After last night’s rather underwhelming instalment, the final episode disappointingly continued at a slow pace as Yvonne Carmichael’s (Emily Watson) court case resumed.
The first 20 minutes, which saw numerous witnesses take to the stand, were vital to the storyline but felt unnecessarily drawn out.
It was only when Yvonne herself took to the stand to defend herself against the charge that she had assisted her lover Mark Costley (played by Ben Chaplin) to murder George Selway (Steven Elder), that it really had you gripped.
Actress Emily stole the show as her character broke down in court when she relived her horrific sexual assault.
Apple Tree Yard final: Emily Watson as Dr Yvonne Carmichael
Apple Tree Yard final saw Yvonne relive her horrific sexual assault
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It's hard to think of anyone other than Emily Watson who could take on this complex character.
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The TV star truly left you feeling sickened by what had happened to her as well as immensely sad that she had to suffer alone and felt she could not turn to her husband, Gary (Mark Bonnar).
And, her reaction when she learned that Mark had betrayed her to his barrister was brilliant. It is hard to think of anyone other than Emily who could take on the complex character of Yvonne.
Surprisingly, the series remained true to the novel by Louise Doughty that it is based upon, and Yvonne was allowed to walk free while Mark was sent to prison.
Apple Tree Yard is based on the novel by Louise Doughty
Apple Tree Yard final: Mark Costley made an appearance at the end
The aftermath of events was beautifully played out as she tried to find her place in her home again and figure out what the future held for her marriage.
But, while she tried to settle back into her old life, she couldn’t resist speaking to Mark one more time.
Her visit to see him in prison was both chilling and satisfying as she realised the man she had fallen in love with was delusional and obsessed with leading a double life.
Can she escape the grip of Mark Costley or will she always be haunted by their dangerous affair?