The BEST Episodes of The Fall

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 30, 2020

Network: RTÉ One

Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson is brought in from the London Metropolitan Police to help catch the killer when a murder in Belfast remains unsolved. As Gibson travels across from London, we are introduced to the murderer himself; Paul Spector.

What is in Me Dark Illumine

#1 - What is in Me Dark Illumine

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 17, 2014

Gibson's investigation leads her to the killer's lair, but there is no sign of Rose Stagg and the detective instructs her team to step up the interviews with Katie, Sally Ann and Spector in a desperate attempt to find her. However, it is only when Spector makes a final move to remain in control that Gibson is offered any answers.

star 8.02
1,686 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
Their Solitary Way

#2 - Their Solitary Way

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 2016

The series concludes as Gibson and Anderson put fresh evidence to Spector, with explosive results. Spector's new-found friendship with another inmate develops, with devastating consequences.

star 7.97
1,727 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
My Adventurous Song

#3 - My Adventurous Song

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 2, 2013

When Eastwood's investigation into Olson's murder throws open some uncomfortable truths for Burns, Gibson comes under increased pressure in her hunt for Belfast's killer.

star 7.87
2,527 votes
Writers: Allan Cubitt
Night Darkens the Streets

#4 - Night Darkens the Streets

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 16, 2014

Gibson realises that her mistakes have put the life of witness Rose Stagg in danger. Desperate to save Rose's life, she steps up the police investigation as serial killer Paul Spector continues to stalk Belfast's streets.

star 7.87
1,769 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
The Mind is its Own Place

#5 - The Mind is its Own Place

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 30, 2014

Gibson informs Burns that their confrontation in her hotel room may have been witnessed by Spector, and the detective is shocked to discover the serial killer has been paying visits to one of his surviving victims in hospital. Seizing on the opportunity, she finally locates Spector and puts him under surveillance, but her success is short-lived as she is forced to face her worst fears.

star 7.85
1,714 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
The Vast Abyss

#6 - The Vast Abyss

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 9, 2013

Gibson arrives at the Annie Brawley crime scene and realises it is the work of the serial killer, while Burns and his team are still trying to piece together the events surrounding Olson's murder. Spector raises Sally Ann's suspicions when he asks her to provide him with an alibi and he decides to make one final play with Gibson that will bring the two hunters closer than either could have previously imagined

star 7.85
2,309 votes
Writers: Allan Cubitt
Beauty Hath Strange Power

#7 - Beauty Hath Strange Power

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 23, 2014

Gibson orders extensive surveillance on Spector's family, believing they will lead them to Paul, whose whereabouts remain unknown. As the search for Rose Stagg becomes ever more desperate, Spector directs his fury at Gibson after the two narrowly avoid meeting, trespassing into her private world and delighting in taunting and provoking her.

star 7.83
1,745 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
These Troublesome Disguises

#8 - These Troublesome Disguises

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 9, 2014

It has been ten days since Paul Spector told DSI Stella Gibson that she would never catch him. As Gibson tries in vain to help Spector's surviving victim to remember the identity of her attacker, Spector is forced to deal with the loose ends that he left behind in Belfast. His return to the city reveals that someone from his past has been helping police with their enquiries, forcing Spector to change his plans with terrifying consequences.

star 7.82
1,952 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
Insolence & Wine

#9 - Insolence & Wine

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 26, 2013

As DSI Stella Gibson takes control of the hunt for the serial killer striking women in Belfast, the realisation that his perfect kill is tainted pushes Spector into looking for his next victim.

star 7.79
2,527 votes
Writers: Allan Cubitt
Wounds of Deadly Hate

#10 - Wounds of Deadly Hate

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 2016

Spector's legal team are determined that he will never stand trial. Anderson and Ferrington make a discovery from the past that may help Gibson build her case.

star 7.77
1,712 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
The Perilous Edge of Battle

#11 - The Perilous Edge of Battle

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 7, 2014

With Spector under surveillance, Gibson wants to make sure that a solid arrest strategy is put in place so that no evidence is lost and the police have the best chance of saving Rose Stagg. However, the killer's unpredictability forces the detective to act quickly as her carefully laid plans fall apart in front of her eyes.

star 7.75
1,718 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
The Gates of Light

#12 - The Gates of Light

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 2016

As Spector's health stabilises, his legal team, lead by Sean Healy, move into action, determined he will never stand trial. Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson discovers evidence that there may be more victims. Keen to get Spector back into the justice system, Gibson speaks to August Larson, the consultant psychiatrist who will be assessing Spector. Sally-Ann reaches breaking point.

star 7.63
1,820 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
Darkness Visible

#13 - Darkness Visible

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 19, 2013

DSI Stella Gibson's fears are realised as Spector's murder spree in Belfast continues.

star 7.61
2,606 votes
Writers: Allan Cubitt
Dark Descent

#14 - Dark Descent

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 12, 2013

When a Belfast murder remains unsolved, Stella Gibson is brought in to catch the killer.

star 7.59
3,091 votes
Writers: Allan Cubitt
His Troubled Thoughts

#15 - His Troubled Thoughts

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2016

Gibson and Burns are hauled over the coals by the Police Ombudsman and the Policing Executive for their conduct and handling of the case. When Spector's name is released to the press as the arrested suspect in the Belfast Strangler case, his wife and family are forced to deal with the consequences. Katie enraged at the media treatment of him, decides to take matters into her own hands. All the while Nurse Kiera Sheridan and the medical team continue to fight to keep Spector alive. But even if he survives will he ever be fit enough to stand trial?

star 7.59
1,878 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
The Hell Within Him

#16 - The Hell Within Him

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 2016

Gibson comes face to face with the depths of Sally-Ann's desperation, while Burns has to confront his guilt at pursuing Sally-Ann as a conspirator rather than a witness. Gibson and Dr Larson clash over their different view of Spector - patient or prisoner? Meanwhile, Anderson and Ferrington are dispatched to London to discover if Spector can be linked to an old murder there.

star 7.59
1,759 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt
Silence and Suffering

#17 - Silence and Suffering

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2016

Stella Gibson has arrested Spector but will he survive the gunshot wounds sustained in police custody? Will he ever face justice? Paul Spector is rushed to Belfast General Hospital where Dr Joe O'Donnell, nurse Kiera Sheridan and the staff engage in the blood-soaked fight to keep him alive. News of Spector's arrest and life-threatening injuries reach Katie and she plots to help him. With the powers that be questioning Gibson's handling of the case, her determination to get a conviction is tested to the full.

star 7.46
2,057 votes
Directors: Allan Cubitt
Writers: Allan Cubitt