Derry Girls aired its latest episode on Wednesday night and managed to include some really impressive cameos to mark the latest outing for the hit sitcom.
While the season three finale aired earlier this week, the final episode of Derry Girls was a standalone special set around the time of the Good Friday Deal vote, which coincided with Orla’s 18th birthday.
Towards the end of the show, the spectators said an emotional goodbye to the cast as they were seen voting in favor of the deal.
Following his previous cameo in the series, Liam Neeson’s character was also seen casting his vote as he returned for a silent appearance that viewers on Twitter found particularly moving:
Fans were then treated to an even more unexpected scene in the middle of the end credits, featuring none other than Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea.
As Derry Girls devotees will remember, the gang wrote to Chelsea during the second season at a moment set during the Clintons’ visit to Northern Ireland in 1995.
While they never received a response, a scene set in present-day New York showed the writer and global health advocate receiving a handwritten letter that was apparently “intercepted while on his way to the White House in the 1990s.”
She then read the note from the Derry Girls asking her if she would like to “hang out” with them when she gets to Northern Ireland with her parents.
“If they’re like our parents, well, you’ll get bored of your tree,” the note read.
Speaking about her surprise appearance, Chelsea Clinton said: “Thanks to the incredible talent of Lisa McGee and the wonderful cast and crew of Derry Girls, people around the world have been able to better understand and relate to a hugely significant and important period of history in Northern Ireland and to the world.
“Like many, I am a huge fan of the series and was honored to be able to appear in such a special final episode. I hope people enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed being a part of it.”
Suffice to say, Chelsea’s appearance on the show left fans stunned:
Set in 1998, in the week of the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement, which established a peace deal for warring factions in Northern Ireland, the latest episode of Derry Girls explored the real-life tensions of the time while offering a slight relief as Erin and Orla try to throw a joint 18th birthday party.
The group also faces tension when Erin and Michelle have an argument about the peace deal, as Erin feels that it is not right that paramilitary prisoners can be released as part of the conditions, while Michelle reminds her that her brother is in jail. prison for such a crime.
As the episode came to a close, Erin reflected on the importance of growing up and moving on.
The message became particularly poignant for the comedy series finale and the landmark moment when he discusses video footage of The Troubles and debates that key political figures had.
She said: “It’s good, it’s exciting and maybe a little bit scary too. There’s a part of me that wants everything to stay the same. That we could all stay like this forever. There’s a part of me that really doesn’t want to grow up. I’m not sure I’m ready for it. I’m not sure I’m ready for the world. But things can’t stay the same and they shouldn’t.
“No matter how scary it is, we have to keep going. And we have to grow because things could change for the better. So we have to be brave. And if our dreams break along the way, we have to make new ones out of the pieces.”
The characters have their last moments together at the polling station as they vote for the peace deal.
As they walk out together, a newscaster’s voiceover says “Yes, 71.12%. A record turnout and an overwhelming majority.
“The people of Northern Ireland have spoken. The country has just taken its first step towards the future.”
Derry Girls is available to watch in its entirety now on All 4.