After a hiatus that felt like a lifetime, The Fall made its highly-anticipated return to our TV screens last night.
Picking up where it left off in season 2, viewers met Stella Gibson and Paul Spector in the aftermath of a shoot-out which saw law enforcement struggle with the prospect that the Belfast Strangler might not survive to see the inside of a courtroom.
And with viewers only dying to get stuck back into the cat and mouse game which played out between Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson's characters, it seems many were left disappointed by the slow and steady pace of the season's first episode.
What the heck? #TheFall is more like a hospital documentary – enough fancy medical words, people – we want the STORY.
— Roisin Meaney (@roisinmeaney) September 25, 2016
Great to see E.R back on the telly #TheFall
— Paul Marron (@PaulMarron) September 26, 2016
Love a show about the administrative side of police work. After the break, Stella tries to find the code for the photocopier #TheFall
— Mallow News (@MallowNews) September 25, 2016
First episode of #TheFall / ER not sure what I watched!
— Ray (@Ray323F) September 26, 2016
OK, so the first episode of the show definitely involved more medical jargon and organ removal than most of us expected, but it looks like Stella's speech on the difference between submission and consent was enough to reel the viewers back in.
Applauding scriptwriters for their succinct summation, Twitter was awash with praise as credits on the first episode began to roll.
— Chris (@_chriixx) September 26, 2016
Gillian Anderson's speech at the end of tonight's episode is so important to women everywhere. Powerful writing. #TheFall
— Annie (@Annie_hooray) September 25, 2016
— Aitnursie (@Aitnursie) September 25, 2016