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Sex & Nudity

  • Episode 1 is about kidnapped and sexually abused girls. Pornographic pictures are briefly shown in a book. A man has a disturbing painting of the daughter he is raping. The daughter briefly talks about the abuse.
  • Episode 2 is also partly about a raped girl.

Violence & Gore

  • Each episode revolves around a murder investigation.
  • Most episodes show a dead body and some blood spatter, but not too much gore.
  • One episode in series one shows several people's heads being cut into from behind by an attacker with an axe.
  • Characters are shot, with blood being shown around the wounds and on the victim's clothing and surroundings.
  • Most of the brutal killings are not shown on camera.


  • Mild swear words like "damn" and "hell" are used at times. Occasional use of "shit" and "asshole".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Detective Wallander and others drink wine regularly.
  • Some smoking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Most episodes start with a murder. Some of the scenes leading up to the murders include people being stalked, and this can be fairly scary for young viewers.
  • Series 2 Episode 3 depicts a ghastly corpse impaled on sharpened bamboo reeds.

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