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Dan Walker shares amazing Happy Valley finale theory - and fans think he's right

What's your theory on Happy Valley's ending?

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
January 31, 2023
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Happy Valley’s season three finale is taking place on Sunday, and it seems that everyone is speculating on how the show will conclude - including Channel 5 news presenter Dan Walker!

Taking to Twitter, the TV personality opened up about how he thinks the show will conclude, and fans think he might be right! He wrote: "My new #HappyValley climax theory (please tell me I’m wrong and it all ends nicely)… Ryan says he’ll run away but betrays Tommy & gets murdered by his dad. Catherine kills Tommy on her last day in the job and Claire takes the fall to show her sister that she loves her." 

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He then cheekily added: "Theory number 2: Neil is Tommy’s dad it all kicks off." 

Fans were quick to agree, with one writing: "Might not be far off here Dan," while another added: "Ohhh I thought something along this line! Claire or Anne doing the deed on Tommy, Ryan saving Catherine, etc." 

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Will Catherine kill Tommy?

Others were quick to share their own theories, with one writing: "Tommy is moments away from killing Catherine and Ryan turns up and does him in," while another added: "I think Tommy kills Catherine and Ryan kills Tommy." A third person suggested: "I have a theory that Alyson Garrs and her problematic car (clutch) has something to do with the finale - maybe Tommy tries to steal it but can’t drive it because of the clutch." 

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Director Fergus O’Brien has opened up about what viewers can expect from the finale. Speaking on the Shrine Podcast, he said: "You can expect to be thrilled. I literally can't tell you anything plot-wise because I would be hunted down probably.

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We can't wait for the ending!

"But it's really exciting. I've rewatched it recently for some reason or other and I remember looking at the time code and I was 16 minutes in and I couldn't believe how much stuff has happened."

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