**Spoilers for Chernobyl episode 5 below**
In what is now one of the most highly rated television shows of all time, Chernobyl reached its haunting conclusion this week on HBO and Sky Atlantic and now series creator Craig Mazin has revealed why the last episode is the most important.
‘The most important episode is the final episode. That’s the one that matters the most. It is holding the cost up to our faces,’ Mazin told Vox.
The finale is in part, a courtroom drama with the acting between the trial and the chaotic evenst in the power plant control room in the hours leading up to the explosion.
Mazin explain he chose to structure the narrative this way to show viewers that the disaster was caused because of ‘science’.
‘It is in part a courtroom drama, but it’s also a scientific inquiry. And I wanted people to see that these things don’t happen because God willed it,’ he explained.
‘It doesn’t happen because of bad luck. It doesn’t happen because you were doomed, or because of fate. It happens because of science. Facts.
‘And if it happens because of science, that means if we pay attention to science, we can avoid it happening.’
Ultimately, Chernobyl serves as a stark allegory for climate change – which Mazin emphasises is ‘what matters most’.
He added: ‘And right now, like it or not, we’re unfortunately those guys in the control room going, “Well, the one thing we don’t have to worry about is this thing blowing up.”
‘That’s us, on this planet, right now. So that’s why the fifth episode, I hope people, like you, find their way through it and go, “Okay, yeah, I get it.”
Chernobyl is available to stream on Now TV.
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