‘This is making me feel sick’: Anne Boleyn viewers are left repulsed by ‘barbaric’ execution scene in final episode of controversial mini-series
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Anne Boleyn viewers were left aghast during the show’s finale on Thursday evening as Jodie Turner-Smith depicted the Tudor’s gory death.
Fans took to Twitter to voice their shock over the scenes with one user penning: ‘This is making me feel sick’, as the mini-series drew to a close after showing the heartbreaking final five months in the life of Henry VIII’s second wife.
There has already been much fanfare surrounding the series due to the decision to cast a black actress in the role, yet Jodie has won widespread praise for her role.
While the gory nature of the final episode left fans in shock, the whole episode was praised by viewers, some of whom stated they had grown emotional.
Shock: Anne Boleyn viewers were left aghast during the show’s finale as Jodie Turner-Smith depicted the Tudor’s gory death
Fans took to Twitter to write: ‘#AnneBoleyn this is making me feel sick. They were so barbaric. Poor Anne… Also the poor guys who were accused of being her lovers. The lute boy… Beheaded. Mad mad mad #AnneBoleyn.’
Other viewers penned: ‘It was a fantastic finale. I felt quite emotional watching it . What an awful end to her marriage and life…
‘It’s great that she still gets remembered so much today . #AnneBoleyn #innocent well done to #jodieturnersmith portrayal of such an iconic person…
‘just finished. her end breaks me every single time. my goodness @MissJodie i’m flawed by you, you portrayed anne marvellously with regal, natural ease.’
Ouch: Fans took to Twitter to voice their shock over the scenes with one user penning: ‘This is making me feel sick’, as the mini-series showing the heartbreaking final five months of Henry VIII’s second wife
The launch of the show on Tuesday stunned fans when Jodie shared a tender kiss with love rival Jane Seymour, played by Lola Petticrew, during the first episode.
The opening installment also involved racy sex scenes between Anne, played by Jodie, 34, and Henry VIII, played by Mark Stanley, with one moment seeing the doomed queen strangle her husband before putting on a passionate display.
During the first episode, it sees a pregnant Anne blindsided by the realisation that Henry has an eye on one of her ladies, Jane Seymour, who eventually goes on to succeed her as the Queen of England.
Prior to the finale, Jodie criticised the Royal Family‘s treatment of Meghan Markle.
Speaking to Richard Arnold, Jodie, who is currently starring as Anne Boleyn in a Channel 5 series, said: ‘There’s a lot of resistance to new things that can push that institution forward in a way that more represents the world today.
Alarming: There has already been much fanfare surrounding the series due to the decision to cast a black actress in the role, yet Jodie has won widespread praise for her role
‘I think they could have looked at this marriage and that relationship as a way to evolve
‘They could have embraced it and embraced her fully, and protected her. And protected their son in a way that made him feel like he didn’t need to leave.’
In March, Meghan and Prince Harry had a bombshell interview Oprah Winfrey, in which the Duchess admitted she ‘couldn’t be left alone’ and told her husband she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’.
She also claimed the Buckingham Palace HR department ignored her plea for help because she wasn’t a ‘paid employee’.
Opinion: Prior to the finale, Jodie criticised the Royal Family ‘s treatment of Meghan Markle
Thoughts: The actress, 34, hit out at the Royals for not ‘protecting’ the Duchess of Sussex and said they didn’t ’embrace her fully’ during an appearance on Wednesday’s edition of Good Morning Britain (Prince Harry and Meghan in 2018)
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