Warning: Do not read until you have seen Season 5 Episode 8.
I am just unwrapping myself from the foetal position having watched this week’s episode of Ray Donovan, “Horses.”
That wasn’t just the most powerful episode of the season.
It was one of its biggest punch in the guts the show has ever delivered.
Sure, we have known the death of Abby (Paula Malcomson) was imminent. It’s been fleshed out over the whole season, with Terry’s (Eddie Marsan) confession to Ray (Liev Schreiber) last week.
But the way it unfolded this week was searing stuff. As Ray secured a place in an experimental cancer treatment, Abby swallows the pills that will send her to sleep. Daughter Bridget -with Kerris Dorsey turning in mature performances- was there to the very end, but painfully torn between her mother’s wishes and her father’s anguish.
A final scene at Abby’s bar in which pain and blame are unleashed in a family brawl was brutal stuff… again with poor Bridget watching on in horror. There were no winners in this graphic, tragic scene.
But where did Conor (Devon Bagby) go? Why was he denied a final moment, last seen in the bar? It felt incomplete to me on this front….
Ray Donovan may not be pulling the same audience figures as previous seasons, barely appearing in the STV Top 20, but as this week proved it still has some serious dramatic punch.