The Fall finale: Twitter is divided

Viewers found the last episode of the BBC2 detective drama starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan gripping and frustrating in equal measure

Warning: this piece has spoilers, so do not read on if you have not seen it yet. 

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Viewers have expressed both delight and annoyance about the final episode of The Fall, which ended with Jamie Dornan’s killer Paul Spector bleeding from a gunshot wound while cradled by Gillian Anderson’s Stella Gibson. Was he going to die? Will there be a third series? And will Rose Stagg and Colin Morgan’s DS Tom Anderson survive?

Like our reviewer, some were frustrated by the lack of a definitive conclusion (a few of the 2.5 million who tuned in sounded so frustrated they’ll probably have to buy a new television set today).

A poll of RadioTimes.com viewers found – at the last count – more than 34 per cent were “not at all happy” with the ending, 34 per cent “mildly happy” and a little more than 31 per cent “very happy”.

Times columnist and Radio Times contributor Janice Turner was definitely in the not at all happy camp:

Zoe Ball was among the show’s cheerleaders:

As was this viewer…

And this one…

Some people’s delight with the show was clearly down to the fact that Jamie Dornan occupied a lot of the screen time. Viewers continued to be dazzled by the man, whatever his character does on screen:

Meanwhile, one viewer suggested that a copper from ITV’s shelved cop show The Bill could have solved the crimes quicker than Anderson’s Stella Gibson:

Whereas one glossy monthly regards her as a role model for women everywhere:

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Whether or not that blouse will be coming out for a third time is yet to be decided. There is still no word from the BBC about whether or not a third series will be commissioned…