Forbrydelsen / The Killing Series 2 Finale

First of all, I just have to say: I KNEW IT!!!

I got the murderer dramatically wrong at the end of Forbrydelsen I, so a brief moment of smugness at correctly identifying the perp is permitted!

Some general musings at the end of this excellent second series:                        (no spoilers in line with Mrs. P. policy)

  1. A few people had warned me that the second series wasn’t as good as the first, but I found it immensely enjoyable. The 10-episode format over five weeks inevitably made for a more intense viewing experience, but one that worked extremely well for me. Not least, it was easier to keep the whole of the plot in your head for the duration, and I felt that there were fewer loose ends than in series 1. 
  2. To put this another way, series 2 was a very different entity to the first series, whose 20 episodes explored one central murder and its wider effects at a much slower pace. But Forbrydelsen II worked well on its own more succinct terms.
  3. There were also plenty of similarities between the two series, not least that both featured a strong political storyline and focused on the twin themes of power and corruption. (If there’s a criticism to be made of series 2, it would be of this political strand - for reasons that I can’t go into without revealing major bits of plot…).   
  4. Both series have a pleasing circular narrative (they end where they began in a number of fascinating ways).
  5. Lund rocks! I loved the continuing exploration of her character and the tensions between her duties as a policewoman and her personal life (taken in a slightly different and exceedingly interesting direction this time round).

Roll on Series 3!

Forbrydelsen II's investigative team: Brix, Lund and Strange

If you wish to leave a comment, please don’t give away any details of the plot, to protect those viewers who have yet to see the series.

If you’d like to find out the identity of the murderer or if you wish to comment in more detail on the specifics of the plot, you can do so at Vicky Frost’s excellent blog at The Guardian.

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5 Responses to Forbrydelsen / The Killing Series 2 Finale

  1. I guessed the killer correctly this time too; but that didn’t distract me from the tension of the last 2 episodes.
    WOW !
    Such powerful writing and yes Sarah Lund is the most superb fictional detective. I do hope there is a series 3 that character is just unbeatable.

  2. Maxine says:

    I liked it too, almost entirely for Sarah and her jumper, though. The plot was very exciting as it panned out but basically silly in almost every respect if you stop to think about it afterwards – which I haven’t really done as I don’t want to spoil the memory of it for myself!

    • Mrs P. says:

      I’m not stopping to think about it too much either (!). For me, the main thing is that the plot doesn’t seem silly while you’re in the process of watching, which is testimony to the fine writing and acting on the show.

      • Dr. P says:

        Not giving anything away – I stopped and thought about it when the jumper went in a trip to a ‘foreign country’ and was still visible under ‘specialist clothing’, had she still carried her satchel… This was stopping my enjoyment and making me think it silly, so I stopped thinking. That sorted out and my enjoyment continued!

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