Last week’s cliff-hanger left us with Pawel dead and a bloody Víkingur trying to flee the scene. Now Andri and Hínrika arrive at the plant to find Ásgeir warding off an angry mob of Polish workers while Víkingur, who has been severely beaten, is held in a locked room inside the plant. He is calm, almost stoic. Hjörtur is all the more shaken and apologetic for not having been able to stop the attack on Víkingur. As we know, Hjörtur has some knowledge of what awaits Víkingur through his own experiences. Normally unfazed, but now confused and anxious he tells Andri later “we both know this community is going to crucify him”. This part is particularly well played by Baltasar Breki Samper.
Andri and Hínrika have an initial look at the crime scene and speculate about what might have happened, when the boss of the plant shows just how disposable the worker was by asking that the finish their work quickly as there is an important guest coming. No concern whatsoever for the murder victim. Hínrika has only to raise her eyebrows to dispatch him.
The social commentary about what value we place on some people is harsh but not unfair.
Ásgeir, once again working on his own while Andri and Hínrika are teamed up, puts Víkingur in a cell at the police station and have him examined by a doctor.
Having heard the news at the plant, Stefán updates Ebo on what happened and takes him to the station to make a statement. Ebo hesitates, but with Stefán hovering behind his back, then explains to Ásgeir what happened, not perhaps realising he’s providing good motive for his boyfriend to kill Pawel.
Hallas brief display of unguarded emotion and closeness with her sister is gone and the façade back in place when Elín wants to talk more about what happened when they were young. They are false memories Halla claims, but they clearly both know differently. Surely abuse of some sort as was suggested in the comments last week. Elín seems to relinquish her attempt at creating a relationship with her sister. Halla’s full focus is on the business deal to be secured with the Americans though she is also meeting separately with Jórunn, from the local committee, and gives her a wad of cash. They clearly have shady dealings that need to be kept secret, but is this about the plant or something personal? The two of them and Kolbrún make for a great trio of rather cold, calculating and self-serving women.
Guðrún has secured fingerprints from Víkingur on the murder weapon and with means, motive and his DNA all over the scene, his lawyer tells him it doesn’t look good. When interviewed by our now almost constant duo, in their calm and methodical fashion with curious looks and twitching eyebrows, he denies having had anything to do with either Finnur’s or Pawel’s murder. And we want to believe him though the evidence isn’t speaking in his favour. These interview scenes are one of the best things about Trapped. The way the main characters go about them with a respectful and subtle demeanour is very particular.
Elsewhere, Aron is naturally angry at the gossip around town about his family and turns to Þórhildur for some comfort, but she is ever the petulant teen, telling her boyfriend, whose father just was murdered, that she wishes her father would get his throat slit. It’s in keeping with how they’ve portrayed Þórhildur so far but taking it maybe just a bit too far. I wish they’d give her a bit more credit. Aron is fed up with her and refuses to talk to her. He may also be a troubled teen but at least he is aware of how serious the situation is.
Once the CCTV footage from outside the plant comes through, Víkingur suddenly looks a lot less guilty and the police have to reconsider once again.
Meanwhile, Ásgeir and Barður go up on the mountain and find thousands of dead fish floating on the lake. A ban on drinking tap water is immediately put in place and before long there is no water in the taps at all. Tension is rising in the community.
At a meeting in the town hall Hafdís is trying to calm down fears about the pollution. Instead an old woman, Gríma, takes over and manages to stir up emotions with claims that old Þorir, who disappeared 35 years ago, caused a curse on his family by building his house on a charmed stone. and the curse is spreading over the whole town. A surprising number of locals seem to accept this woman’s opinion as credible fact and agree there is a curse. Although believing in curses is over the top, the mentality and reaction of a small community when faced with, as yet, unexplained horrible and frightening events, is not incredible.
At Finnur’s sparsely attended burial, Andri sees David, the boss from the plant, giving Elín what turns out to be half a million in cash. This is surely not out of the goodness of his heart so what money is this? What has been going on at the plant?
At the police station Ásgeir and Guðrún are flirting over dead birds and samples of polluted water. A home cooked meal at Ásgeir’s place seems to be in the cards. Finally, we’re getting somewhere with these two.
Ásgeir’s main colleagues are still making him feel left out since they form a constant pair handling all the important aspects of the investigation. There is a communication break down and frustrations on all side. Hínrika insists on a tense talk and emphasise that they must be able to work as a team.
Somewhere in the process we find out that Hínrika had been pregnant but miscarried. An unusually emotional moment for her.
It takes Aron to make Þórhildur do the right thing and hand in the phone she found to the police. Ásgeir reads the texts to Tryggvi, who has an oddly limited reaction to what is clearly a very interesting lead. Ásgeir does realise the importance and tries to contact Andri who is now away with Hínrika at the plant questioning David about the money he gave to Elín at the cemetery. As it turns out he has an explanation, gambling, and alibi, affair with an MP, and is nothing but a red herring keeping them occupied while their colleague is on the trail of the actual killer.
Frustrated that Andri isn’t answering, Ásgeir texts the presumed killer and agrees to meet him. We know nothing good will come of this, and there is a clear build up.
There is finally some urgency with the colleagues as they realise Ásgeir might be in trouble, but it’s too late, he isn’t answering their calls. He is pursuing the killer who managed to take back the phone and run off. Suddenly he appears from the dark and stabs Ásgeir twice in the stomach and leaving him bleeding on the ground.
That’s the most anxiety-inducing cliff-hanger so far and a very exciting set-up for the final two episodes. We need Ásgeir to pull through. Who will turn out to be the killer and what was their motive?
Quote of the day comes after Andri has sighed “Sometimes it’s not easy being a parent”. Hínrika retorts “Sometimes it’s not easy having parents”. I’d like to know what teenage Hínrika was like.
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