With HBO’s Chernobyl being just as jaw-dropping and terrifying as you’d imagine it would be, the devastating drama just came to an end. Charting the horrific events of 1986’s Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the immediate aftermath, and the cleanup, the miniseries has rightly earned its place as the highest-rated TV series of all time.
Chernobyl rounded off with its fifth episode on June 3 (USA)/June 4 (UK) and left fans suitably stunned. However, it turns out there was a hidden meaning in “Vichnaya Pamyat”. Warning, Chernobyl spoilers ahead.
Demanding that the world know the truth about what really happened that fateful night, Jared Harris’ Valery Legasov, Stellan Skarsgård’s Boris Shcherbina, and Emily Watson’s Ulana Khomyuk decided they would come clean to the world.
Those who listened carefully might’ve noticed how the line “the cost of lies” appeared in the very first and last scenes of the show. Explaining the decision, creator Craig Mazin said he based the entire series around this motif.
Speaking to Slate, Mazin said: “Well, we are experiencing something now that I used to think was mostly just a phenomenon in a place like the Soviet Union, which is a disconnection from truth.