Gillian Anderson returning for “The Fall” Season 3

The feminist cat and misogynistic mouse game between DSI Stella Gibson and serial killer Paul Spector will continue for another year. BBC has announced the renewal of its smart, scary crime drama The Fall for a third season.


Series stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan have both signed on for the season, which means (spoiler alert) perhaps like that bullet didn’t kill Paul after all. The series has been unwavering in its depictions of sexism and the misogyny that leads some men to hate and hurt women. It’s been equally unwavering in its complicated depiction of Anderson’s Stella. She is a woman who is smart and sexual and certainly won’t take any of your shit.


The announcement made no mention of whether supporting cast, including Archie Panjabi as pathologist Tanya Reed Smith and Niamh McGrady as lesbian PC Dani Ferrington, would also return. But one would hope now that Panjabi is no longer on The Good Wife (sniffle), she can spend more time snogging Anderson.


Stella’s sexual fluidity, particularly last season, was explored and with any luck will be fully realized in the third season. If nothing else, I want a scene with Stella and Panjabi’s Reed Smith get on the damn elevator together.


So, excited about the news of a renewal? Interested in where they’ll take the series now that Paul (appears) to be incapacitated? Just thrilled you get to stare at Gillian Anderson’s face for hours on end without seeming creepy? Me too, me too.