It was only a matter of time.
I am, of course, referring to the three cases that were left precariously and simultaneously spinning on sticks by the end of episode eight. We had seen Wisting have a cosy chat with Haglund, who told the detective that he knew who had fitted him up and switched cigarettes for the multiple murders a decade and a half ago.
And yet this information was not forthcoming right until the very end of episode 10. It was a bit of a mystery why it took so long for Wisting to act on this information. Instead, we – and he, of his own making – had to go round the procedural houses to finally figure out what had happened.
And wouldn’t you know it, all three cases came together like they did in the first, five-part story.
To start with, Wisting decided to ask one of his old team for the arrest logs from the original case, who then dobbed him into the ruthless Terje Nordbø. So perhaps that was why it took Wisting so long to get his hands on the evidence Haglund had pointed him to. In the end, Wisting took matters into his own hands, snuck into the police station and retrieved what he needed himself. From there, he asked Haglund’s lawyer – who had stitched him up on live TV and had helped to get him out of a holding cell after Nordbø had issued a warrant for his arrest – to help him. Once he had got the evidence bag with the cigarette butts in, he was able to ask a trusted friend to pull some fingerprints (even though the bag was 17 years old and god knows how many people had touched it since).
But there were more procedural avenues we had to travel down before we got to where we needed to get to.
Looking at the logs, a familiar name stood out: Jonas Ravneberg, the man who was murdered in Oslo, and the murder Line had been investigating (before she shacked up with Tommy and to said to hell with it all). Together they began to investigate, and it wasn’t long – after they found his mate Roxrud murdered – Ravneberg’s ex had passed on a package from him to give to Wisting (it had conveniently arrived in the mail a few days before).
Inside was a videotape, which showed Cecilia in her holding room, bathed in red light, terrified and doing a forced dance to the camera. It was pretty chilling, and awful to watch.
These scenes never are.
Together they found out where this room was – an old military bunker where Ravneberg kept his motorcycles – and sped to the scene.
Elsewhere, we found out at the end of episode nine that Linnea was alive, and bathed in the same red light in the same room Cecilia had been kept in.
So we knew now – like the first story – that it was a race against the clock. And running that race was Benjamin, who was desperate to find her to assuage the guilt he felt after his poor handling of Linnea’s pleas for help in the first story.
With Hammer at his side, they followed a dead-end – although it proved a useful red herring for dramatic purposes – when they got involved with Danny Flom, a local photographer who, they had found, took photos of Linnea before her disappearance. He was also a suspect in the original Cecilia case.
But it was Wisting and Line who got to Linnea first, along with one other person: Mad Frank Robekk. Robekk had been causing a nuisance all throughout the series, obsessively investigating his niece Ellen’s death. So much so, he became a suspect for a fleeting moment in these last two episodes.
But there he was, in the bunker before Wisting and Line, having followed his own clues and getting there first. They managed to find a young woman’s clothes and sneakers in the back of the red Saab (another Saab in another Nordic Noir) that it was claimed Ravneberg used to drive.
Following a staircase down, they found Linnea in her red room. But it was the end for Frank – appearing out of nowhere Haglund shot him, before Wisting took him down.
So… Haglund was guilty after all, and Robekk – who had maintained this all along – was vindicated in his obsession that he was guilty.
It was Ravneberg’s car they found with the clothes and Ravneberg’s bunker in which they found Linnea. And, while forensics were sweeping the area, they found the remains of another young woman, who it was reckoned, was Ellen. The fact that Ravneberg sent Wisting the videotape with Cecilia on suggested that he wanted to tell the cops what he had done (why?).
But then Haglund steamed in and was deemed responsible for Linnea’s abduction and likely subsequent murder, even though he was framed for the first two young women’s murders (Wisting later confirmed that his boss, Vetti, had doctored the evidence to send Haglund down).
So was Haglund responsible for all the murders? If so, how did Ravneberg have the videotape?
And who killed him, and why?
As I write this, I think Ravneberg killed the first two women, and then Haglund abducted Linnea. But why? If he was off the hook for the first two murders, he was an innocent man.
And what was the connection between the two men if Haglund used Ravneberg’s bunker for his crime?
(Seriously, if anyone can help here please do in the comments section.)
While Wisting was welcomed back onto the force, I was really left scratching my head. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a series that left so many questions unanswered or caused so much confusion. Which was a shame because there were things to like about Wisting. Wisting himself, while a little dull, had a bit of the Jimmy Perezes about him – he was righteous and avuncular but showed some fire about him when he was backed into a corner. Larvik and the surrounding areas looked terrific (although with all these serial killers, abductions and murders you might not want to take a holiday there any time soon), and there were some nice story arcs involving Line (a strong character), Benjamin and Hammer.
But really, over two stories Wisting will be remembered as a series that perhaps tried too hard. Complexities and structures that work in novels (I’ve heard good things about Jørn Lier Horst’s books) don’t necessarily work in TV series, and maybe these two stories needed to be scaled back a bit because all the questions I had after the credits rolled overshadowed the good bits of the series.
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