Last night, Part 6 of The Night Manager aired on AMC and WOW.
Obviously, there are spoilers coming.
This is a show that under normal circumstances, I probably wouldn’t have started watching. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, I’m not a fan of the espionage genre. It’s just not my thing. But with an all star cast, from Hugh Laurie to Olivia Colman, and of course, The Night Manager himself, Tom Hiddleston, I couldn’t resist. I had to try it. And from the first minute, I was in love.
From start to finish, it was an exhilarating ride, constantly twisting and turning. What made this show so fantastic, of course, was its two main heroes: Jonathan Pine and Angela Burr. Despite being surrounded by corruption and deception in every corner, never being able to escape it, they persevered and fought together against injustice. In this case, in the form of Richard Roper.
What was so brilliant is that both Burr and Pine are regular people. Angela is a British Intelligence Operative, but she isn’t very high up. She keeps being pushed down, until she’s eventually shut down completely, simply for fighting against Roper. And why? Because the British government works with Roper behind closed doors. Because of convenience, and because of greed. And its this regular woman who is tired of seeing this greed stand, and trying to make a better world. She has endless courage, and her perseverance is the beacon of hope in the show.
And then of course you have the spy himself, Jonathan Pine. Quite literally the Night Manager at a hotel in Cairo, he seems like a very regular man. A former soldier, but those days are in his past. But when he’s given the opportunity, when certain documents fall into his possession, he doesn’t hesitate. He sends them off to Angela and eventually is employed by her to go undercover, and infiltrate Roper’s most inner circle. Seeing what he does in order to pull this off, how deep he has to go really just leaves you awestruck. This is not a man in the British government, who’s done any kind of spy work before. This is just a man who wants justice, and is willing to fight for it.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure how the series would end. Roper has men everywhere, and it seems more than a little impossible to catch him. And even if they did, he would easily be out of jail in a few days, wouldn’t he? I think I wasn’t the only one who felt a twinge of disappointment at seeing Roper put under arrest. Of course, that wasn’t the end of it. Jonathan knew just as well as we did that there was no way Roper was going to stay in prison. He was too clever for that, and had too many friends. So Pine, with the help of his friends, had the arms Roper sold his clients explode, right before all of their eyes. And when the clients demanded their money back, Pine made the money transfer, making it impossible for Roper to pay them back. The series ends with Roper being driven off, locked up, in a car with the clients that think he screwed them over. One can only imagine the sort of torture he’ll undergo.
It’s yet to be announced officially if more is to come or not. The Night Manager, the novel itself has been completely adapted. As Tom Hiddleston put, “There is no more night to manage.” But does this mean that it’s over? Not necessarily. They may have had a solid conclusion with Part 6, but it didn’t destroy the possibility of a continuation. We don’t actually know what happens to Roper, and it’s very possible he either escaped or talked his way out of that one. And if Pine got word of that, there’s no doubt that he would go after him again. Or maybe he enjoyed the work, and is willing to go undercover again? The options are endless. If there’s more to come, I seriously cannot wait. And if this was it? Well, it’s one of the best shows I’ve watched in a long time. The contrast and tension between Hiddleston and Laurie was absolutely gorgeous. From start to finish, I was glued to the screen and The Night Manager gives a rebirth to the espionage genre, to me, at the very least, that it’s needed for sometime. And if there is no more to come, we always have the book to read.