Nordic Noir

The Bridge ends as talk of fourth season starts

The Bridge ends as talk of fourth season starts
Sofia Helin, who plays The Bridge's main character Saga Norén, at the season three premiere. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT
Swedish public broadcaster SVT has said it is in discussion with production companies and writers about a fourth series of The Bridge, after the third season reached a dramatic conclusion over the weekend.

SVT’s drama director, Christian Wikander, told the broadcaster on Sunday that a fourth series of the most successful Nordic crime drama in history was a possibility, although none of the actors have yet signed up to the potential project.

“We are in dialogue with companies and writers about a possible season four. A decision will be made in spring 2016,” said Wikander.

Meanwhile the show's Danish scriptwriter Nikolaj Scherfig made similar comments to broadcaster DR.
“There hasn’t been anything decided but we are talking about making a season four,” he said in a post season-finale discussion shown on the network.

Their comments came after a poll of almost 7,000 SVT viewers showed that 93 per cent were in favour of the series continuing.

The third season of the Danish-Swedish production got under way on September 27th in the Nordics, hitting UK television screens on November 21st.

Starting with a scene showing a Danish woman found dead at a dinner table surrounded by creepy mannequins, the programme has been a hit with Scandinavian viewers despite the departure of one half of the cop duo that the show has previously centred around.

Copenhagen-born actor Kim Bodnia quit after the second season because he did not like the way his character Martin Rodhe developed. 

But Sofia Helin, who plays Saga Norén, the unusual autistic Swedish investigator assigned to work alongside him, continued to play a key role alongside new partner Henrik Sabroe, as the show explored a number of new themes including LBGT issues and some of the cultural and political differences between Danes and Swedes. 

Helin herself recently weighed in on the glaringly different approaches the two neighbouring nations have toward the refugee crisis. 

In an interview with celebrity magazine Se og Hør, Helin slammed Denmark for not taking in more refugees. 
“I’m proud of my country – that we, along with Germany, are the ones who have been the best toward refugees. […] And Denmark, you need to bloody get it together. Once you needed to flee your country, and that wasn’t so long ago. Get it together!” she said, referencing the Danish Jews who fled to Sweden during World War Two.

Helin also told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in September that she would consider returning for another series if she was presented with a strong script.

“For me, there must be a story that has not been told about Saga's life. If that's the case then I'll do it.”

The Bridge, created and written by Hans Rosenfelt, first became a cult hit across Scandinavia four years ago and has since been shown in more than 170 countries.