Also can we applaud how well directed the scene of him being brought in was? Maximum tension
That was an eye-roll moment for me. An eye-roll moment that went on so long that I picked up my phone to check social media, and never quite put it down again because I was convinced they were stringing me along and couldn't be bothered with the faff waiting for a proper reveal.
For a while I've thought the show was getting far too silly, and they might as well have the rat from Horrible Histories hold up a sign saying "we're pushing your emotional buttons now" for all the subtlety with which they did it. He'd have been on screen a lot.
I didn't mind that too much. I'm realistic enough to realise that it's hard to have these high drama sensational shows without things getting daft, so I just enjoy them for what they are.
The message of the ending is fine - one I support. It might have worked if they'd finished this arc a couple of series sooner, but having milked the sensationalist aspects for the last few years, I feel like they have a bit of a cheek to opt for the serious message.
It's a bit like going to a burger restaurant, being sold high fat, high salt, low nutrition food and then just as you are finishing up, having your waiter scold you about healthy eating, expecting you to eat the raw brussel sprout they've hidden at the bottom of your pudding.