VIDEO: Watch the first trailer for the final season of The Bridge

The writer behind Swedish-Danish crime drama hit 'The Bridge' has revealed more details about what's in store for Saga Norén – as viewers were treated to the first trailer for the final season.

VIDEO: Watch the first trailer for the final season of The Bridge
Sofia Helin as Saga Norén. Photo: Filmlance International

Swedish writer Hans Rosenfeldt spoke to the Expressen tabloid after broadcasters published the first sneak peek at the fourth and final season, which premieres in Scandinavia on January 1st, 2018.

The third season ended with Sofia Helin's Norén, who had been forced out of her Malmö police job, agreeing to help Danish actor Thure Lindhardt's character Henrik Sabroe find his missing children.

The fourth season picks up two years after the third one left off, and much has happened since then.

“Have you seen Saga lately?” a Swedish voice (we think it sounds like it could be the Malmö police chief, but this has not been confirmed) asks Sabroe. “She doesn't always want to see me,” he replies.

“A lot has happened in Saga's life. She is somewhere else,” Rosenfeldt told Expressen.

“Something has happened that means she is not always keen to meet Henrik.”

He also said the upcoming season will reveal more about the characters' personal lives, but as always on The Bridge there will also be a criminal case. One scene of the trailer shows a woman being stoned.

“It is a Danish woman who has a high-profile job, who is abducted, partly buried and stoned to death under the Öresund Bridge, on Peberholm (an island between Sweden and Denmark, where the bridge becomes a tunnel on the Danish side) That's what kicks this season off,” said Rosenfeldt.

Asked to reveal something not shown in the trailer, he said: “You don't actually get to see that much in the trailer. For the first time we spend more time outside of Copenhagen and Malmö – now we've got a small village outside of Malmö which will be a major location. So we're not completely urban.”

“In England they're writing a lot about this Nordic Noir wave being over, but I hope that season four of The Bridge will show that no, it is not,” added Rosenfeldt.

“And I acually think, or I know because I've seen it several times in different versions: the final episode is amazing.”

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Five Danish Netflix series that aren’t Borgen

It's usually the first programme people suggest when you start delving into Danish series. But there is more to Danish TV drama than Borgen. Here are our picks of some other Danish shows produced by Netflix.

Five Danish Netflix series that aren't Borgen

The ever-popular Borgen aired its fourth series on Netflix last year after a ten-year hiatus, with the global streaming giant having joined up with national broadcaster DR to give the political drama a much-anticipated comeback.

Borgen got a fourth series on an international streaming platform for a reason, as it is highly popular outside of Denmark. But if you want to explore the world of Danish series further, we have some suggestions.

Kastanjemanden (The Chestnut Man)

A Danish crime series based on the book of the same name by Søren Sveistrup, Kastanjemanden takes its title from a children’s rhyme, which is given a chilling makeover and forms a motif in the series.

Detective Naia Thulin (Danica Curcic) and her reluctant new partner, Mark Hess (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) investigate the murders of several women involving a mysterious chestnut figure left at the crime scenes. 

The six-part series was released on Netflix in 2021, to very good reviews. Described as “gripping” and “gruesome,” it’s classic Nordic-Noir successfully released on streaming. If you like DR’s The Killing and The Bridge, you’ll probably like this. Be prepared to be sitting on the edge of the sofa.

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The six-part supernatural thriller from 2020 is full of suspense and mystery but may leave you with questions at the end.

It centres around a group of students celebrating their school graduation on a party bus (studenterkørsel) – a familiar summer sight in Denmark. But that’s where the familiarity ends, as mystery ensues when most of the students on the bus disappear. 

Nine-year old Astrid’s (also played by Curcic) older sister Ida is one of the students who goes missing and the series follows Astrid’s attempts, as an adult, to investigate what happened in 1999.

Mixing folklore, imagination and reality, with a modern setting, it’s been described as “a cross between Stranger ThingsMidsommar, minus the horror, and the French series The Returned.” 

The Rain

This is a dramatic post-apocalyptic series in which most of the population in Scandinavia is mysteriously wiped out by something carried in raindrops.

Led to safety by their scientist father, two young siblings (Alba August and Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen) shield themselves in a bunker for six years but their father doesn’t return to them. They finally emerge and join a group of other survivors (led by Følsgaard, who like Curcic is a Danish Netflix regular) to search across Denmark and Sweden for their father and a cure for the lethal rain.

It has some spectacular visuals, notably of a post-apocalyptic central Copenhagen. Fans of dystopian fiction and Denmark might therefore find it appealing.

However, viewers should be prepared to endure some Amager-sized plot holes, contrived behaviour by characters and dangerous scenarios which could have been avoided if someone had just asked what seemed like a very obvious question five minutes earlier.

Despite this, the Guardian gave it a four-star review and said, “this tale of environmental disaster is about more than survival – it questions the very nature of humanity.”

Three series ran from 2018 to 2020 and are all available on Netflix.

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Rita is the name of the main character in this Danish comedy-drama. She is an unconventional chain-smoking teacher and single mum of three, who fiercely protects her students and pretty much does and says as she wants. Often wearing a leather jacket and giving an air of a teacher who doesn’t have rules, her pupils love her. But she often comes up against problems of her own, particularly when it comes to adults and her own three children. 

The show is not only popular in Denmark but internationally, as it reflects progressive Scandinavian values, with gritty plot lines covered in a funny way.

Filmed in Rødøvre, Copenhagen, the series first aired on TV2 but then moved to Netflix who co-produced the last three seasons. There are 40 episodes over five seasons. It ran from 2012 to 2020. Dutch and French versions have also been produced.


A Sci-fi mystery coming-of-age series that mixes Danish crime with the sci-fi genre.

Set in the fictitious Danish town of Middelbo, the series centres on 17-year old Emma. She discovers that her town, which was known to have once been hit my a meteor, isn’t what she thought it was.

Although Middelbo isn’t real, it reflects a typical quiet rural Danish town, although most of the series was filmed in and around Copenhagen. 

The six-part series aired in January 2022 and was created by the same people behind The Rain – Christian Potalivo and Jannik Tai Mosholt.