Young Wallander Season 1 ending explained: Did Wallander catch the killer?

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Did Young Wallander Season 1 wrap things up in a neat bow?

Young Wallander Season 1 was not afraid to be realistic. It’s time to break down the ending to the finale and look at whether a second season is all that necessary.

Throughout the first season, we followed Wallander as he tried to figure out who killed a boy living on his estate. He wanted to protect the person arrested, knowing that person was innocent. But it wasn’t going to be so easy.

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We got a glimpse of the person who ripped the tape off Sven’s mouth, pulling out the pin to the grenade. This was a bit of a red herring, though. The guy was caught after a couple of episodes but claimed that he’d been told to do it. If he didn’t, he’d be deported to his home.

That was pretty much confirmed when the guy was shot and killed when being brought into the police station. Someone didn’t want him talking.

Someone with power was igniting tensions between the asylum seekers and the local racists. Well, that someone was linked to one of the wealthiest families in the area, the Munch family.

It turned out the patriarch of the family had left the entire business to his eldest son. The younger son wasn’t happy with that, so decided to try to make it look like his brother wasn’t worthy of the inheritance. However, the deal was already done. The elder brother had already taken control of the country.

So, the younger brother decided to kill his elder brother. Wallander and his colleagues figured it out but it wasn’t in time to disarm the bomb. The bomb to kill Gustav was in Gustav’s car, and the bomb went off with Hemberg close to it.

Hemberg was killed in the blast, but Gustav was saved. It’s a bittersweet ending.

To make matters worse, there is no arrest in the end. There’s no evidence to hold the younger brother, making it clear that money and influence can make sure you get away with murder.

Kurt Wallander leaves the police

With everything that happened, Wallander decided police work wasn’t for him. He walked away while his colleagues showed their respect to Hemberg.

It’s certainly left some ill feelings, especially from Wallander’s best friend who did survive the attack during the riots.

However, Wallander seems happy with his decision. He ends the season with Mona, the two of them going back to his place. Plus, he managed to put in a good word for one of the kids on the estate to make sure he still had a future.

Will Young Wallander Season 2 happen?

Young Wallander Season 1 wrapped up the case, but not in the way we expected. The murderer literally got away with it, despite us as viewers knowing that it was him. However, it’s going to be case closed. It’s clear that this guy will do whatever it takes to make sure he’s protected.

The only thing now is whether he’ll make another attempt on his brother’s life. That’s certainly possible, making Young Wallander Season 2 necessary.

We know Kurt Wallander will go back into the police force at some point. After all, that’s where he is in the books based later on his life. A second season could be needed to see why that happens.

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Young Wallander Season 1 is available to stream on Netflix.