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* TheCorpseStopsHere: In the second season, Vikingur is left in this situation when Pawel is murdered. [[spoiler:Andri almost immediately decides he's innocent, but pretends to believe in his guilt for longer to string the real killer along.]]

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Not to be confused with the U.K. kids' game show of the same name.


** The ending of the second season. [[spoiler:The murders are solved, although the killer ends up shooting himself, which Andri sees as a personal failure. However, three people have been murdered and others left permanently scarred or traumatised. Outside the actual case, Hinrika's and Bardur's marriage is over and Ebo goes back to Ghana to be with his wife and children, abandoning Vikingur. Andri did manage to rebuild his relationship with his daughter though.]]

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** The ending of the second season. [[spoiler:The murders are solved, although the killer ends up shooting himself, which Andri sees as a personal failure. However, three people have been murdered and others left permanently scarred or traumatised. Outside the actual case, Hinrika's and Bardur's marriage is over and Ebo goes back to Ghana to be with his wife and children, abandoning Vikingur. Andri did manage to rebuild his relationship with his daughter though.though, and Trausti may have got laid.]]


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* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Trausti and the mayor in the second season. Supposedly he spent at least part of the night on the sofa, but...


* MyGreatestFailure: Andri's is a case he failed to solve back when he was a detective in the Reykjavík PD. [[spoiler: A girl went missing and Andri, desperate to find her, is implied to have attempted to beat a confession out of the prime suspect. His then-partner, Trausti reported him. This failure led to him leaving Reykjavík and becoming police chief of a small isolated town]].

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Andri's is a case he failed to solve back when he was a detective in the Reykjavík PD. [[spoiler: A girl went missing and Andri, desperate to find her, is implied to have attempted to beat a confession out of the prime suspect. His then-partner, Trausti reported him. This failure led to him leaving Reykjavík and becoming police chief of a small isolated town]].
** In the second season, we discover that Trausti's is when in the first season [[spoiler:a suspect killed himself by throwing himself out of a helicopter, and Trausti failed to stop him]].


* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Stefan in season two, who deliberately sets up his best friend Vikingur to be blamed for Pawel's murder.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The ending of the first season. The conspiracy that resulted in all the deaths and tragedy in the series is exposed and the surviving perpetrators are arrested. However, the two individuals who have been (rightfully) been arrested for the two major murderers committed are themselves victims of said conspiracy and their troubles are only beginning (though in Maria's case, she could possibly plead self-defence). Andri's family is torn apart with his ex-wife making her decision to leave town with her new boyfriend final, taking their kids with her, his father-in-law in prison having been arrested by him, and his mother-in-law blaming him for the arrest. On the plus side, certain characters such as the two Nigerian sisters and Hjörtur get more upbeat endings to their individual stories]].

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The ending of the first season. The [[spoiler:The conspiracy that resulted in all the deaths and tragedy in the series is exposed and the surviving perpetrators are arrested. However, the two individuals who have been (rightfully) been arrested for the two major murderers committed are themselves victims of said conspiracy and their troubles are only beginning (though in Maria's case, she could possibly plead self-defence). Andri's family is torn apart with his ex-wife making her decision to leave town with her new boyfriend final, taking their kids with her, his father-in-law in prison having been arrested by him, and his mother-in-law blaming him for the arrest. On the plus side, certain characters such as the two Nigerian sisters and Hjörtur get more upbeat endings to their individual stories]].stories]].
** The ending of the second season. [[spoiler:The murders are solved, although the killer ends up shooting himself, which Andri sees as a personal failure. However, three people have been murdered and others left permanently scarred or traumatised. Outside the actual case, Hinrika's and Bardur's marriage is over and Ebo goes back to Ghana to be with his wife and children, abandoning Vikingur. Andri did manage to rebuild his relationship with his daughter though.]]


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* DrowningPit: [[spoiler:Stefan tapes Thorhildur up and leaves her in a stream, the water level of which is rapidly rising from rain.]]


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* FedToPigs: [[spoiler:In the second season, Gisli and Halla fed the body of their abusive father to the family's pigs after Gisli killed him.]]


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* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:After Asgeir is stabbed at the cliffhanger of episode eight of the second season, we see him still breathing in his car at the beginning of the next episode, and Andri and Hinrika are tracking the car using its police locator. Then they find the car dumped and on fire, with Asgeir's charred corpse in it.]]


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* InbredAndEvil: [[spoiler:Stefan goes completely bonkers in season two, after discovering that he was a child of ParentalIncest.]]


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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Asgeir is murdered towards the end of the second season.]]


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* RealityEnsues: In the first season, Hinrika and Bardur are a happily married UptightLovesWild. Then in the second season they split up, because being married to a perma-stoned NewAgeRetroHippie is embarrassing for a police chief and he refuses to change for her.


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* WrenchWhack: [[spoiler:Gisli beat his father to death with a spanner.]]

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* LastDisrespects: At Gisli's funeral, his son Vikingur gets drunk and proceeds to deliver a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to everyone present.


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* RapeAsDrama: In the second series, after Vikingur drunkenly makes it obvious to everyone at the plant that he's sleeping with Edo, some JerkAss Poles try to gang-rape Edo, believing or pretending to believe that he's a prostitute who was sleeping with Vikingur for money.


* ManOnFire: The second season begins with Gisli attempting to assassinate the Minister for Industry (who is also his sister) by burning both of them alive. He dies and she survives.


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* SelfImmolation: The second season begins with Gisli attempting to assassinate the Minister for Industry (who is also his sister) by burning both of them alive. He dies and she survives.

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* ManOnFire: The second season begins with Gisli attempting to assassinate the Minister for Industry (who is also his sister) by burning both of them alive. He dies and she survives.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The conspiracy that resulted in all the deaths and tragedy in the series is exposed and the surviving perpetrators are arrested. However, the two individuals who have been (rightfully) been arrested for the two major murderers committed are themselves victims of said conspiracy and their troubles are only beginning (though in Maria's case, she could possibly plead self-defence). Andri's family is torn apart with his ex-wife making her decision to leave town with her new boyfriend final, taking their kids with her, his father-in-law in prison having been arrested by him, and his mother-in-law blaming him for the arrest. On the plus side, certain characters such as the two Nigerian sisters and Hjörtur get more upbeat endings to their individual stories]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The ending of the first season. The conspiracy that resulted in all the deaths and tragedy in the series is exposed and the surviving perpetrators are arrested. However, the two individuals who have been (rightfully) been arrested for the two major murderers committed are themselves victims of said conspiracy and their troubles are only beginning (though in Maria's case, she could possibly plead self-defence). Andri's family is torn apart with his ex-wife making her decision to leave town with her new boyfriend final, taking their kids with her, his father-in-law in prison having been arrested by him, and his mother-in-law blaming him for the arrest. On the plus side, certain characters such as the two Nigerian sisters and Hjörtur get more upbeat endings to their individual stories]].



* ItsPersonal: In the second series, Andri's estranged teenage daughter Þórhildur is dating Aron, the youngest member of the family that the case centres around [[spoiler:and the son of the victim of the first completed murder]].
* LockedInAFreezer: At the climax [[spoiler:Guðni]] locks [[spoiler:Leifur and Andri]] in the fish factory's cold room and leaves them to freeze to death. [[spoiler:They manage to attract attention by burning rags to set off the fire alarm.]]

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* ItsPersonal: In the second series, Andri's Andri has extra angst about the case as his estranged teenage daughter Þórhildur is dating Aron, the youngest member of the family that the case it centres around [[spoiler:and the son of the victim of the first completed murder]].
* LockedInAFreezer: At the climax of the first season [[spoiler:Guðni]] locks [[spoiler:Leifur and Andri]] in the fish factory's cold room and leaves them to freeze to death. [[spoiler:They manage to attract attention by burning rags to set off the fire alarm.]]

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* SecretRelationship: Vikingur is having a secret gay relationship with his workmate Edo - Vikingur is openly gay, but they're keeping it secret because Edo has a wife and children back in Ghana and is afraid that he'd be murdered if his sexuality became known in his homophobic home country.


* BelowSuspicion: The leader of the neo-nazi gang that captured the mayor is [[spoiler:the town hairdresser who she was kidnapped just after an appointment with]].

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* BelowSuspicion: BeneathSuspicion: The leader of the neo-nazi gang that captured the mayor is [[spoiler:the town hairdresser who she was kidnapped just after an appointment with]].

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* BelowSuspicion: The leader of the neo-nazi gang that captured the mayor is [[spoiler:the town hairdresser who she was kidnapped just after an appointment with]].


* ItsPersonal: In the second series, Andri's estranged teenage daughter Þórhildur is dating Aron, the youngest member of the family that the case centres around [[spoiler:and the victim of the first completed murder]].

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* ItsPersonal: In the second series, Andri's estranged teenage daughter Þórhildur is dating Aron, the youngest member of the family that the case centres around [[spoiler:and the son of the victim of the first completed murder]].


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* DefectiveDetectiveDefectiveDetective: Andri is a depressive guy whose family life is a disaster and has made some bad mistakes in his past.


The series begins with a dismembered torso washing up in a small Icelandic port just as a regular ferry arrives, leading to suspicions that it might have been thrown overboard from the ship. The chief of police, Andri[[note]]Iceland follows strict patronymic/matronymic naming conventions and most people normally use only their first name, even in formal situations[[/note]], is a depressive man who recently returned to his home town after his career as a detective in Reykjavik met a disastrous setback. As the investigation begins, a violent snowstorm blows up, completely cutting off the town from the rest of the world.

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The first series begins with a dismembered torso washing up in a small Icelandic port just as a regular ferry arrives, leading to suspicions that it might have been thrown overboard from the ship. The chief of police, Andri[[note]]Iceland follows strict patronymic/matronymic naming conventions and most people normally use only their first name, even in formal situations[[/note]], is a depressive man who recently returned to his home town after his career as a detective in Reykjavik met a disastrous setback. As the investigation begins, a violent snowstorm blows up, completely cutting off the town from the rest of the world.

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