The Fallen Sun’ ending, explained


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Idris Elba‘s latest Netflix project, Luther: The Fallen Sun, has left viewers guessing about his beloved character John Luther’s future following the film’s cliffhanger. 

Luther: The Fallen Sun, which was released on the streaming platform this month, follows Luther, a homicide detective, as he’s apprehended for transgressions he committed while taking down criminals. He escapes from prison to catch a wealthy London serial killer named David Robey (Andy Serkis). Throughout the movie, Robey had a distinct way of informing the public about his horrific crimes, which included abducting and torturing his victims in a red room, and live-streaming each event for a profit. 

Robey would ultimately be caught by Luther and Detective Chief Inspector Odette Raine, played by Cynthia Erivo, in Estonia after Robey kidnapped Raine’s daughter. The incident led to Raine and her daughter fleeing from the location, and Luther and Robey being submerged under a frozen lake following a car crash. The commotion surrounding Luther’s future stemmed from the events after Robey drowned in the lake. 

At the end of the film, Luther is flown to London to be treated for his injuries, and is later placed in a government safe house, where he is met by a man named Tim Cranfield (Guy Williams). During the interaction, Cranfield applauded Luther for his work catching Robey, and stopping him from executing more crimes. Following his remarks, Cranfield shared that the Chief wanted to speak to Luther, and motioned him to enter a vehicle where the scene fades to black.

This teaser left more questions than answers, leading many individuals to believe that Luther’s story could be continued in more films, and that he could have even landed a possible new career within the Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6. 

Will Luther’s story be continued in future projects?

Some of the viewer’s thoughts were answered by Elba and Luther: The Fallen Sun‘s director Jamie Payne during a recent interview with Netflix’s partnered website, Tudum. In the interview, Payne indicated that there could be more projects featuring Elba’s character. While mentioning Neil Cross, the author of Luther: The Calling, a book based on the hit BBC series, Payne stated,

“Now, I know who’s in that car and I know where that car’s going as far as Neil Cross’s story is concerned. And I honestly think the potential of stories to come now, now we’re in this new space, is quite extraordinarily exciting.”

As for Elba, the actor dismissed the allegations that he would be a part of MI6, and shared that he would be interested in reprising his role as John Luther. He said,

“A lot of people talk about this James Bond character and me, and that’s not it. This is it for me. And there’s so much potential to see it rival that type of character or that type of scale of film. Yeah, I think I will play him again.”

Despite the slight confirmation that there could be more projects regarding the Luther franchise, it is still being determined what it could include, if and when it continues.



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