The Fall ending explained: What happened at the end of The Fall?

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Netflix UK dropped The Fall in its entirety earlier this year, bringing new viewers to the show. Even though the British-Irish BBC series finished airing back in 2016, its release on Netflix led to another surge of popularity. New fans were shocked over the ending – has the main plot points from The Fall finale.

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from all seasons of The Fall

What happened at the end of The Fall?

Stella tried to interrogate Spector

The finale started with Stella Gibson (played by Gillian Anderson) and Tom Anderson (Colin Morgan) trying to get under the skin of Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) in a bid to get him to confess to his crimes.

Stella mentioned the abuse he’d suffered at a boys’ home at the hands of a priest.

She was attempting to get Paul to confess to his first killing back in London when he was Peter Baldwin.

Fans learnt Spector later moved to Belfast and changed his name and built a new life for himself.

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Spector kept trying to claim he had no memory

Since being shot at the end of season two, Spector claimed he’d lost his memory.

He said he was “intrigued” by Paul Spector and had read about this person he was supposed to be.

Stella was convinced Spector was hiding behind the mask of amnesia and kept her cool as she planned to take him down.

She knew it was all just a performance and Spector just wanted attention.

In a shocking scene, Spector attacked Stella brutally as well as Tom, breaking the latter’s arm.

Luckily, it became clear Spector was faking his amnesia with CT scans showing no brain damage.

He was trying to play his psychiatrist as well, but it wasn’t clear if he’d succeeded.

Spector had a troubling past

Fans discovered more about Spector’s past and how he would lay out the clothes of his mother on his bed as a child – much like he’d done with one of the murder victims – because it aroused him.

He said he used to get hold of female underwear and use it as a pleasuring aid in his teen years.

Nonetheless, some fans are still trying to understand why Spector was killing people. 

Katie Benedetto

Katie Benedetto (Aisling Franciosi) was in a juvenile detention centre and self-harming while being held there.

Prior to ending up there, she had been aiding Spector and having an affair with him.

Stella went to see the teen and tried to convince her Spector didn’t care about her.

However, it wasn’t apparent whether Katie took in Stella’s words but she did seem to be moved by the detective opening up about her self-harm and father’s death.

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Paul Spector killed himself

His demise was foreshadowed at the start of the episode when Stella said death would be “an easy escape” for Spector and allow him to “cheat the system”.

However, Spector soon realised the only way out was to kill himself.

But before then, he planned to cause much death and destruction by attacking his psychiatrist. He also killed another patient at the facility he was being held at.

Spector then took his own life in a similar manner to one of his victims, meaning he would evade justice forever.

Sadly, this mean Spector’s children were on the verge of being orphans after it looked like Sally Ann Spector (Bronagh Waugh) could also be close to death.

Rose Stagg was reunited with her family

Spector’s victim Rose Stagg (Valene Kane) was seen at home with her family again after being found in time after her horrifying kidnap ordeal at the start of the season.

She was reading a fairytale to her daughter which seemed to have a more violent ending than more saccharine versions.

Stella Gibson moves on to a new case

The Fall ended with Stella by herself, drinking a large glass of wine as she tried to contemplate the Spector case.

There was a hint she could be moving on to another case while disgraced officer Jim Burns stepped down from his position due to his drinking problem.

The Fall seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now

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