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The Valhalla Murders is a police drama series which originally aired in Iceland in 2019, before it was released worldwide in 2020. The series is supposedly based on a real incident from the 1940s, which saw boys at a state-run institution being abused by staff. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about how many episodes are in the BBC series.
How many episodes are in The Valhalla Murders?
The Valhalla Murders made its debut on BBC Four on November 21 and the past had come back to haunt the two detectives – Kata (played by Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir) and Arnar (Björn Thors).
A serial killer had been linked to a series of crimes from a number of years before, and the detectives are once again tasked with catching the suspect.
The first episode sees a fatal stabbing at Reykjavik Harbour and Kata is sent to investigate. A subject close to the victim said a masked man had been following them through the night.
Later, another man is murdered, and the stab wounds on both victims are identical, confirming a serial killer is on the loose.
The debut episode arrived at 9pm, with the second episode airing immediately after at 9.45pm.
The series is made up of eight episodes, and two episodes will air each week in the run-up to Christmas.
Episodes three and four will air next Saturday, November 28, at 9pm and 9.45pm, and so on until the season finale.
All the episodes have been given unique titles, and they are as follows:
Episode 1 – Never Before Seen
Episode 2 – The Return
Episode 3 – Valhalla
Episode 4 – Scars
Episode 5 – In Plain Sight
Episode 6 – Hidden Place
Episode 7 – Crossroads
Episode 8 – Monster in the Dark
Each episode is about 50 minutes long, and fans are already loving the suspense, with one saying on Twitter: “The Valhalla Murders is quite good. Segues seamlessly from swoony romance into Gory Noir.
Another fan said: “The valhalla murders is looking excellent. Love Iceland. I like dark detective shows.”
Viewers have high hopes for the series, which stars Sigurður Skúlason as Magnus and Bergur Ebbi Benediktsson as Erlingur.
Arnar Böðvarsson is introduced in the second episode, as the foreign investigator hired by the police to look into the connected murders.
Arnar discovered the victims were known to the killer, due to a lack of defensive wounds, so viewers have been keen to find out the connection between the killings.
The Financial Times has given the series four stars out of five, so viewers can expect good things from the remaining episodes.
The trailer for the series shows the police calling on their outside source following the two suspicious deaths, and there are some creepy moments where mysterious figures are believed to be watching Arnar from the shadows.
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Those who have already watched the series in Iceland have called it “excellent”, “jawdropping” and “underrated”.
One fan said on YouTube: “I wish there would be a second season. Iceland’s landscapes and houses fascinate me.”
The series has been praised for its stunning Icelandic backdrops, with another fan saying: “I just finished this series last night, and what can I say, it’s a stunning thriller that freezes you up!
“Excellent screenplay, photography and good performances. So, I totally agree that it’s an underrated piece of art. Nice work Iceland!”
Fans are still awaiting news of a second season, but there is a chance the creators are waiting for the first season to finish airing before they start giving away spoilers about what is yet to come.
Actor Martin Delaney praised the series on Twitter, saying: “Starring with my old buddy, Nina dögg Filippusdottir. The first time I saw Nina act, I was in Iceland filming back in 2004.
“She played Juliet in @TheVesturport’s R&J. She’s was magnetic then, & she’s magnetic still. Just brilliant. [sic]”
The series falls under the genre known as Scandi Noir, or Nordic Noir, which is a genre of fictional crime which is usually written from the perspective of the police.
As the genre suggests, the series are set in Scandinavia or other Nordic locations, and they have a huge following around the world.
Fans can look forward to the remaining episodes of the series throughout December, and they will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
The Valhalla Murders airs on BBC Four
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