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‘The Fall’ Season 3: Why Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan’s Latest Tête–à–Tête Felt Longer, Darker and Wasn’t Worth the Wait

‘The Fall’ Season 3: Why Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan’s Latest Tête–à–Tête Felt Longer, Darker and Wasn’t Worth the Wait

No one expected a series titled “The Fall” to end happily.

[Spoilers for Season 3, including the finale, below.]

Starting with a brutal interrogation room confrontation where an unrestrained Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) brutally beats Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and ending with a similarly blunt beating given to Dr. Larson (Krister Henriksson), the Season 3 finale squeezed in enough violent outbursts to fill a season. And that near-complete time frame doesn’t even include the morbid kicker: After strangling his fellow inmate, Paul used the same belt to asphyxiate himself. He died from it, too, just like his first victim, and similar to his mother.

Now, supporters with a deep appreciation for the complex psychology of the series will point to Paul’s death as a positive. Not only did he die in a similar fashion to his first victim (or at least the first victim Stella knows about, poor party girl Susan Harper, who thought she

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