The Danish crime series released on Netflix has received rave reviews so far.
The Chestnut Man is a psychological drama based on the debut novel of Søren Sveistrup who penned The Killing, reports The Daily Mail. The Netflix series' description reads: At a grisly murder scene sits a figurine made of chestnuts. From this creepy clue, two detectives hunt a killer linked to a politician's missing child. The 6-part series follows detectives Naia Thulin (Danica Curcic) and Mark Hess (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) as they look for a twisted serial killer who brutally amputates and murders young, negligent mothers and leaves handmade dolls made of chestnuts at each crime scene.
The show has won a lot of praise among critics and fans with some even calling the show 'one of the best series this year'. Danish writer Søren explained that he was inspired by the "creepy" song children sing when they make chestnut dolls as part of an annual tradition in Denmark. "One Autumn day a few years ago I came to pick up my youngest in kindergarten and I saw the kids assembling chestnut men while they were singing a children's song: 'Chestnut man, do come in, Chestnut man, do come in," said Søren. "To me, the invitation sounded creepy even though the context was so innocent. Or maybe exactly because the context was innocent. Anyway, I decided to follow my anxieties and use the small doll as a signature on a scene of crime."
So will the show be getting a second season?
The gruesome serial killer story in the first season has a complex plot with a lot of red herrings. We love that it has a strong female protagonist so hopefully, we'll get to see that in the next season as well.
Since the first season's cast was truly solved the second season might have a whole new investigation to look into. It's also likely that a new season might explore the nascent romance between Thulin and Hess, which was all but confirmed in season 1.
Recommend the 6 part Scandinavian series The Chestnut Man. A serial killer is doing, well serial killer stuff, and the police are on the case. Suspenseful, thrilling and pretty gruesome in places and worth the watch.— Si (@Quint22Si) November 20, 2021
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Although it's still not confirmed, if the second season were to happen the cast is likely to be shuffled. Also with a new investigation, comes new suspects and new faces. But the cops who were in the first season might likely be the central force in future plotlines as well. Danica Curcic and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard are most likely to return, we think.
The show's first season premiered on September 29. Based on the production cycle, a new season might come out sometime in late 2022, or perhaps even early 2023. But first, we'll need to wait for a green signal from Netflix if the show is going to be renewed. For all crime series fans, we hope it's soon!