Deadwind: Season 1 (2018)

Plot: Newly widowed Sofia Karppi investigates the murder of a woman who has ties to a Helsinki production company.

Created By: Rike Jokela, Jari Olavi Rantala, Kirsi Porkka

Starring: Pihla Viitala, Lauri Tilkanen, Pamela Tola, Mimosa Willamo, Jani Volanen


Nordic noir has fast become my favourite genre. TV shows that follow this genre’s formulas such as a dark bleak landscape, female protagonist, crime fiction from a police perspective with contrasts of a whodunnit theme and murder, rape etc underlining the story are the most thrilling shows to watch. They’re also a little less predictable. That’s what I find with shows that come from the Nordic countries or any country that doesn’t include England and America, that you can’t guess what’s coming next.

Deadwind is a TV show from Finland and it’s fast paced, got all the formulas to make up a Nordic noir thriller. It keeps you on your toes. The two main characters, Karppi and Nurmi, have a refreshing dynamic and it’s entertaining to see their relationship play out and progress over the course of its 12 episode run.

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12 episodes may seem a bit much for a murder mystery show but it doesn’t feel dragged out. I would have loved more because I really enjoyed watching these characters. The show delves into their stories, personal and professional and the balance between the two works. You’re not only invested in the murder storyline playing out but you’re also interested in following these characters until the end of their story. It’s hard not to like them.

The murder storyline also has so many twists and turns that it never gets boring. I was completely hooked and think I got through every episode in just over a day. The show is available to stream on Netflix now. It’s definitely one to watch for fans of The Killing and crime fans. Season two has been commissioned and I can’t wait to see these characters back on my screen. It’s probably my favourite TV show from the Nordic countries.


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