Luther Series 3 Recap: Part Four
We start our final episode of Luther’s short season with the reminder that Ripley is still dead and Mary is under attack by Marwood in Luther’s home. He might have gotten her too, but the police show up in time. That is, if you accept DSU Stark as “police.” Unfortunately, Stark is a crazy drunken racist who remains obsessed with creating a case against Luther. He’s decided that Marwood killed Ripley on Luther’s orders (what?) and attacked Mary for the same reason. (Double what?) It says a lot about Mary that she accepts this cockamamie story. Unfortunately, DCI Gray has also decided to buy it and has Luther arrested.
Back at the station, Stark and Gray question Luther and then, in a not-so brilliant move by Team Gray, decided to move Luther from the station to . . .
. . . does it matter? They never get there. a slim figure appears in a gas mask and hoodie appears, slashing tires and dropping smoke bombs. Alice Morgan certainly knows how to make an entrance.
“Some girls grow up wanting ponies. I always wanted to be a widow.” -Alice Morgan
Why has Alice returned? For Luther of course. His is the yin to her yang, her perfect partner in crime. When he protests he’s got a girl in Mary, Alice expertly knocks that down. “She’s a pixie. She’s not what you want, she’s what you think you want.” It takes the rest of the episode for Luther to accept this as truth, but we can all agree that Alice is right. There’s just one last task he has to do first. Punish Marwood for killing Ripley. His plan? To take away everything Marwood wants. To quote the Dread Pirate Wesley, Luther goes for “the pain.”
From here the plot gets seriously convoluted, stretching to include kidnapping a pregnant woman and an unecessary video of Luther’s innocence. All of our characters wind up in an abandoned safe house that’s conveniently equipped with blind stairwells, random sets of double doors and an accessible roof. In the stairwells, Marwood shoots Stark in the chest with a shotgun, conveniently killing his Stark’s along with him. He shoots DCI Gray at point blank range, but she magically survives so that she can live to understand that she had Luther all wrong and find redemption. Alice and Mary find themselves being chased through halls and double doors, and Mary develops an emotional bond to a slightly bemused Alice. (Proof, in case we needed it that Mary’s problem is one of emotionally bonding to seriously broken people.) It all ends on the roof, with Marwood telling Luther he has to choose which of the women will die. Luther chooses Mary, but Mary’s not about to allow her newfound BFF get killed by some psycho and the two of them take him down.
So Luther has his man, barely alive no thanks to Alice. When he arrives downstairs, Benny tells him that Alice Morgan has been arrested, but when Luther enters the paddy wagon to say goodbye and we discover it is Mary sitting there. (Side note: Benny knows Alice, so he let her walk free too.) The breakup that ensues it short and sweet, and might have delivered more of an emotional punch had Mary ever really been a character we cared about.
Luther leaves the scene and walks to the same bridge he has met Alice on before. The first time he was DCI Luther, and she was the nemesis psychopath killer he was going to take down. The second time he was DCI Luther, and she was his friend, the psychopath killer he was going to allow to walk free. Third time is the charm. He is no longer DCI Luther, as he demonstrates by tossing his trademark coat into the Thames. She’s no longer a wanted psychopath–after all, that woman has been arrested (though we are assured the mix up will be cleared up in a couple of hours.) He’s just John, and she’s just Alice.
They don’t kiss–it’s not that kind of romantic relationship. Instead they turn and walk away, into the sunset, into the city. Together, into the world, they disappear.
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