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Janek Langas
Cecilia Hjalmarsson ...
Birgitta Medberg (as Cecelia Hjalmarsson)
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Kristina Albinsson
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Anna Westin
Carol Starks ...
Jennie Medberg
Jaspar Paavolainen ...
Alfred Medberg
Rasmus Paavolainen ...
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Niklas Martinell
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Lisa Pahlberg
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An elderly woman is murdered in a wood by a man she saw setting fire to swans. He buries her corpse with a bible annotating the book of Revelations and from his finger-prints he is identified as Jannek Langas, a religious maniac and arsonist. He has escaped from a secure unit but nonetheless has a healthy bank account in an assumed name. At the same time Anna, a friend of Linda, disappears after a cryptic visit to Wallander. Following Langas's suicide by immolation Wallander learns that Langas and Anna belonged to the same, fundamentalist Christian group and that other members are dying. Wallander must discover who is behind the killings and whether Anna is accomplice or victim - or even alive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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S3: Continues the engaging and consistent grimness of the second season, to good effect
29 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After an uninspiring first season, the second season of this show produced a much more satisfying season of dark but engaging stories. This is continued into the third season, even though it opens with comparative positive situation for Wallander. The first mystery continues that tone, with a dead body in his own garden combined with an investigation into a girl killed at sea. The season continues with a brutal gang-related murder, and then the burnt corpse of a grandmother in the woods. As material for Sunday night viewing, it is consistently dark and grim in its tone and content.

In the first season, this felt very obvious and forced, but in the third as with the second, the delivery here makes it work. The stories are much more engaging; okay they have strong elements of convenience and coincidence in what they link together, but it did not stand out to me as being tenuous – even if on paper it was. There is a dogged persistence to the grim tone that is perfectly spread across all aspects. It doesn't feel like it is trying to paint it on, but rather that someone has steeped the episodes in something, getting it everywhere.

Branagh is very good at this – as he was in the second season. I believe his character, and I believe the damage done to him by the things he sees and does – again, it seems to be deep in his performance, not just something on the surface. He is wisely the focus of each episode, and his weary but determined performance gives the show a lot of drive and weight. Production values are very high; the locations look great, and everything by design has a tired cold grimness to it. The showy crimes do not feel like they are deliberately 'shocking' as they were in the first season, but rather they too are delivered with a sigh, even if they are extreme.

After not seeing the fuss at all in the first set of episodes, I'm very much on board now, and hoping the fourth season can continue the strengths here.


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