Wisting is the most expensive series produced in Norway based on police crime. The first season is based on two Jørn Lier Horst novels, The Caveman (2013) and The Hunting Dogs (2012). The show was renewed for the second season in late 2020 which was based on the novel, The Inner Darkness(2019).
The corpse of a man has been discovered, all covered in snow, under the Christmas tree on the farm near Larvik, Norway. William Wisting and the team led by him investigate this case and the fingerprint clues trace the death back to Robert Godwin, an American serial killer who has been on the loose and chased for more than 20 years now. It was believed he has fled to Larvik and kept a low profile disguised as a local resident to hide in plain sight.
As a result, the FBI sends Special Agents Maggie Griffin and John Bantham to assist the Norwegian investigation. But they are required to keep their presence and identities as secret as possible and be careful enough to not alert the killer cause he can flee again then. Wisting’s daughter, Line, on the other hand, is a journalist and writing a report on the death of their next-door neighbor.
By some unwanted circumstances, her case gets linked to the murder investigation and she becomes a prime target for the case as well. Line’s liaison with Bantham allows her to be known to his identity, blowing his cover. Simultaneously the police find out the primary dumping site of the killer and the murder count rises exponentially. The hunt moves over the border into Sweden before Wisting and Griffin finally corner the killer.
Wisting then appears on national television for his investigations but is ambushed by Vidar Haglund’s Lawyer, who was jailed for 17 years and maintained his innocence since his release. The vital DNA evidence at the crime scene he is placed at has been tampered with so Wisting is suspended while the case continues to be carried out. This infuriates Line and she vows to clear her father’s name while she starts to work on a case that is connected to everything else.
Wisting Season 2 Recap
Season 2 was released in February 2022 and is all about the pressure on Wisting to bring back Tom Kerr after he manages to escape from everything and hurts several people in that process.
Wisting Season 3 Release Date
Season 2 and Season 3 were initially supposed to be clubbed together but owing to Covid they have been split which is why both seasons have 4 episodes each. Season 3 is yet to release but is officially happening.
Season 3 will be based on the novel, the Night Man, although no official plot has been revealed much of if we follow the story of the novel it will be revolving around the death of a girl in the local town square and more subsequent murders which soon makes it clear there are links beyond the borders of Norway.
The release date of the third season has not been revealed yet but we can expect news on it very soon and the tentative release date to be towards late 2022.
Especially after the unanswered questions left behind by the ending of Wisting Season 2 fans are eagerly waiting for the third season to hit the screens soon.
Wisting Season 3 Cast
- Sven Nordin as William Wisting, police detective
- Carrie-Anne Moss as Maggie Griffin, FBI Special Agent
- Thea Green Lundberg as Line, Wisting’s daughter, journalist
- Jonas Strand Gravli as Thomas, Wisting’s son
- Kjersti Sandal as Torunn Borg, Wisting’s deputy
- Mads Ousdal as Nils Hammer, police detective
- Mariann Hole as Sissel
- Lars Berge as Benjamin Fjeld, police detective
- Richie Campbell as John Bantham, FBI Special Agent
- Ulrikke Hansen Døvigen as Christine Thiis, police prosecutor
- Irina Eidsvold Tøien as Andrea Vetti, police chief
- Gard B. Eidsvold as Frank Robekk, retired police detective
- Fridtjov Såheim as Philip Henden, lawyer
- Christoffer Staib as Vidar Haglund, hunted murderer
- Lasse Vermeli as Erik, press photographer
- Jon Øigarden as Terje Nordbo, Chief Inspector, Independent Office for Police Conduct
Wisting Season 3 Reception
Wisting was well received by the audience who were intrigued and quite hooked to the police procedural drama. Many fans loved that the storyline mostly stuck to the plot of the book and kept the mystery and adrenaline rush alive. Even though it is a Norwegian series the global audience found it quite a refreshing watch and something they won’t mind reading subtitles for.
The show has an IMDb rating of 7.3/10.