“Viewers can expect a series like the previous one, but in many ways very different,” director Baltasar Kormákur told RÚV when discussing the next season of hit TV series Trapped (Ice. Ófærð), to premiere in Iceland this fall. While the show’s first season centered on a murder mystery in a remote Icelandic town physically isolated by a raging blizzard, the second series deals with more psychological forms of entrapment. As an Icelandic government minister enters the parliament building, she is attacked by a man who sets fire to both of them. Investigation of the incident then takes unexpected turns.
Those unexpected plot twists will touch on hot topic issues in Iceland and around the world, such as imported labour and heavy industry. “Within that comes nationalism, its goals, and the situation of people who live in the remote countryside,” says Baltasar. “I think thrillers work best when they discuss society and serious issues in an interesting way,” he remarks.
Crime novel writer Yrsa Sigurðardóttir joined the screenwriting team for Trapped’s second season. Her education as an engineer came in handy when writing about power plants in the Icelandic highlands. “She gave us insight into various issues regarding power plants and their impact on the environment,” says Baltasar.
The first series of Trapped was widely successful, enjoying 5.7 million viewers in France and 1.2 million in Britain where it was broadcast on BBC 4.
Fans can now watch the trailer for the upcoming series (in Icelandic).