The Bridge (Bron/Broen) –Season 3, Episodes 9 and 10
Well I did say that I’d be late this week and you may have all worn yourselves out with reading and discussing the final episodes, but I’ve been avoiding everything until I finally watched it. I may be the only one reading this this week.
It’s tough to know that this is the last two episodes and with the creator saying he is unsure of doing a fourth season, it’s with a heavy heart I write this.
We begin with Jeanette still tied up either giving birth or being tortured. It turns out to be the former and whoever has her takes away the baby. Freddie and his henchman are tracing the transmitter that he had put in Jeanette’s mobile phone and they find her unconscious and bloody in a barn, with no sign of the baby.
Henrik goes to Saga’s flat (she doesn’t ask if he is there for sex this time). She says that she isn’t good at taking time off, but the investigation into his family’s disappearance is keeping her busy. When he asks where she was earlier she tells him she was at the scene where her sister killed herself because it “felt good to be there”. Henrik asks if she wants him to stay and she tells him that she doesn’t, she wants him to find Hans killer.
Henrik takes Freddie to the police station for questioning after he had explained that Jeanette was his surrogate mother. He tells Henrik that he had found Marc shot at the cottage and Henrik asks if he told the police about that. He hadn’t.
Rasmus is drafted in to replace Saga and he tells Henrik that despite what he might have heard, he is a “damn good police”. No he isn’t!! Now that the baby has been taken, Henrik prompts Linn to call in all available resources, which includes Saga.
Asa is waiting for Freddie and when he comes out she goes in and tells Henrik that she thinks that Claes has the baby. Henrik and Saga tell Linn that they think that Claes and Annika may be in on it together.
We are treated to another delightful Saga moment when Henrik asks her if she ever wanted children. “Why do you ask?” says Saga. When Henrik says he is just asking she replies “There are lots of things I don’t have, why ask about children?”
Jeanette has regained consciousness in hospital so Saga and Henrik head there. She doesn’t remember anything and wants to know what happened to Marc. Saga, with her usual diplomacy says “He’s dead”. They also tell her the baby is still missing.
A message arrives on Freddie’s phone with a picture of the baby and a message which we don’t get to see. He shows Asa who says he can’t go and meet the kidnapper because of all the people he has killed and she thinks he will kill Freddie too and recommends he call the police. He doesn’t listen.
Saga isn’t happy to see Rasmus when they return to the police station and even less so when he says he is now a part of the case and that he replaced her when she was away. You could never replace Saga! He shows them the dollhouse which was found in the room where Jeanette was found with the murder depictions in each room. It contains one they haven’t seen yet. Two people hanging with a baby beneath them.
Freddie heads off to the place he was told to go to in the message he received which is a scrapyard. Someone is watching him through binoculars. As Freddie approaches, the person with binoculars sees Saga’s car arriving. Asa had phoned the police. Freddie receives a text saying “Police. Stupid”. He sees a pram and as he walks towards it, the person watching presses a button and the pram catches fire. He rushes towards it and tries to rescue the baby, but it isn’t there. Saga and Henrik push him away and shout that it is empty. He has burnt his hands badly.
John has returned to work after his daughter was shot. Saga gives him a gift for her. It’s a book entitled ‘Crisis Support for Accidents, Catastrophes and Harrowing Experiences: Strengthening Your Resistance’. (Remember John’s daughter is seven). John replies “This might be a bit heavy. She’s still struggling with My Little Pony”. Genius.
The father of Annika comes in to speak to Saga and Henrik and tells them that he is not her real father. He had already split from his wife when she died three years ago, and Annika asked him to look after her then, but he said no. They ask Freddie if he had sex with her mother in 1984 (the year, not the book) but he says he didn’t.
Henrik and Saga go to Claes’ house but there is no-one there. They find a gun in his house. We see him in his car taking a call from his assistant who tells him the police are looking for him. He says he can’t hear and hangs up. The assistant phones the police and says she was telling him they were looking for him but he couldn’t hear her.
In Henrik’s flat, he tells Saga that the manifestations of his children are back. Not his wife though. He says that the stuff with Freddie’s baby are bringing up lots of memories. They sleep together and Henrik wakes Saga to tell her that Claes has been found.
Claes says that he has no idea where Annika is and explains he got a gun after they had told him that she was a murderer. He admits to wanting to hurt Freddie, but not physically. He has an alibi.
Saga and Henrik head to Freddie’s house and are showing him pictures of those involved. The henchman says that Morten had been to the house looking for his father and saying that he thought “they were both supposed to be here”. He seemed on drugs and eventually went away when told his father wasn’t there.
Henrik and Saga next speak to the wife of Helle, the first victim and confirm that Helle had got pregnant with Morten after she started going to the insemination clinic. After obtaining a warrant, Henrik goes and asks them to look for Annika’s mother. There is no trace. The only way to find a donor is with the mother’s name or with a code. It’s the code!!! The donor was Freddie. The mother was Emil’s mum.
Despite the “damn good police” having already scoped the scene of where Jeanette was found, Saga wants to go there, so she and Henrik go and find a warehouse on the same site where Annika is tied up. The room she is in is designed exactly the same as the basement that was in the foster home. They phone Emil and ask if anyone stayed in the basement, but he tells them that nobody was allowed in there.
Freddie gets another baby picture and a message saying ‘last chance’. He heads out into his car and drives off, followed by Rasmus. Freddie stops the car and gets into a helicopter. John directs Rasmus to where the transponder in the helicopter is. Freddie lands and as he walks towards another warehouse, Emil comes out holding a gun to the baby’s head and says “Hello dad”.
Rasmus has reached the helicopter and phones Linn. She tells him to wait for back up. He, of course, doesn’t. As he makes his way round the edge of a warehouse, he sees Freddie lying on the ground and then Emil shoots him. Sadly, Rasmus is still alive and had his bullet proof vest on.
Freddie comes round in a room with two nooses and he is tied up. Emil tells him that he wanted to make everything he loved ugly and twisted. He’s doing a grand job of that.
Saga and Freddie go to the basement of the foster home and see that the painting there is identical to the one where Annika was. The artist is still alive and lives in Saltholm, and island next to the Oresund Bridge. Saga and Henrik go by helicopter to the island and the artist tells them that it is a painting of a place on the island. They decide to run there rather than alert Emil with the helicopter.
Emil unties Freddie and he collapses to the floor. As he gets up, he hits Emil across the head with a piece of wood he picked up from the floor. He takes the baby and runs out of the barn and sees he is in the middle of nowhere. Emil comes round and picks up his gun and heads out. He is soon near the trees in which Freddie is hiding and hears the baby crying. He takes them back to the barn and forces Freddie to put himself in a noose. He hands him the baby and says he can hold it as long as he is conscious. He puts himself in the other noose.
Emil pulls a cord and the standing part falls away leaving them both hanging. Saga and Henrik race in and Henrik hands the baby to Saga and quickly supports Freddie’s body. Saga stands looking at Emil. With Henrik screaming at her to support Emil’s body Saga says “He killed Hans”. She eventually does. The armed police arrive. Henrik asks if Saga would really have let him die. She walks off.
Henrik is interviewing Emil in custody. Emil explains that he didn’t really know any of them apart from his half-brother Morten. The works of art were trying to get Freddie’s attention, Lars-Ove had abused him, Hakan placed him at the home, Hans took him back to the home, and Halle and Freddie had been his creators.
Freddie takes the baby to hospital to see Jeanette, but she doesn’t want to see it. He gives her a receipt for the money he promised her along with a bonus for all she has been through.
Saga takes in the transcription of the interview for Emil to sign and she doesn’t see him take the paper clip holding the papers together. He slits his wrists with it and dies.
Saga asks Henrik to go with her to Hans funeral the following day and he agrees. When Henrik gets home, Lillian is waiting for him. She tells Henrik that a skeleton has been found and it is his wife. He is in denial at first and then the anger starts and he says that they must go to the site immediately. There is no sign of his kids’ bodies. He is taking lots of his drugs as he starts to look at papers from the case again.
After the funeral, Saga says to Lillian that Henrik was supposed to be there. She tells Saga about his wife’s body. Saga tries to call him but there is no answer. She goes to his house and sees through the window Henrik lying on the floor in a pile of sick (nice). We next see Henrik in hospital with Saga there. He tells her that he always thought they could be dead, but that he thought they would all be together. Saga asks how long he has been taking drugs and he tells her since their disappearance. She asks if he has been on drugs at work. “The whole time” he replies. Saga asks if he remembers why she doesn’t get close to people. He replies “Yes, because they leave you or hurt you”. Saga walks out.
Saga goes back to the police station and Linn tells her that the procurator fiscal is going to start preliminary proceedings against her in relation to her mother’s death. Saga is distraught that she will be found guilty and taken off duty. She leaves.
Henrik checks himself out of hospital and goes to see Lillian. She tells him he can’t have time off to look for his children. He resigns with immediate effect. He goes to Saga’s police station and John tells him what has happened with Saga. He tries to call her and goes to her flat, but no answer. He heads to the train track where her sister killed herself. He comes up to the track and Saga is standing beside it on the other side.
As Henrik begins to talk to Saga we hear a train coming. He tells her he has quit his job to look for his children. He tells her that he needs her and she can help him find his daughters. The train gets closer. As the train arrives, Saga appears to step forward and Henrik yells out. Once the train has passed, we see Saga on her knees in tears. Henrik goes up behind and hugs her.
We next see Henrik and Saga looking through papers on his missing family. Henrik finds a car had been stolen at the time of their disappearance and they leave to investigate….
So, that’s about as happy an ending as Nordic Noir do. Or is it? (Those who like happy endings should stop reading now.)
We saw that Henrik was taking a lot of drugs as the denouement was reached. We know that he has very real looking manifestations. Saga looked as though she stepped forward as the train passed. I guess that we have to wait and see if there is to be another season. I understand that the creator is unsure if he will do another one. And as I’ve said before, Borgen and The Killing stopped at three.
I suppose it is all about interpretation, and each can believe what they want. I think we’d all agree though, that a multitude of awards needs to rain down on this show, and to Sofia Helin in particular.
- So all these murders were fine, but once a baby is missing, the police call on all available resources.
- Things are pretty grim for Jeanette, but at least she won’t end up with Marc.
- I’ll be bereft without The Bridge next week. Maybe I could borrow John’s daughter’s book?
- You would think it would be quite easy to find Claes with his name all over his car.
- Think Claes needs to get rid of the assistant. Phoning the police right away to say she had spoken to him?
- Jeanette apologised to Freddie for running away, which meant the baby was taken, but she only ran away because he was trying to molest her.
- There seems to be an awful lot of abandoned warehouses in Scandinavia.
- All those alphabets and the code was the number at the sperm bank!
- How did Emil get access to the records at the sperm bank to find out who his father was? They must have been easy cum, easy go.
- I’m so sorry for that last one.
- No I’m not.
- How many series would have the confidence of revealing whodunit in the penultimate episode?
- When Emil shot Rasmus, could he not have cut off his ponytail too?
- Bit of a sore one for Annika that Claes didn’t report her missing.
- How did Emil manage to drag Freddie’s considerable girth in and out of cars and to a deserted barn?
- You wait three series for a helicopter then two come along at once.
- Because of its importance as a wildlife sanctuary, access to Saltholm and its surrounding waters is strictly controlled.
- Everyone has had a relative like the painter, that can’t hear.
- Why did Freddie run in a different direction to where he could see buildings?
- When he was hiding from Emil, why didn’t Freddie put his finger in the baby’s mouth? Or maybe even breastfeed?
- Why did Emil make Freddy change into a tracksuit? Were they going for a jog first?
- So they did eventually have Hans/Han funeral.
- Where did Emil get all the lights for staging the murders?
- We all know a Rasmus.
- Is Linn from the planet Klingon?
- So Claes gets away with killing his father?
- Thanks Henrik for stopping yet more chat about Lars-Ove’s death.
- It was only at the end I realised I had written anything down for the last 20 minutes.
- Now the series is finished, can I have Freddie’s house please?Must have been a blow for the many women who have fallen in love with Henrik to find he wasn’t the best at sex.
- Did Saga actually kill her mother?
- I knew it was Emil!
- Who killed Gertrud at the end of season 2??
- I now have a Bridge shaped hole in my life.
- Anyone want to start a support group?
- “Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö”