The Serpent ending explained: What happened at the end of The Serpent?

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After eight nail-biting episodes, The Serpent came to an end tonight (Sunday, February 14) on BBC One. The entire series is available to watch via the BBC iPlayer now and viewers still cannot believe the harrowing true story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj (played by Tahar Rahim). What happened at the end of The Serpent? has a full recap of the final episode. 

What happened at the end of The Serpent?

Justice was finally served at the end of The Serpent on BBC One.

Over the past eight episodes, viewers have watched the French serial killer, conman and thief Charles Sobhraj continue to kill, avoid arrest and even escape from an Indian prison cell. 

In the end, Sobhraj’s narcissism, not to mention his murderous past got the better of him. 

With the help of Dutch junior diplomat Herman Knippenberg’s (Billy Howle) work from the 1970s to catch the killer, not to mention the confession of his accomplice Marie-Andree Leclerc (Jenna Coleman) haunting him from her grave, Sobhraj was arrested in Nepal on charges of murder in 2003.

The final episode begins in June 1976, with Sobhraj and Leclerc the subject of international arrest warrants. 

The duo are in India, with Sobhraj going by the name of ‘Daniel’ and on a mission to get him and Leclerc two new passports so they can continue to evade the authorities. 

Daniel orchestrated the drugging of a group of young travellers so he can rob them of their belongings. However, things took a tragic turn when one of the young male travellers dies as a result of the drugging. 

One of the young men Sobhraj had recruited, John, suspects foul play is involved in the death of the young Frenchman and questions a broken Leclerc as she makes her way to cash their victims’ money. 

Whilst Leclerc is making contact with her family in Quebec, Canada at a payphone, John stole her bag containing the new passports which would have secured her and Sobhraj’s escape.

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Later, viewers learn John fled to Goa, India and contacted the New Delhi police to report Leclerc and Sobhraj to the authorities, insisting “drugging and a murder” took place.

He received a phone call from an Indian police Detective, Dep Supt Naranda Nath Tuli (Alyy Khan) who arranged to meet him to discuss his claims.

John confirmed to the police Daniel had an appendix scar confirming to the Indian authorities, Daniel really was Sobhraj.

Meanwhile, things between Sobhraj and Leclerc had gotten desperate and their relationship extremely toxic.

Leclerc broke down and turned her back on Sobhraj, leading Sobhraj to carry out his plan of mass robbery on his own.

Sobhraj planned to pose as a travel guide named Daniel for a group of 30 German students. 

He offered the travellers ‘anti-dysentery pills’ laced in poison. The aim was to drug all 30 students until they were unconscious so he could rob them. In real life, Sobhraj did carry out this plan against 30 French students. 

Just the same as what happened in real life, the positioned pills began to take effect much quicker than Sobhraj anticipated and many of the students began to realise what was happening to them.

Before Sobhraj could escape from the hotel with their money and belongings, he was apprehended by Indian police, who had come from raiding Sobhraj’s hotel room, arresting Leclerc in the process.

The final episode then cuts to one year later in India. Sobhraj and Leclerc are being held on suspicion of administering poison and attempted robbery. They are also held on suspicion of two murders.

The New Delhi police already had an open arrest warrant on him for his robbery at the Ashoka Hotel and his escape from an Indian prison in 1973.

Speaking to Interpol’s Lt Col Sompol Suthimai (Thiraphat Sajakul) from his prison cell, Sobhraj admits to all of the charges the Indian police had against him but denied committing two murders in the country. 

Suthimai showed Sobhraj the evidence against him – the passport of an Israeli traveller who was found dead in his hotel in Varanasi of a drug overdose which was found in Sobhraj’s Thailand apartment. 

Sobhraj suddenly realised Herman Knippneberg was still onto him, asking: “It’s the little Dutchman isn’t it?”

He was then sternly warned he would face immediate extradition to Bangkok as soon as he has completed his 12-year sentence in India to face several murder charges.

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When Suthimai arrived in Bangkok, he met with Knippenberg to give him a transcript of Leclerc’s two-day confession to Indian police.

In her confession, Leclerc told the Indian police everything she knew, including the names of victims she recalled, the places they had visited, how they postpone their victims and the names of the passports they travelled on.

As for Leclerc, it is revealed her prison sentence is cut short by five years after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Viewers last see Leclerc telling Sobhraj in his extravagant prison cell she was going home “to die” and she had not yet forgiven him, or herself. 

The real Leclerc died at her home in Quebec, Canada in April 1984. She was 38-years-old.

The show’s chaotic timeline then jumps forward a decade to 1997, where is revealed in March 1986, Sobhraj managed to escape from jail in India once again for 22 days.

As a result, he received an additional 10 years to his sentence and by the time of his release in 1997, the Thai extradition request against him had expired. 

He is seen given interviews to French meeting, gloating about his notoriety. It is also revealed he rekindled his romance with his first wife Juliette (Stacy Martin) – however, it is unknown if this happened in real life. 

The series comes to an end in 2003 when Sobhraj makes a bewildering decision to visit Nepal, a place where is a wanted in man for two murders.

After two weeks in Kathmandu, Nepal, a local newspaper published an article Sobhraj, a wanted murder was roaming the streets of Kathmandu leading to his arrest.

Whilst in custody in Nepal, he was arrested by the same policeman who interviewed them in 1975. Sobhraj denies ever visiting Nepal but the police officer insists he visited the country under the names of Bloem and Dekker, the surnames of the young Dutch couple Knippenberg had been investigating more than 20 years earlier.

After hearing from his ex-wife Angela Knippenberg (Ellie Bamber), who is working fo the UN in New York City Sobhraj had been arrested, Knippenberg made immediate contact with the Nepal authorities.

Just as the Nepal police are about to free Sobhraj on the grounds they have no hard evidence against Sobhraj to keep him, they received a fax from Knippenberg, implicating Sobhraj in the murders.

The fax contained an extract from Leclerc’s statement to Indian police where she confessed to travelling to Nepal in 1995 on the passports of Bloem and Dekker. 

She also recalled Sobhraj and his accomplice, Ajay Chowdhury (Amesh Edireweera) met a young Canadian boy and an American girl who they took to the mountains but never returned.

As Sobhraj is locked up in handcuffs and put into his prison cell, he lets out a frustrated sigh and the name “Knippenberg”, knowing the young Dutch junior diplomat from 20 years ago had finally caught up with him.

Today, the real Sobhraj, 76, is serving out a life sentence in Kathmandu prison, Nepal for the murders of American backpacker Connie Jo Boronzich, 29, and Canadian tourist Laurent Carrière, 26. They had been killed between late December 1975 in Nepal.

The Serpent is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now

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