Last week’s series two opener of Jordskott – the bonkers Swedish crime drama with supernatural overtones – gave us something darker and more disturbing in tone: we saw a zombiefied man emerge from the lake in Stockholm and some sort of human trafficking ring at work. In the middle of it all was Moa Gammel’s Eva Thörnblad, trying to make sense of it all. She wasn’t the only one.
NB: SPOILERS INSIDE
So Jordskott’s back, then. Henrik Björn’s Nordic Noir with a supernatural twist was one of the most read-about shows on this site during its first run, which was surprising to me – even though it sometimes looked and felt like a Nordic Noir (you can discuss what makes a Nordic Noir, aside from the geographical settings, until the Svensk Fjällrasses come home) it did go into full bonkers territory – sometimes unintentionally laughable, dealing as it did with a woodland spirit kidnapping children, a not-so-subtle environmental back-story, characters like local police officer-cum-shady-organisation-worker Göran Wass and lady of the forest, Ylva, having parasites living inside them, black gunky liquid from the forest that gave its imbibers strange powers, and a telekinetic teen. It was all ridiculous and jolly good fun. So what does series two have in store?
I was asked to keep schtum about the return of series two of bonkers Swedish crime drama, Jordskott, by ITV when I was putting together our big autumn preview, because the network hadn’t fully dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s. But now the network has announced when the eight-part series coming back, and it’s very soon indeed.
Well, they come like buses. You don’t hear from any Scandinavian favourites for a while and then two come along in the same day. Earlier, there was The Bridge’s series four trailer earlier today, and now it’s Jordskott’s turn. The series, starring Moa Gammel, is back for its second run later this year, and now there’s a trailer.
As long-time readers of the site will know, I was a fan of series one of Swedish environmental (or just mental) procedural, Jordskott, when it first hit UK screen in 2015. We’ve known for a while that series two is on its way and that filming had taken place earlier this year. Now we know when series two will premiere in its native Sweden.
Although Swedish series Jordskott was broadcast here in the UK on ITV Encore, it did fantastically well internationally, and was sold and played out in 50 countries. It was an insane, bonkers series that told the story of Detective Inspector Eva Thörnblad (Moa Gammel), who returns to Silver Height seven years after her daughter Josefine disappeared by a lake in the woods. The body was never found and the girl was believed to have drowned. Then a boy vanished without a trace and Eva was intent on finding out if there was a link to her daughter’s disappearance. That was just the start of things: add in some ancestral weirdness with her dad, timber empire man Johan Thörnblad, witches, woodland folk and strange black liquid and Jordskott was like your traditional Scandi Noir mixed with a fairytale. Finally we have confirmation of a second series and a trailer to go with it.
A couple of our favourite shows have been finishing this week (True Detective on Monday, now this). The very fact Jordskott has become one of my favourite shows is a remarkable thing. At the end of episode one I was ready to move on and had almost decided that this was not for me, its supernatural elements a leap of faith and suspension of belief too far. But I stuck with it because I was intrigued and even though it has been silly and ridiculous in places, it has also been well acted, well plotted and paced and well… pretty addictive. So I came to the final episode of this series eager to find out what was going to happen to Eva, Wass and co. And whether we were going to meet Muns, the forest’s main man. As ever with reviews of finales, please don’t read if you haven’t seen it yet and are intending to do so – it’s a tad spoiler heavy after the jump.