The Belfast-set cat-and-mouse TV thriller about a serial killer and his pursuer is back with a vengeance – but only for viewers in Ireland, so far. The Fall returns for its third series in the UK on Thursday, September 29, but lucky RTÉ viewers were able to watch it early on Sunday, and their reactions have got us excited. No spoilers, but here’s what we can expect from the first episode of series three.
1. The acting is still brilliant
Plenty of people on Twitter are commending Jamie Dornan for his performance as the inscrutable psychotherapist/killer Paul Spector and Gillian Anderson for hers as DSI Stella Gibson. No surprise, really, but still good nothing’s changed.
#TheFall is back and it is brilliant. Magnificent acting.
— Ian Kenny (@Ian__Kenny) September 25, 2016
Jamie Dornan’s performance so far in this series is his best work to date. #TheFall
— Mallow News (@MallowNews) September 25, 2016
2. It’s darker
In the past two series, Spector has committed brutal murders and kidnappings, with surprisingly dark moments coming from his victims’ attempts to persuade him to free them. Spector has also stirred up unrest between various communities and families. Is series three going to plumb further depths?
Didn’t thk it was possible but #TheFall has got darker! Love it!!
— Rach (@Aurry42) September 25, 2016
3. There’s a new victim
Spector’s victims all share certain attributes: they have dark hair, big eyes, and – most offensive to this misogynistic serial killer – they’re young professionals, usually with better jobs than him. Spector begins series three having just been shot, and as he’s in hospital, some viewers think his brunette nurse might be his next victim – should he manage to escape police custody sometime this series.
She’s brunette. She has big innocent eyes. She’s a young professional.
— Doireann Garrihy (@DoireannGarrihy) September 25, 2016
4. The accents are still the best
This Irish viewer wanted to hear the word ‘situation’ said in a Northern Irish accent. They do say it well, to be fair.
#TheFall has been on for ages and not one Nordie has said “situation”, thoroughly disappointing.
— Paul O Connor (@MyDarkArts) September 25, 2016
5. The writing is top-notch
At the end of episode one, Gillian Anderson’s Stella Gibson gives a speech on consent that has resonated on social media, and that’s probably partially thanks to creator and writer Alan Cubitt.
— Kate O’Shaughnessy (@irelandadvokate) September 25, 2016
Gillian Anderson’s speech at the end of tonight’s episode is so important to women everywhere. Powerful writing. #TheFall
— Annie (@Annie_hooray) September 25, 2016
— A n n e t t e (@Annette_R1) September 26, 2016