TRAPPED | Author Yrsa Sigurdardottir talks Series 2 of the Icelandic crime hit.
With her new novel Why Did You Lie? featuring a group of people confined to an isolated lighthouse in a storm, Yrsa Sigurdardottir was the obvious candidate to devise a story for Series 2 of Trapped. The author from Reykjavik tells Crime Scene about working on the second season of the Icelandic show, which was a hit on BBC Four this year.
“I was involved in the storyline development – I loved it,” says Sigurdardottir of her work alongside two screenwriters. “We worked the storyline through from beginning to end – the whole thing. It was really great fun. As a writer, it’s kind of lonely – you’re always on your own – but this was throwing ideas back and forth. It was really fun to do.”
As well as being a local author who knows Iceland, Sigurdardottir was brought on because of her track record writing Nordic Noir bestsellers. “I know crime, and it worked out really well,” she says. “If I manage to finish the book I’m writing at present, they have offered me to come and write one of the episodes, which I’d love.”
Although it’s early days, there’s talk of a subtle shift in the dynamic between officers Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) and Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir). “I like Hinrika, and one of the things discussed was that she needed a more prominent position,” says Sigurdardottir. She confirms that both characters will be
“IT’S NOT LIKE THE FIRST ONE, WHERE THEY’RE ALL STUCK IN TOWN, BUT IT IS IN WINTER”
coming back for a new story, along with fellow cop Asgeir (Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson). “It’s Trapped in a bit of a different way this time – it’s not like the first one, where they’re all stuck in the environment of the town,” she adds. “But of course it’s in the winter. It will use the Icelandic location, the weather and the actors in a very powerful way.” It’s been a busy time for the author, who also works as a civil engineer. She’s been writing her next novel and will release a newly translated book in March – The Legacy is the start of a new crime series. Sigurdardottir is also involved in putting on the Iceland Noir crime festival in Reykjavik on 17-20 November. She’s also looking forward to the first feature film based on one of her books, although production on the Icelandic movie has been delayed because of leading man Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson’s Game Of Thrones commitments. I Remember You, the novel being filmed, is one of her scariest, so expect frights when it is finally released. “It’s not a monster movie, it’s creepy,” she says. “Mostly it’s a build‑up of tension and creepiness, which I prefer when I watch horror movies – when you see the monster or a ghost it’s always a disappointment.”