Spooks: Pawns In The Game

Parched: Ruth, played by Nicola Walker

TIME to get serious as we approach the end.

I’m sure you are as shocked as I am to discover that next in line is episode seven.

Of eight.

You wait a year – or even longer – to see the new series of Spooks.

And then in a flash…it’s almost over.

There’s a clever bit of filming in the market scene which opens the penultimate episode.

Including players in a game of interest to the folk back at Thames House.

Ruth (Nicola Walker) has represented the less calculating side of The Grid in this series.

Harry’s guardian angel.

Who could be so much more.

They never went for that drink, did they?

Tender moment of the week in episode seven comes when Ruth touches Harry’s hand.

But otherwise it’s pretty relentless.

“I’ve forgotten what it’s like here. People as chess pieces,” comments Ruth.

The tentacles of Nightingale continue to fall into place around the globe.

Having engineered the removal of the Home Secretary.

Will Harry (Peter Firth) trust his replacement?

Story of the week revolves around a planned Hindu attack on Muslims in London.

With echoes of the 2004 Beslan school siege.

Lucas North (Richard Armitage) takes charge of a reluctant asset within a group of young Hindu terrorists.

Ashok Veerkall, 17, played by Ashley Kumar, is wise beyond his years in not trusting anyone in MI5.

Telling Lucas: “I read all about what you lot get up to on the internet.”

Please remember to breathe when this story reaches its dramatic climax.

Because I forgot.

Which in itself is just a warm up for the end of series cliffhanger on Dec 23 – with no advance screening on BBC3.

The teaser trailer for the final episode features Ros (Hermione Norris) screaming again.

But this time in an altogether more disturbing and blood curdling way.

Other things to look out for in ep seven include:

1. A dripping tap.
2. A tiger’s claw.
3. A shark.
4. Tariq out of the office.
5. The Age of Kali.

*Spooks episode seven, series eight is on BBC3 at 9pm tomorrow (Friday) ahead of its main BBC1 screening at the same time next Wednesday.

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7 responses to “Spooks: Pawns In The Game

  1. ms_moneypenni

    Why must it end so soon??
    Hopefully the hand touch is the start of the forest fire Peter was talking about between Harry and Ruth.
    Why must the writers torture us with very little Harry and Ruth?
    My question is how are Ros and Lucas handling running around trying to save London just by their little selves. Ruth being the only one on the Grid who can know and find anything it seems, but does she go home to sleep? For that matter does anyone get to sleep in this series?

  2. jimmy_twinkles

    Oh, how little we have seen of Harry & Ruth – its painful for any fan of the show.

    So many weeks of waiting, with only the smallest glimpse of what everyone wants from Nicola Walkers brilliant return.

    I’m still going to hold out for episode 8 – maybe – yes maybe by then they would have got to the ‘hug’ stage – atleast!
    I’m amazed anyone can run as fast as Ros in those killer heels…although I have spotted the odd ‘sensible shoe’ clip in between.
    Can’t get enough of series 8 and it’s nearly over!
    Roll on series 9…

  3. Thank you for the post.

    So, no resolution on the Harry and Ruth saga in this episode. Seriously, if they don’t come to some sort of solution by the end of the series, their situation can be described as the most frustrating on-screen love affair of all times. Get them together, or have them move on. Either way, just please end the torture.

    As for the rest, I’m also looking forward to seeing Harry outside the office. I don’t remember where I saw them, but there are pictures from this episode circulating around in which Harry and Lucas, along with other nameless agents, are in SE London. You can see the O2 arena in the background and it looks like they are not at all happy to be there. Exciting, though.
    Can’t wait.

  4. Am dying to see the last two eps and cannot BELIEVE we are so close to the end of this series . . . honestly, I wish the Beeb could find enough cash to give us at least 10 or 12 eps per series, greedy American that I am.

    Poor Harry and Ruth . . . I do hope they get together at some point. *sigh* It will be nice for Tariq to get out of the office, too – let’s face it, Ros and Lucas have to be getting tired of protecting Queen and Country all by their lonesome.

    I have already stated elsewhere I will be coming to London to take care of TPTB if they kill off Lucas and keep that crappy-accented cow Sarah C. around . . .
    since I fear we may be losing Ros, anyway.
    Thanks as always, Ian!

  5. Judith

    I can’t believe this series is almost over & there has not been many scenes with Harry & Ruth, come on we have waited long enough get them together for goodness sake

  6. ms_moneypenni

    How Ros can run in those heels I have no clue. I tried the other day in my ‘Ros’ shoes, and not a proper run at that. That should be a question to ask Hermione in the next interview. Hermione so how do you run in those heels?
    Ian what do you say can you ask her that for us?

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