It becomes clear fairly quickly that this final episode isn’t going to pull the wool over our eyes too much. Ida and Julie leave a message for Henrik identifying Susanne as the killer, and offering to wait for him at “the octopus”, which turns out to be a completely demented piece of Copenhagen street art. But the message doesn’t reach Henrik in time; and Susanne, who knows that she’s been rumbled, goes full-on dead-eyed psycho, catching up with the girls outside Henrik’s house, Tasering one, then throwing the two of them into her car boot.
But Saga is close behind. Susanne shoots her twice, but both bullets thud into her protective vest – probably as well neither hit her head, I suppose – and once Saga has recovered she takes Susanne down and rescues the girls. Susanne then confesses: she was Tommy’s sidepiece and was intent on taking revenge for way in which he was, as she saw it, effectively executed by all concerned with the decision to cut him loose.
Job done, then. Thing is, there are still 40 minutes or so to go, and seasoned TV watchers know that this means we need to wait for the other shoe to drop. Before then, though, there’s a welcome drop in pace, as a few character-related loose ends are tied up: Henrik and Astrid slowly start to bond (with Astrid, rather touchingly, calling Henrik her father in Danish rather than Swedish, suggesting that she’s starting to revert to seeing him rather than Frank as a paternal figure); Jonas… kind of escaping criticism for the leaks and the homophobia? Well, he was in charge when the case was solved, I suppose; Saga finding proof that her mother did indeed have Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
And, fittingly, it’s Saga who wraps the whole thing up. She visits her prison assailant Elsa, and finds out that the attempt to murder her had been directed by Susanne, who was working with at least one accomplice. Meantime, Henrik is being visited by his NA buddy, Kevin, who turns out to be not so wheelchair-bound after all: as Tommy’s son, he too has reasons to be looking for revenge. He ties up both Henrik and poor Astrid – hell of a week for her – and tells Henrik that he’s going to kill Astrid while Henrik watches. It’s actually a fairly gruelling scene, in part because we know that, at this stage in the game, the writers could very easily start killing people off. But Saga saves the day: Kevin is shot and killed, and Henrik and Astrid both spared.
I have no reason to doubt all concerned when they say that they’re done with The Bridge, but – somewhat to my relief – the ending wasn’t quite as unequivocal as we were promised. (If they really, really wanted to bring it back…) There are three moments of titanic symbolism: Saga kisses Henrik on the lips; she throws her police ID off the Øresund Bridge; she then drives off, and answers a phone call as “Saga Noren” without the usual “Malmo CID”. After wondering how she could identify as anything other than a police officer she has become someone else; someone different. For now, anyway; who’s to say what she will want in the future? Which is where we, in all probability, leave her: it’s as satisfactory, and as hopeful, an ending as we could really hope for. What a show this has been.