The Bridge (Bron/Broen) –Season 4, Episode 8
So here it is. The last ever episode of The Bridge.
Susanne is out looking for sisters Ida and Julia who are back to their pickpocketing ways. They phone the police looking for Henrik to tell him about Susanne’s bag. He isn’t there. They leave a message to say they know who took the phone and he is to meet them in Black Square, and that it is urgent. The women who took the call sticks a post-it on Henrik’s in-tray.
John and Barbara have been looking through CCTV footage and spotted that Kenny Rogers man was being held at gunpoint when he stole the digger and was being forced to do it. They also tell Saga that the man who was in his van with the gun didn’t have gloves on, and they may be able to get a fingerprint.
Henrik is still trying to get used to having Astrid back, and when he asks her what she wants to do, you can see it hurts him when she says that she wants to go ‘home’, because all her stuff is there.
Saga notices the note on Henrik’s in-tray (after me shouting several times for someone to notice it, I think she might have heard me). She races off to the square, but Ida and Julia have given up waiting.
Susanne phones Niels to ask where the sisters might be, and he tells her about them staying at Henrik’s. She heads there and finds the girls waiting outside. They try to run, but she tasers Ida and captures them both.
Henrik takes Astrid back to the commune and to the house she shared with Frank. Police tape is still round the house. Astrid gets a bag and puts some of her stuff in. She then takes Henrik to Anna’s grave. It has “beloved daughter and beloved sister” on it. Henrik breaks down as they get ready to leave and the two hug.
Saga arrives at Henrik’s as Susanne is about to drive off with the girls in the boot of her car. As she speaks to Susanne, her phone rings and it’s John telling her that the fingerprints in the van were Susanne’s. Saga pulls her gun out and turns around, but Susanne shoots her before she can fire.
Saga was wearing her bullet proof vest and while still on the ground, she shoots at the car as Susanne drives off and the car crashes. Ida and Julia are ok, with the former receiving a broken arm and a concussion. Okay-ish then.
Susanne is taken back to the police station for questioning and admits to Saga and Jonas that she was Stephanie when she was with Tommy. He was going to leave Nicole to be with her. She confesses to the murders and to shooting Henrik in the leg. She wanted him to suffer like the others that let Tommy down and goes full Scooby Doo saying that it would have worked if it hadn’t been for those pesky kids. (Ok, she didn’t say that exactly, but it sounded like she was going to). She hadn’t known it was Morgan Sonning’s car that she stole, but just wanted to involve Nicole. She saw Tobias keying in the password for the key cabinet.
Saga and Jonas go with a special ops team to the house where Susanne said she kept Margrethe and find the clown mask there that was used when Leonara was visited in hospital.
Back at the police station, Jonas is telling the whole team that they have a perpetrator, material evidence and a confession, and thanks everyone for closing a major case. He clearly doesn’t know that there is still 40 minutes to go. He also thanks Saga and says he thinks it’s a shame she is leaving.
Jonas quickly resorts to type when he sees Lillian in the office, who was in to see the boss, and asks if she wants to stay and celebrate. He adds the caveat “Even if it was solved under my command.” Ouch.
Henrik arrives home after dropping Astrid off at the hospital to find Saga there packing her things. She won’t live there now that Astrid will. She tells Henrik about the case. He asks her if she is in a hurry to go and if she wants to stay for a while. Blunt as ever, Saga asks if he want to have s*x. He does.
Just as Jonas is about to do the press conference about the solving of the murder, the boss comes and tells him Lillian will be doing it, and that he and Jonas will be talking about the leaks. Take THAT Jonas!
Henrik tells Saga about the things Creepy Frank did and about him having “beloved daughter” on Anna’s grave. Saga asks if he is going to do anything stupid, like Martin did. Henrik is cutting Frank out of a photograph he took from his house, which has Anna and Astrid in. Saga explains to him that is what her mother did with pictures of her and her sister. Saga goes to give Henrik her key to his flat, but he says to keep it. (That will probably be relevant later.)
Saga is with her therapist again. They are talking about guilt. Saga admits that she thinks if she was more like other people, she may have seen what her sister was planning. The therapist says that she isn’t guilty of anything. She thinks Saga is a police officer because she feels guilty and that she doesn’t have to be a police officer. If she lets go of all obligations and asks herself what she wants she will see what she actually wants for herself.
Henrik visits Ida and Julia in hospital and tells them he’d like to stay in touch. Julia tells him they don’t need his help. He gives them his business card in case they change their minds.
Saga takes her mother’s diaries to the pathologist. They contain entries which may be names of drugs and doses and she asks him to go through her sister Jennifer’s medical records to see if they could correlate with her well-being. After checking, he tells her that her sister’s medical history could be the result of having been administered with that dosage of those drugs. It is therefore highly likely that her mother made her sister ill, and therefore that she did indeed have Munchausen by proxy.
After Saga receives this news she immediately phones Henrik to tell him, but he is too preoccupied with Astrid at the hospital and tells her they will talk later.
Saga goes to prison to visit Elsa, the woman who stabbed her there, in the neck, in episode one. Elsa had recognised Susanne’s picture in the paper and tells Saga that she had come to the prison and had told Elsa to decapitate her. If she didn’t, they would kill her daughter, whom she showed photos of to Elsa. Saga picks up on the “they” part and asks for the photos Susanne gave her. Saga gives John and Barbara the pictures of Elsa’s daughter and asks them to find out where and when they were taken.
She also gets Barbara to confirm times on CCTV images then heads off to speak to Niels. After he confirms that he was with Susanne on the morning of his wife’s death and that the times were correct on the pictures, which showed him with Susanne that morning, Saga drives from where Niels and Susanne had been, to the gay bar and realises that Susanne couldn’t have got there in time to pick up Margrethe.
Saga then goes to Tobias’ garage and asks him to check if Susanne had been a customer just before Sonning’s car had disappeared. She hadn’t.
Back at the police station, Saga tells Lillian, Barbara and John what she has discovered, and that Susanne couldn’t have acted alone.
Henrik tells Astrid that he went to see creepy Frank to try and understand more. Astrid tells him that Frank had become like a father. Astrid tells Henrik that she wouldn’t want to see Frank when he gets out of prison as “you’re my father”. Awwww.
Kevin/Brian turns up at Henrik’s door with a bottle of non-alcoholic champagne to celebrate the return of Astrid. (More shouting at the TV – Don’t let him in!) Henrik lets him in.
John phones Saga to tell her about the photographs she got from Elsa. He says that the photos were taken through a fence. They have checked out the fence and it isn’t high, so it would be easy for someone to take a picture over it, unless it was a child. Or a wheelchair user. Ding ding ding!
As Henrik is opening the champagne, Kevin/Brian stands up from his wheelchair and knocks him out. Saga is trying to phone the unconscious Henrik and Astrid comes into the room to answer the phone. Saga phones for backup.
Kevin/Brian has Astrid tied to a chair and Henrik tied up on the floor. He tells Henrik that he misses his dad every day and that his back is healed. Kevin/Brian prepares to shoot Astrid but pauses as Henrik refuses to watch.
Saga arrives outside, and Lillian tells her to wait for back-up. Kevin/Brian shoots Astrid in the leg and tells Henrik he will continue to maim her until he watches. As Henrik turns away again he hears a shot, but it’s Saga, who has shot Kevin/Brian right through the eye. There’s why she got to keep the key to his house!
Saga goes to visit Henrik in hospital, who seems to have a bed there, despite just being hit on the head. He tells Saga he’d like her to come home to meet Astrid. Saga says it will need to wait as she is going away for a while to do what she wants, although she doesn’t know what that is yet.
Henrik says that he told Kevin/Brian that he “needed Saga more than she needed him, but that’s not true is it?” Saga agrees. He tells her to get in touch when she comes back.
Saga takes out her mum’s belongings from her lock-up and burns them. Then we see her in the Porsche, driving across the bridge. She stops half way across and gets out. Is she going to jump? The theme tune comes in as she looks out across the water. She takes out her police badge and throws it into the sea. As she gets back in the car, her phone rings. “Saga Noren” she answers. The first time that she has answered her phone without her name being followed by “Länskrim Malmö”.
Fittingly, we finish with shots of the glorious Oresund Bridge. Saga stopped in the middle when the theme song started. The final line of the song “And everything goes back to the beginning” particularly apt, as series one began with the body in the middle of the bridge.
And that’s it. Twitter seemed to think this was a great ending and that there was relief all round that all the main characters survived. Although I seem to be in a minority of one, I don’t agree.
One of the great things about Nordic Noir is always the complete disregard for happy endings. Nobody is safe from being bumped off and very few end in a contented state. The ending felt a lot more Hollywood than we are used to.
Although there had been some pretty horrific deaths throughout, everyone that was key survived. Lillian seemed to be at the beginning of a new relationship with the prosecutor. John and Barbara seemed very happy together. Saga seemed to have conquered her demons and had got closure on her sister’s death and is ready for a life without pressure, doing what she wants to do. Henrik has been reunited with his daughter, whom he had given up on, and she seems to be ready to accept his role as her father. Of course, all round bad egg Jonas also got his comeuppance. As well as the two protagonists being caught or killed. I half expected Martin to get out of prison too.
I had felt that either Henrik or Saga would die, and that would seem to have been more fitting with the general feel of the programme.
The ending was beautifully shot and acted, but it didn’t fit for me.
A lot of loose ends were tied up in the final episode, but there were still a lot of unanswered questions (more about this in the issues section below.)
As I have said before, I don’t think this series stood up to the excellence of the other three, but the acting, cinematography and much of the dialogue were still superb (and it was still better than almost everything else on TV).
What now for Saga? I imagine her opening a coffee shop somewhere and telling people they are too fat to have cake.
It’s all subjective and I know many adored series 4, but as always, this is just my view. I’ll miss Saga and co.
- Given that the Danish police office operates a hot-desk policy, would that have been the desk Henrik would be sitting at that the message was put on? I guess they probably just carry their trays around.
- Interesting to see the “no urgency” protocol with the passing on of messages in the office. Even when they say it is urgent.
- Wouldn’t you tell someone else about the call?
- The final episode and Saga calls someone else “odd”!
- Saga also saying “great work” to John and Barbara shows how far she has come.
- How did Susanne find out where Henrik lived?
- I don’t think that is how Tasers work. You can’t be holding onto someone when you use it (like Susanne was) as you would get the electric shock too.
- Pretty sure we all knew Saga was wearing her vest.
- There’s no way Susanne’s car would have done that with the speed she was going.
- Neighbourhood watch is incredibly poor in Scandinavia.
- All that stuff about the number for the key cabinet at the garage and Susanne just saw Tobias typing it in.
- How did Susanne get access to the dark net? Is it that easy?
- Yes Jonas, it’s a shame Saga is leaving. Especially since she was the one who solved the crime.
- After all they did, I wouldn’t have given Julia and Ida my business card. And the only chance Henrik will hear from them is if they are in trouble. Which is likely.
- When Saga phoned Henrik to tell him about her mother, that was pretty much the first time she has ever said “bye” on a phone call, and Henrik had already hung up.
- I wonder how many people thought that Saga was going to the prison to see Martin. Nice teasing by the writers.
- Imagine all the crimes going unsolved in Sweden with Saga in Denmark all this time.
- We need to talk about Kevin.
- Apparently, when Astrid said ‘you’re my father’ to Henrik, she spoke in Danish to him for the first time. Lost at the time on those of us who don’t speak the languages, but nice touch writers.
- Kevin/Brian shut the blinds after he knocked out Henrik. Given that nobody ever seems to see anything happening, this was probably superfluous.
- That’s one in the eye for Kevin/Brian.
- Never trust a Manchester United supporter.
- That whole experience isn’t exactly going to speed up Astrid’s settling in at Henrik’s.
- Why was Henrik in hospital at the end?
- In seasons 1 and 3, the killer becomes known to the viewer in the dying seconds of the penultimate episode. In seasons 2 and 4, the police close the case, celebrate, then Saga realises it’s not over. If there was to be another season, I think we could guess how it would go.
- So it seems Jonas was the one providing the leaks, but why?
- What did happen to Linn’s kids?
- What happened to Rasmus?
- Why did Saga put so much stall in what the therapist said to her?
- Will Christoffer be locked up for manslaughter?
- It looks like we will never find out who killed Gertrud at the end of season 2.
- So, back to the beginning?