Fans of Jamie Dornan on Twitter have proven that the Season 3 finale of The Fall was a shock. A reaction this strong faced some serious competition from the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead when Negan appeared and killed his first victim. Of course with the premiere of Season 7, we finally saw who received the business end of “Lucille,” and fans are still hooked.
— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) October 29, 2016
You probably can’t say that for The Fall at this point, as one of its most popular characters faced a drastic change which could affect the show from now on.
me after tonight’s episode #TheFall pic.twitter.com/GfCZITmlfi
— anderson reactions (@reactionsgill) October 28, 2016
It appears obvious that Jamie Dornan will have more time on his hands, much like Steven Yeun and Michael Cudlitz, the first of which had shown signs of moving on before we’d even seen the season premiere of TWD’s seventh season.
— Danielle (@Standwithshai) October 28, 2016
Cosmopolitan reports that series creator Allan Cubitt did state that it would be Dornan’s last season, so he may have given away the big spoiler himself.
“I don’t think I’m giving much away in saying it’s Jamie’s last season. But that’s not to say that we wouldn’t do more of The Fall. I do have some thoughts. But I’m quite keen on doing other things as well, so it’s not going to be straight away.”
I’m gonna have to watch 4hrs of Friends, listen to S Club 7’s Greatest Hits &go to Disneyland to get over that last hour of terror #TheFall
— Siobhán Doyle (@thekickart) October 28, 2016
The writers felt that the idea of how the season ended dealt with a big issue in Northern Ireland at the time.
“There must be some concern at how the lead character’s death was depicted. Suicide, particularly among young men, is a big problem in Northern Ireland and it is right that it is handled as sensitively as possible. Suicide, by definition, is always a tragedy, but that message may have got lost last night in The Fall.”
— Movie TV Tech Geeks (@movietvtechgeek) November 1, 2016
Dornan’s Paul Spector had done much in the past six episodes to keep the fans on the proverbial edge of their seats, almost carrying the series by himself. Season 4 is going to be jarring since Paul decided to go back to the institution to undergo treatment in Season 3. It seems that the treatment was a bit too much for him since it made him commit suicide.
What was the point of season 3 of The Fall? Srsly tho. Had a much bigger impact w the same result if ended at season 2 smh I’m disappointed
— #1 internet gangster (@buttsplz) November 3, 2016
Stella Gibson, played by Gillian Anderson, had been determined to put Spector behind bars for the entirety of the three seasons. Now, it appears she is going to have to settle for him being six feet under.
1/ WTH happened to #TheFall? There’s only 6 eps in season 3, and they wasted 90% of the first 2 eps on boring medical procedures, boring…
— Captain Amikerica (@mikeydog) November 3, 2016
Of course, this doesn’t mean The Fall will be dead, though the lack of Jamie Dornan will require a major new character to bring audiences back. His story in Season 3 was most of what kept fans watching. 2.5 million people saw the premiere episode live, which dropped to 1.8 million by Episode 3, according to Forbes. Viewers have come back slowly since then, and people who’d seen it within the week had brought the number up over 3 million per episode.
The big question now is, if season 4 is happening, who will take Jamie Dornan’s place as the focus?
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