Wallander: Season 3, Episode 5

Mordbrännaren (14 Jun. 2014)

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When an arsonist is released from prison, the villagers do not want him anywhere near them. Soon they take matters in their hands and Wallander has to investigate whether their fear is justified.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotta Jonsson ...
Leonard Terfelt ...
Signe Dahlkvist ...
Douglas Johansson ...
Mats Bergman ...
Fredrik Gunnarsson ...
Svartman (as Fredrik Gunnarson)
Malena Engström ...
Stina Ekblad ...
Marianne Mörck ...
Sven Ahlström ...
Christoffer Nordenrot ...
Staffan Kihlbom ...
Svante Holm (as Staffan Kihlbom Thor)
Anja Lundkvist ...
Gunilla Holm
Andreas Rothlin-Svensson ...
Boman (as Andreas Rothlin Svensson)


When an arsonist is released from prison, the villagers do not want him anywhere near them. Soon they take matters in their hands and Wallander has to investigate whether their fear is justified.

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written & performed by Ane Brun & Fläskkvartetten (as The Fleshquartet)
vocal recorded by Conny Wall Gig Studio
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The Arsonist
14 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Tommy is released from gaol, where he spent five years for arson, the villagers are not happy. He is now living with his sister and her family and it isn't long before somebody starts a fire at their farm. Some blame Tommy but Wallander thinks it is somebody trying to scare him off. Tommy isn't over his fascination with fire though; we see him showing his nephew how to use an aerosol as a flamethrower and later he threatens to burn down a kiosk when its owner refuses to serve him. Things soon escalate; the kiosk is burnt to the ground with its owner inside and Tommy is beaten so badly he ends up in hospital… the question is was he assaulted before or after the fire started? While dealing with the case Kurt must also deal with his condition; he has officially been diagnosed with Alzheimer's but has yet to tell his daughter or his girlfriend; he is trying various methods to hide it but it is getting clearer to those close to him that something is wrong.

As the series approaches its conclusion Kurt's Alzheimer's is becoming the central part of the story… the mystery is still there but it is secondary to his personal worries. His gradual deterioration is brilliantly portrayed by Krister Henriksson who captures the tragedy of the situation in a believable rather than melodramatic way. There was no better example of this than when he is talking to his young granddaughter and Linda says something about how she will be as a teen… Kurt doesn't say a word but the performance makes it clear that the character knows he won't even know who she is by then. The mystery isn't insignificant though and there are a few twists along the way before it is solved. There are also a few disturbing scenes where people are burnt; sometimes fatally which may bother some viewers. Overall a good but also a sad episode; it left me looking forward to the final instalment even though I'm sure it will be even more of a tearjerker.

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