(Spoiler alert: Do not read further if you have yet to watch the final episode)

“HARRY Pearce…”

The poignant last ever episode of Spooks has just finished.

There will be no more.

Nicola Walker summed up my feelings in an interview this week when she said:

“The storyline for this last series is the right ending for the show.

“I don’t know if it’s going to please everybody but it’s a very clever and grown up end point.”

Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) and Ruth Evershed (Nicola Walker)

“NOT while I still draw breath.”

Sir Harry Pearce is a joy to behold in the first episode of the last ever series of Spooks.

With just six hours left before we say goodbye, the writers of our favourite spy drama appear intent on celebrating the man who has been there from the very start.

Or perhaps more accurately, a skilled actor by the name of Peter Firth.

Lucas and Maya

“WHAT if there was one time in your life when everything made sense?

“What wouldn’t you do to go back?”

Lucas / John tries to explain to Ruth why he’s risking everything for a new life with Maya (Laila Rouass).

Before giving Ms Evershed (Nicola Walker) marriage advice.

Spooks series nine, episode eight, brings the 2010 season to a close with Section D hunting one of their own.

Driving Lucas (Richard Armitage) crazy

“YOU have a name, a life, that were never meant to be yours.

“You’ve got no friends, no family, no past. You’re not a real person.”

Spooks series nine, episode six finds Lucas / John caught on a hook.

Reeled in by Vaughn to the point of risking everything for Maya.

And capable of shocking behaviour.