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BBC crime drama The Fall arrived on Netflix UK recently and has been discovered by a new wave of audiences. The show saw the extensive manhunt for the psychotic Belfast Strangler Paul Spector (played by Jamie Dornan) with Metropolitan Police Detective Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) on the case. While the finale offered a conclusion, there were some loose ends left over which have left fans scratching their heads.
What happened to Olivia Spector at the end of The Fall?
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from The Fall season 3
The Fall concluded with the suicide of Spector, who caused one last act of chaos in the psychiatric facility where he was being held in.
He also murdered a fellow patient as he planned a huge diversion which would allow him to take his own life.
Gibson was left frustrated Spector had evaded justice through death, knowing full well she was planning to make him feel the full force of the law for his heinous crimes.
With Spector dead, it looked like his daughter Olivia Spector (Sarah Beattie) could be an orphan.
Her mother Sally Ann Spector (Bronagh Waugh) was also in a bad way after the neonatal nurse made an attempt on her own life following the revelations of Spector’s crimes.
Thankfully, she failed and was last seen in hospital in a life or death scenario with no confirmation either way about her fate.
This left Olivia, who was placed in care with a family and quizzed about how she felt about her father.
In a heart-breaking scene, Olivia was asked whether she wanted to see her father and if she’d visit him in prison.
The schoolgirl said she would take her children to see Spector, but it seemed unclear whether she’d go herself before then.
Presumably, Olivia would have remained in care and perhaps even had her identity changed to protect her.
Alternatively, she may have been sent to live with relatives with Spector dead and Sally Ann in poor health.
If Sally Ann did recover, Olivia may eventually have returned to live with her mother.
There was no indication whether Olivia was any wiser about her dad’s murdering ways.
Despite his cruelty and sadism towards his victims, Spector was devoted to his family and a loving father.
Spector also had a son Liam (David Beattie) but there was less focus on him, and viewers never really saw him by the end of the show.
Liam may have had a similar fate to Olivia and would have to live in care, but the hope was the siblings would be kept together.
The Fall’s creator, director and writer Allan Cubitt explained to Collider in 2015 how the idea for the show came to him after he did some reading and decided he wanted to explore male violence.
He told the publication: “I’d been through the parenting thing with a daughter, of monitoring my protectiveness and my feelings of concern about where she might be and what she might be doing, and trying to gauge how far that protectiveness was rational and appropriate and how far it was patriarchal and inappropriate.
“The parenting of girls and boys is often very different, with the freedoms that we grant them and where the dangers are. I became concerned about what I saw as the eroticizing of young girls.
“There are the issues of the way in which they see themselves, the pornification of culture, and the way in which young girls feel as though they need to present themselves, if they’re insecure and doubtful about their place in the world, and how important it is to make people feel valued and loved and not judged.
“It’s the thing we struggled with as children, ourselves, and the thing we struggle with, as parents. All of those issues were playing around in my head.”
In the creation of Spector, Cubitt was also inspired by the banality of evil and American serial killers Dennis Rader (the Bind Torture Kill murderer) and Edmund Kemper who also known as the “Co-ed Killer” due to his victims predominantly being college educated women.
The Fall seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix UK now
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