The Fall: Season 3 (2016)


Season 3
The Fall

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 22


Audience Score

User Ratings: 205
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Air date: Oct 29, 2016
Air date: Oct 29, 2016
Air date: Oct 29, 2016
Air date: Oct 29, 2016
Air date: Oct 29, 2016
Air date: Oct 29, 2016

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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.


Gillian Anderson
as Stella Gibson
Jamie Dornan
as Paul Spector
Laura Donnelly
as Sarah Kay
Ben Peel
as James Olson
Michael McElhatton
as Rob Breedlove
Colin Morgan
as DS Anderson
Ruth Bradley
as Wallace
John Lynch
as ACC Burns
Valene Kane
as Rose Stagg
Bronagh Waugh
as Sally Ann Spector
Bronagh Waugh
as Sally Ann Spector
Claire Rafferty
as DC Larkin
Aisling Bea
as Nurse Sheridan
Bronagh Taggart
as DC McNally
Barry Ward
as Dr Spencer
Niamh McGrady
as PC Ferrington
Stuart Graham
as DCI Eastwood
Richard Coyle
as Dr O'Donnell
Denise Gough
as Dr Walden
Chris Patrick-Simpson
as Nurse Ritchie
Andrea Irvine
as District Judge
Kelly Gough
as PC Hagstrom
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Critic Reviews for The Fall Season 3

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

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…

The atmosphere is stiflingly tense.

May 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…
Top Critic

Allan Cubitt certainly knows how to hook an audience.

Oct 31, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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…

If Season 3 is the last season of Netflix's The Fall, it went out on a strange note.

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Fall: Season 3

  • May 17, 2019
    Strong finish to an amazing show
  • Feb 09, 2019
    Awesome show, grouping to the end. Anderson rocks as Stella Gibson
  • Aug 05, 2018
    LOved the fIrst seasons, binged in a week. However the third season has several new plot points that are simply unrealistic compared to the first two seasons. Spoiler are we supposed to beleofe and subsequently follow the notion that, after peter is caught and suffers amnesia, that his lawyers can even entertain the idea of using stella’s “Sediction of a confession out of peter” as a real strategy to defend him especially when, not only is the sirvivong victim able to easily identify peter as tje kidnapper but that the police also had Video footage from peter’s phOne showing him with the hostage victim on peter’s own phone?? I mean, im all for well-applied suspension of disbelief, but come on. Bad move on weiter’s part. This is Ridiculous enough for me to sign on to write a review.
  • Jan 16, 2018
    Such a disappointment on all fronts especially the medical side. One nurse on 24/7 duty solely nursing this patient! One Dr on medical management. Everything was just so wrong it lost all credibility from the start. Really don’t care what happens to the end -I won’t be watching it and recommend you don’t also.
  • Dec 16, 2017
    How Stella got to be superintendent I'll never know, she mainly whispers (her staff have incredible hearing) and looks confused. If I'd wanted hours of medical proceedings I could have watched Casualty They could have compacted the whole season into a couple of hours. Boring to the max
  • Sep 27, 2017
    Still kept me in suspense because I felt like there were endless possibilities for things to really happen yet unfortunately they didn't. Those opportunities were not capitalized on and the season ultimately felt slow and a bit wasted.
  • May 11, 2017
    The Fall is a good psychological thriller with enough twists and turns to keep audiences watching. The central performances are great and the direction is good. The third season is quite a dip in quality but doesn't ruin what the series had going for it. Definitely a worth while binge.
  • Jan 19, 2017
    Despite its slow pacing this season is still amazingly well acted, written and filmed.
  • Dec 15, 2016
    Reactions to the third season will tell you a lot about how a critic or reviewer watches television. If said viewer's sense of the series is that it's a crime procedural to be watched for the "will they or won't they catch him" trope, they will be very disappointed and use terms like "slow" or "lacks tension," by which they can only mean the tension of a car chase or a breathless "will they get there in time?" narrative device. Those devices do build a certain kind of tension, but it's a completely misplaced expectation for a show that was never that. Although there is a series of crimes and a police investigation, these were always a means to the more interesting exploration of mixed motives and blurred boundaries between multiple forms of hunting (Spector hunting women, Gibson hunting Spector, etc.), fantasies of connection, and conflicting versions of the self. The third season is a cinematically confident payoff for the first two seasons. It is about the interior demons that remain when the conventional storyline (the one that those who hate the final season want) has ended--when the broken things inside don't suddenly fit back together because a killer has been "caught." Without the conventions of the chase, characters watch each other for cues--most of all for clues as to who they (the watchers) are and what roles they should play. And the watching and waiting and slow disintegration can become unbearably tense--but it is the tension of quiet, of fragmentation, of lost souls. Perhaps the reason the season has been so maligned by some is that it doesn't let us off the hook. It doesn't give either the happy escapism of the action thriller or the neatly cathartic procedural wrap up. There is no redemption after the fall.
  • Dec 07, 2016
    This season moved incredibly slow compared to the others. The new characters who were introduced were lackluster and the dialogue was sleep inducing. While Anderson and Dornan gave excellent performances as best they could with the material they'd been given, the edge of your seat suspense from previous seasons was deflated into eyelid drooping drama. The way the season ended seemed like the writers were giving up and unwilling to further challenge themselves in what could have been an industry-changer. If you watch The Fall, you're better off stopping at the end of Season 2 and letting your imagination create what happens to our beloved Stella and her serial killing charmer. It'll be a much more engaging storyline than wishing you shared in Spector's convenient amnesia.

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