We feel like we are being rather boring here, praising The Fall week after week… But season 3 really is one of the best things on television, and ‘Wounds of Deadly Hate’ was another example of exceptional writing and acting. Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson and Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector make this show, but this week the supporting cast delivered a just as strong performance.
Like The Fall didn’t have enough intriguing characters already, we got Dr Larson, and Krister Henriksson is perfect for the odd psychiatrist’s role. His opening conversation with Stella had this lingering sinister atmosphere that stayed behind for the whole episode. The stakes are higher than ever, the tension could be cut with a knife and we are still only waiting for the crash.
‘Wounds of Deadly Hate’ was an eventful and – as we’ve gotten used to by now – emotional episode. The earth is threatening to shatter below everyone as we are approaching the end. Stella seemed a bit more collected this time, although still deeply affected by this case; and now Healy is after her. Burns is falling apart, and if there’s anything we don’t like about this season, it’s his storyline. The interview he told Anderson about was really powerful, but it doesn’t make it less painful and pointless to watch him giving in to his addiction. Spector, in the meantime, is being accused of a murder he cannot deny remembering, and Katie is pretty much a lost cause.
Her role has changed the most since the beginning of the series and her obsession almost seems unreal. Last week we said Kiera must be the most naive person on the show, but Katie might be even worse than her. Alongside her childish outbursts, Katie is easily the most annoying character – give some recognition to Aisling Franciosi!
It doesn’t really matter whether Spector is pretending or not – as Dr Larson said, treat it with respectful skepticism – now, that Stella and her team managed to link Paul to another murder. Spector might be a highly intelligent psychopath, but his past is still his and it is creeping upon him. If you ask us though, he is definitely faking and playing his ‘lost but rescued boy’ part outrageously well.
“Will my memory return, Doctor?” “Do you want it to?”
We love that the focus is leaning towards the psychological side this season and not so much to the investigation process. Spector’s interviews are amongst the most emotional scenes this season. There’s so much to him, it’s fascinating to see other sides even if he is a twisted murderer. But as we get to know his background, the things he was put through, while it certainly doesn’t justify his criminality, it gives sense to his behaviour. Paul/Peter Baldwin was probably never an innocent child, but with a loving family he wouldn’t have turned out as a sexual predator.
It’s an interesting question whether he is lying about his past as well, or if he is being honest. We think it’s the latter, in an odd way. He finally got a chance to tell someone about his pain, the hurt child that lives inside him. No matter what, Spector’s overly neutral recollection of his loneliness was still somewhat touching. They did a really good job at making him human by the end – something that was never quite believable earlier, not even in his scenes with Olivia.
Mashing Spector’s interview with Dr Larson together with the questioning of David Alwarez was a brilliant idea, finishing the episode on a high note. The good thing is, we only have to deal with our confusing emotions until tonight – but we are going to be left alone after that for who knows how long…