When we just thought we couldn’t get enough of crime dramas, Netflix drops yet another title into our must-watch catalogs. And this time, it is the Swedish thriller ‘Quicksand’. This fast-paced series, that first premiered on Netflix on April 5, 2019, definitely is a gripping watch from start to finish.
‘Quicksand’ is an adaptation of the 2016 novel of the same name written by Malin Persson Giolito. This best-seller book was also the recipient of the 2016 Best Swedish Crime Novel Award and the 2017 Glass Key award. As per Kirkus Reviews, “Giolito gives us the unsettling monologue of a teenage girl as she works her way through her role in murder. It is a splendid work of fiction.”
Camilla Ahlgren is the writer of the show, while Per-Olav Sørensen and Lisa Farzaneh serve as directors. Pontus Edgren and Martina Håkansson are the executive producers, while Fatima Varhos and Frida Asp are credited as producers.
Quicksand Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Quicksand’ comprises some of the brightest and most promising names from Sweden’s entertainment world.
Hannah Ardéhn stars as the protagonist Maja. If you are familiar with Scandinavian TV, then you might already recognize Ardéhn from her appearances is ‘Nio med JO’, ‘Dubbelliv’, ’30 Degrees in February’, and the short film ‘Lidingöligan’ — winner of the Short Story Film Award.
Felix Sandman enacts the role of Sebastian. He is a Swedish singer, songwriter and actor, best-known for his movie ‘We Are The Best’. Other actors in recurring roles include William Spetz, David Dencik, Reuben Sallmander, Anna Björk, Christopher Wollter, Evin Ahmad, Maria Sundbom, Rebecka Hemse, Helena af Sandberg, Shanti Roney, and Ella Rappich.
Quicksand Plot: What is it about?
When we say ‘Scandinavia’, four things strike our minds — its surreal and breathtaking landscapes, its brutal Viking history, Norwegian black metal, and exceptionally well-written crime dramas. And now, of course, we will take up the last element here. Remember Bordertown, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Bridge? These are just some of the specimens from seasoned Scandi crime storytellers. Therefore, we can’t help, but expect something similar from this latest Netflix Original as well.
So, what is this story all about? There’s a mass shooting at a prep school in one of the wealthiest suburbs of Stockholm. Next enters Maja Norberg, a young, 18-year-old girl, who seems calm, composed, and in short, nothing like a murderess. But yet, she is pulled into the midst of this chaos and is charged for her involvement in the massacre and the murder of her boyfriend and best friend. After her arrest, she spends nine months in prison, waiting for her trial. Now, as the trial unfolds, the prime question that arises is, is she responsible? How come this popular, privileged, A-grade student became the prime accused in a gruesome massacre?
Now, as you can already predict, nothing is as it seems like. When the proceedings begin, we are taken via flashbacks back to Maja’s past, where we witness her relationship with a guy from a dysfunctional family, who also holds a murky secret of his own. Even her friends ask her what she sees in him and yet she sticks by his side. Maybe, just maybe, these strange revelations are some of the reasons for whatever happened during that shooting and drove Maja to commit this crime. In a nutshell, all we can say is, ‘Quicksand’ comes with a mix of dirty truths, deception, and dark backgrounds, offering an ending we would surely never expect.
Some viewers have also compared the plot with ‘The Sinner’. If you have watched it, you will know that even here, a good, sweet, and simple mother abruptly murders a man while vacationing with her family on the beach. But as the plot unfolds, so does many complicated bits of the mystery. And finally, we see a befitting end to her trial. Again, Quicksand’s plot involves a high-school tragedy, which also makes it similar to ‘Elite’. So if you love both these series, then this is yet another title to look forward to.
Quicksand Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
All the episodes of the first season of ‘Quicksand’ premiered on Netflix on April 5, 2019. The decision to renew Quicksand will most likely depend on the audience’s reaction to season 1. And we are hoping that it will be positive.
Ahlgren already provides a conclusion to the story in his novel. But since this drama is its adaptation, season 2 might, most probably pick up a different story-line. There has been no official statement from the developers about a season 2 yet. An announcement for ‘Quicksand’ was made by Netflix in 2017, with the series premiering in 2019. Therefore, noting the timeline, if there is a next installment, it will feature a completely separate plot and should release somewhere toward the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021.
Netflix has done some wonderful jobs in its previous adaptations of novels. Worthwhile to mention here are shows and films like ‘You’ and ‘Birdbox’. Hence, we are pretty excited that there is also now a Nordic crime drama in its repository.
Here’s the trailer of Season 1 of the show to give you a better idea on what the show is all about.
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