Admit it, you didn’t see that coming. Not only did Anna Friel’s troubled titular detective remember (via a bit of hypnotic therapy) that she accidentally killed her own child, but Marcella’s series finale saw her smashing colleague Rav with a toilet cistern before cutting off her hair and slicing through her cheek à la The Joker. The episode left Marcella, nine day’s later, sleeping rough under a bridge, covered in her green parka.
Yet some viewers were left with a few questions. Why did Marcella slice up her face? Was she in a dissociative state at the time? And just who was that man who met Marcella under the bridge at the episode’s close? (If you’re confused, don’t worry: writer Hans Rosenfeldt answered all our queries here).
why is jason’s girlfriend so weird?? why was she being filmed?? why did she smack rav with a toilet?? who were the lesbian couple?? why was the carehome owner so shifty??whats happened with lily allen’s dad?? what happened to baby taylor?? so many QUESTIONS #Marcellapic.twitter.com/KFbu2ytiEK
Some viewers welcomed the mysterious twists and shared their hopes for a third series of the drama…
#Marcella was on point. (As for the ‘unanswered questions’ people keep tweeting about – thats the whole point of the show and the fantastic writing!! We’re all supposed to be invested as armchair detectives throughout the series. As in reality, not everything you see is relevant)
And a third series is just what writer Hans Rosenfeldt is hoping for. Although ITV hasn’t yet confirmed if the drama will be back, Rosenfeldt told RadioTimes.com the finale was “all a bit of a set up for series three, when Marcella actually goes undercover”.
So, the self-sabotaging sleuth could be back – and here’s hoping Rosenfeldt will give her an easier ride next time.
This article was originally published on 10 April 2018
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