Luther: The Fallen Sun Title Explained As Viewers Left Confused
Idris Elba as Luther sat with arms on knees looking past the camera
Luther: The Fallen Sun. Idris Elba as John Luther in Luther: The Fallen Sun. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix © 2023

Luther: The Fallen Sun Title Explained As Viewers Left Confused

Jasmyne Jeffery March 11, 2023

The highly anticipated film sequel to the crime drama series has finally dropped on Netflix, but there’s one thing stuck on viewers’ minds after watching it. If that’s you, read on to have the Luther: Fallen Sun title explained.

Idris Elba is back as the infamous John Luther in the Netflix continuation of the BBC drama, last seen in 2019. After the small cinema release of Luther: The Fallen Sun, it’s now on the streaming platform for everyone to watch. Joined by Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis, fans are already enjoying it and wishing for more. That is once they get past one thing that’s confusing them.

Luther: The Fallen Sun Title Explained

After watching the film, viewers have been confused about what the fallen sun is in Luther. Whatever the fallen sun is, it isn’t explained in the film, in fact, nobody even mentions it in its 2-hour run time.

It could be metaphorical reasons for the title, like Luther’s fall from the police force or how part of the film is in Norway. Maybe it’s a bit of a pun, referring to the case at the start of the film.

However, it’s actually even simpler than that. It doesn’t actually refer to anything in the film and was chosen because it sounded…”Luther-ish.”

Speaking to The Radio Times, creator Neil Cross explained the struggle he felt trying to name the Luther film.

“Finding a name for the film was the single hardest aspect of the entire process.”

Cross said that he played around with songs, including the main theme Paradise Circuit for the title. Even though he thought it could work, he didn’t choose it.

Having to find something that would fit into the Luther world, but could be easily translated across the world and carry the message meant they were left with The Fallen Sun.

So, if you thought you’d missed something pretty major in the film, then rest assured that it never comes up.

Luther: The Fallen Sun. Idris Elba as John Luther in Luther: The Fallen Sun. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix © 2023

Luther Ending Explained

It wasn’t a surprise that the ending was left open-ended. We all knew that fans wanted more, and hopefully Luther: The Fallen Sun will mean that’s exactly what fans we get.

Plus, the one person everyone wanted to see didn’t show. That’s right, you can’t really have Luther without Alice Morgan, played by Ruth Wilson. Although her fate at the end of series 5 seemed…fatal, we’ve been there before and that hasn’t stopped her. Leaving it open-ended with the possibility of a sequel means we’re all crossing our fingers that she’ll return for that.

At the end of Luther: The Fallen Sun, Luther is unable to return to the police force because of all the files that were leaked exposing his unconventional detective skills. After Luther traps Robey under the ice and manages to save Rayne and her daughter, before falling unconscious.

The ex-detective then wakes up in a strange room before official-looking vehicles pull up outside. Being lured into one by a man in a suit, he tells Luther that a job is waiting for him from the chief.

Though Idris Elba may never become James Bond, this very much looks like Luther is being recruited into the secret service. This isn’t confirmed in the film, but it’s pretty obvious. If the Luther Netflix film does get a sequel, it appears that we’ll be seeing 00Luther from now on.

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.