In the world of Netflix series, the concept of a “season” is all but obsolete since all installments of a group of episodes premiere on the same date. But at a Netflix TCA panel today on its crime drama series The Fall, series creator/writer/director Allan Cubitt said that traditional seasons very much have shaped the storytelling of this series, borrowed from the BBC.
The Fall’s second season of 6 episodes launches on Jan. 16 on Netflix. It began airing for UK audiences last November. Will there be a third season? “I can’t answer that at the moment (but) it’s a situation where I’m very confident there will be third season” pending an official greenlight from the BBC”, said Cubitt.
Because the series was launched under the BBC’s weekly-installment model, Cubitt said that the concept of seasons was very important when the show was being conceived across the pond.
“When I first pitched the idea for the BBC I asked for 12 parts, knew I needed at least that much time to get through the first part of story,” said Cubitt, who appeared on today’s panel with stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. The BBC then told him good news and bad news: They wanted the show, but the season was going to be only five hours. “(I asked) do I have to end the story?”
The BBC said there was no requirement to have a story ending for Season 1— but Cubitt said he chose to end the first season on a cliffhanger in hopes of a second season. “It would have been very strange I think if there had been no second season,” with serial killer Paul Spector (Dornan’s character) driving off with his family. “Netflix put money up in front of Season 2, so we knew were working with Netflix at the start of the second season. “
Cubitt also said he has an idea for an ending for the series but controversies over the ending of such series as The Sopranos or Dexter have made him realize there’s no way to please everybody.
He added that audiences should not expect an American version of The Fall. He confirmed that there had been a deal in place that fell through, but said “I’m not sure why you would remake The Fall… I’m very happy with you guys watching what we’ve created.”
Anderson was asked how the Netflix model and today’s binge-watching opportunities differ from the experience she had on the popular The X-Files. “That was a different planet, that was before any of this,” she said. “The X-Files was the beginning of appointment television. We’re the end of appointment television.”