After Life season 3 hits number one on Netflix

By Amelia Riley

The Ricky Gervais comedy, After Life, released its third and final season on Netflix on 14th January, and became a hit with viewers.

The emotional dark comedy series follows Ricky Gervais’s character, Tony, after the loss of his wife, Lisa, to cancer. Now a widower journalist, Tony continues through life with an “I don’t give a f***” attitude.

After the release of the new season, fans took to Twitter to share how touched they were by the story.

“#AfterLife is the best show on TV. I can only watch one episode a day. Too emotional and too funny for me to take much more. @rickygervais, cast, and crew…. Thank you for a beautiful and wonderful show.” @MarcCBMaxwell tweeted.

Another Twitter user, @JoshJoshieg98 tweeted: “@rickygervais WOW! What a fantastic series 3 of After Life, such an emotional and heartfelt series. The whole thing is just beautifully crafted, and the acting is phenomenal.”

Whilst we follow Tony’s story through grief, we also gain an insight into the troubles of the other characters such as Tony’s brother-in-law, Matt, who endures struggles with his marriage. However, my personal favourite is Kath.

In the first two seasons of the show, Kath, who works at the local newspaper with Tony, comes across as a comical weirdo who likes to mingle with her colleagues, all of which dread her strange conversations.

However, this season we delved into Kath’s struggles with loneliness in her attempt to find love. In a heart-breaking scene, we see Kath at a fitness class struggling to join in on an exercise. The instructor asks everyone to laugh in order to relax and release endorphins.

When he realises that Kath isn’t joining in on the laughter, he asks her to do it by herself until she breaks down crying and bursts out “I’m so lonely.”

In one simple scene, we see the true depth to Kath’s character and she teaches us that whilst someone seems happy and is mingling with everyone else, not all is as it seems and they are in fact lonely so we have to treat everyone with kindness.

Additionally to this emotional finale, the ending sees everyone enjoying the Tambury Fair as Kath finally finds love, Matt stands up for a little boy being picked on, earning points with his wife and son, Brian finds comfort in Coleen, and Anne enjoys her time with new love-interest Paul.

Happy that his friends are happy, Tony walks away from the fair with his dog, into the field. Lisa shows up, holds his hand for a moment before disappearing, before the dog disappears and eventually, Tony does too.

This ending left fans to believe that Tony and his dog eventually died and joined Lisa. However, Ricky Gervais confirmed what the ending meant:

“It’s just that life goes on, you know? When we’re all dead and buried, that field’s still there, the Tambury Fair is still going, that tree is still there, and it’s basically said that we all die, but not today.”

He continued: “That’s what the ending is saying. ‘We all die, but not today’. Enjoy it while you can, life is so finite. Whenever you are born, and whenever you die, it’s all over. So enjoy that bit, that tiny little bit.

“You don’t exist for 13 and a half billion years, you have 80-90 years if you’re lucky, and then you die, never to exist again. So all you’ve got is experience and then you’re dead and buried and forgotten.”

He also confirmed that the third season was the final as he thinks “it’s the right decision artistically”.

“I don’t think I can top that ending. And it’s not the end. It’s there forever. It’ll always be around.”

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