Back in November TV Line reported that our favorite sexy yet morally ambiguous British detective was coming back for a fourth and final installment of the BBC series Luther, which would begin filming in March and air sometime in 2015. The new series was to take the form of a two-part miniseries, which is not surprising given the amount of projects the cast are now up to. At the time, series creator Neil Cross said:
“Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there’s hardly been a minute when I didn’t wonder what happened next,” Cross said in a release. “So I decided to find out. We’re putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.”
So now it’s March, and true to words, Luther is back to filming in London. Producer Elizabeth Kilgarriff said in a press release (via Screenrant):
“It’s very exciting to have Idris Elba back as DCI John Luther and to be in East London shooting the show’s fourth installment. Neil Cross has pulled out all the stops to make this the biggest, scariest story yet and it’s a privilege to welcome such a glittering array of acting talent to our already stellar cast.”
That all sounds fantastic. But speaking of the acting talent, the casting announcement includes Rose Leslie of Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey, Laura Haddock of Guardians of the Galaxy, and Patrick Malahide (Balon Greyjoy from Thrones), plus a few other retuning actors — but no Ruth Wilson.
So what the hell is going on here? Half the reason we all want a fourth season of Luther is to find out what happened between Luther and Alice after the bridge scene. Do they finally bone or not? WE MAY NEVER KNOW NOW. Rose Leslie is great and all, but you can’t just go throwing in another redhead and think we all won’t notice. Because, oh — we will notice.
The again we haven’t heard a single thing about that prequel movie Neil Cross confirmed nearly two years ago, so with Idris Elba rumored to being considered for the new James Bond maybe they’re going to run with that idea instead? I guess… All I know is that I’m going to be very unhappy if I never find out whether or not Luther and Alice live happily ever after, if that’s even possible for a brooder and a psychopath.