Happy Valley star responds to theory of multiple endings being filmed

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Happy Valley star on to theory of multiple endings BBC/Lookout Point/Matt Squire

Happy Valley series 3 will be airing its much-anticipated finale next week (February 5), but which ending we're getting is still a secret.

If rumours are to be believed, several different endings have been shot, so it seems even some of the cast are as in the dark as viewers are about how the show is going to conclude.

The series sees Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), her sister Clare (Siobhan Finneran) and Catherine's grandson Ryan (Rhys Connah) trying to navigate life as a blended family.

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Ryan was born after Catherine's daughter Becky was raped by the evil murderer Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton). She later took her life, and with Royce behind bars for murder, Ryan has spent his childhood feeling lost and desperately wanting a father figure in his life.

Series three has seen 16-year-old Ryan visiting his father in jail and forming a relationship with him, and going on past series, this isn't going to be simple.

Connah has revealed he's been trying his best not to spill any secrets about what's to come to any of his friends.

"A lot of the theories are a bit stupid, so sometimes I do laugh," he told the BBC. "But sometimes when they're saying random stuff, one of them will list five different plot points, all of which happened exactly, and I'm just like…" [keeping a straight face].

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However, he reckons he's not sure how it ends yet.

"I do not know exactly how it ends. I did hear somewhere that they've made multiple endings, but that's not true," he said.

"What they've done is, as a lot of shows do – there is one ending, but they've filmed it in different ways, different ways of how characters say things, the emotions behind them, the angles, the framing, because how much that stuff can affect a scene is more than most people would think."

However, after everything they've been through, a happy ending would be well earned for them all.

Happy Valley series three continues Sundays at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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