Monday, 17 December 2012

The Killing III: Sarah Lund's gone to Iceland but there are still questions needing answers



That final episode of The Killing III weighed so heavily with our concerns for Lund's future, it almost didn't matter who the curiously named 'The Perpetrator' turned out to be.

But, clunky Danish to English translations aside, it's thanks to a few furtive asides earlier in the series that dodgy butler-type Niels Reinhardt was always going to be a possibility.

Except, it was more complicated than that. Reinhardt, right hand man to Zeeland boss Robert Zeuthen, abused his position as a patron to orphanages to abduct and murder children. The actual 'The Perpetrator' - the one Sarah Lund had been chasing these last 10 episodes - was the father of one of Reinhardt's victims, and so kidnapped Zuethen's daughter Emile - but without knowing Zeeland's full connection to his own daughter's death.

Emile was found alive, but having had her suspicions on Reinhardt's guilt confirmed, Sarah Lund takes matters into her own hands.

Sarah Lund and Mathias Borch: 'Go to Rekjavik!' 'Ok!'
Those last 15 minutes of episode 10 as Lund's future is shaped by her shooting dead an unrepentant Reinhardt may well be justice for the children he's killed - but for Lund it's a sacrifice that completely changes her life.

It's especially grim as she's just at the point where her family are waiting for her at home - a normal life.

She's also got the rekindled love of her colleague Borch and there's even talk of an extension to house them all  - but none of that was ever going to happen, not when you're appearing in a programme called The Killing.

As the realisation dawned that Sarah Lund's fate was to be her going on the run, having murdered a murderer, it was almost too much to bear.

But at least she didn't end up dead. And a happy ending - even with all the elements for that in place - would, perhaps, be out of character not only for someone who has always sacrificed her family for her job, but also for the series, what with it being so fond of all things dark and dimly-lit, from rain-soaked docks to crooked politicians.

Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Mathias Borch
So off she flew to Iceland - possibly the only other place in the world darker than Norway - with some sort of security clearance guff provided by a shell-shocked Borch as part of a scheme he seemed to reel off as if he had been plotting some sort of emergency escape himself - and an uncertain future as a fugitive.

The set up for further adventures seems tempting - even though the people involved in the series say it's never going to happen.

Except it is - and it's already started, in a way. Lund getting off the plane, making contacts, washing that jumper: I think we've all wondered about what happens next - so Sarah Lund lives on, in our imaginations, which isn't quite the same as watching it on tv, admittedly, but DVDs aside, it's the best we've got.

And that's not to say there aren't questions about that conclusion: Borch won't be able to cover her absence for long; Brix isn't daft. And Lund shot Reinhardt at an airport - were there not witnesses? CCTV? Wouldn't she be apprehended as soon as she landed at Reykjavik? And what of Borch? Where did that escape plan come from, and was Lund just too in shock to argue? If she believed in justice that much wouldn't she turn herself in and argue her case? And what of  young Asbjørn? He had quite nice jumpers too.

We just don't know, but Sarah Lund, we hope you sort yourself out, and we hope we see you in some new adventures one day very soon.

Related stories:
- The Killing III: We don't remember this 'scene' from episode 2 do you?
- The Killing III: Has everyone stopped going on about the jumper yet?
- Ooh it's Saturday night! Hands up who fancies a bit of densely-plotted Danish crime drama with subtitles?
- Key points from an interview by The Culture Show with the lady in the jumper* from The Killing (*Sofie Grabol)
- Watching too much Danish crime drama is like really bumming me out, man

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