With just a few weeks left on the air, Holby City has delivered one of the most shocking twists in its 23-year history. Ice Queen Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) is deteriorating and her brain tumor is now terminal.
Her reaction to the news was exactly what viewers expected. For the fearsome Jac, losing this battle is simply not an option. It is entirely in his character to dispute the prognosis, not only in the name of hope but in the name of science.
Jac found a surgical solution and presented his case to his colleague Eli Ebrahimi (Davood Ghadami). But Eli was adamant that the operation would be far too dangerous.
Nicky McKendrick (Belinda Owusu), who considers Jac a mentor, also refused to accept the situation. No doubt there will be an army of like-minded fans.
Now we wonder if Holby is about to do the unthinkable – kill off one of the show’s most popular iconic characters. Surely not? It would be a mistake to end his story like this, and there are a multitude of reasons for that.
Beyond the finale, the hope was that our favorite regulars could continue to make appearances on sister show Casualty when the moment calls for it.
It’s a theory yet to be referenced by bosses, but for surviving staff, the potential is there. To deny us the possibility of Jac’s presence, even as a cameo, would be a great shame.
The idea of patients being transferred into Darwin’s trusty ward without Jac at the helm, in person or not? Scandalous.
Death may be inevitable in this serial drama, but at this point we’ve seen enough beloved characters lose their lives.
From sweet Essie Di Lucca (Kaye Wragg), lively Kian Madani (Ramin Karimloo) and Dom’s (David Ames) sparkling-eyed mother Carole Copeland (Julia Deakin), our tear ducts have been well and truly worn. A reprieve is long overdue.
The show’s conclusion is slated for March, and it would be a mistake for Jac Powerhouse not to be a part of it in a positive and uplifting way. After all, she returned to play an instrumental role in saving the hospital from closure.
As we now know, her illness also played a role as she chose Holby as the setting for her innovative treatment. Advancing medicine to save lives has been key over the years, and Jac has been a key player in this as well.
To ignore its impact in favor of another heartbreaking loss would be a wasted opportunity — and an overdose of TV misery at a pivotal time for the series.
While the drama has a duty to be responsible and realistic with its medical content, the fact that we’re nearing the end means Holby can afford to be adventurous and push the envelope – just like Jac herself.
Surgery is the very fiber of Jac’s being, and now it’s time for Holby to shine with a defining moment of glory.
So what better way to prepare for the finale than to put Jac’s strength to the ultimate test? Getting through that and winning would be the perfect legacy for her and for the show.
Why? Because she is the woman who, in her own words, “went back to work after being shot in half.” She overcame mental health issues, suffered tragedy in her personal life, and fell victim to the evil Professor Gaskell, but she still fought on. Now it’s only fitting that the hospital fights for her one last time.
The sole purpose of his death would be to give the character a definite end; but Jac never needed it. She plays by her own rules, and it would be doing Holby City a disservice to kill its most stubborn and resilient resident.
Jac is the best heart surgeon of choice, and despite her icy facade, she has become the heart of the hospital. I want to see her barking orders to the last curtain.
No one is indestructible, but if there’s one fictional TV personality who should be, it’s Jac Naylor.
Holby City continues Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on BBC One. Previous episodes are available to catch up on BBC iPlayer.
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