The Singapore Grip End Explained | What happened to Vera...

The Singapore Grip End Explained | What happened to Vera...
The Singapore Grip End Explained | What happened to Vera...
Did you think Matthew and Vera would flee? That our young lovers would get their happy ending even in the middle of a war? You thought wrong!

The sixth and final episode of ITV’s The Singapore Grip ends the story – and in keeping with a series adapted from JG Farrell’s satirical novel about the British Empire, it ends with the business-minded Blacketts going to safety while Matthew Webb (Luke Treadaway) is taken as a prisoner of war and Vera Chiang (Elizabeth Tan) is left to fend for himself.

Here’s what happens to each of our characters, and how the story ends.

Does the novel end like the TV series?

Pretty much, yes! The events in the ITV series and in JG Farrell’s original novel play out very similarly, although it must be said that the TV show lost some of the bookbite.

One structural change, however, is that the novel is written entirely chronologically, while the TV series starts almost at the end of the story (Matthew tries to find Vera so they can escape) and then spins again in a very long flashback, before it catches up with itself.

Are Vera and Matthew escaping?

No. In both the book and the TV series are Vera Chiang and Matthew Webb straight about to escape Singapore on board a boat with a group of fleeing Allied forces – but then a group of Australian soldiers emerge from the darkness and command the boat for their own escape mission. And when François Dupigny tries to weigh the anchor so that his friends can escape, the Australian NCO shoots him in the leg.

“Speechless with anger and frustration, they walked back across the airfield tired in the dark,” writes Farrell.

After their failed previous attempts to evacuate Vera from Singapore, Matthew and Vera realize that they have both missed their last chance to escape – and that this is particularly bad news for Vera as the Japanese are approaching the city.

She cannot be found in Matthew’s company or in his home on Mayfair; She has to try to disappear and lie down. So the young lovers return to Vera’s old cabin in the apartment building, where they say goodbye.

Shortly afterwards, the European civilians of the colony are rounded up by Japanese troops and marched on foot to be interned in Changi Jaol. This includes Matthew, the Major, and Francois Dupigny.

Walter Blackett getting away with it?

Yes. The rubber baron Walter Blackett (David Morrissey) escapes on board the motor yacht “Nigel” together with his new business partner WJ Bowser-Barringdon and the embalmed (and coffin-provided) corpse of his old rival Solomon Langfeld.

The other Blacketts have of course already left Singapore; Joan and her fiancé Nigel Langfeld managed to get on the ship to India (as seen in episode 5), as did her brother Monty Blackett (who was hiding in the car among the De Souza sisters when it was swaddled on board ). The major’s sick dog, The Human Condition, also made it onto the ship.

Mrs. Blackett and young Kate had previously traveled to Australia, and Farrell ends the story – surprisingly – with a hypothetical description of an adult Kate who many years later sat at their breakfast table in Bayswater with her husband, and perhaps not the American Jim Ehrendorf (!!).

Will Vera and Matthew reunite?

“We’ll see you again, won’t we?” Matthew asks in both the TV series and the book. “Yes, one day sure,” replies Vera.

After that moment, we never see Vera directly again.

Farrell writes: “During the first few weeks after his internment, news of mass executions of Chinese suspected of helping the British penetrated Changi. Many of the Chinese killed were towed at sea with lighters and had to jump overboard. still tied together in twos and threes. Others were shot at with machine guns at wholesalers on the beaches. According to rumors that reached the camp, in every part of Singapore where Chinese people lived, they had to leave their homes at dawn and show hooded informants. What chance would Vera have? ”

But then! One day, during his second year of internment, a Chinese man pushes him a small package that rekindles his hope and lets him know that Vera is still alive and thinking of him: “It was a pack of cigarettes wrapped in a handkerchief. When he opened it, he put his head in his hands: it contained a lump of sugar and two boiled white mice.

“And he thought, ‘Well who knows? At least there is a chance. Maybe she’ll survive after all, and so will I. ‘”

So Vera and Matthew will reunite at the end of the war? The story tells us nothing; It’s up to you to decide …

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