Marcella fans devastated as Anna Friel appears to confirm she WON'T return for fourth season after 'mind-blowing' finale

MARCELLA fans have been left wanting more after the "mind-blowing" season three finale.

Fans might be less than happy to know that Anna Friel does not look like she will reprise her iconic role for a fourth season.

The third season of ITV detective series starring Anna finished up tonight, leaving viewers 'enthralled in every scene'.

Season three saw Marcella reborn as a blonde and working undercover as Keira Devlin in Belfast.

The change came as the London officer is recruited by undercover handler Frank Young, played by actor Hugo Speer.

While Anna said she loved the character of the flawed detective and mother it seemed she's leaving her behind.

"Finale of season 3 tonight after 6 years of her being in my life. Thank you ALL for watching and caring xxx I love this character," she wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of her Marcella sporting her new blonde look.

The actress posted a series of love heart emojis on the tweet with many fans begging her to do at least one more season.

"OMG #marcella mind blowing freaky disturbing, deep, frightening, truly enthralling and drawn us all, in to every scene," wrote one Twitter user who had a message for Anna, saying, "How you don't have nightmares playing this part is mind blowing it has been just the best."

"Loving @annafriel in #marcella well done for another great tv drama, let’s hope you give us another one."

"Loved this latest series, didn’t want it to end. Hope there will be another series #[email protected]"

But Marcella boss Hans Rosenfeldt today broke his silence on plans for season 4, plus a spin-off series with Frank in lead role.

Creator Hans, who has previously spoken about being fluid with the show's storyline, told Digital Spy: "I haven’t even thought about (season 4) yet, to be honest.

"Because there is, as I’ve said, no obvious thread to say, 'Let’s start there. That was interesting'…

"In a good way, you can do anything, basically. And in a bad way, there’s nothing to spark your imagination into, 'Oh, that would be fun.'"

Reflecting on the possibilities, the show boss did add that the series three finale "is an ending this time".

But he did go on to suggest the potential for a spin-off for some of the newer characters.

Hans went on: "You could do the story around them – like a Godfather thing.

"But from the characters we brought in, I would say that Frank is possible, because he’s in charge of those undercover operations.

"And the people he’d bring in – apparently, since he brought in Marcella – are maybe not the most suitable for it.

Hans went on: "You could do the story around them – like a Godfather thing.

"But from the characters we brought in, I would say that Frank is possible, because he’s in charge of those undercover operations.

"And the people he’d bring in – apparently, since he brought in Marcella – are maybe not the most suitable for it.

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