It seems BBC Two and RTÉ One have quietly cancelled The Fall TV show. The Northern Ireland crime drama stars Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch and Archie Panjabi. The first series (season) of The Fall, premiered in May 2013.
A new Deadline report that The Fall is shooting its third and final season, makes a fourth season seem unlikely. Back in March 2015, Gillian Anderson said she thought The Fall could go four seasons. When The Fall was renewed for a third season, a couple of weeks prior to her comments, the BBC’s Kim Shillinglaw implied season three would end the show.
Upon the third season renewal, Shillinglaw said, “[creator] Allan [Cubitt] 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?”
Here is how Deadline describes the third and apparently final season of The Fall:
The story picks up immediately from the cliffhanger Season 2 finale as the battle between Detective Superintendent Gibson (Anderson) and serial killer Paul Spector (Dornan) heads towards a “terrifying conclusion” in which the rules of their deadly cat-and-mouse game are set to shift again.
Even before his turn in the salacious Fifty Shades of Grey film, Dornan had ardent fans on both sides of the pond. Fans (and recappers) still have not forgiven ABC‘s Once Upon a Time for killing off his character Sheriff Graham. Anderson, of course, has collected legions of followers, over the course of her successful career.
It will be interesting to watch how fans receive the news that The Fall is ending, and even more interesting to see if their outcries change network and creative minds.
The season three premiere date of The Fall has yet to be announced. Stateside, the first two seasons of The Fall are available for streaming, from Netflix.
Are you a fan of The Fall TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled? Were it to be renewed, would you watch a fourth season of The Fall? Sound off, in the comments.