Season 2, Episode 10
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Written by Sigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley
* For a recap & review of Episode 9, click here.
Jump back four weeks ago.
Finnur (Guðjón Davíð Karlsson) was hounding Gisli (Þorgeir Tryggvason) about the land he was only going to lose soon enough, trying to convince him to sell it off. He offered “ten million” and a “share in the geothermal rights.” He showed him the map from the Ministry of Industry. It pissed Gisli off. He wondered if his sister Halla (Sólveig Arnarsdóttir) knew. Something deeper underneath causes him to lose his mind.
Stefán (Valdimar Flygenring) is in his van with Þórhildur (Elva María Birgisdóttir) tied up. Police are on the move to the rest stop, where Laufrey (Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir) and Aron (Stormur Jón Kormákur) are waiting. The rest of the cops are setting up roadblocks and scouring the town, the airport, and elsewhere.
Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) has to call his ex, Agnes (Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir), assuring he’ll find their daughter. He’s already lost a close friend. He doesn’t want to even think of losing his daughter. Chief Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir) has the CCTV footage showing Stefán quite “aware of the camera” at the rest stop while dragging an unconscious Þórhildur.
What’s this murderer’s endgame?
What about Jórunn (Guðlaug María Bjarnadóttir), Stefán’s mum? She and Halla have had a profitable relationship. Appears the mother’s not surprised to find out her son is capable of monstrous things, either. Hmm.
The cops go see Víkingur (Aron Már Ólafsson) and Ebo (Kingsford Siayor). Andri asks about the toxic waste. The Ghanaian says there was a crew of ten men disposing barrels. They were told to keep quiet— that’s the extra $$$ he and his brother-in-law were owed.
Halla’s back in town at the cave, already in front of the cameras giving interviews. There are expected questions about Stefán, contracts in the area, and more. Halla talks a good game. The reporters’ questions put her in a tough position. She, above all, tries to maintain the capitalist line: nothing’s wrong, the big project will surely go ahead. And she already knows American Aluminium have cold feet.
In the mountains, Stefán gets the van stuck. He takes his hostage out on foot, along with a sawed-off shotgun. The killer doesn’t seem to notice there are some people in the hills. There are also helicopters in the sky. Þórhildur tries to run away, not getting far. “I‘m no use to you if I‘m dead,” she pleads when her captor runs her down.
Jórunn receives a visit from Hinrika. The woman recently told her son the truth— he’s not her flesh and blood, he’s the son of Halla. The chief calls Andri, who confronts Elín (Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir) about the truth of their family. We finally find out Gisli killed their father. The patriarch was a “violent sadist.” He beat his children ruthlessly, locking them in a pigsty for nights on end. Gisli had enough and caved his father’s head in with a wrench. The brother and sister fed his body to the pigs: “They eat everything.”
People in the hills call police about Stefán, confirming for Andri his daughter’s alive. Up in the mountains, the killer carries his hostage. HE drops her when he slips. She goes tumbling into a ravine, smashing off the rocks. He leaves her in shallow water, heading further to an old ski lodge. The girl’s going to drown if nobody comes.
Andri and Hinrika pick up Halla, hoping she’ll be able to help bring her son in without more bloodshed. The burned woman confirms Father Gore’s earlier theory this season about being raped by her father, resulting in Gisli’s vengeance and her reason for giving Stefán up.
On the mountain, Andri and Hinrika arrive. The big man’s going in on his own, not willing to leave his daughter’s life in another person’s hands. He goes unarmed to speak with Stefán. He can’t find Þórhildur, urging SWAT to check the area.
Andri does his best empathy act to try an coax the young man into giving himself up: “You‘re not the monster.” Stefán explains everything, starting with Gisli’s anger boiling over, the nephew discovering his incestuous origins, and his financial agreement with Finnur going sour.
But it all comes down to the tortured family past.
Everything goes sideways when Andri tries to get the gun. This prompts Halla to try talking to Stefán. She explains why she gave him up— as Hinrika tosses Þórhildur’s scarf out for the dogs to get her scent, saving the girl— but nothing’s going to satisfy the scorned son. Stefán shoots himself dead in front of his mother, Andri, and Hinrika.
In the aftermath, some things go back to normal. Other things remain broken. Yet hope is there, for many of the town’s residents. Hinrika tries to think about a way forward for herself, single or not. Andri goes to see his daughter in the hospital, holding onto their fractured relationship and mending it one step at a time.
Another beautiful season! So much mystery, so many spectacular characters— with the performances to boot— and all the plots weaved into one wild, intense, and moving modern Greek tragedy. This might’ve been, for Father Gore, even better in the end than the amazing Season 1.
It’d be a treat if we were to ever get Season 3. Let’s hope.