Sun
Sep 8 2013 9:00am

Shipping Sunday: Luther’s Luther/Alice

Irdis Elba and Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan and John Luther in LutherThe BBC show Luther has just had its Season 3 air on BBC America, and while title character John had a fling with the oddly straw-haired (really—was it a straw wig?) Mary, we know who really deserves his heart. (It's an intense police procedural, so not a romance, but for goodness' sake, it's Idris Elba as DCI John Luther, with brilliant acting and tense emotional situations, plus serial killers).

His black heart, perhaps, but his heart.

It's Alice Morgan (played by Ruth Wilson), the brilliant psychopath introduced in the first season, who becomes obsessed by Luther, stalks him, terrorizes his ex-wife and her new love interest, kills someone who could have done Luther harm, and then asks him to run away with her. And he's nearly tempted, even though he knows what Alice is.

Alice does leave, and doesn't return until the last episode of Season 3 (check out a clip of her entrance here), but prior to that, there's a scene showing postcards lined up on Luther's mantle from all over the world. From Alice, of course; they're the only decoration Luther has bothered to put up in his dingy house. Aw! He cares!

Alice and Luther are each the smartest person the other has ever met, and so what if one of them is an amoral killer, and the other is a police officer with a conscience that works on “by any means necessary” guidelines? They are two sides of a super-smart coin, and I wish Luther had taken off with Alice. Maybe now he will?

Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson

Alice Morgan and John Luther

Alice and Luther

Alice and Luther in Luther

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11 comments
Terri L. Austin
1. Terri L. Austin
Agreed. Luther and Alice are electric together. Loved season 3.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I was so excited in the last episode with--well, no spoilers, but I don't think an American show would have that kind of ending.
Heather Waters (redline_)
3. redline_
@MFrampton -- Was that the series finale? Kinda felt like it. I maaaaay have spent much of Saturday catching up on Luther. Anything Luther/Alice was my favorite part of any given episode.
Megan Frampton
4. MFrampton
@redline_ That was the series finale, and the end of the series itself, according to writer Neil Cross. He and Idris are planning a prequel movie, but not sure when (or if) that will happen.
Kwana Minatee-Jackson
5. kwanawrites
Luther and Alice are just the best. That final scene plus the music just took my breath away. Also the way he looks at her us just wow. You know he's us awe of her brain and that is so sexy.
Heather Waters (redline_)
6. redline_
@MFrampton -- Okay, wow, then I was completely satisfied with that ending. I would not say no to a prequel if it happens, however.

@kwanawrites -- Agreed! And I always come back to that line of Alice's where she tells Luther that the two of them are the same and she'd never betray him. Guh! Love it.
Kwana Minatee-Jackson
9. kwanawrites
@redline_ Thanks for agreeing and sorry about the typos. That's what I get for typing in the dark. LOL.
Minime
11. Minime
My fav TV couple/non-couple. I watched the first episode of season 1 and the scene on the bridge almost made my screen melt. I had to keep watching just for Alice. The chemistry they share is amazing I am going to watch the finale tonight. I can't wait. Even though she wasn't in season 2 I loved that he knew he could call her for help and she would "reign down hell upon" those who hurt him.
Terri L. Austin
12. Deb in atlanta
Oh my yes! Luther/Alice is by far my favorite TV couple, in all their dysfunctional glory. He's been tempted by her from the first, and now, perhaps he will give in. His throwing away of the tweed was significant, shedding his skin.
Jennifer Proffitt
13. JenniferProffitt
Their relationship always reminds me of Gretchen Lowell and Archie Sheridan in Chelsea Cain's series featuring the two. Gretchen is a serial killer Archie has put away several times (she's escaped prison at least once...) and she's totally obsessed with him, but there's always this weird tension between them. That's all I think of whenever I see Luther and Alice interact--although Alice's motives are slightly more Luther driven to protect him or avenge him as she sees fit.
Terri L. Austin
14. SassyT
I'm just sad it's over. I love me some Idris Elba!!!! Oh, sorry. I thought it was sweet (in a serial killer sort of way) that they ended up together. I mean I guess that's how it should have been anyway. I'll just miss the show. It was a really good show (even without Alice but extra good when she showed up)!!! Also, Alice showed up in every season of the show. I just knew she was going to pop in on the final season. I thought they'd bring her in a little sooner though. Oh, well. Another of my favorite shows is off the air (the final Burn Notice ep is this week....Michael and Fiona....). Why do they keep ending my shows???
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