Fall from grace

Choos­ing be­tween sav­ing a se­rial killer or pulling the plug drives sea­son 3 of The Fall.

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The Fall Sea­son 3 Tues­days (from 20 June) M-Net (*101) 22:30

De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Stella Gib­son (Gil­lian An­der­son, Agent Dana Scully in sci-fi The X-Files, 1993- cur­rent) is cov­ered in blood when Bri­tish cop show The Fall (2013- cur­rent) re­turns. But it’s not hers… mostly. “She got her man and then the shoot­ing hap­pened [at the end of sea­son 2],” says Gil­lian. “She’s caught this se­rial killer and he could slip through her fin­gers.” But Paul Spec­tor (Jamie Dor­nan, Chris­tian Gray in the Fifty Shades films, 2015cur­rent) didn’t keep the Ir­ish po­lice busy for two sea­sons only to be taken out by a rogue gun­man…


“She shouts at the doc­tors to save him,” teases Gil­lian. “She wants Paul to live. He has to. He can’t get off for mur­der­ing those women. He must be tried and con­victed.” Not that Jamie

en­joyed his time be­ing shirt­less on the op­er­at­ing ta­ble. The 35-year- old Ir­ish­man has been vo­cal about the sex­ism to­wards men in the act­ing in­dus­try, say­ing that fo­cussing on looks “does the story and show a dis­ser­vice. It def­i­nitely ex­ists for men as well as women, there’s no deny­ing that”.


While sea­son 3 isn’t the show’s last (for now), Gil­lian has hinted that she will re­turn if there’s a fourth sea­son. “I’m ex­cited at the idea of re­vis­it­ing it in a few years, to see what tran­spires in Stella’s life,” says the 48-year- old. “I’m not will­ing to say good­bye yet.”


Spoiler alert!

Paul sur­vives be­ing shot. And he lasts right un­til the sea­son fi­nale episode 6 (25 July). But that’s it for the char­ac­ter. “I was dev­as­tated to leave, this was like a se­cu­rity blan­ket,” Jamie said af­ter sea­son 3 aired in the UK in Oc­to­ber 2016. Not that there was bad blood; rather “it would be ask­ing a lot for view­ers to con­tinue with the Spec­tor/Gib­son dy­namic,” says Jamie. “I will miss this [play­ing Paul] and Gil­lian very much.”

DSI Gib­son faces off with se­rial killer Paul Spec­tor one last time.

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