Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Written by Clive Bradley & Sigurjón Kjartansson
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Chief Andri Ólafsson (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) and Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir) go to see María after they found the car “one street up” containing the gift to Maggi. The rental car belonged to Geirmundur. In the middle of their talk, Leifur (Jóhann Sigurðarson) turns up, like always. He doesn’t like the implications Andri makes about Geirmundur being the father of the boy. But asking questions, no matter how personal, doesn’t require a warrant. And once more, the plot thickens.
At the station, Ásgeir (Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson) finds Þórhildur (Hanna María Karlsdóttir) has come with things for Eiríkur (Þorsteinn Gunnarson). She wants to take care of her husband, ensuring he has what he needs in jail. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works, and she’s there when he has to be cuffed again for transport. The old man also says goodbye to his former son-in-law before they take him away.
Afterwards, Ásgeir speaks with the chief alone. He tells Andri about once when the mayor was still chief, María came in looking awful. Hrafn pulled her into the office. This was also the day “before the fire in 2008.” That’s huge. We also see Hinrika digging into María’s life, curious about her more and more by the minute.
Andri and Hinrika both sit down with María to ask her a few questions about Geirmundur and the whole ordeal. Hinrika knows the night Geirmundur showed up, Maggi was elsewhere being looked after by Laufey, sister to Agnes (Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir). The cops push her about coming to the station the day before the fish factory fire. This coincides with Geirmundur’s leaving, then nine months later she had a son “with no father.”
All the pieces are really falling into place, as we see this woman was raped seven years prior. It’d make sense if she stabbed the piece of shit to death and then Hrafn, plus the others, helped cover up the murder. She breaks down, saying it was only self defence. Hinrika advises her not to talk anymore without counsel. They’ve also found the hotel’s owner Guðni was the second set of fingerprints from the chainsaw.
Elsewhere, Hjörtur (Baltasarr Breki Samper) gets closer to Soffia. While talking and walking by the water, she suggests it could’ve been Geirmundur who set the fire back then. This strikes him hard— something he’d never considered. He also thinks it was Geirmundur who hauled him from the fire, so he goes to the police.
Things are getting worrisome. Guðni is on the run, shotgun in tow, and Leifur’s getting the boat ready. Looks like the lads are trying to make a run. I wonder what’ll happen with poor little Maggi, if grandpa’s going to take him or leave him. They’ve also got Hinrika and Andri close, sniffing them out. And María, she worries about her boy caught in the crossfire— possibly literally, if things deteriorate.
At the docks, Andri and Hinrika track their suspects. They prepare for the worst, putting on their bulletproof vests. Hiding out, Guðni and Leifur are beginning to divide, as the latter wants to give up, “tell the truth.” The hotel owner is less enthused about the truth. Leifur was the one who ordered Geirmundur to burn the factory, though the lot of them had a part in it. They don’t have much time to argue with the cops closing in.
Then Guðni takes a shot at Andri, nearly taking his face off. The chief tells them to turn themselves over into custody, but Guðni won’t hear it. Leifur even left his own grandson locked in a room alone. Andri’s forced in a freezer along with Leifur, as well, then Guðni locks them both inside and turns on the “deep freeze.” This gives the chief time to confront Leifur about his involvement in the disposal of the body. He wasn’t part of the trafficking, but he let greed push him towards ultimately causing a young girl’s death. He and the rest of their “town‘s elite” knew Hjörtur was innocent and let him go to prison.
In the half dark, Guðni keeps fighting the cops. He bashes Hinrika when she struggles with him, then he ends up clipping Ásgeir. But the man’s looking for young Maggi, who’s also lost in the chaos. The kid makes a run for it outside, as does Guðni. Only Hinrika manages to get him in her sights. The man grabs hold of the boy, using him as a hostage. She puts her gun down, chastising him for selling girls into sexual slavery and putting children in danger. She urges him: “Do something right for a change.”
All the while Andri’s preparing to freeze to death with Leifur. He comes up with an idea soon enough, setting off the fire alarm with a lighter to get the doors to open. He rushes to help Hinrika, training the rifle on the hotel owner. Finally, Guðni gives in to arrest alongside Leifur.
Although the mystery and the murder has come to an end in this little Icelandic town, the place will never be the same again. They’ve all been fundamentally altered by these events. There’s little redeeming factors, even if there’s justice after all’s said and done. The secrets continue to exist throughout town, some which haven’t been uncovered by the rest of the citizens.
Agnes is getting ready to go back to Reykjavík with her girls. She doesn’t exactly look at ease. María, must say goodbye to her child, as she also gets ready to be taken to the city. Quite the juxtaposition of family situations. Andri knows what it’s like to have to say goodbye like her. One ray of light is Hjörtur, whose reputation has been completely rehabilitated after everyone’s found out what actually occurred in the fire.
Things will have changed quite a bit by the time we see these characters again. So much has happened, so many relationships have been crushed and reconfigured. Andri decides it’s time he takes off that wedding band, too. He doesn’t throw it away, just takes it off. And for now, he’s left with nothing but himself and his job.
Christ, I loved this series. Honestly one of the best things I’ve watched in the past several years, if not the decade. Just something special about the writing, as well as the setting and the locations used. The acting was phenomenal. I can’t wait for Series 2. Many ways to go from here.