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Denmark’s ‘Those Who Kill’ reboot to premiere on Viaplay

The second season of the Danish crime series Those Who Kill will premiere soon, and the series may look a little different from the first season. That’s because it will have a brand new cast and narrative structure in an attempt to reboot (and revive) the story. Though, perhaps you could argue it wasn’t unique enough to begin with.

The first season was about a fictitious unit within the Copenhagen Police that specialises in investigating serial murders. The series aired with five two-part stories (but in other countries it was shown as feature-length episodes). The series ran for one season in 2011 but was cancelled. Now, the Nordic streaming service Viaplay has brought it back. 

The second season will only have one narrative taking place, and aims to dig deep into the human mind. We follow a detective (played by Kenneth M. Christensen) and a psychologist (played by Natalie Madueno) as they try to decipher and understand clues in the hunt for a serial killer. The second season is now directed by Carsten Myllerup (Aber Bergen). 

When the first season premiered in 2011, we were at the height of Nordic Noir with The Bridge, The Killing and countless others airing on Scandi television channels. Now, in 2018, it seems the Nordic region is moving away from the conventional crime structure, but whether that proves to be a good or bad thing for Those Who Kill remains to be seen. Additionally, the narrative is perhaps not interesting to make it stand apart from other Nordic series. 

Those Who Kill season two premieres on the 27th of February 2019 on Viaplay. No international release date has been announced. 

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.