WALLANDER FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
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.
TONIGHT, ABC, 8.30PM