The Pact star explains why ending will "frustrate" viewers

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Photo credit: BBC

The Pact spoilers follow.

The Pact's Eddie Marsan has teased why the new BBC drama will leave some viewers feeling "frustrated".

Starring Breaking Bad's Laura Fraser, Ordinary Lies' Heledd Gwyn, Noughts + Crosses' Rakie Ayola and Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh, the show follows a group of brewery employees whose lives are turned upside down following the death of their smarmy, young boss.

Marsan, who plays the late boss's father Arwel Evans, reassured those that tuned into the first episode tonight (May 17) that it's "a very satisfying show to watch" but for that very reason, they're likely going to be gutted when the sixth and final instalment rolls around.

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Photo credit: BBC

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"I think at the end they're going to think, 'Right, what am I going to do now?' There's going to be an element of frustration because it's ending," he told Digital Spy and other press.

"It's like going into a maze. They're going to be turned, go down one alley, and then they're going to be walking around but ultimately, they will find their way out," Eiry Thomas, who plays Louie, added. "You'll find something good at the end. It is satisfying. I was very satisfied reading it."

Elsewhere, Hesmondhalgh, who plays Nancy, explained that most of the cast were attracted to the project because of the "really complex and flawed female characters at the heart of it," as well as the fact that it had one of those rare scripts that doesn't "fall off at the end".

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Photo credit: BBC

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"You know that feeling where you're watching something and it starts off brilliantly, and the first couple of episodes you're like, 'This is going to be great. Where is this going to go?' And then it fizzles at the end. It's almost like they can't quite meet the expectation of the first few episodes," she said.

"I honestly don't think The Pact does that. I feel like the suspense and the twists and turns of it do last the course of the whole six episodes. People won't be disappointed by the conclusion, and I think that's quite an unusual thing now," Hesmondhalgh concluded.

"There's a lot of emphasis on character and not so much emphasis on a really tight story that delivers right to the end, and I really feel like The Pact has that."

The Pact continues tomorrow night (May 18) at 9pm on BBC One. All six episodes are available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.

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