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The Fall to return for series three

The last time we saw serial killer Jamie Dornan's Paul Spector, he was shot and dying in the arms of Gillian Anderson's Stella Gibson. It was a frustrating cliff-hanger but the killer had been caught, poor Rose Stagg had been found alive and unlike the first series, the second series of The Fall could have served as a fairly satisfactory ending. But apparently the battle of minds between Spector and Gibson is far from over. Like fellow British crime drama Broadchurch, The Fall will be coming back for a third series despite a decisive second. Like Broadchurch it will also be telling the story of what happens next after the killer is caught.

Gillian Anderson - having a bit of a career renaissance of late between The Fall and the excellent Hannibal, will certainly be happy to be back. Last year, she expressed her desire to play Gibson for a third time.

“Who she is and everything she stands for and how she operates – I find that very compelling and I don’t feel like I have really seen that before. She makes it very clear how she feels about violence against women, how these women are represented and how they are perceived. She is a supporter of women and women being treated respectfully and she doesn't mince words. It’s in her bones. I like that about her.”

The third series of The Fall will likely be the last and will run for five episodes. That would give plenty of time for the show to delve deeper in Stella Gibson's psyche and allow for plenty psychological tension between her and Paul Spector. Perhaps an expanded role for Merlin's Colin Morgan who was widely publicized as joining the show in season two, only to make an appearance in the last couple of episodes as the obvious sex-toy of Gibson.

Apparently series writer and director Allan Cubitt has always had a plan for a third series. “The cliffhanger ending of season two was conceived in the hope of further exploring the characters and the themes that are at the heart of The Fall.”

BBC controller of drama commissioning, Ben Stephenson, said: “The story is far from over. Allan has known the end game from the beginning – the cat and mouse game between Gillian and Jamie has one last act to play out. Who will win?”

I for one will be looking forward to see how this will all play out. A dramatic high or the final nail in a coffin after a (pardon the pun) stellar first year. Sounds like Broadchurch? Perhaps. Only time will tell if both shows deliver all the way to the end...

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