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The Fall series three bows out in violent and dramatic climax

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HUNTING SEASON: Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson and Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector in The Fall

HUNTING SEASON: Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson and Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector in The Fall

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Jamie Dornan in The Fall

Jamie Dornan in The Fall

Jamie Dornan in The Fall series 3. Pic: BBC

Jamie Dornan in The Fall series 3. Pic: BBC

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector in The Fall series 3. Pic: @TheFallTV

Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector in The Fall series 3. Pic: @TheFallTV

The Fall stars Gillian Anderson (DSI Stella Gibson) and Jamie Dornan, who portrays serial killer Paul Spector

The Fall stars Gillian Anderson (DSI Stella Gibson) and Jamie Dornan, who portrays serial killer Paul Spector

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Actress Seainin Brennan with Jamie Dornan in The Fall

Actress Seainin Brennan with Jamie Dornan in The Fall

Role play: Jamie Dornan has admitted he stalked a woman on the underground for his part in The Fall, alongside Gillian Anderson

Role play: Jamie Dornan has admitted he stalked a woman on the underground for his part in The Fall, alongside Gillian Anderson

Murderer Paul Spector played by Jamie Dornan

Murderer Paul Spector played by Jamie Dornan

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Bronagh Waugh with Jamie Dornan in The Fall

Bronagh Waugh with Jamie Dornan in The Fall

Jamie Dornan plays serial killer Paul Spector

Jamie Dornan plays serial killer Paul Spector

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Jamie Dornan in The Fall

Jamie Dornan in The Fall

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The Fall

The Fall

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Jamie Dornan reprising his role as serial killer Paul Spector

Jamie Dornan reprising his role as serial killer Paul Spector

Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson in The Fall series 3. Pic: @TheFallTV

Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson in The Fall series 3. Pic: @TheFallTV

Gillian Anderson in Belfast-made, BBC2 crime thriller The Fall

Gillian Anderson in Belfast-made, BBC2 crime thriller The Fall

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The Fall - ACC Jim Burns (John Lynch

The Fall - ACC Jim Burns (John Lynch

Double trouble: John Lynch has loved working with Gillian Anderson in The Fall

Double trouble: John Lynch has loved working with Gillian Anderson in The Fall

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Arresting role: Gillian Anderson

Arresting role: Gillian Anderson

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Gillian Anderson in The Fall

Gillian Anderson in The Fall

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Arresting performance: John Lynch's character in The Fall, Assistant Chief Constable Jim Burns, has unfinished business with DSI Stella Gibson, played by Gillian Anderson

Arresting performance: John Lynch's character in The Fall, Assistant Chief Constable Jim Burns, has unfinished business with DSI Stella Gibson, played by Gillian Anderson

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Double trouble: John Lynch has loved working with Gillian Anderson in The Fall

Double trouble: John Lynch has loved working with Gillian Anderson in The Fall

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Gillian Anderson playing DSI Stella Gibson in The Fall (BBC/PA)

Gillian Anderson playing DSI Stella Gibson in The Fall (BBC/PA)

Gillian Anderson in Belfast-made, BBC2 crime thriller The Fall

Gillian Anderson in Belfast-made, BBC2 crime thriller The Fall

The Fall's DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and the serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan)

The Fall's DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and the serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan)

Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector in The Fall

Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector in The Fall

The serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) and DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson)   - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

The serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) and DSI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

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The serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan)  - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

The serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

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The serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan)  - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

The serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

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The serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) and his wife Sally Ann (Bronagh Waugh)  - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

The serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) and his wife Sally Ann (Bronagh Waugh) - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

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 Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) and Liz Tyler (Seanin Brennan)  - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) and Liz Tyler (Seanin Brennan) - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

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The serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan)  - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

The serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) - (C) Artists Studio - Photographer: Steffan Hill

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Jamie Dornan - a big hit as psycho killer in The Fall

Jamie Dornan - a big hit as psycho killer in The Fall

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Tense: Jamie Dornan as the serial killer Paul Spector, and Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in scenes from BBC thriller The Fall

Tense: Jamie Dornan as the serial killer Paul Spector, and Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in scenes from BBC thriller The Fall

Tense: Jamie Dornan as the serial killer Paul Spector, and Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in scenes from BBC thriller The Fall

Tense: Jamie Dornan as the serial killer Paul Spector, and Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson in scenes from BBC thriller The Fall

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan in The Fall

Jamie Dornan in The Fall

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HUNTING SEASON: Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson and Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector in The Fall

The Fall series three may have been branded a slow burner- but the finale certainly woke up viewers as it reached its explosive climax.

The hit BBC crime drama's final episode was tasked with tying up a lot of loose ends and fans were 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.

Speaking previously about the long-awaited 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 that certainly came into fruition on Friday night as the final episode aired.

 

In a double bill special over Thursday and Friday night the programme came to a dramatic and violent end.

With Spector very much alive on Thursday night - viewers 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.

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".

In the final episode there was no waiting around as Spector and Gibson came face to face for the last time.

Their cat and mouse game came to a violent and unexpected head with Dornan's character attacking the detective leaving her with a bloodied face.

Spector is then returned to hospital where he puts his final plan into action.

He convinces a fellow patient to create a distraction so he can slip away from the watch of the nurses.

And in a dramatic and unsettling climax to the series which has gripped the nation - the final life the serial killer takes is his own.

The finale brings Dornan's involvement on the show to an end.

The Holywood man owes a lot to the character and previously said he would play the sinister role until his "dying days" if he could.

He said: "You know, that job changed my life.

"They're like family to me and I'm forever grateful for it to be a part of my life and, you know, I would play that character to my dying days if I had the opportunity."

Belfast Telegraph