Chernobyl episode five airs tonight (Monday, June 3) on HBO and tomorrow (Tuesday, June 4) on Sky Atlantic in the UK. The entire series will also be available to stream via NOW TV in the UK. The fifth episode is the final instalment in the critically acclaimed mini-series starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson. Here’s everything you need to know about the Chernobyl finale.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers about Chernobyl
What will happen in the finale?
Chernobyl episode five is the final episode in the HBO and Sky miniseries.
The fifth episode is called Vichnaya Pamyat which translates too Eternal Memory.
Thankfully, HBO has released a short teaser trailer and a short synopsis to keep viewers in suspense.
The Synopsis reads: “Valery Legasov (played by Jared Harris), Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) and Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson) risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.”
You can watch the minute 57-second teaser trailer for Chernobyl above now.
In the final episode, sees the Chernobyl trial take place in July 1987.
According to the New York Times, six former officials and technicians at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant went on trial.
Soviet officials argued that the nuclear accident was down to human error, not the design of the reactor.
The trail was held to look into what caused the Chernobyl disaster and find out who and what was responsible.
By the looks of it, the final episode will flash between the hearing and the hours before the disaster.
The trailer begins with Ulana Khomyuk being called to give evidence.
She says: “To understand what happened that night, we have to back to the first critical moment. The time is 28 past midnight.”
Chernobyl exploded at 1:23 am [Moscow Time] on April 26, 1986, after a late night safety test.
The test began at exactly 1.23.04am with preparations being made 24 hours earlier.
The final episode will look into the actions of Anatoly Dyatlov (Paul Ritter) the deputy chief engineer and supervisor in charge, plant director Viktor P. Bryukhanov (Con O’Neill) and chief engineer Nikolai Fomin (Adrian Rawlins).
As seen in episode one of Chernobyl and throughout the miniseries, Dyatlov continues to deny any responsibility for the explosion and plays down the repercussions of the disaster, despite himself suffering from radiation poisoning.
According to Dennis Nolan in Loss Prevention and Safety Control: Terms and Definition, Dyatlov received a radiation dose of 390 rem, which usually uses death in 50 per cent of those affected after 30 days.
Remarkably, Dyatlov survived the explosion and the subsequent radiation poisoning.
Until his death in 1995, Dyatlov continued to blame poor plant design, rather than plant personnel as the cause of the disaster.
He even wrote his own book called Chernobyl: How it happened.
A man tells Legasov in the car: “Once this is over, we will have our villains, we will have our hero, we will have our truth.”
While the trailer flashes through scenes of the trial, a clock ticking down can be heard with Legasov’s voice shouting out key times such as 01: 23:35 am and 01:23:42, seconds before the explosion occurred.
Boris Shcherbina can be heard giving evidence, saying “it began with a safety test.”
Khomyuk also references the scale of the disaster, noting: “They died rescuing each other, putting out fires, tending to the wounded.”
Viewers will hopefully find out what happens to Lyudmilla Ignatenko (Jessie Buckley), whose husband Vasily Ignatenko (Adam Nagaitis) died as a result of radiation poisoning two weeks after the explosion.
Lyudmila was pregnant at the time when she was caring for her dying husband, with the radiation exposure posing a huge threat to her and her unborn baby’s life.
Viewers will know how it all ends for the series hero, Valery Legasov, from the first two minutes of episode one.
Legasov took his own life and was found in his apartment, on April 27, 1988, a day after the two year anniversary of the disaster.
The final episode will shed light on the events leading up to his death and the recordings of the tapes that were played in episode one.
Khomyuk is seen telling Legasov: “When your testimony arrives, insist on reform.”
Legasov responds: “I’ve already given my life, isn’t that enough?”
The trailer ends with Legasov taking to the stand to give evidence.
Viewers will have to watch the finale tonight and tomorrow to find out the outcome of the trial.
Chernobyl, the final episode, airs tonight on HBO and tomorrow on Sky Atlantic
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