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The Casebook Closes on Wallander

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 9:52am -- WCVE

One of the world’s most remarkable actors brings a stirring detective series to an end as Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn, Henry V, Hamlet) plays his last season as Inspector Kurt Wallander, based on the novels of Henning Mankell. Masterpiece Mystery! charts the final exploits of the brooding Swede in three nail-biting concluding episodes, on Wallander, The Final Season, airing Sundays, May 8 - 22, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. ET on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS.

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Watch Wallander, The Final Season: The White Lioness May 8 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS. Check listings for additional air-times.

From Wallander’s first season on Masterpiece in 2009, the protagonist’s days have always seemed numbered. Dealing with northern Europe’s most violent and deranged criminals, Wallander also battles personal demons and appalling health habits, which led him to be diagnosed with diabetes. Now, as he starts to lose his memory, his greatest fear is that he is succumbing to the same disease that felled his father: Alzheimer’s. Branagh’s portrayal of this terrifying struggle is a heartbreaking performance.

In the Final Season, Wallander keeps burning his candle at both ends, dodging knives, bullets, vicious dogs, homicidal motorcyclists, and a sense that he is losing his focus. Will mishap, medical leave, suspension, or a well-earned retirement be his final exit from this punishing profession? The poignant end game unfolds in these thrilling cases:

“The White Lioness” – Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
In South Africa for a police conference, Wallander gets involved in the hunt for a missing Swedish woman and traces her last appearance to a clandestine shooting range, where someone has been practicing for a crime that will jolt the nation. Alarmingly, the South African sun or something else is leaving Wallander with blackouts and dizzy spells.

“A Lesson in Love” – Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
A woman’s knife-slashed corpse leads Wallander on a chase for the victim’s missing daughter, inciting him to a grievous oversight. In private life, he bonds with Linda’s father-in-law, a retired naval officer, who gets a menacing birthday greeting. Convinced that something is not right with his brain, Wallander sees a doctor.

“The Troubled Man” – Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
His memory is going to pieces and he’s no longer officially on duty, but Wallander draws on all his resources to find Linda’s missing father-in-law, a former top official in the Swedish navy, who is obsessed with a decades-old submarine mystery. Slowly losing his grip on reality, Wallander is desperate to solve this one last case.