Season 2, Episode 2
Directed by Börkur Sigþórsson
Written by Clive Bradley
* For a recap & review of the Season 2 premiere, click here.
* For a recap & review of Episode 3, click here.
Þórhildur (Elva María Birgisdóttir) is with Aron (Stormur Jón Kormákur). He buries his dead dog in the place where he first found him. A bittersweet moment for the guy, losing his pet and also being in a place that reminds him of better days.
Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) and Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir) are called out to the scene where Finnur (Guðjón Davíð Karlsson) was found dead. Andri knows it’s “not an act of temporary insanity.” Both he and Hinrika know something bad’s going on in their close knit village. Sadly, he has to call Aron— getting his daughter first— to tell him to come home with his mother, Elín (Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir).
They’re alerted to a spray painted message on Finnur’s car: MUSLIM LOVER. It’s suspected to be the work of the brothers, Ketill’s (Steinn Ármann Magnússon) sons, Torfi (Vignir Rafn Valþórsson) and Skúli (Sigurbjartur Sturla Atlason). They’ve had beef with Finnur “for years.” There are expansions to the smelting plant, meaning foreign owners. Could Hammer of Thor be connected? So much “right–wing fanaticism” is easily bred in small, insular places, such as this village.
Andri and Hinrika go looking for the brothers. At the home of Torfi and Skúli are many pamphlets for right-wing propaganda, like were found in Gisli’s vehicle after he burned himself alive. There’s also neo-Nazi symbols, and a poster for the racist skinhead flick Romper Stomper— also interesting there’s a Confederate flag, showing how white nationalists, no matter where they’re from, gravitate to any symbols of racism. Andri laments the use of “Norse mythology and the Sagas” for white hatred. Hinrika intelligently points out the Sagas are about immigrants. They soon track down Torfi, though Skúli rides off rather than talk. Neither of the brothers are particularly willing to talk. The police take Torfi into custody.
In the meantime, Aron cuts his father down in the barn while Þórhildur watches, potentially contaminating the crime scene. The forensics crew aren’t pleased. Nevertheless, Gudrún (Katrín Halldóra Sigurðardóttir) examined the corpse. She found that Finnur was stabbed in the forehead, then hung upside down after he was dead. He was stabbed with a “spoke or a pin.” Hinrika wonders if it could’ve been a bolt gun usually used on cattle.
Everybody at the plant hears about Finnur’s death and will likely be questioned by the authorities. Not everybody’s torn up. Some refer to him as “the bastard.” At the police station, Ketill’s pissed to see one of his sons is in custody. He’s shocked to learn about the murder, as well. In the hills around the village, a search and rescue team are looking for the other brother, hoping to locate him so police can take him in. Speaking of Skúli, he makes a call to a female friend. They talk about a slogan, which he says should be: “Traitor, you will pay.” Hmm.
Shitty for him, the cops and the search team have picked up on his cell signal.
At the station, Andri and Hinrika sit with Torfi, who now says he’d like to confess to killing Finnur. He calls the dead man a traitor for bringing in foreigners rather than only dealing with locals. He sees it all as part of a crusade against “foreign investors” a.k.a Muslims. He says Finnur needed to die. Andri slyly gets Torfi to unknowingly admit he wasn’t the one who actually committed the murder.
What about Skúli? His background suggests he’s got many troubles, from violence to a learning disability. Andri goes to see Ketill. The father’s sure his son didn’t kill Finnur, and the cop tells him he’s right, trying to find out any info that might lead them to the AWOL brother, but he gets nothing.
Night’s come. The other brother remains on the loose.
Ásgeir (Ingvar Sigurdsson) finds a bloody bolt gun in the debris at the farm. Andri and Hinrika go see Hjörtur (Baltasar Breki Samper) at the plant. His boss asked him to delete a security video from a week prior showing people spray painting vehicles with racist nonsense, as well as tagging other places. The cops notice Gisli there, one week before he set himself ablaze.
And the slogan from earlier?
It winds up spray painted on the Mayor’s garage. Uh oh.
Things are starting to ramp up. Season 2 is on its way!