The BEST Episodes of Wallander

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: SVT

Wallander is a Swedish television series adapted from Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels and starring Krister Henriksson in the title role. It follows Wallander, a troubled detective, who lives and works in Ystad near the southern tip of Sweden.

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The Sad Bird

#1 - The Sad Bird

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 23, 2013

It's almost Christmas and Kurt's memory disease is becoming more serious. He realizes that it will soon be necessary to tell his colleagues and the rest of the world that he's sick, but finds the idea of giving up his job - his only identity - hard to face. In Ystad, there is a brutal kidnapping of a famous restaurateur, Paolo Salino. Kurt takes on the case, but is forced to enlist the help of his colleague Jenny at Malmö police. But she does not live up to all that she pretends to be, and is slow in understanding what Kurt is looking for. When the tracks of the investigation lead straight into the police ranks, the resolution - Kurt's final event as a policeman - turns violent. One final battle that is about Kurt's struggle against his illness and towards justice in a corrupt police force. He is forced to ask himself one last time, why he chose to be a cop.

star 9.00
80 votes
Directors: Lisa Ohlin
The Arsonist

#2 - The Arsonist

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 25, 2013

Kurt has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He doesn't accept the diagnosis, and wants to keep it as secret as possible - but it's becoming increasingly difficult to hide. An arsonist in Skåne has served his sentence and has been released into the wild. But he isn't welcome in his small community, and the kiosk owner won't even sell him cigarettes. That same night the kiosk catches fire, burning the owner inside. The arsonist is again hunted for arson. Kurt is confused and can't keep things together. Martinsson accuses him of lying and finds him increasingly difficult to trust. Later the suspected arsonist is found badly beaten and unconscious. Kurt decides to tell Linda that he is seriously ill and that he needs her help. But will she be there for him, when he's not always been there for her?

star 8.96
85 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell, Peter Lindblom
The Loss

#3 - The Loss

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 30, 2013

Kurt sees a doctor for his memory problems. At the same time, a young woman's body is found at an excavation site in Ystad. It turns out to be the remains of a prostitute from Moldova. The investigation leads to a Russian trafficker who calls himself a fashion photographer who seems to have been cruelly exploting young women. Wallander wants to know more about the girl, so goes to Moldava where he meets her desperate father and twin sister. They tell a different story about Tatiana: that she was happy and sent home large sums of money. Back in Sweden, Kurt has a car accident, leading Mattson to sign him off sick so he'll stay out of the investigation. But Kurt continues to secretly investigate the case, and to face the question of whether it is always right to tell the truth. Meanwhile, Kurt receives a reply from the doctor about his memory problems. He opens the envelope and stares silently at the doctor's words.

star 8.96
80 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell, Malin Lagerlöf
The Sniper

#4 - The Sniper

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 16, 2009

A sniper is Ystad in horror and his victims are persons connected to a jewel heist. Wallander soon understand that there are links to a criminal organization. In a failed attempt to shoot the last two that are linked to each other's coup Wallander's colleague, Pontus into a race to the death. Wallander is now forced to conduct an investigation in which the shooter list has been expanded with a name - Pontus Young.

star 8.58
40 votes
Writers: Stefan Thunberg
The Darkness / The Overdose

#5 - The Darkness / The Overdose

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 12, 2005

A white car is parked by a side road in the beautiful landscape of Scania in southern Sweden. A child sits alone without an adult in sight. The child's father has been reported as missing, while the mother is in a psychiatric institution, unresponsive and apathetic. Kurt Wallander's failing health sees Linda take the lead in the case. It will touch her deeply as she discovers that the child has been unscrupulously tricked, exploited and humiliated.

star 8.55
83 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell, Stephan Apelgren, Ulf Ryberg
The Secret

#6 - The Secret

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 10, 2006

Eleven year old Johannes is found dead in a crevice. The postmortem shows that the boy has been sexually abused and beaten to death. Detectiv Stefan Lindman is a member of the same shooting club as the victims father and they are also friends. Therefore he becomes the one that has to tell the father what has happened to his son (Johannes). When the father finally understands what has happened he demands that Stefan personally gets the one responsible. Stefan is since a previous case being accused for abuse, because the internal investigation Stefan has to go on paid vacation, and he is not allowed to continue his investigation. But because of personal issues he continues the investigation anyway. He has a dark secret, a secret that has the answer to why he came to Ysta in the first place.

star 8.52
48 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell, Stefan Ahnhem, Stefan Thunberg

#7 - Mastermind

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 13, 2005

Kurt and his men tries to find the connection between a horrible murder taken place in Ystad and the kidnapping of the daugher of a memeber of the police force. It also seems someone has infiltrated the police and controls every move the police make.

star 8.51
84 votes
Directors: Jonas Grimås
Writers: Henning Mankell, Jonas Grimås, Petra Revenue, Stefan Ahnhem
The Container Lorry

#8 - The Container Lorry

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 12, 2006

A lorry has been parked outside of Ystad for several days, and when PC Linda Wallander investigates the lorry she finds it full of dead people. The only survivor is a small child. The Dead have no ID's or documentation and the lorry is stolen. The police start a difficult case to try to find the people behind the crime.

star 8.50
44 votes
Writers: Cecilia Börjlind, Henning Mankell, Rolf Börjlind
The Leak

#9 - The Leak

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 18, 2009

Ystad is experiencing a rapid increase in high profile robberies against armored transports Where cars are set on fire, highways are blocked and large sums of money disappears. Isabel and Pontus, the trainee police officers, happens to be in the right place e at the right time and enter into a high speed Car chase that ends with Pontus benefiting hostage. Kurt Wallander and his colleagues pursue all leads, and end up following one to an old friend and previous colleague Sven Adelgren, now working for Seceuro, the company responsible for several of the robbed transports

star 8.47
45 votes
Writers: Stefan Ahnhem
The Betrayal

#10 - The Betrayal

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 24, 2013

Kurt becomes emotionally involved in the case of Amanda, a young girl who comes to the police station to report her mother Julia missing. When Julia's badly burned body is found on the beach near the family villa, Kurt suspect's Amanda's father Erik - the broken family as his motive. But Erik seems to be protecting someone: there's a surveillance film on Julia's computer, and he knows things he doesn't seem keen to disclose. Martinsson is becoming worried about Kurt increasing memory problems - he forgets people's names and where he leaves things. Is he really suitable for such a serious investigation? Linda is not worried, but is she turning a blind eye to the obvious?

star 8.45
91 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell
The Joker / The Forger

#11 - The Joker / The Forger

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 1, 2006

Carina Olsson provides the Malmo police information on drug deals comitted at her restaurant. She does this after being promissed anonymity for the Police. 2 days later Carina is found shot. The execution is witnesed by Carina's 7 year old daughter Cleo. Cleo manages to escape and is in hospital in a state off shock. The murder happens on the ourscirts of Ystad, and is thus asigned to Kurt Walander and his collegaues. With the connections to Malmo the Ystad polie recieves help from Frank Bork (Malmo Police). For PSI Stefan Lindman, who allready displayed signs of mental instability, working with Frank Borkg leads to a round trip to hell. Frank teaches Stefan what it means to stand up for your collegueas, no matter what.

star 8.40
47 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell, Stefan Karlsson, Stefan Thunberg
The Angel of Death

#12 - The Angel of Death

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 20, 2010

A guest playing chorus of young women are successful at the premiere of a rural church outside Ystad. As a member, 18-year-old Miranda Dahno, disappear without trace from the school where the choir live in called the police soon. At first, suggesting that most of Miranda's absence voluntary - but soon found tracks that indicate the contrary. The exciting quest for both victim and perpetrator leads Kurt Wallander, police aspirant Isabell, and their colleagues against several persons who have been standing near Miranda

star 8.35
43 votes
Writers: Pernilla Oljelund
The Tricksters / The Weak Point

#13 - The Tricksters / The Weak Point

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 15, 2006

A horse feeder is found dead, and almost everything proves that he is been kicked by his horse. But the post-mortem shows the opposite, the horse feeder had been hit to death and that is a case for Kurt Wallander. The neighbors confirms that he lived alone, but he had visits from a mysterious woman several times. An amazing thing on the farm shows a hole new side of the horse feeder and somewhere, in the beautiful state of Skåne, there's a dark world that didn't want to see the daylight.

star 8.31
51 votes
Directors: Peter Flinth
Writers: Henning Mankell, Stefan Ahnhem
The Castle Ruins

#14 - The Castle Ruins

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 23, 2006

A old man goes to his bank to cash in 20 million kr, with him is his 3 dogs. The man is found dead a few days later and so is his 3 dogs. The money is no where to be found and the police suspect his neighbour to be the murderer, but nothing is as its seems to be. A few days later the neighbour and his family are also found dead, and Wallander and his colleges have to be sharp to find out who the murderer is. The small town of Soldala is waiting for Wallander to find out why the old man and his 3 dogs and the old mans neighbor and his family must die. And where is the missing 20 mill. Kr is.

star 8.31
49 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell, Stefan Ahnhem
The Priest

#15 - The Priest

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 21, 2009

A parish priest is found shot outside of a hostel in what apears to be a cold blooded execution. Wallander and his colleguaes are searching for clues while the priest, who is believed to be able to identify the perpetrator, is fighting for his life in hospital. The police pursues the crime as a crime of passion after discovering that he has had an extra marital affair. Bur where is the weapon, and which of the betrayed parties has the strongest motive?

star 8.29
41 votes
Writers: Lars Lundström, Stephan Apelgren
The Black King / Bound by Blood

#16 - The Black King / Bound by Blood

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 25, 2006

The Ystad Police finds a boat in Ystad harbour resembling a slaughter house. There is blood everywhere, but no bodies. Soon there after a dead woman’s body floats ashore. One of the clues in the investigation leads to Oskar Ung, an old love of Linda Wallander. Their previous relationship hinders Linda's work with the case, and Kurt demands that she leaves the investigation But that turns out to be easier said than done. Old love never rusts.

star 8.27
48 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell, Niklas Rockström
The African

#17 - The African

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 16, 2005

The national election is approaching, and the Ystad town square is plastered with election posters with local labour party candidate Kenneth Nillson, a politician fighting the fear of immigrants as his electoral focal point. He sees it as his duty to clean Skane's reputation as being racist. At the same time a train rolls into the train station in Gdansk, Poland. On the train the police find a African male with most of his face shoot away. As the man was murdered in Ystad, the starting point of the train journey this becomes a case for Kurt Wallander and the Ystad police. For Kurt Wallander the case takes an unexpected turn as the murder weapon has ties to a childhood friend.

star 8.24
82 votes
Writers: Anna Fredriksson, Lars Lundström, Stephan Apelgren
The Photographer

#18 - The Photographer

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 10, 2006

An American woman is found murdered in Ystad. She has visited an internationally renowned photographer in Ystad, and her husband suspects her of infidelity. Kurt Wallander digs deeper into the woman’s background and her husband, as he believes that there is more to the case than meets the eye. The solution turns out to come from far outside of Sweden.

star 8.22
45 votes
Directors: Jonas Grimås
Writers: Henning Mankell, Jonas Grimås, Ola Saltin
The Brothers

#19 - The Brothers

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 7, 2005

The dead couple Olof and Carolina Wachman are found murdered in their magnificent estate. The investigation finds that she has been tortured and raped in front of her husband before they were both killed. A death that must have been a relief after the torture they both went through. Kurt Wallanders daughter Linda and DI Stefan Lindman now have to show that they are as good a pair of investigators as Kurt Wallander himself. Slowly but surely we see that the murder is about revenge, a revenge that can be traced back 20 years.

star 8.15
151 votes
Directors: Jørn Faurschou
Writers: Henning Mankell, Ola Saltin
The Missing

#20 - The Missing

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 19, 2013

Kurt is back at the police station after his suspension, and now working on the case of a missing 8-year-old girl. All that remains is a piece of candy and her bike. Desperate to find the girl alive, Kurt must work fast. But the parents are involved in a child custody dispute, with the father planning to take the girl with him back to his native Chile.

star 8.06
120 votes
Writers: Henning Mankell
The Cellist

#21 - The Cellist

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 19, 2009

A Russian concerto Cello player is the victim of a bomb attack after a performance in Ystad. The woman turns out to be a lead witness in a murder charge against a member of the Russian mafia, the son of one of their leaders, Leb Munchin. Wallander and his colleagues find themselves in the middle of a war against a powerful international opponent with ruthless methods. But Walalnder suspects that Leb Munchin’s motives aren’t about money and a quick profit, rather they relate to something much deeper. Eventually Walander stands eye to eye with an aged criminal who is ready to fight his last fight with all the means at his disposal.

star 7.96
69 votes
Writers: Lars Lundström, Stephan Apelgren
The Ghost / The Phantom

#22 - The Ghost / The Phantom

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 24, 2010

Arson is suspected when a house burns to the ground following a gas explosion and a man and a woman are found dead. Wallander and the Ystad police investigate and uncover an intricate web of lies, betrayal and secret love affairs.

star 7.96
69 votes
Writers: Pernilla Oljelund
The Village Idiot

#23 - The Village Idiot

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 3, 2005

A man enters the bank with something resembling a bomb around his neck. He demands that money is transferred into an account, or he will blow up the bank. The man is known as the village idiot, and claims that Sitting Bull is his father. No one take the case to seriously until they find that the bomb is real. Is the village idiot acting on his own, or are there more people involved? A long and complicated investigation is started by Kurt Wallander and his colleagues.

star 7.93
266 votes
Directors: Jørn Faurschou
Writers: Henning Mankell, Petra Revenue
The Thief

#24 - The Thief

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 19, 2009

A wave of burglaries sweep through Ystad. A group of neighbours in the affected area decide to take matters into their own hands and start a neighbourhood watch. During one of their night shifts they spot a suspicious man and give him a serious beating. The next day both the man and his car are missing. The Ystad police get contacted by a desperate Polish woman reporting her husband missing. The case is given low priority, but Wallander decides to take a closer look at the case and soon sees a potential solution as the clues lead him to a tghtly knit group of neighbours. The missing man’s body has still not been found, but Wallander finds a series of pictures of a dead woman on the missing man’s phone .....

star 7.89
44 votes
Writers: Lars Lundström
The Troubled Man

#25 - The Troubled Man

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 11, 2013

Now a grandfather, Kurt Wallander works to get closer to his daughter Linda and her family. When a retired Commander, who is also Linda's father-in-law, suddenly disappears, Wallander is drawn into a case that takes him back to the Cold War and the 1976 Stockholm archipelago submarine incident. Wallander is faced with the question: what is most important - the truth or family?

star 7.74
155 votes
Writers: Lars Bill Lundholm, Peter Birro