Character of the week: Sarah Lund


Sarah Lund is perhaps the most iconic characters to ever come out of Nordic television. Not only is she prominent in her work as a detective but also as a woman willing to risk anything. Lund is portrayed by acclaimed Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl in the renowned Danish series The Killing. The show has received universal praise and has even spawned an American remake starring Mireille Enos.

The saga starts off as Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Lund is preparing to withdraw from the Copenhagen Police Force and transfer to Sweden to be with her fiancé. That soon changes though after the discovery of a raped and murdered body of a nineteen-year-old girl.

It is clear from the get go that Sarah Lund is a woman committed to her work and will go by any means necessary to get the results she needs; even if that means pushing those she holds closest away from her. Lund is divorced and, at the expense of her work, has a son who has grown up living with his father. Despite being a detailed and rigorous detective, she continues to jeopardise the relationships around her; some even resulting in death.

Sarah Lund is not only a television icon but also a fashion icon. Noted for those infamous Faroe Island jumpers, Lund is not one who cares much about her looks and is, at times, seen wearing the same clothes a few days in a row and continuously eating on the run.

Over the course of the three seasons of The Killing, Lund continues to obsess over her job and the welfare of Copenhagen; which is undeniably courageous but her personal life suffers in the process. She soon attempts to rebuild the relationship with her son which has remained strained. Lund soon loses everything worthy in her life but her fearless determination proves her a powerful and admirable figure of Nordic television. Sarah Lund is a beacon for working women and yes she has her flaws but doesn’t everyone?

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