For­ti­tude

RICHARD DORMER on the chill­ing fi­nal snow­bound se­ries of Arctic thriller For­ti­tude

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DRAMA Sky At­lantic HD, 9pm In the third and fi­nal se­ries of the Arctic-set thriller, Dan (Richard Dormer) con­tin­ues his de­scent into mad­ness.

WHEN VIEW­ERS WERE first in­tro­duced to the Nor­we­gian set­tle­ment of For­ti­tude – the re­mote, Arctic setting for the grip­ping Sky At­lantic thriller of the same name – one of its res­i­dents, Gov­er­nor Hil­dur Ode­gard (Sophie Gråbøl), in­sisted that it was ‘the safest place on Earth… There’s no crime – ev­ery­body’s al­ways happy’.

She couldn’t have been more wrong. Since then, we’ve had can­ni­bal­ism, pre­his­toric wasp lar­vae in­fect­ing hu­man hosts, de­cap­i­ta­tions, shamanic ri­tu­als, a mem­o­rable death by fork and a re­mark­ably high body count that in­cluded the un­for­tu­nate gov­er­nor.

And con­sid­er­ing the suc­ces­sion of big names – in­clud­ing Gråbøl, Christo­pher Ec­cle­ston, Michael Gam­bon, Stan­ley Tucci, Ken Stott and Par­min­der Na­gra – who have been dis­patched so far, fans are aware that no one is safe as

For­ti­tude reaches what looks like be­ing a typ­i­cally strange, vi­o­lent and bloody con­clu­sion.

FALL­OUT

The psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller, star­ring Richard Dormer as sher­iff Dan An­der­ssen, re­turns for a fi­nal four-part run this week, and it’s hard to imag­ine how cre­ator Si­mon Don­ald can top what’s come be­fore.

In se­ries two, Dan mirac­u­lously re­turned from the Arctic wilder­ness alive but, hav­ing been in­fected by a pre­his­toric par­a­site, seemed to have turned from the good shepherd into the big bad wolf.

‘This is with­out doubt the best part I’ve ever played,’ beams 49-year-old Dormer. ‘Dan’s a mon­ster, but he has a con­science. Even though he’s los­ing his hu­man­ity, there’s still a lit­tle seed of good­ness in him.’

THE UNQUIET DEAD

As we re­join the ac­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing into the sup­posed suicide of Gov­er­nor Munk (Ken Stott), while wid­owed fish­er­man Michael (Den­nis Quaid) is drown­ing his sor­rows in booze, and there are new ar­rivals who are linked to the par­a­sitic in­fec­tion that turned For­ti­tude into a liv­ing hell.

And this se­ries it doesn’t take long to learn that all is far from well with the gruff, bearded sher­iff.

‘Dan is see­ing some in­ter­est­ing things that other peo­ple can’t see,’ grins the former Game of Thrones star. ‘He’s now ad­dicted to mus­ci­mol juice [made from the

urine of rein­deer that have eaten hal­lu­cino­genic mush­rooms]. Eski­mos used to ac­tu­ally drink this to be able to have vi­sions of the af­ter­life. Dan now has one foot in this world and the other foot in the land of the dead, and he can com­mu­ni­cate with the peo­ple who he has killed.’

THE CHILL FAC­TOR

With death com­ing in all sorts of bizarre ways in the fic­tional For­ti­tude, Dormer re­veals that, when film­ing in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures, the cast and crew had to be ex­tremely care­ful sim­ply when ven­tur­ing out­doors.

‘Be­ing on a Ski­doo go­ing across the tun­dra when it’s about -50 with a wind chill, you can get frost­bite on your nose and cheeks within 30 sec­onds,’ he ex­plains. ‘And if you’re just go­ing out for a walk, you’ve got to tell some­body, be­cause if you slip and get knocked un­con­scious, you’re dead in15 min­utes!’

‘This is with­out doubt the best part I’ve ever

played’

richard dormer

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