Fans of The Fall had been waiting patiently for a new series of the drama, and tonight’s opening episode was a chance for them to indulge their obsession with DCI Stella Gibson.

The cool, calm and collected detective is played by Gillian Anderson, and even in the face of having captured serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), cradled him after he was shot and sat out some of the most gory hospital scenes we’ve watched in a long time, she was still as poised as ever.

Stella and Paul, reunited (BBC)

Jamie didn’t exactly get the lines in tonight’s instalment.

Jamie Dornan got to have a little nap filming this episode #TheFall

— Bryony Rae Taylor (@bryonyraetaylor) September 29, 2016

But Gillian’s character didn’t have a hair out of place as she coped with a day most of us will only see in our nightmares.

Only Stella Gibson could go through that much drama and still have her hair looking absolutely perfect 👌 #TheFall

— Madam Fruitcake ت (@MeggRudders_) September 29, 2016

#TheFall Stella's hair is flawless 😍👸🏼 @GillianA

— Ciara Maoliosa (@CiaraMaoliosa) September 29, 2016

She also gave a great monologue on victims of sexual crimes that thoroughly impressed viewers.

DIVINE. Preach it Stella. Write it on buses. Write it on your forehead. Stella knows where it's at. #consent #TheFall

— Christina Bradley (@cbradley1001) September 29, 2016

Every man should watch Stella's speech on fight/flight/freeze and cooperation not meaning consent. Now. #TheFall

— Marieke (@Mriek_today) September 29, 2016

Stella Gibson talking on consent just now was really poignant. Absolutely love the feminist commentary in #TheFall.

— Martha (@_MSalhotra) September 29, 2016

Aside from the blood and guts, it may have been a slow start in terms of plot – but fans of the show found plenty to appreciate.

That's first episode of #TheFall was amazing! Stella barely raised her voice and was so, so impactful

— Rosh (@roshETC) September 29, 2016

Nothing short of engrossing, brilliant television! #TheFall has maintained its high class story-telling with @GillianA as hypnotic as ever!

— Dean. (@kinobean_) September 29, 2016