Contains spoilers for Save Me and Save Me Too.
Lennie James's critically acclaimed Sky Original series Save Me Too came to a thrilling conclusion which featured his well-intentioned protagonist Nelly surrendering to the police and taking the blame for a crime he didn't commit.
The second series of the crime thriller followed Nelly [Lennie James] - clad in his iconic yellow puffer - finally rescuing his and ex-partner Claire's [Suranne Jones] young daughter Jody from a sex trafficking ring. He also became embroiled in the murder of the network's nefarious king pin, Ade Edmondson's chilling Gideon.
Grace [Olive Gray], a survivor of Gideon's sexual abuse and exploitation - and previously saved by Nelly in series 1, killed Gideon following an ugly confrontation with the crime boss. Nelly steps in to protect her.
Lennie revealed that ending almost went in a very different direction which would have seen Gideon's dangerous criminal cohort Paul implicated for the crime, and Nelly walking away free.
"There was another version [ending] but ultimately, I felt it was silly and actually you've just reminded me, because I remember when I was writing episode six, there was a moment I went off on a tangent and started writing the draft of a script where I started suddenly writing a different ending," Lennie told Good Housekeeping UK.
"It was an ending where Nelly did catch up to Paul [Stephen McCole]... There was a struggle between Nelly and Paul. Nelly caught up to Paul and in order to get Paul's fingerprints on the knife, Nelly ended up getting stabbed and that's how he brought Paul down, because the fingerprint on the knife sticking in Nelly was Paul's."
He added: "But it just didn’t work for me and it took the drama in a different direction that didn't feel like Save Me. So I had to go back and rewrite the ending that we had always envisaged after episode 6. I only meant it was daft in that it felt like it was Nelly's plan, but it was a ludicrous Nelly plan that ultimately didn't really ring true to the journey we'd already been on."
So now that Nelly could be facing a lengthy prison sentence for a crime he didn't commit, could we be seeing less of Nelly in series 3?
Save Me Too season 3: The plot
Lennie James disclosed that he hasn't started writing a third instalment yet, but he has been thinking it over and formulating ideas.
The Line of Duty star added that the new series could feature less of Nelly, musing: "That's actually got me thinking that might be a good idea, less of Nelly... I think it would be hard to tell any more of this story without Nelly having a big footprint on it, but that footprint might be his absence... Or it might not be.
"We've certainly set it up for the possibility of him to be absent. There are a number of themes and situations that I can see that could possibly feed into a third series but the whole idea, the shape of an idea that I had when I started writing season one and the shape of the idea I had going into series two, in all honesty I don't think I've got that yet to go into season three. But that doesn't mean I won't get it. It doesn't mean that I will get it."
He continued: "But we are thinking about it... It's a very weird thing that with lockdown and all of the time you've got, you could sit down and write the thing but it's a little more involving and because of all the things that make Save Me, Save Me, I want to make sure I have all of the components before I embark on what is a massive commitment so that's a long answer. The short answer is: I'm thinking about it."
Save Me Too season 3: The cast
Oscar-nominated actress and Mum star Lesley Manville made her debut in season two as Gideon's beleaguered wife Jennifer - and she could come back to spur on Nelly's investigation into Gideon's insidious crime network.
It's likely that Suranne Jones will be back as Claire along with daughter Jody, played by Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness.
Alice Feetham (as Bernie), Stephen Graham (Melon), Thomas Coombes (Nelly's right-hand man Goz), Jason Flemyng (Tam), Camilla Beeput (Zita) and Olive Gray (Grace) are also expected to return.
Stephen McCole will no doubt be back as the elusive Paul in series three - with fans desperate to see him finally face justice.
Save Me Too season 3: The air date
As Lennie James has yet to start writing, and due to the coronavirus restrictions currently impacting filming, fans probably won't be seeing a third series until at least next year.
Save Me Too is available on digital now and on DVD alongside Save Me 1 & 2 Box Set from 22 June.
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