Note: series 2 finale spoilers ahead!

When Stella finally finds Rose in the series finale of The Fall, the medical examiners reveal that she has carved I Love Yu (I will assume it is supposed to be I Love You) into her left arm.

Image of Rose's arm (warning: graphic!)

Why? Is this an act against Paul, to anger him? A final message to her husband and children?

The only context I can recall is her taped saying, "I have loved and I am loved and you can't take that away from me!" to her abductor, Paul.

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    I always thought this was a message to her family thinking that she was not going to survive, it's unlikely (to me at least) that she would do this as a sign of false affection or that it was done by the killer
    – EdChum
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 20:31
  • This is strange but my first thought was that Paul carved it for Stella...
    – user41619
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 21:04

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It wasn't explained in the show in any way as this is one of the last scenes in the very last episode so far.

The most probable explanation is the one from EdChum's comment - this is a message to her family as she wasn't expecting to survive. Personally I think it was addressed especially to her husband due to two reasons:

  • she might have expected him to be present during body identification
  • she was aware that her past relation with Paul will be explained to her husband and she wanted to assure him that despite her romance he is the one she truly loved, etc.

Multiple other explanations are of course possible, but there is really nothing to support them, unless something is revealed in Season 3.

Edit: Season 3 doesn't provide an answer because:

Rose has no recollection of the event. However during the questioning by Stella in Episode 3 she mentions that in captivity she was thinking a lot about her family, while she doesn't mention any development of sympathetic feelings towards Paul, which seems to confirm that the message was to her husband and children and not to her kidnapper.


The message was addressed to Paul. Despite what he did to her she still loved him. She was the catalyst of his ascension into serial murder. She was able to subdue his actions while they were in college, but Paul's fall into darkness evolved beyond human limits.

  • I'm sorry, but there is no evidence to support this.
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Mar 14, 2019 at 13:38

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