Hans Rosenfeldt, the creator and writer of The Bridge, says that the current third series could be the last.
“It’s hard to say, I actually think three seasons is quite good,” the writer told RadioTimes.com about the crime drama, which stars Sofia Helin as detective Saga Noren.
“I think there are a few shows that have been going on a little too long actually. So three or perhaps four seasons. I don’t think there should be a season nine of The Bridge, I don’t think that’s a good idea. The Killing did three, Borgen did three, Denmark has a history of making successful crime shows in threes.”
The Bridge creator Hans Rosenfeldt
The current third series is now airing on BBC4 and sees Helin’s Saga without Martin Rohde, her partner from the first two series.
Kim Bodnia, the actor who played Martin, decided not to appear in the third series after disagreeing with Rosenfeldt over the direction of his character, who was arrested for murdering his son’s killer at the end of series two.
Bodnia thought he should stay in prison; Rosenfeldt wanted him free. In the end Bodnia pulled out in April 2014, leaving Rosenfeldt to make last-minute rewrites for filming due that autumn.
Much of the plot stayed intact but Saga was given a new partner, Henrik Sabroe, played by Thure Lindhardt.
Rosenfeldt added that he would certainly not make another series of The Bridge if his female lead pulled out.
“We managed to stay alive losing one of our main characters. It would be hard to lose the other one.”