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The Fall fans braced for explosive finale to Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson's game of cat and mouse

Watch: Jamie Dornan's tears as filming ends

By Claire Williamson

It's been called a slow burner so far - but The Fall finale tonight is set to wake you up as it reaches its explosive climax.

The hit BBC crime drama has just one episode left to tie up a lot of loose ends and fans are braced to finally find out the fate of serial killer Paul Spector.

The show stars Holywood's Jamie Dornan as serial killer Spector and X-Files FBI agent Gillian Anderson as tough-talking detective Gibson.

Gibson, seconded to Belfast from the Metropolitan Police, is tasked to sniff out serial killer Spector who stalks the city streets for his female prey.

It had been touch and go at the end of series two in an excruciating cliff-hanger as Spector lay shot in the arms of detective Stella Gibson.

But now, with Spector very much alive, viewers on Thursday night were given a miserable insight into what perhaps turned him into the killer that has graced our screens for three series.

The penultimate episode gave a harrowing look at the life of a young Spector, which detailed the suicide of his mother when he was 8-years-old and the subsequent abuse he suffered in a care home.

It was difficult viewing as the audience listened in on Spector's conversation with the psychologist.

We learned how Spector grew up being jealous of the happy lives of others and in an unexpected twist Spector was implicated in to the killing of a woman in London in 2002, a time before his supposed amnesia.

Speaking previously about series three, Dornan said: "You can expect the unexpected. There's quite remarkable turns in the third season that I really genuinely think people won't see coming that are hugely exciting."

And you can be guaranteed these are set to come to fruition tonight as the final episode airs at 9pm.

This series got off to a rocky start with many likening it to a medical drama after a lengthy opening episode focusing on the hospital treatment for Spector.

The serial killer claims he can't remember any of the heinous crimes he has committed and thinks he is in 2006 - but a quizzing from Stella on Thursday night appeared to jog his memory.

Gibson says: "Drop the charade Peter, you remember everything".

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Who do you think will win the final fight between Spector and Stella?

The final episode airs tonight Friday October 28 at 9pm on BBC2.

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