This Danish series has improved upon its first series, of that there is little doubt.
Characters have been better drawn, with more depth; and the story has been an intriguing one.
However, it hasn’t been perfect, with several infuriating elements and plot-points to contend with. And tonight, in its final two episodes, it stumbled yet again while delivering an intense and rather good final act and, subsequently, a final scene that was ambiguous in terms of delivering justice to a serial killer, albeit a serial killer with nuance and three-dimensional parts of his character.
As we all know, at the end of episode six Louise Bergstein – unknowingly – made a huge mistake. After a short period of flirting with Peter Vigne, she slept with him.
It’s pretty fair to say that she would find out sooner or later who Peter Vigne really was, and what a mistake she had made. I honestly thought they would drag her affair with Peter out until the last moment, but when Johannes found that his father had had entertained a woman for the night he wasn’t best pleased and that more or less put the kibosh on things.
However, Louise ended it before it had really started, and told Peter that she wasn’t going to stay in Funen for much longer. She also told him that she was working on an investigation and that she was a profiler.
Where you can forgive Louise for sleeping with a man whose identity she had no clue about, she did make a huge mistake by telling Peter what she did for a living.
Peter, now feeling some heat, sneaked into Louise’s holiday apartment, and saw photographs from the investigation (first Alice, now Peter… don’t take case photos home, Louise, for God’s sake!). In those photographs he saw that he was gloveless on one hand, and realised that he had left a glove behind at the scene.
Karina and Louise had also seen this, and Karina – after locating the glove at the boating house – was attacked by Peter, who left her with a black eye and left with the incriminating glove.
Now then, let’s go back to Louise.
She fell into the trap so many main characters have in recent crime dramas do – she decided to keep schtum about sleeping with Peter, even though it wasn’t her fault she didn’t know who he was. Surely she would have received only a ticking off, because no way this was a sackable offence. Instead, she lied. And repeatedly lied.
Even when she made the connection between past victim – university professor Martin – (I mean, why didn’t they investigate Martin’s background, and know he was a university professor, and what he taught, and why Peter originally attacked him after they interviewed him way back in episode whatever-it-was?), she chose to lie to Karina.
It took Johannes to reveal to Karina the truth, and, naturally, she was not best pleased.
With all this being said, as I mentioned earlier, the final act was really good.
After kidnapping the returning Masja, Peter returned to Louise’s holiday apartment to confront her. It was a great scene, where Peter insisted – angrily – that Louise tell him why she thought he was the man he was. He was goading her, testing her… and she calmly passed it. She recounted his life story and surmised why he killed the way he did.
It was not only riveting, but also served a purpose – to give Peter greater depth, and to recap the reasons why he was a killer. In a very shrewd (and brave) move, Louise told him that he had to decide how he would end this story. For a man who lost control of his life and those around him, being told he now had control might just have saved Louise’s life.
It was a tense, compelling scene.
In tears, and expressing remorse for his son, he did what we’ve seen him do throughout this series… he ran.
As the police arrived, he cut a swathe through wheat fields until he came to the edge of a busy road. Perhaps realising there was no way out, he stepped out in front of a lorry. That was the way he decided to end his story.
Was this real justice? Perhaps. Some would argue yes, while others may argue that by giving him control of the end game, it was also giving him a way out when he didn’t deserve one.
So an ambiguous ending, to an interesting, well-played series. Yes, it had its flaws but I found this very watchable. I thought Tobias Santelmann as Peter was superb, and I enjoyed and appreciated the way the series tried to make him a rounded character, not a pastiche.
It takes a brave series to present the identity of the killer in the first couple of episodes and keep the audience with it, and while it wasn’t a Scandi classic it certainly had its moments.
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Blinded: Those Who Kill is on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer in its entirety in the UK