REVIEW: The Bridge (S4 E6/8)

 

In the blink of an eye we’re almost at the end of this last series of The Bridge, and previously disperate characters and places were making their own merry little dance as Saga and Henrik investigated the serial killer case. All of these characters felt important somehow, and all felt a little bit dodgy, but we didn’t know how they all meshed together and what significance they played in the overall story.

Until now.

This was the episode where it all came together; where all of those seemingly separate entities were connected. By the end of episode six, we still didn’t know who the killer was, but we knew why he (or she) was killing.

Tommy: A Shock Opera
Unusually for The Bridge, the first quarter of the episode was given over to delving into Tommy Petersen’s backstory. Even the opening credits and its familiar warblings had to wait. The informant found by a hammered Henrik at the end of episode five to have been the common link between all the victims was a bit of an unknown quantity, but after this first 15 minutes, we knew his story.

We went back to four years ago.

Tommy Petersen was an undercover informant for Henrik. He had infiltrated William Ramberg’s gang – the same William Ramberg who inadvertently murdered his daughter Leonora at the hospital – and he was carrying out one last job for them before he intended to get out for good. The ‘job’ was an armed ambush at a deserted, abandoned warehouse-cum-factory. It turned into a bloodbath and after, a nerve-shredded Tommy definitely wanted out. Henrik wouldn’t let him. In desperation to get out of his undercover secondment, he turned to his psychologist – Niels Thurmod, husband of first victim Margrethe – who refused to lie for him and classify him as mentally unfit for the job. He then met with journalist Richard – the twin brother of murdered Patrik – to tell his story, anonymously, but the journalist added a crucial detail into the piece that gave him away, both to Henrik and no doubt to William. William called for Tommy for a secret meeting, and the informant, in turn, called his best mate Moyo asking him to meet him and aid his escape once he had sneaked out of the meeting.

Except Moyo didn’t come, and William soon did away with whistleblower Tommy.

Two other things about Tommy – he was Nicole’s ex and his son was Kevin. Or Brian, to give him his birth name. We’ve all know something was up with Brian/Kevin (Brevin?) – his over-eagerness to be friends with Henrik, for one thing – so now the question was: was he the killer in order to avenge his father? Will he emerge from his wheelchair, revealing his paralysis to be a ruse?

One thing’s for certain: all of these links to Tommy mean that someone is avenging him by targeting those closest to the ones who let them down. Niels, William and Richard had all failed Tommy in some way. But so had Henrik, Moyo and even Lillian.

The team was well aware that this was now personal and their lives were at risk.

I loved the way these characters all became connected, but one thing nagged me – if Henrik was investigating William and his gang four years previously, and had even come into contact with Niels in his dealings with Tommy, why was none of this apparent earlier?

Saga v Henrik
Relations between these two were very frosty. Or at least from Henrik’s side. Now fully using again and slipping into old habits of picking up young women for sex, there was an edgy strut to Hammered Henrik’s usual relaxed gait – he was wired, cocky and much darker. (It was actually quite fun to watch and Thure Lindhardt played this transformation very well.)

With Hammered Henrik now ignoring Saga, our heroine didn’t quite know how to react. Lillian more or less had to bash their heads together, but they were now riding in separate cars to crime scenes and Hammered  Henrik was ignoring her in meetings.

(One such meeting was with Tobias and his partner Nicole (Tommy’s ex), who asked Saga to hold her baby while she did something else. Getting over the horror of holding a baby, she quickly realised that the child had different eye colouring to both his parents, and she didn’t hesitate to mention this. With one sentence she had exposed the truth of the babe’s parentage, and wrecked two marriages in the process. On their way back to the car after their disastrous interview with Tobias and Nicole, Jonas said to Saga with a half chuckle: “That’s why I don’t like chatting to you.”)

Saga did see an opportunity to make amends: she wanted to solve the case of Alice and the two Sabroe daughters. She thought if she could solve that case she could make everything right again, which her therapist noted with interest. It seems that Saga has always done this – compulsive behaviour to control the things she can’t control.

But, of course, Saga is a fine detective and soon enough she had found a lead: Alice had been seeing a therapist herself. And his name was Frank.

Yep. That Frank.

The Village
Which leads us all back to The Village, and Frank, who was acting creepier and creepier. He passively-aggressively demanded Sofie and Christoffer stay, and when the lad came across Astrid in the woods, speaking Danish words to a gravestone, she swore him to secrecy.

Why?

The name on the headstone was Anna.

HERE WE GO MATES.

Two things here: if Astrid is indeed one of Hammered Henrik’s missing daughters, that’s awesome and amazing and obviously we need to know what happened to them; but there was also a hard sadness because Anna was in the ground.

So…
Everything is coming together. It really is. But with Henrik finding Moyo’s partner’s body in her apartment and the killer still in the building, the action cut away to outside of the house… and we heard shots fired. Let’s hope it was Hammered Henrik who fired them and not the killer – his daughter is out there and she’s waiting for him.

But who is the killer? Could it be another of Tommy’s ex’s, Steph, daughter of Malene? Or could it be Brevin?

Paul Hirons
@Son_Of_Ray

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. soulman1949 says:

    Yesterday afternoon, Thure Lindhardt who plays Saga Norén’s sidekick Henrik Sabroe in The Bridge was interviewed by Simon McCoy on BBC News “Afternoon Live”. For those who missed it, I’ve uploaded the interview to Youtube at https://youtu.be/r-Qf84QA628. Enjoy!

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    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      Thanks! I was looking for this before but didn’t find it. It’ll make for a nice short break from all the footy today.

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  2. Keith OSWIN says:

    This is certainly not an easy ride to the finish line. The darkest of the four series by far. I do wonder whether, if series one had been this twisted the whole package would have been such a success…

    I stumbled across details of the final scene (annoyingly) but I’ve still got no idea what lies ahead of it.

    (PS: Good to see Charlotte Fich – from Unit One – back on screen)

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    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      That’s the shame about the beeb waiting this long to broadcast it. Lots of people are liable to run into spoilers everywhere.

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  3. Pip Terrington says:

    I’m going to read it again before the next episode.

    xx

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  4. Andy D says:

    Lillian trying and failing to list anybody who loved her had me blubbing into my cuppa. I’m assuming Steph is the killer as the time lines match (why wait four years to orchestrate these murders unless you were abroad for three years anyway). To me this season has all been about parenting or more specifically fatherhood – Henrik, Dan, Tommy, Frank. All terrible dads in their own ways. I do wonder if Henrik will be reunited with Astrid and if that will be used against him by the killer (presuming he’s still alive), an echo of the first season with Martin and his son.

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    1. Keith OSWIN says:

      “It all goes back to the beginning…”

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  5. Dan Campling says:

    Great review as usual. There’s a couple of ideas going round my head and I wonder if anyone else agrees. Firstly, I’m really hoping that they’re not going to use the cliche of Brian/Kevin being able to walk and faking his paralysis. I only suggest it as Henrik made the point at least twice in the episode that he couldn’t possibly be the killer as he’s in a wheelchair. Secondly, as a few people have previously mentioned ‘it all goes back to the beginning’ and I’m thinking that Astrid is going to be taken by the killer with Saga eventually saving her in the way she could not save Martin’s son in Series 1. Which leads to my final point that I would have loved a little Kim Bodnia cameo in the flashback sequence at the start of the episode. I know that Kim has stated in interviews that he feels Martin’s story is complete but it still would’ve been nice for us diehard fans.

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    1. Markus says:

      That was precisely the writers intention. They had written a short scene in which Henrik runs into Martin at the police station. They discuss their respective cases and Martin mentions Saga and how great a detective she is. This puts her on Henrik’s radar, and explains why he jumps on the opportunity to work with her in series 3. It would also connect with a line Henrik said to Saga in passing, that he knew Martin a little bit. But since Bodnia declined the offer to come in and shoot the scene, it had to be abandoned.

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  6. Keith says:

    Does anyone know if this was ever seen as a four-series project? I know the writer wanted to kill off Saga in series one but was it ever seen as a long-term project leading to this final story?

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    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      From the way they’ve been talking about it over the years I reckon not. They’ve taken it one series at a time.

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