Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead for the final 2 episodes of the Forbrydelsen/The Killing II as we find out who the dastardly murderer is.
Wow, Episode 9 was BORING. How disappointing. I was tempted so many times to fastforward through the episode. And yet, as with all The Killing episodes, the last 10 minutes always bring new information that keeps you hooked on a cliffhanger until the next. In fact, The Killing always reveals loads of new information in those last few minutes of each episode when they kind of summarise what each character is up to at the end.
So Episode 9 had The Killing on location. Lund and Strange in Afghanistan on a jolly. And yet it still managed to film in darkness as Lund was taken back to the house in Helmand to find the civilian family had indeed been killed – and cremated in their oven. Cos they were a family of bakers. Bit of a Sweeney Todd shout out. The discovery of their remains proved not only that a civilian family had been killed, but that they had been shot in the heads – executed, and probably by the mysterious Perk.
And Episode 9 ended with it wanting the audience to think that Bilal was the killer. After arresting Sogaard, finally, because the police find the mobile phone that killed Gruner and all the half dog tags in his basement locker, the finger is then pointed to Bilal. Because obviously the murderer had tried to frame the dastardly Sogaard, because he’s not that stupid to leave the evidence in his own locker. And Bilal has always been a bit shady.
And meanwhile the Prime Minister proved to be a heartless politician. True to form. He betrayed Rossing and Buch. They found out that the PM had been covering up that that extraneous hand found in Afghanistan was not the hand of a suicide bomber, but of a civilian. The hand had a henna design, which was a Hazara design, and wore a gold ring and apparently the Taliban don’t wear gold. But the Danish Government couldn’t allow it to get out that their army had been killing civilians in Afghanistan.
What has interested/surprised me about the political subplots in The Killing is how these Ministers have so few civil servants/advisors or security personnel around them. It’s so easy for them to arrange meetings with each other too. Don’t know if this is true to Danish government life or not. I didn’t really understand how all the political groups worked; I think it’s a kind of coalition government. Confusing anyway.
And then, Episode 10. What a rollercoaster! Is it Bilal? Is it Strange? Is it Plough? Is it Frederik Holst? Did they kill Sarah Lund? Well, no. Like a regular James Bond, she survived multiple gun shots with her *amazing* bullet-proof vest, and even recovered to shoot Strange in the end. Because, yes, Strange was the magnificent bastard. He was the officer, who pretended to be called Perk, who murdered the Afghan civilians and then killed Anne Dragsholm and the surviving members of 3-2-Alpha to cover it all up.
So Strange was not even a great criminal mastermind. He rented a flat right opposite Kodmani’s bookshop and gained his inspiration from that to become ‘Fellow Believer’. A book in the shop window was even called ‘Muslim League’. He planted the mobile phone and dog tags in Sogaard’s locker. Raben was right all along.
But meanwhile, Bilal went a bit mental. He was responsible for deleting the radio messages that revealed that the Special Forces were in Helmand during the time of the incident. But as a Danish Muslim he didn’t want news about the civilian killings to get out – which would add fuel to the Fundamentalist Islamist fire. So he kidnapped Louise Raben to ensure that the Colonel would protect him. But, of course, it got out of hand and then suddenly Bilal was a suicide bomber. Wha?
And in another new development we suddenly find out that Plough had been leaking information to the PM. But all because his son had also been in 3-2-Alpha. How had this not come up before? His son, HC, survived the incident, was also convinced that there had been an officer who killed civilians but noone had believed him, and then mentally disturbed after his return had probably deliberately taken his life a year ago. Plough was now determined to re-open the Anne Dragsholm legal case to prove that there had been an officer and that his son had been right all along, but instead ended up allowing the PM to continue to cover everything up. At least he got a nice new job in New York out of it.
And everyone knew it was Strange. The Special Forces General, General Arild, knew it was Strange. He withheld this information from Colonel Jarnvig and from the police. The Prime Minister knew it was Strange, or at least knew that the Officer was known. They knew Strange was the officer, and therefore could have guessed that he was killing the surviving members of 3-2 Alpha. But the cover-up was more important. To cover up the fact that the Special Forces and Strange had been sent to Afghanistan on a secret, un-sanctioned mission to Afghanistan. They didn’t even mind about the civilian killings, or the army killings back in Denmark. Oh the illegalities of war these days.
As the Danish PM, a regular old Tony Blair, tried to justify it: ‘Do you think round-table discussions are any use in this war on terror. Would a scandal comfort the families whose sons return in coffins? The Taliban are gaining in strength. Sometimes we have to put aside democracy in order to fight for democracy.’
What a depressing end to Forbrydelsen II. Sarah Lund has lost another partner. But this time her partner was the bloody killer all along. Alone, betrayed and traumatised once again. Everyone allowed for a cover-up of the killings to protect the government and the ‘war’ mission. Buch has no choice but to remain a part of government, even though he knows it has covered up so much, because better to be within then without. But what a betrayal of his own principles. Raben reunited with his family but also a broken man as Strange reminds him that Raben was responsible for killing the young Afghan girl during his rampage.
Wow. Where can Forbrydelsen go from here? Apparently a third series is in filming right now. Let’s hope the Killer is not someone whom you trust at the beginning and then betrays you all over again. How could our hearts take it?