WAL­LAN­DER FACES AN UN­CER­TAIN FU­TURE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By An­drew Fen­ton

IS this re­ally the end for Ken­neth Branagh’s Nordic noir crime-se­ries Wal­lan­der?

Four years since the last sea­son, Wal­lan­der re­turned to screens last Sun­day with the fourth and final run of tele­movies.

Be­gin­ning in 2008, Wal­lan­der was a pas­sion project for Branagh who’d en­joyed read­ing the nov­els so much he con­tacted nov­el­ist Hen­ning Mankell to in­quire about the rights. The final two in­stal­ments be­gin tonight, based on The Trou­bled Man, Mankell’s final Wal­lan­der novel be­fore he died in 2015. Branagh says it’s an en­tirely fit­ting ti­tle.

“Wal­lan­der was al­ways trou­bled,” he says. “Hen­ning Mankell en­joys his char­ac­ters be­ing ru­mi­na­tive and med­i­ta­tive. He en­joys them be­ing trou­bled … He be­lieves his au­di­ence is in­ter­ested in that, too.”

Filmed on lo­ca­tion, the bleak Swedish land­scape is a ma­jor player in the mood and feel of the se­ries, ex­ac­er­bat­ing Wal­lan­der’s sense of iso­la­tion. “The land­scape is like another char­ac­ter,” he says.

Fans will no doubt be aware Wal­lan­der re­ceives some rather dis­tress­ing news this sea­son which would seem to put paid to fur­ther in­stal­ments.

But at a re­cent press event, Branagh of­fered some hope for those who want the se­ries to con­tinue: “I some­how didn’t feel like it was go­ing to be the last time,” he said.

WAL­LAN­DER,

TONIGHT, ABC, 8.30PM

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