The Killing Series 2 Blog: Episodes One and Two

Lund uses all her skills to try and find the man who stole her jumper

by Jim Morton.

After what seems an indecently long, anticipation-building wait from the schedulers at BBC4, The Killing (or as the Danish insist on calling it, Forbrydelsen) returned on Saturday night with an exciting opening double bill of episodes.

In the first two hours of the second season the writers have set themselves up with so many plot threads that balancing them over this shorter run of ten episodes is going to be like doing a one fingered handstand on the thin end of a snooker cue.

To actually list everything that happened in these first two episodes would probably take longer than watching them, but here’s a quick run down of what we’ve learnt so far:

1. A lady (Anne) has been most horribly killed and left in a rather sensitive public location, her estranged husband has been found covered in blood, arrested and apparently pressured into a confession. The police are all walking around looking confused and waving torches about.

2. Grumpy knitwear detective Sarah Lund is now working at a port as some sort of boring customs person, presumably due her partner getting killed and the whole shitstorm at the end of season one. She doesn’t look very happy about it.

Looming police chief Brix brings her back to try and help out with the murder investigation, he even gives her a gun and everything – she doesn’t look very happy about that either.

3. An ex-soldier called Raben is in psychiatric prison and wants to get out on parole, his wife and child live with her father – an army Colonel, who from the outset is clearly UP TO NO GOOD and is DEFINITELY THE MURDERER.

4. Lund, of course, quickly establishes that the whole murder is much more complicated than anyone realised. She drives the investigation forward at a rapid plot expanding pace despite hardly saying more than two words to anyone and looking like she’s just heard that Gary Glitter is moving in next door.

5. Adding a whole new plot thread, it turns out that an organisation called (rather boringly) the Muslim League are claiming responsibility for the killing as an act of Jihad against the infidel Danish. No-one seems to know who they are, but that could be due to the fact their organisation has such a dull name that everyone just forgot about it.

They helpfully put a video of the whole thing up on their website. Lund and her new partner (who is honestly called Inspector Strange) cart off a bookshop owner who runs said website and has a load of books in his basement with JIHAD written on them in massive helpful letters.

6. A soldier mate of Raben’s called Myg pops into see him in prison and lets slip that he is being deployed to Afghanistan and generally acts a bit dodgy. He is clearly the killer, so we all know that he definitely isn’t – a fact confirmed when Lund and Strange’s investigation leads them to his house and they find him hanging from the ceiling by his ankles having been bled dry.

Later as police and forensic people comb the scene, Strange informs us that he ‘shat himself’ for absolutely no good reason at all.

7. It turns out that Raben and Myg knew the lady who was killed right at the start. She’s Anne Dragsholm, who was some kind of military lawyer.

Before Lund can get back to Raben on the matter he promptly escapes from the maximum security stockade:  at the time of writing there is no indication as to whether he will survive as a soldier of fortune helping people with problems that no-one else can help with.

So far we’ve got two murders (at least one with an extremist Islamic angle), a violent soldier on the run, the seemingly burnt out Lund back on the case and we haven’t even got to all the stuff about the dodgy special branch spooks, the politician trying to get some iffy anti-terrorist laws passed, the Muslim soldier about to head off to war with a load of extremist propaganda and the definite video pervert called Bjorn who is about to marry Lund’s mum.

The great thing about this series is going to be trying to suss out whodunnit, but also whydunnit and whatexactlytheydun.

Everyone seems to have a long, long list of shady secrets and have clearly spent their summer holidays practising their ‘shifty glance away’ at the end of every scene. However despite all the possible bluffs and double-bluffs in the plot, I’m going to have a crack at predicting who killed Anne Dragsholm based on what we’ve seen so far.

Also from next week I will be getting some specialist knitwear feedback, although so far to my untrained eye Lund’s chunky red number wasn’t a patch on the Christmassy jumpers of the first season.

Guess at the end of Episode 2:

The Killer is:

The Colonel

Because:

a. He’s embroiled in some kind of complicated CIA type plot to make it look like there is a huge terrorist threat so he can push tough legislation through so he can get a bigger office and a more imposing uniform.

b. He has performed the shiftiest of the shifty looks so far.

c. He is always framed dramatically in doorways, surely that has to mean something.

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The Killing is on BBC4, Saturdays at 10pm

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8 Responses to The Killing Series 2 Blog: Episodes One and Two

  1. ;ess Dunnicliff says:

    I disagree-I think its the very blond army officer who is shifty colonel’s right hand man. Also think he’s been boffing the daughter

  2. MJC says:

    If the Jensen Button look-a-like hadn’t been incarcerated at the time, it would definitely have been him!

  3. Gary says:

    Thomas Buch is either the smoothest, calmest character ever or he’s the killer. He didn’t want the job when offered saying he’s not ready, seemed to cope ok to me. But hey what do I know.

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  5. Jim Morton says:

    I think ‘Boffing’ might actually be a Danish word

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