country house, living her best life while listening to The Archers, running hot baths, cooking hearty stews and chilling with the dog. But Frank Napier (Ron Perlman) soon tracked her down and tazered her. Although her body is later found in the boot of a car, we can’t be 100% certain she is dead. That’s because we don’t actually see her being killed and the body was taken away before Rachel could send it for an autopsy. There is also a fan theory that the female figure in the window at Rachel’s parents’ house seen in the last shot of episode five is Hannah. So, it won’t be surprising if she’s still alive. 

Did Shaun actually shoot the man in Afghanistan?

By now, we know that Shaun isn’t guilty of kidnapping or murdering Hannah. But, thanks to shifty behaviour and teasing flashbacks, it’s been heavily hinted that he is in fact guilty of the crime that Hannah proved him to be innocent of in episode one (murdering a man in Afghanistan). Charlie also told Shaun that they only helped him with his case so that he was free for them to use in their plot to expose correction – and not because they believed he was innocent. And the popular theory of Shaun’s traumatic flashbacks being down to PTSD was dismissed as we found out from Frank that he doesn’t suffer from it.

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Is Danny Hart good or bad?

Rachel’s old boss from the counter terrorism unit, Danny, has gaslighted her both personally and professionally throughout the series. He has been working with DSU Gemma Garland (Lia Williams) and Frank to conceal the intelligence services’ use of correction. However, in the latest episode he was the one who told Rachel everything that’s been going on. Why did he confide in her? Is Rachel now a risk for him? Does he want her to act on the new information? What will he do next?

What will happen to Shaun’s daughter?

Frank doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who does things by the rules, so we’re not entirely sure what he’s capable of. His last instruction was to “find out what school Shaun’s daughter goes to”. If he really did murder Hannah, does that mean he’ll go to even more extreme lengths to protect the use of correction? 

Danny Hart (Ben Miles) in The capture.
Danny Hart (Ben Miles) and Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) in The Capture.

What are Shaun and Rachel actually planning to do?

Rachel has been taken off the case, Shaun is the most wanted man in Britain and the only other person on their side is loyal Patrick. With the world’s intelligence services against them, it seems unlikely that they can actually prove Shaun’s innocence. One thing they do have, though, is the CCTV footage of Hannah getting on the bus. Perhaps the plan is to leak the footage?

Tune in tonight on BBC One at 9pm to see if we get the answers we need.

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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