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Death of a Pilgrim 

En pilgrims död (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama, Thriller | TV Mini-Series (2013)
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A newly put-together police force tries to solve the old mystery of the murder on Swedish minister of state Olof Palme in 1986.




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Series cast summary:
Rolf Lassgård ...  Lars Martin Johansson 4 episodes, 2013
Helena Af Sandeberg ...  Eriksson 4 episodes, 2013
Jonas Karlsson ...  Waltin 4 episodes, 2013
Ellen Jelinek Ellen Jelinek ...  Mattei 4 episodes, 2013
Henrik Norlén ...  Lewin 4 episodes, 2013
Claes Malmberg ...  Bäckström 4 episodes, 2013
Anders Johannisson Anders Johannisson ...  Wijnbladh 4 episodes, 2013
Ulf Friberg ...  Hedberg 3 episodes, 2013
Jacob Ericksson ...  Nilsson 3 episodes, 2013
Johannes Brost ...  Persson 3 episodes, 2013
Kjell Bergqvist ...  Berg 3 episodes, 2013
Lars-Erik Berenett ...  Forselius 3 episodes, 2013
Per Svensson ...  Jarnebring 3 episodes, 2013
Ashley McKinney Taylor Ashley McKinney Taylor ...  Sarah Weissman 3 episodes, 2013
Göran Ragnerstam ...  G:son Henning 3 episodes, 2013
Scott Ackerman Scott Ackerman ...  Krassner 2 episodes, 2013
Johan Hedenberg ...  Berg Jr 2 episodes, 2013
Nigel Whitmey ...  CIA chef 2 episodes, 2013
Lena B. Eriksson Lena B. Eriksson ...  Pia Hedin 2 episodes, 2013
Petra Nielsen ...  Gertrud 2 episodes, 2013
Ia Langhammer ...  LMJs sekreterare 2 episodes, 2013
Christer Fant ...  Söderström 2 episodes, 2013
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A newly put-together police force tries to solve the old mystery of the murder on Swedish minister of state Olof Palme in 1986.

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Did You Know?


According to the credits this is based on Leif G.W. Persson's novel trilogy "Välfärdsstatens fall" (The Fall of the Welfare State), however it's really just based on part 1 and 3. The following mini-series Den fjärde mannen (2014) is based on part 2. See more »


Followed by Den döende detektiven (2018) See more »

User Reviews

An excellent television adaptation of the first novel in ''Fall of the Welfare State'' series.
25 December 2018 | by DimitrisPassas-TapTheLineSee all my reviews

All authors of the infamous Nordic Noir genre owe a lot to the Swedish criminologist and crime fiction writer, Leif G.W. Persson. His trilogy about the -still unsolved- Palme assassination and the subsequent investigation from the Swedish Police is a monumental work which blends perfectly two genres, crime fiction and true crime. Persson provides the reader a fictional account of the Palme investigation, but the story is solidly based on the real, hard facts around the incident that changed Sweden for ever. The story is narrated in two time dimensions: the present, 26 years after the Palme execution, Superintendent Lars Martin Johansson is recruited in order to unoficially reopen the cold case in order to reveal the truth and redeem the Swedish people of an open wound. Johansson assembles a team of efficient police officers who face the impossible task to achieve what the whole of Swedish police force failed to do for a quarter of a century. The past timeline recounts the last months prior to the Palme murder, recording the conspiracies and intrigue that finally led to it. Rolf Lassgard is an experienced and renowned actor and he delivers a solid performance as L. M. Johansson. But Jonas Karlsson steals the spotlight in his role of the sadistic sociopath Klas Waltin who totally lacks any moral compass and will stop at nothing in order to get what he wishes. Furthermore, the dialogue parts are of high quality and offer a lot of memorable quotes to the viewer. The plot is dense, with multiple sub-plots which are always connected to story's arc and the pace of its unfolding is rather fast. ''Death of a Pilgrim'' is a dark and grim tv series, shot in gloomy, grey tones with nearly no sympathetic to the viewer characters but nevertheless, it forces the viewer to watch more due to the high levels of quality in every aspect of the production. It is a chance for the viewers who are not familiar with L. G. W. Persson's novels, in parts during the length of each book, to be introduced to the mind of a contemporary master of the genre. Moreover, if -for any reason- you are specifically interested in the Palme case, this series is a good first step to wardslearning the basics. ''Death of a Pilgrim'' is a must-see for fans of quality crime fiction and true crime.

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