It’s just about time to head back to the hinterlands of Iceland, as the second season of Trapped debuts in the US tomorrow.
Set three years after the events in Season 1, the second season of the award-winning Scandi noir mystery thriller Trapped (Ófærð) opens with a brazen attack on Iceland’s Minister of Industry outside Parliament in Reykjavik. She survives, but her assailant — surprisingly, someone known to her for a long time — doesn’t.
Andri (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, The Missing, The Widow), who’s been working for the police in the capital city since his family life imploded three years ago, finds flyers amongst the dead man’s possessions that link him to the far-right nationalist group called Hammer of Thor. They’re planning to protest the power plant project up north, which is where the attacker was from. It’s also the area around Andri’s hometown, which is where he must return to in order to meet with the family of the deceased and to continue his investigation.
Clearly, it isn’t the happiest of reasons that reunites Andri with his former colleagues Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Virgin Mountain), the town’s Chief of Police since Andri’s departure, and her sidekick Ásgeir (Ingvar Sigurdsson, Justice League). It’s also evident that Andri is deeply concerned about his elder daughter, the now-teen-aged, rebellious, and silent-treatment-giving Thorhildur (Elva María Birgisdóttir, Graves & Bones).
The disturbance that catches Andri (and others) off-guard is the earthquake. Locals say the temblors have been happening since drilling started at the power plant — yet another reason why many folks here are against the expansion of the power plant and are protesting it in front of City Hall, including Hinrika’s husband (!).
Between the attempted murder, the suicide, the earthquake, and the protest, it’s been quite a day already. But before it’s over, someone will be successful in murdering a man.
And before the homicide case is solved, another politician will be in grave danger, animals will be found dead, and yet another lifeless human body will be discovered.
The storyline of the second season of Trapped is intricate, filled with threads related to several of today’s socio-political issues — from nationalism and anti-capitalism, to abuses of power and gay rights — as well as references to Norse mythology and the Icelandic Sagas. It also features (what seems like) a lot of characters.
Speaking of (sort of), new cast members include Sólveig Arnarsdóttir (The Inspector and the Sea), Stormur Jón Kormákur Baltasarsson (Everest), Aron Már Ólafsson (Fullir Vasar), Kingsford Siayor (Home for Christmas), and Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir (Prisoners). Returning cast members include Baltasar Breki Samper (Chernobyl), Guðjón Pedersen (Der Island-Krimi), Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir (Prisoners), Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude), Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir (The Court), and Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir (Case).
Created and co-written by multiple award winner Baltasar Kormákur (Virgin Mountain, Jar City, 101 Reykjavík), Trapped: Season 2 premieres in the US tomorrow, July 10, 2019, on Prime Video.
(Viewers in the UK can stream both seasons of Trapped on Amazon Video.)
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