Ashes Explains “Life On Mars” End

The upcoming third and final season of “Ashes To Ashes” will also explain the ending to its predecessor, the original two-season long UK “Life On Mars” reports Digital Spy.

Co-creator Matthew Graham says “Series three unifies ‘Life On Mars’ and ‘Ashes To Ashes’ and makes them one show. By the time you get halfway through series three of ‘Ashes To Ashes’, you will actually feel like you’re watching series five of ‘Life On Mars’.”

Which begs the question, will any of the other characters from ‘Mars’ pop-up in ‘Ashes’ such as Sam Tyler (John Simm) or Annie Cartwright (Liz White). Graham says yes but won’t go into specifics – “You can expect Life On Mars to be bleeding in to Ashes To Ashes. I think that’s a better way to explain it.”


Both series have had their contemporary lead characters put into a coma by a trauma and finding themselves in the past (70’s Manchester in ‘Mars’, 80’s London in ‘Ashes’) which seems to be their bodies’ coping mechanism. At the end of ‘Mars’ Sam Tyler seemingly commits suicide in the present day to return to his coma-induced 70’s life.

The most recent second season of ‘Ashes’ has hinted at something more going on with another comatose patient in the same present day hospital appearing and interacting with DI Alex Drake (Keely Hawes) in the 1982 world. The season ended on a mind-bender of a cliffhanger with Drake shot by Gene Hunt (Phillip Glenister) in 1982 and waking up in the present day. Suddenly Gene appears on every monitor in the hospital yelling that her 1982 self is in a coma.


Graham says once ‘Ashes’ is wrapped, that’s it – “In a way what we’re saying is that we’re going to finally explain the mythology we’ve created. And in theory, there will be no mystery left. This is it, this is the end and I’ve written the last ever lines I will ever write for Gene Hunt. There’s no way we could do another series after this. There would be no mystery left.”

The full interview about what to expect from the final season, which begins airing early next year, is up at Digital Spy.