Season 2, Episode 8
Directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson
Written by Sigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley
* For a recap & review of Episode 7, click here.
* For a recap & review of Episode 9, click here.
Everyone in town is warned not to drink the tap water. Jamal Al Othman (Dar Salim) from American Aluminium is certainly having an interesting visit. Doesn’t bode well. An investor like him may not want to be linked with these people if the violence continues, either. Apart from that, the whole town’s disrupted.
Finnur is quietly laid to rest. Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) keeps an eye out in case there’s any disruptions at the cemetery. Aron (Stormur Jón Kormákur) and his mother Elín (Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir) are approached afterwards by Davíð (Valur Freyr Einarsson) from the plant.
Andri goes to see the family, asking about Davíð. He gave them “five hundred thousand krónas.” He asked if Finnur ever mentioned him. The cop takes a string from around the bills to check with forensics.
At the town hall, Ketill (Steinn Ármann Magnússon) rages against the “bloody capitalists” and an old woman says it’s all a curse put on Þórir’s family— father of Halla and the rest. She says he built his farmhouse on “an enchanted rock” and cursed them for centuries. She believes the curse is spreading to the whole town. Mayor Hafdís (Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir) attempts to shut it all down.
People are inclined to believe in anything given the rough state of things.
Across town, Halla’s meeting Jamal. He isn’t impressed with the situation. She’s doing her best to assuage his worries. It isn’t working that well. He eventually tells her they’ll have to put the deal on hold until the “scars heal” figuratively and literally.
Hjörtur (Baltasar Breki Samper) chats with Andri about Davíð. The guy played poker with Finnur, Pawel, and others at the plant occasionally. Ebo (Kingsford Siayor) speaks to the cop. He worries Víkingur (Aron Már Ólafsson) could get “twenty years” in prison.
Ásgeir (Ingvar E. Sigurðsson) and Guðrún (Katrín Halldóra Sigurðardóttir) flirt while she works on the water samples. They’re soon joined at the station by Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir). She wonders how their prisoner’s doing. She’s also avoiding talking to Bárður (Guðjón Pedersen). She gives Ásgeir the rundown on their thought someone is framing Víkingur. But her colleague isn’t happy kept at arm’s length a lot of times, thinking others see him as only a “country cop.” The chief doesn’t have time for his shit.
He mentions the pregnancy. This gets Guðrún in trouble. Hinrika tells her: “I had a miscarriage.” She’s one of Father Gore’s favourite characters on Trapped. Heartbreaking.
A while later, Andri tells Ásgeir and Hinrika about the half million given to Elín. He shows them the string from the money. The ever watchful Ásgeir mentions it’s done in a “figure–eight knot“— exactly the same knot used on Finnur’s noose.
See? They ARE a great team!
Aron gets attacked by a bunch of dickheads blaming his family for the contaminated water. They beat him up while Þórhildur (Elva María Birgisdóttir) gets held back from helping. Eventually it’s stopped. Outside, Aron finds his car’s smashed up and his tires are knifed. More small town bullshit.
Meanwhile, Steinunn (Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir) has shit thrown all over her home. She goes to the station to see her son, though she’s unable. She speaks to the police about how her family takes the brunt of the town’s hatred. She mentions her son’s sexuality, and how some boys in town got to know him “better than they would admit.” For a liberal place, it’s still insular, and there are many hypocrites. The mother does get a bit of hope. Andri chooses to tell her they believe Víkingur may be innocent.
At the station, Guðrún tells the others the geese were poisoned as a result of “E.coli and PCB.” Extremely toxic. Only question is how it got into the lake. Surely it was the plant. But, is there full-on deviousness happening? Is there something that Ebo and his brother-in-law saw, or had a part in, while working at the plant?
They seem to know something.
At the plant, Andri and Hinrika find Davíð. He acts fairly indignant about it. They show him the knot from the money, questioning where he learned to tie it. They ask why he gave the money to Elín. He has answers for everything. They question him about playing poker with Pawel and Finnur. He starts to see he’s a suspect. And he just may have a pretty solid alibi.
At the same time, Aron takes Þórhildur to the station after she admits to finding a phone in the bag. She’s worried how her father will react. Ásgeir talks to them and takes the phone, looking through its messages. He goes on his own to meet the anonymous texter, unable to reach Andri. Is this going to turn out bad? He winds up chasing a masked man into a dilapidated building. He nearly catches the man, only to be stabbed brutally in the stomach a couple times.
Will he make it? Or is this the end for Ásgeir?
“How can we lift a curse that’s been laid upon us
by life itself?”
Feels like a broken record at this point: great goddamn episode.
All the mystery is so well weaved throughout the season, and everything’s coming together, connecting, expanding. The grander scheme of things is starting to fall into place. Like Season 1, Season 2’s revealing things at a fine pace. Father Gore wasn’t initially sold on the first episode, then once the second came everything kicked into gear perfectly. Can’t wait to see the last few chapters of this wild tale unfold.