Season 2, Episode 9
Directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson
Written by Clive Bradley
* For a recap & review of Episode 8, click here.
* For a recap & review of the Season 2 finale, click here.
Poor Ásgeir (Ingvar E. Sigurðsson) is dragged away by the would-be murderer. He’s put into his own police vehicle. At the station, Chief Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir) and Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) are trying to contact their friend, unable to get him on his phone— now smashed— and getting nothing on the radio. Thankfully, they can track his car and see it’s headed out of town.
They rush towards the outside of town where the car’s on fire.
The masked man’s escaped into the darkness.
Behind him he’s left Ásgeir’s burning corpse.
Ketill (Steinn Ármann Magnússon) is taking reporter Lovísa (Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir) to the mountains. She asks about the “neo–Nazi plot” in which his sons were embroiled. Despite his nationalism he wasn’t quite a full-on maniac like his sons, though he did them no favours. He’s bringing Lovísa out to a cave where there’s a creek running into a lake at a certain time of year.
Everyone at the station is shook up, obviously. Trausti (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson) gets word about Ásgeir, offering his condolences to Hinrika, devastated by the loss of her friend. Andri goes to Þórhildur (Elva María Birgisdóttir) asking about the texts. He tells her she has to go back to Reykjavik, as should Aron (Stormur Jón Kormákur). They’re both in danger. The girl blames herself for Ásgeir’s death. Her father takes it all on his shoulders, like everything else. She does remember the anonymous texter mentioned her dress at the funeral.
And nearby, someone’s watching them all closely.
Maybe the saddest is Guðrún (Katrín Halldóra Sigurðardóttir) assists in doing an autopsy on Ásgeir. She has to see his charred body. She has to be there, cutting into his flesh and bone, opening him up. Such an awful thing for someone to have to do to a person they had feelings for, never being able to say goodbye, either.
The autopsy reports Ásgeir was alive when the fire started. Horrific.
Ketill takes Lovísa to the cave where his worst fears are realised— a ton of barrels of toxic waste are dumped there. “It all goes into the lake,” he tells her. Father Gore’s curious if Ebo (Kingsford Siayor) and his brother-in-law were part of a crew who had to dump it? Is Finnur’s murder related to the dumping of the chemicals?
SO MANY QUESTIONS!
Víkingur (Aron Már Ólafsson) is let go. He’s asked what actually happened the night Pawel was killed. He tells Andri he was headed to the plant to kill the guy, only to find him with the hammer in his head. He tried helping and got covered in blood.
The killer’s following Aron and Þórhildur. They can’t get a flight out, so Aunt Laufey (Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir) has to drive them to Reykjavik. They’re trailed by the mysterious man. At the same time, Andri and Hinrika go see about the toxic waste after Ketill calls. On the drive, they wonder if their now deceased friend was “playing hero,” trying to prove he was as good a cop as them. Soon at the cave, everybody’s there, including Mayor Hafdís (Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir). “Forty barrels” have been found. They’ve traced the PCB back there. Andri finds out Stefán (Arnmundur Ernst Björnsson) is “Head of Disposal” at the plant. They go back there and quickly get a sense something’s being kept very, very hidden. They need to speak with Stefán.
Víkingur and Ebo are having difficulties after their reunion. The former worries his lover believes he killed a man. They only know each other so well, despite being intimate. Víkingur tries to tell him he’s innocent. He’s never cared for somebody like he cares for Ebo. The Ghanaian cares for him, too. He’s programmed by his culture not to want what he wants. It isn’t as easy for him to embrace his sexuality.
The cops go to Stefán’s place. Work says he called in sick. The wife says he’s at work. He’s in the wind. Andri and Hinrika notice pictures of him rock climbing. Their suspicion’s growing. More suspicious is the large cache of guns and other weaponry the guy keeps in his home. Another call comes in for the police, taking them to the factory where Ásgeir was stabbed.
Stefán’s on the road hunting down Laufey with the teens in her car. He confronts them at a rest stop. Things devolve into utter terror. He knocks Aron out, leaving Þórhildur vulnerable. Laufey stumbles onto Aron. But it’s too late for the girl.
“There is no curse.
The name for it is greed.”
A heavy episode. Sad to see a beloved character meet such an unfortunate end. Then to see all the other characters have to grieve him while we, the audience, also grieve, is an emotional experience.
Plus, there’s all the other plot intrigue, and with only a single episode remaining there’s one big time finale headed our way next.