The Bridge (Danish: Broen; Swedish: Bron) is a Scandinavian TV crime series with storylines featuring the Øresund Bridge that links Malmö in Sweden with Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. In the most recent, third season, the iconic Saga Norén was assigned to investigate a series of ritual killings of public figures. While dealing with private difficulties and a murder charge of her own, Saga was assisted by her talented new Danish colleague Henrik Sabroe. Now, set almost two years later, Sofia Helin and Thure Lindhardt are reprising their roles as Saga and Henrik in the heart-stopping final season.
A woman is found brutally murdered on Peberholm, a small artificial island in the Danish part of the Øresund strait, at the base of the bridge. The body is that of Margrethe Thormod, Director General of the Migration Agency in Copenhagen, who was recently embroiled in a deportation scandal. Henrik begins to explore the macabre murder with his Danish colleague, Jonas Mandrup.
Apart from the murder investigation, both Henrik and Saga face personal crises in this fourth series. Henrik is missing his colleague and friend Saga, who is now incarcerated in the women’s prison in Ystad after being convicted of murdering her mother. Henrik visits her as often as he can and desperately wants her assistance with this new case. However, her predicament renders her unable to help. Henrik’s search for his missing daughters is also frustrated by Saga’s imprisonment and he comes close to giving up. But theirs is a special friendship that prevails despite the shadow of past events and survives despite when put to the test.
The overarching theme of the series is identity. The plots themselves raise the practical problems surrounding false passports and identities, but in examining their own identities and those of the offenders and victims they encounter, the main characters invite viewers to ask similar existential questions. Who am I? Who do I want to be? How am I perceived by others? And how do I want to be perceived?