And so episode 9 began with a reminder of the fire that had begun it all. The killer appeared to be the father of the girl killed in that arson attack. He certainly had the padlock key to Hrafn’s shed which had burned down in his dirty, smelly  trousers. We were not told initially what the smell was so had to assume it was arson-related and eventually it was revealed to be kerosene.

Guoni has been behaving strangely for many episodes so it was finally time for him to agree to be questioned. What had he thrown into the sea? Where was his phone? How did he know the pseudo-engineer from the boat? Were the two murders connected? As usual there were many questions and few answers.

Andri had to decide whether to toss the key away or question his father-in-law Eirikur  – change his children’s lives forever or cover the tracks? The discovery about the truth of the death of Dagny had been the catalyst for subsequent events for Hrafn.

There was a classic bit of “show-not-tell” where we watched the family through a window being told by Andri  while strings play plaintively in the background.

The conspirators who had set the original fire that killed Dagny were caught up in a plot to recoup losses due to the downturn in the economy. They had been secretly buying  land  hoping to gain from a Chinese owned port.

Maggi the little red haired boy also ended up being integral to the story and not just a device to make us dislike Andri’s girls. Maggi’s father had returned. We knew this because his car was one of those still buried under the snow and the promised toy fire truck was inside, wrapped in a box with a card. Maria his mother was arrested, or at least asked nicely to come to the station for questioning. Andri and Maria arrived at the station just as Eirikur was being driven off to the proper prison. If his mother-in-law’s look could have killed, Andri would have withered on the spot.

Something fishy in the fish factory, fire in the sauna and freezing in the freezer. Cataclysmic events, due to greed.

My, but it was yar.

Breathlessly brilliant, gruellingly bleak.