Season 2, Episode 6
Directed by Börkur Sigþórsson
Written by Sigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley
* For a recap & review of Episode 5, click here.
* For a recap & review of Episode 7, click here.
Father Gore’s got theories.
Does anyone get a weird vibe off Aron (Stormur Jón Kormákur)? What about Víkingur (Aron Már Ólafsson)? Is he keeping secrets? These are vague thoughts. These two already have a lot going on. The answers could just as easily lie somewhere else unexpected, and surely do.
What do you think?
This episode begins with Ketill (Steinn Ármann Magnússon) on horseback in the mountains. He sees dead animals by the shore. Did his son Skúli (Sigurbjartur Atlason) drink water contaminated by pollution from the plant? Absolutely.
Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) and Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir) find remnants of Aron and Þórhildur (Elva María Birgisdóttir) having a little party, after entering Finnur’s place where the “seal is broken” on the crime scene. They see a used condom, which really doesn’t thrill Andri. Then they find euros. For any Canadian/American viewers, Iceland uses króna, so to find a large roll of euros in a bag would absolutely be suspicious.
So, what was Finnur doing?
How dangerous is it going to get for Þórhildur after she texted that anonymous contact?
Halla (Sólveig Arnarsdóttir) has already left, leaving Elín (Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir) with all those family secrets— or, is she still in town? Did the younger sister find out exactly what occurred decades ago with her family? She’s obviously upset over the death of her husband. Is she haunted by something else? Then there’s a visit from police. They’ve got to take Aron for a talk at the station. The kid only gets his girlfriend into more shit by telling her to “hide the $$$.”
This puts Andri in a position of having to confront his daughter. Inside the bag is also a map of a “region from the Ministry of Industries” and a purchase agreement. Andri’s pissed at the forensics team for not finding the money earlier, and he’s also pissed at himself, blaming his daughter’s actions ultimately on his worth as a parent.
He goes to see Víkingur. The young man’s defensive, worried about being a “prime suspect.” The cop only wants to know who could’ve hurt Finnur. Andri tries to ask about the euros, though he doesn’t get much in return. Worth noting: there are several maps in Víkingur’s place, on the wall and on the table— could these have anything to do with the map in Finnur’s bag, or is it merely coincidence?
Speaking of the map, it’s of Gisli’s farmland. Curious.
Mayor Hafdís (Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir) gets a visit from Halla, suggesting they need to make sure they’re present for a meeting with Jamal from American Aluminium. They need that “Kodak moment.” Maybe Father Gore’s going TOO WILD with the theories here. Bear with him.
Is there any possibility that Halla’s been in on things with Gisli from the start? TOO CYNICAL? Could she now be drawing the Mayor and Jamal together, to make sure there’s a target for Hammer of Thor? Or, is she trying to capitalise on her own tragedy for profit?
Big worries! Þórhildur’s connecting with the anonymous texter. They’re planning to meet. She’s only a teen, yet this is spectacularly bad decision making on her part. She should know meeting this person’s a terrible idea.
And still, she flirts with disaster.
She goes to the cemetery to meet. The person doesn’t come. They wait, watch, and figure out the identity of who’s got the money. Fuck. Andri wants to send Þórhildur back to Reykjavik, unaware of how deep his daughter’s gotten herself into trouble. Later on, she’s texting again, and the anonymous contact confirms they were at the funeral.
Andri tracks down Halla, who’s with her old pal Kolbrún (Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir). He starts asking about the divided family. He wonders about what she previously said re: Gisli feeling he was “owed” something. Halla passes it off as drugged, half-conscious talk after the attack. She claims it was about money. The cop asks about the “geothermal area” on which Gisli’s land was located. He’s wondering if the Ministry allowed any drilling on the land, which they haven’t, so Halla says.
Poor Ebo (Kingsford Siayor) has big problems with Pawel (Leo Sankovic) refusing to give over the money he’s owed. He’s assaulted briefly when the guy grabs his cock, trying to extort sexual favours. He luckily finds a ride from Stefán (Arnmundur Ernst Björnsson) before Pawel and the others chase him down. He goes straight to Víkingur, sending the latter off in a rage.
At the plant there’s a blackout. Pawel goes looking to see what’s going on, hearing noises somewhere in the plant. Hjörtur (Baltasar Breki Samper) shows up a little later to see the Polish man on the floor, blood coming from his head (a bolt gun wound?). The security guard gives chase, trying to find whoever it was that attacked Pawel. He chases the person through dark corridors…
At a locked door, he sees a bloody Víkingur.
Whoa! Although this end was expected it’s no less shocking. Does this implicate Víkingur in any of the previous mess? Or is he merely driven over the edge by what happened to his lover? Hard to tell.
Either way, there’s so much compelling stuff coming up in Season 2. Bring on more.