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WARNING: This article contains potential spoilers for Poldark season five and beyond.

Season four of the sweeping BBC epic was one of the most surprising yet as Morwenna (played by Ellise Chappell) deeply suffered at the hands of her repulsive husband Reverend Osborne Whitworth (Christian Brassington).

Heartbroken and dying to be with the woman he loved, Demelza Poldark’s (Eleanor Tomlinson) brother Drake (Harry Richardson) was forced to watch from afar as Morwenna became more and more embedded in her awful life.

But things changed when Ossie was murdered on the period drama, and Morwenna and Drake could finally be together.

It took time for the pair to reconcile but a heartwarming moment saw them finally reunite in the show’s series finale, so naturally viewers are expecting Drake and Morwenna to feature in the next offering.

Yet fans of Winston Graham’s books know this isn’t supposed to be the case, as the characters are only mentioned in one line.

With the announcement season five would be the show’s last, creator Debbie teased: “In The Stranger from the Sea Winston made many references to developments that happened in the 'gap' years.

“Much can also be inferred. There are, of course, also historical events and people of the time, both in Cornwall and in London.

She added: “Series five will draw on all of these to follow the lives of the Poldarks, George Warleggan, the Enyses, and the Carnes in this intervening period.”

So it seems the creator has decided to turn Winston’s story structure on its head, and write in completely new events altogether.

Focusing on the future of Ross (Aidan Turner) and Demelza, the author only alluded to the couple having moved away and having one child together in the eighth novel.

They also ended up working in Ross’s boatyard, with the assumption being Morwenna managed to recover from her rape trauma to allow Drake to touch her again, thereby having another baby.

The Stranger from the Sea is set between 1810 and 1811 and features Ross and Demelza’s children Clowance and Jeremy now grown up and in their late teens.

The synopsis reads: “Set in 1810 to 1811, Stephen Carrington's arrival in the Poldark household changes all their lives.

“For Clowance and Jeremy in particular, the children of Ross and Demelza, Stephen's advent is the key to a new world — one of both love and danger.”

Does this mean Stephen Carrington will also remain absence from the BBC drama’s final season? Or will the latter half make a time jump into the future?

Debbie has the opportunity to mix two narratives together, which would then give closure to book fans as well as filling in the gaps.

Karen Thrussell, executive producer for Mammoth, said of the new series: “At Mammoth we’re all fans of the Poldark books and we hope our audience will continue with us on the next stage of the journey. We are confident that fans of the novels will appreciate the care with which Debbie Horsfield is continuing to adapt Winston Graham’s saga.

“This will be the last series in the Poldark chronicle...for now. Who knows what the future may bring.”

Poldark season five returns to BBC One in 2019.


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