The Fall: Season 3 (2016)

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The Fall stumbles somewhat in its third season, but still delivers enough to satisfy fans of the show -- and slow-burning psychological thrillers in general.

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Critic Ratings: 22

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User Ratings: 250

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Air date: Oct 29, 2016

In the Series 3 opener Paul Spector is in custody -- but will he survive the gunshot wounds and answer for his crimes?

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Air date: Oct 29, 2016

Gibson and Burns raise the ire of their superiors for their conduct and handling of the case. Also: The media's treatment of Spector enrages Katie.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2016

As Spector's health stabilises, his legal team, lead by Sean Healy, move into action, determined he will never stand trial. Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson discovers evidence that there may be more victims. Keen to get Spector back into the justice system, Gibson speaks to August Larson, the consultant psychiatrist who will be assessing Spector. Sally-Ann reaches breaking point.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2016

Gibson comes face to face with the depths of Sally-Ann's desperation, while Burns has to confront his guilt at pursuing Sally-Ann as a conspirator rather than a witness. Gibson and Dr Larson clash over their different view of Spector - patient or prisoner? Meanwhile, Anderson and Ferrington are dispatched to London to discover if Spector can be linked to an old murder there.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2016

Spector's legal team are determined that he will never stand trial. Anderson and Ferrington make a discovery from the past that may help Gibson build her case.

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The series concludes as Gibson and Anderson put fresh evidence to Spector, with explosive results. Spector's new-found friendship with another inmate develops, with devastating consequences.

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"The Fall" is a crime drama that follows an investigation into a series of murders involving young business women in Belfast, Ireland. Superintendent Stella Gibson has Spector under arrest, however, its uncertain whether he will survive or not to face justice for his crimes. Meanwhile, Spector's family have to deal with the consequences of his arrest and evidence emerges that there could be more of Spector's victims than Superintendent Stella Gibson first realised.

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Critic Reviews for The Fall Season 3

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (13)

For all its psychological, almost literary complexity, it loses much of its narrative steam. It's that great 21st-century phenomenon: a show that's more fun to think about than it is to watch.

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

What was hard to watch became unworthy in Season 3, and that's a fall we simply can't bear.

Nov 2, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Its hallmark traits of knife-edge tension, sexual discussion and psychologically-charged scenes have been posted missing, and replaced with an hour of medical procedures and jargon that would bore the most ardent of E.R. fans.

Oct 31, 2016 | Full Review…

This is not how I imagined The Fall concluding... It's both futile and poetic, I suppose. And surprising -- I'll give creator and executive producer Allan Cubitt that.

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

This year's series has been the natural conclusion of the race to the bottom.

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The Fall needed an actor who could play charming and wicked with equal panache, who could hold his own against Gillian Anderson. For all his talents, Dornan is not that actor.

Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Cubitt has found more to explore; perhaps six episodes is stretching it too far, but Anderson's magnificent, controlled performance is worth tuning in for again and again.

Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A worthy send off for the series.

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

This show thinks it is Very Important Viewing, unmissable drama, televisual literature. The fact is it's very missable indeed.

Jul 20, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Season 3 does a passable job ending the story, but you have to watch the other seasons first.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The Fall was back for another bout of sadistic psychological chess played out between Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson, subjecting viewers to its usual unbearable tension but in the opposite way we expected.

Nov 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Between the spurts of sparse dialogue, dragged-out shots of dimly-lit rooms and corridors (a regrettable legacy of Scandi noir), and long periods of staring into space, there was enough padding here to insulate an attic.

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fall: Season 3

  • Dec 05, 2020
    Watch season 1 and 2. Forget season 3 exists. My god what a pile of steaming s**t 😵
  • Nov 15, 2020
    Just simply awful. Got to the end of season 2? STOP. Do not bother with this season, trust me on this one.
  • Sep 06, 2020
    Couldn't take this season seriously due to the laughable lack of procedure (and plain common sense) by the police in the hospital! Where do I start... putting a victim in the same ward as her attacker? Assigning a female nurse that exactly fits the profile type of his preferred victim? Failing to handcuff a suspected serial killer.to the bed or having armed officers directly outside the room - not only to protect him from attacking others, but also others from attacking him! I can forgive a certain amount of daftness in the pursuit of telling a good story, but this was way too distracting!
  • Aug 23, 2020
    I loved Season 1, enjoyed season 2 and hated Season 3. The whole season had enough material for 3 episodes at most and even then would have been tedious. In all 3 seasons Gillian Anderson is pretty annoying, coming as she does from the whispering school of acting but it's forgivable in the first two seasons because her one dimensional acting suits the character. In season 3 she might as well not have turned up. Trying to justify this as exploring the psychological aspects of serial killing doesn't work. Characters are introduced who go nowhere as does the season. God forbid there should be a season 4.
  • Aug 19, 2020
    The Fall series 3 continued from the first two series, and even though it fell slightly from its pure brilliance, the concluding series still left me very satisfied. At times it appeared that ideas had run out for the show, but with most loose ends being tied, it was impossible to not detract from the knife-edge suspense that this show had previously brought. A was not disappointed!
  • Aug 15, 2020
    Garbage waste of time, it should have been finished st the end of 2nd season. A lot of misconceptions regarding the penal system and it's faulty trial process, doesn't worth a minute this third season, it's a completely shame.
  • Aug 03, 2020
    It is not as good as the previous ones, but it has its moments and the narrative is more provocative then ever. Overall, it is a must see for those ones who like mystery series, like Hannibal. But not near as good as that masterpiece.
  • Jun 16, 2020
    The third season concludes the series in likewise excellent quality in atmosphere, production and performances and simply goes a bit more into depth on its characters; however, the actual ending is unexpected and rather illogical to what we have learnt so far.
  • Oct 10, 2019
    I loved all the Series of The Fall!
  • Sep 26, 2019
    Slow, poor story writing

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