The final series of Broadchurch may well have left us with more questions than answers, but there is one question that we have all been dying to know: just how did things work out for DI Hardy on his Tinder date?
Well, now fans have the chance to find out for themselves how that toe-curlingly awkward moment from episode four ended, with a deleted scene that was released shortly after the final episode of the series was shown on Monday night.
The original sequence, which proved to be a fleeting moment of light relief in an otherwise intense and dramatic series, saw DI Alec Hardy having dinner with his date Zoe, as she discovered that his profile on the dating app had actually been written by his daughter.
But if the deleted clip is anything to go by, his date didn’t seem to hold it against him, given that the date ended with the detective walking her home as they discussed Trish Winterman’s rape case.
“It could be anyone…not you obviously” she tells him in the deleted scene, only for Hardy to point out: “You don’t know that. You don’t know that I am who I say I am just from an app. I could be anyone.”
Reassuring. Hardy went on to rescue a floundering point by saying: “I mean I am. I’m exactly who I say I am but you can’t be sure, you can’t be sure I’m that guy. You need to be careful.”
The date subsequently ends at Zoe’s front door when Hardy warns her not to invite him in ‘given everything that’s going on’ – but he does say he’d like to see her again.
So could love be in the air? Or is this nothing but ships passing in the night? I guess we’ll never know for sure. But at least we now know that they hit it off.
Check out the video below, if you want to see the scene for yourself.