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Tearjerker / Blackadder

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"I'm scared, sir."

Though Blackadder is still regarded as one of the funniest sitcoms ever to air on British television, the final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth, "Goodbyeee", has one of the most poignant and sad final sequences of any sitcom, ever.

  • Baldrick's desperate, almost furious, rant about why can't they just stop fighting and go home. It's heartbreaking, especially when the usually gung-ho George has nothing he can really say in response as to why it wouldn't work.
  • The image of Darling crying and begging on his knees when the driver comes in and casts one of the most ominous shadows ever to the sound of war drums in the background is probably the most sad-but-super-chilling moment in the whole series. The studio audience laughing when General Melchett says "Goodbye, Kevin Darling" ruined the mood of the scene a bit. The worst part of this was that Darling knew what it meant, but General Melchett sincerely believed that it was all a jolly jape and he was doing him a favour by sending him to the front, signing his death sentence thinking he wouldn't really want to miss the "fun". Darling begs and pleads, but can't make a dent on Melchett's fantasy world.
    • Darling's fate was perhaps one of the hardest because, even though he wasn't a very sympathetic character through most of the series, he was so close to making it through the war, and had no idea what was going to happen to him, unlike the others whose lives mainly revolved around trying to get out of 'going over the top'.
    • When Darling said he'd never get to return to his old life and marry Doris.
    Darling: Made a note in my diary on the way here. Simply says: 'Bugger'.
    • Notably when he lists off the things he thought he was going to do, such as going back to work at Pratt & Sons or keep wicket for the Croydon Gentlemen there's laughter. When he mentions marrying Doris, there's nothing.
    • Take a look at Darling in the background just before they get ready to make the step. He's on the verge of tears throughout the whole thing and clearly scared beyond what words can describe.
  • Blackadder's reaction to Darling's arrival in the trench makes the whole plot thread even more poignant; here is a man whom he has mocked mercilessly throughout the entire series... and yet when he arrives in the trench, rather than sneer at him for having to leave his desk job to join the push, Blackadder goes along with the fantasy that Darling volunteered, deciding not to kick him while he's down.
  • George's gung-ho facade finally cracks as the soldiers prepare to go over the top; after spending the whole series with a flamboyantly upbeat attitude and eagerness for battle, he's the first person to admit, in a sincere non-joking way (unlike how Blackadder had been doing the whole time), that he doesn't want to die. And he's smiling while he says it.
    George: No really, this is brave! Splendid! Noble! ...Sir?
    Blackadder: Yes, lieutenant?
    George: I'm... scared, sir.
    • George's slow realisation that he's the last of his old Tiddlywinks club still alive. The most horrifying part is that things like that actually happened—groups of young men (known as "Pals Battalions") would be encouraged to all join up together as friends; the idea of war was put to them as being like some sort of jolly, laddish escapade, like a friendly football game. Of course, once they got there, the reality was very different—and since often they would consist of a major portion of the men from individual towns, villages, neighbourhoods, and communities, those would be left immediately devastated back in Britain if (or when) most or all of them suffered heavy casualties. It's also pretty much the first time we get to see George's almost relentless cheeriness begin to crack.
    • Baldrick mentioning his own lost friends, which is played a bit for laughs, since they're all various small pets he brought to the front with him (a hamster, a worm etc.), but it's a very downplayed joke, and even Edmund can't bring himself to rib him much over it. He also talks about the day he signed up for the army, mentioning it was the only time he ever felt popular.
    Baldrick: We all thought it was going to be such fun...
  • When the guns fall silent and they think they are going to be ok.
    Captain Darling: We lived through it. The Great War. 1914 to 1917.
  • When they leave the dugout to Stand To, Blackadder has come to accept that he, finally, will die. He's not panicking as he was with the firing squad, he's not making sarcastic remarks, he's calm and somewhat detached. He knows what's going to happen, and he's ready for it. If he really wanted to get out of it, he could have thought of something, even in those few seconds; he could have used the splinter on Baldrick's ladder, he could have had a heart attack, something. But no, he doesn't. While only Blackadder III achieved his goals, only Captain Blackadder came to terms with failure.
    • Blackadder, a character defined by his total apathy for anyone other than himself, wishing everyone good luck just before they charge. That his Famous Last Words weren't a joke or a snide remark, but the first and perhaps only ones he ever spoken with empathy for other human beings, says all that needs to be said about what he's thinking right now.
    • Blackadder hears out one last plan from Baldrick and, instead of insulting it, says "Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait..." He doesn't actually hear it out; there isn't time. But he does say that whatever it is would have been better than his plan of pretending to be mad.
    Blackadder: ...After all, who'd notice another madman 'round here?
  • After years of fighting an utterly pointless war and almost getting out of it, Blackadder, Baldrick, Lieutenant George, Captain Darling and hundreds of other men go over the top of the trenches, set to an incredibly poignant version of the theme music. They don't visibly die, but just fade away to be replaced by a modern day shot of a poppy field overdubbed with birdsong.
    • Especially poignant considering the fact that poppies are the traditional flower to remember WWI. After the fighting, especially at Flanders' Field, the earth was so stirred up by the men fighting and charging across it that poppy seeds, which had been laying dormant, bloomed all over it. Just to see how something so horrible can produce something so beautiful ... which still isn't worth the price we paid for it. That a comedy show can make this point in a couple of fade-out frames is nothing short of amazing.
    • What particularly makes the ending tragic is its sharp contrast to the finales of the first and second season, in which the entire cast is killed off, and their deaths are played for laughs.
    • The Audio version of this scene, lacking the slow fade to the poppies, instead has a few lines from the episode. One each, actually.
      George: We've had some good times, some damnably good laughs, eh?
      Baldrick: I thought it was going to be such fun.
      Darling: But, eh, I don't want to go...
      Blackadder: Good Luck, everyone.
    • Such is the power of this episode, that it aired on Remembrance Day and received no complaints.
    • The story behind the infamous ending is also rather sad. It was the only take of the scene done because Rowan Atkinson and the rest of the cast were so overcome with grief, knowing that the inhumanity they were reenacting was real, that they couldn't bear to try it again when it didn't come out quite right.
  • The ending of the original series was also quite bitter and poignant. Though intercut with silly jokes till the end, it shows Edmund dying alone after his family and the entire court are poisoned to death. Firstly, not only is Edmund maimed and on the verge of death, but he also hears his father for once calling him by name and showing him some care and paying his respects, the lack of this affection being actually one of the reasons for his choices. Then as he lays dying by his own stupidity, a montage shows some family moments from past episodes and makes clear that it has all passed forever.
  • A small one from the Blackadder II episode "Money" when he has his Heroic BSoD after Baldrick informs him he can't run away from the monks is one of the few times he's in genuine despair.
    Blackadder: When I die Baldrick, do you think people will remember me?


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