The Buccaneers Ending Explained: How It Updates Edith Wharton’s Story

Apple TV+’s The Buccaneers takes a very different approach from the 1995 PBS/BBC miniseries.

Imogen Waterhouse and Kristine Frøseth in "The Buccaneers," now streaming on Apple TV+.
Photo: Apple TV+

This article contains spoilers for The Buccaneers episode 8.

The Buccaneers on Apple TV+ is an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s unfinished novel of the same name. However, viewers who either read the novel or watched the 1995 PBS/BBC adaptation, will find that the last scenes of the finale “Wedding of the Season” are noticeably different from previous versions. 

Although Nan (Kristine Frøseth) is not as much in love with her fiancee Theo, the Duke of Tintagel (Guy Remmers) as she is with Guy (Josh Dylan), she makes the choice of family duty over romantic love to protect Jinny (Imogen Waterhouse) from the social consequences of separating from her abusive husband Lord James Seadown (Barney Fishwick). 

Den of Geek interviewed series creator Katherine Jakeways and executive producer Beth Willis to find out why their vision of the conclusion of this story is distinct from other movie and television adaptations. 


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