The Wild's other secret ending

2013-03-28 16:29
Cape Town – So secret is Thursday night's finale of M-Net's The Wild and so intent are the producers on surprising viewers right until the end that an entire separate story and secret ending was prepared if the intended final scenes leaked ahead of the climactic final episode.

The soap, which went all out after it received it's cancellation news by wrapping up storylines and building up to the climactic finale, already saw several characters die over the last few days, with the producers promising "a full circle" for the characters and the story's conclusion.

Many M-Net viewers were extremely irate and felt cheated when M-Net ended its long-running soap Egoli in March 2010 with a final scene of Brumilda van Rensburg descending down a staircase, staring vacantly.

Low viewership

M-Net followed up the Egoli series conclusion with an action-packed movie just a couple of months after the final episode aired.

"Some will have a happy conclusion, others' [ending] will be very sad," promised The Wild producers. The soapie was hampered with production problems and low viewership throughout its run, which ultimately wasn't enough to offset the expensive production costs.

"[Tonight's] final episode will be filled with romance, shocking discoveries, tears and happiness," promises the show.

The producers kept their options open in case storylines leaked "but most of the characters will be in the final scene, either way," says M-Net.

"A lot of effort went into the final two months to make sure that the series ends on a high and memorable note."

The Wild finale airing on Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net (for DStv viewers) and 18:00 (for terrestrial M-Net viewers) in a special hour-long episode. Due to the extended finale, all scheduled shows that follow - including Revenge, Blue Bloods and The Americans - will be pushed back by 30 minutes.

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