In 2007, Danish crime series, The Killing made its first appearance, and such was its popularity that it was shown in over 120 countries. Nordic Noir became the defacto standard for all crime shows that followed. With its dark realism and characters that were all substance over style, Inspector Sarah Lund became the poster girl for gritty detectives.
Fast forward more than 15 years later and the Scandanavians are still able to churn out the crime thrillers. And that's what brings us to Deadwind. This Finnish tv show is just as compelling and like so many in the genre, spends the entire first season on one case.
When the body of Anna Bergdahl turns up on the shore, the case is given to homicide detective Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala). She has rejoined the Helsinki police department following the death of her husband. Now a single mother of two children and with a new partner, Sakari Nurmi, Karppi must balance it all and find a murderer. But it won't be easy.
Bergdahl seemingly had no enemies. She worked as a social affairs consultant, had a lovely husband and two kids. But as the duo dig deeper into her life, and that of the company she worked for, it becomes clear that there are plenty of people with something to hide.
Deadwind is a terrific series. The story arc is so impressive that the 12 episodes whizz by as more of the plot unfolds. Like Bordertown (another Finnish detective series), the focus is as much on the detectives and their lives as the crime they are trying to solve. There's plenty of tension between the two leads as they get to grips working with each other. Twists and turns pepper the show and it's almost impossible to figure out the end game.
However, as much as I loved it, I did guess the killer. It wasn't that difficult as each of the main suspects were ruled out one by one. Thankfully that didn't affect the overall enjoyment and with two seasons now on Netflix, it's definitely one to put on your list if you happen to love the likes of The Killing, The Bridge, Black Spot or Bordertown.
For those of you that can't get enough of Deadwind, Season 3 is scheduled to release on Netflix in August 2021.