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Netflix series One Day leaves viewers reeling over shock twist

* This article contains spoilers*

Netflix's latest romantic hit, One Day, has left viewers heartbroken with its shock twist.

The 14-episode series traces the journey of Emma Morley (Ambika Mod) and Dexter Mayhew (Leo Woodall), who meet by chance on their last night of university in Edinburgh and whose relationship is revisited every year on St Swithin's Day (July 15) over two decades as they fall in and out of love.

Based on David Nicholls’ best-selling book by the same name, the show’s format has been praised by viewers as it breaks with convention, with each episode representing the same day.

However, fans were left reeling in the penultimate episode when tragedy strikes, as Dexter listens to a tender voicemail left by Emma, who is now his wife, as she meets her demise in a cycling accident.

In the final episode, Woodall's character grapples with grief and a sense of aimlessness, until he encounters a spectral presence of Emma, offering him solace and guidance on his journey toward healing.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, one viewer shared their upset over the twist, which is the same in the book, writing: “End of episode 13 of One Day on Netflix you ruined my life.”

“I watched One Day 4 days and I’m still upset about it, I knew how it ended and I’m still traumatised… every edit I see on Tiktok or Twitter makes me sadder, might rewatch Normal People again to switch up the cause of sadness,” another penned.

A third echoed their sentiments: “The new show on Netflix named One Day had me crying. I’m also kinda upset I wasted my entire day binge watching it.”

Despite upset over the twist, another applauded the show: “One Day has to be one of the best, most unsuspecting emotional series I’ve seen on Netflix. The ending just left me devastated.”

It comes as the show’s lead writer Nicole Taylor said that the production team felt it was necessary to keep the ending the same as the original book.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Taylor shared: “I interrogated it fully. I felt that was necessary.

“I didn’t feel under any pressure to change the ending or to keep the ending. I just wanted to reinterview it for its place in the piece.”