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Bloodlands: Why did Tom Brannick commit murder?


Crime drama Bloodlands grows all the more gripping with each episode and the second instalment did not disappoint. Troubled police officer Tom Brannick (played by James Nesbitt) left viewers shocked and uncertain about his motivations with his latest move. Express.co.uk looks at the most recent episode of BBC series Bloodlands and why Tom murdered someone in cold blood.

Why did Tom Brannick commit murder in Bloodlands?

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from Bloodlands episode 1 and 2

Seasoned detective Tom seemed to turn the tables after he murdered Adam Corry (Ian McElhinney) at the end of episode two.

The police officer took the frail Adam to his brother’s final resting place on the island in the middle of Strangford Lough.

Adam’s brother David was one of the victims of the mysterious assassin Goliath, who had been operating during the 1990s and taking out key members on both sides of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Adam also asked Tom why he was blocking the investigation, going on to suggest commanding officer Jackie Twomey (Lorcan Cranitch) was Goliath.

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Adam’s possession of the owl necklace seemed to suggest he was telling the truth about the affair between Emma and his brother.

There is clearly more to this story than meets the eye with Tom unlikely to have murdered his wife Emma just because of her affair.

Tom would have been acting on orders from above with Jackie potentially involved given he has been trying to shut down the case.

With only two episodes left, viewers are going to be getting more answers and insight into Goliath and Tom’s link with the assassin.

Speaking about the character of Brannick, creator Chris Brandon explained: “The Northern Ireland we know now is a country that is mostly at peace and one that looks forward with hope.

“But the foundations of peace are delicate. The legacy of violence has left indelible scars. How Northern Ireland moves forward depends very much on how it deals with its past.

“Many feel there may be peace but there is still injustice. Many question how there can be reconciliation without truth.

“These struggles exist in Tom Brannick. As a veteran detective he has a foot in both the past and the present. He has hope for the future in the potential of his daughter, but he is stopped from moving forward by the resurrection of an assassin myth; a symbol of police collusion in past violence that holds deeply personal significance.

“Tom must cut out the root of this myth in order to have any hope of a peaceful tomorrow. He must confront his past to protect the future he prizes above all.”

Brandon’s words suggest there is still much to be uncovered from Tom’s past but also his wife Emma’s role given she was part of military intelligence.

Bloodlands continues on BBC One tonight at 9pm


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