The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

IT’S the be­gin­ning of the end for lovers of TheAf­fair, the epic drama about flawed adults and their bro­ken chil­dren, pay­ing the price for their par­ents’ dys­func­tion. The main story picks up 10 years on from sea­son 4, when Ruth Wilson’s char­ac­ter Ali­son seem­ingly took her life by throw­ing her­self into the sea. In truth, she was mur­dered and now, her still-griev­ing daugh­ter Joanie ( Flack star Anna Paquin) has re­turned to Mon­tauk, seek­ing an­swers. Mean­while, Maura Tier­ney’s He­len seems to have grown a spine and stops tak­ing the crap she has ac­cepted from her hus­band, Noah (Do­minic West, pic­tured with Tier­ney) and their needy chil­dren: from Whit­ney, who is set to wed, to Trevor, reel­ing after be­ing outed by his dad. Then there’s Sierra (Emily Brown­ing) who had a baby with He­len’s boyfriend, Vik. He fa­thered the child with their neigh­bour after He­len re­fused his dy­ing wish to have more chil­dren. This was be­fore He­len and Sierra slept to­gether – messed up, huh? De­spite his be­trayal of her in his orig­i­nal af­fair with Ali­son, Noah con­tin­ues to plead for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, hop­ing his pro­fes­sional suc­cess in pub­lish­ing a new book will some­how show he’s a sta­ble in­di­vid­ual. In­stead, the book is turned into a movie and the man set to play him makes a play for He­len. With just 11 episodes in this fi­nal sea­son, there’s plenty of trauma and tears to come, but that’s what has us all hooked, right?

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