THE FALL Producers Defend Controversial Cliffhanger

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Warning: the follow story contains major plot details for the first-season finale of The Fall

Producers of BBC crime drama The Fall have defended the open-ended conclusion to the first season.

The first season of the serial killer drama starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan ended with the case remaining unsolved going into Season 2; angering sections of the viewership who expected a definitive conclusion.

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However, the provocative drama’s creative director Gub Neal defended the decision of writer Allan Cubitt to leave the story unresolved. He told Broadcast:

“Allan has always been very committed to taking the long view on stories. A critical part of what he’s trying to do is change the nature of the way these stories are told. TV cops often live in the world of TV cops. It’s a TV rhetoric, not reality.

What we know is that life’s not like that. It’s not that easy to catch serial killers – detectives aren’t superhumans.”

Neal went on to add:

“Many dramas don’t personalise their victims; you don’t see the father breaking down in the police corridor. The whole thing is often a game and this was not a game but a chance to recharge some of those key issues about morality that are forgotten sometimes in general rhetoric.”

This is very reminiscent to the reaction to The Killing‘s first-season finale. To be honest, I’m pleased that the The Fall didn’t resolve the case, to do so with a second season already ordered would have been more frustrating – but maybe that’s my serialized bones speaking. Clearly the case could have been resolved, and at times I felt the finale did force one or two aspects in order to heighten the drama while also leaving the story open for Season 2, but it just made sense to me for this particular story to go further.

In fairness, some of the frustration seems to be over the Beebs’ decision to announce a second season before the finale aired, thus undercutting the tension for some. I don’t personally see any problem with that, in fact a few US serials would swap places now, but maybe it boils back down to expectations? Not that I’d change a thing about the absence of resolution, mind, but it’s interesting to see so much ire over a serialized show deploying a cliffhanger when there’s actually a second season to catch us on the other side.

HT: Digital Spy

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  1. Page 48 says

    I’m fine with the way S1 ended. It’s just a helluva long time to wait for the story to pick up again, for those of us used to cliffhangers in May and resolutions in September.

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  2. Red Balloon says

    I agree with both, and I would even say that it was a bit too much resolved, leaving me not really hanging from a cliff…but still, I liked the way they presented the story, it’s a very compelling story with extremely interesting characters.

    ******SPOILER ALERT****** I’m not sure why the killer messed up at the end; he always was so meticulous. I’m guessing the urge was bigger than him, but there’s something I didn’t like about the way they managed Paul’s actions. I’m thinking that maybe there was too much manipulation in the last two episodes, instead of showing us from the beginning (his nanny, his wife, his patient, and his daughter).

    There’s always quality; it keeps you highly intrigued and Gillian is so back!!
    I watched it in only 2 nights and now wut? until 2014? ugh…

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  3. 50Shades says

    I don’t think the ending of The Fall was anything like The Killing. The major difference is you didn’t know who the killer was in the latter show. I am quite fine with how The Fall ended. Can’t wait for season two!

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