Even ardent fans of Luther reckon that the latest series of the detective show has possibly tipped over the edge.
In pursuit of a clown mask-wearing killer on the streets of London, Idris Elba’s grizzled copper appears to be stacking up the corpses.
Over the space of just three episodes, aired in quick succession by the BBC since New Year’s Day, there have been 16 stabbings and 11 dead bodies.
There have also been scenes of surgery and in one instance, eyeballs being cut out.
And it’s left some viewers pretty grossed out.
— Chrissie Bradshaw (@ChrissieBeee) January 2, 2019
The BBC need to set up a helpline for those who are traumatised by #Luther
— Danielle Maines (@didi78) January 3, 2019
— Matt Norris (@MattNorris2015) January 2, 2019
Ehhhhh I think I’m finally completely over depressing violent telly #Luther
— Laura (@AngryLozbian) January 1, 2019
Last night’s episode also had fans of the show in bits, as it killed off one of the show’s most beloved characters.
Michael Smiley’s DS Benny ‘Deadhead’ Silver was shot dead, to the dismay of viewers.
Think we need a national holiday tomorrow to mourn Benny’s death #Luther
— Rosy (@recovering_ed) January 3, 2019
I’m actually traumatised, Poor wee benny man, I’m sobbing #Luther
— sarah🥰💌🍄 (@highgreenmilex) January 4, 2019
— Valterri, it's Lily. (@misselsierosie) January 3, 2019
Some are holding out hope that maybe he’s going to be alright… maybe that was someone else’s blood… but it doesn’t look good.
Luther returns tonight at 9pm on BBC One.