The Split fans were in a frenzy tonight as a blast from the past made a shock return to the series.
The returning character bedded the hit drama’s leading lady Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker), sending viewers wild about the passionate reunion.
Hannah struggled to hide her emotions as she laid eyes on the returning character
Hunky Christie made a surprise comeback tonight
It wasn’t long before Hannah and Christie gave into their feelings
The person in question was, of course, lawyer Hannah’s lover Christie Carmichael, played by Barry Atsma.
Christie has not been seen during the third series so far but that all changed during tonight’s episode.
A flustered Hannah got quite the surprise when he turned up to help her mum Ruth with a case.
“You’re back!” Hannah exclaimed when she laid eyes on her former flame, struggling to contain her composure.
“I’m back,” her handsome lover confirmed, before adding that he was only in London “for a few days”.
“Isn’t it marvellous?” echoed Ruth, as she left the pair to catch up.
As sexual tension sizzled between the pair, viewers took to twitter in their droves to comment on their chemistry and rejoice in Christie’s return.
One said: “Christie & Hannah meeting again, I can’t cope!”
“They truly make each other happy, ” commented a second.
A third swooned: “He’s her true love. Seeing him took her breath away.”
And as the episode progressed, viewers got what they had been waiting for as Hannah and Christie shared a passionate late night balcony kiss at his hotel before falling into bed together.
While the show didn’t give viewers a sex scene between the pair, they were seen wrapped up in a tangle of bed sheets the morning after.
One viewer posted giddily: “Look at that smile on Hannah Stern allll because of Christie….can’t blame her!”
A second said: “Hannah belongs with Christie. This has been my opinion from the very beginning and I’m sticking with it. God, I love this show. So good.”
At the start of this series, Nicola Walker teased in interviews that actor Barry would reprise his role as fan favourite Christie.
She said: “When they told us [Barry] could make it work, it was just thrilling… He’s such a brilliant actor. He’s back…and he returns at quite an interesting moment.”
Tonight marked the third episode of the third and final series.
There are three more episodes left to air, although the entire final run is available to binge watch on BBC iPlayer.
The pair were seen in bed together the next morning
Fans are now wondering whether Hannah and Christie will end up together
Will Hannah get her happy ever after?