The countries above had a happy ending. But that was not what was originally planned. Author Gilles Desjardins had written a “much darker” finale, which he threw in the trash when a certain pandemic struck Quebec.
Monday evening, a million viewers witnessed the in-extremis rescue of Séraphin (Vincent Leclerc), Donalda (Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse) and their newborn baby. The inhabitants of Sainte-Adèle, led by Alexis (Maxime Le Flaguais), joined forces to fight the great forest fire which promised to destroy the small family.
After six seasons of heartbreak, the radio-Canadian western ended in general joy.
The faithful of the period drama warmly welcomed this conclusion. On Facebook, cheers abound.
Because of the coronavirus
However, the series had to end in an opposite way, reveals Gilles Desjardins at Newspaper. COVID-19 prompted him to reconsider his plans. “I had an ending that was much darker. I changed it completely. Considering all we were going through, I didn’t want to go in that direction anymore. I wanted to show something more positive. “
Gilles Desjardins refuses to detail his original screenplay. But after watching this final episode, one can easily imagine more dismal options. Was Donalda losing her child? Was she perishing in the midst of the flames with Seraphim? Mystery.
Either way, the author is happy to have changed his mind. “I’m very, very happy to have made this decision. I wouldn’t have wanted to undermine public morale. I am happy to have sent a message of mutual aid. Because, to get through a great ordeal, we must show solidarity. And that is what it is necessary to be in Quebec now. “
For Gilles Desjardins, this conclusion is also “very consistent with the primary ambition of Upper country “.
“One of the challenges was to make it a psychological adventure for Séraphin. It has been a long, long, long journey, but we can see that it has changed a lot. “
Stingy with incredible cruelty at the start of the series, the mythical character has transformed into a respected deputy minister.
Desjardins also salutes the performance of Vincent Leclerc. Winner of the Gemini award for best leading male role in 2016 (and finalist for the next four years), the actor has greatly inspired the author.
“When I discovered his extraordinary virtuosity as an actor, I wrote things that I wouldn’t have dared to imagine. “
According to confirmed data from Numéris, which includes recordings, the 6th season of Upper country rallied an average of 1,250,000 viewers, up 200,000 from 2020. Among them, several wonder why the series is withdrawing.
In an email sent to Newspaper, Radio-Canada speaks of a “natural end”, after a career crowned with “critical and popular” success.