After turning state’s evidence against a powerful Mafia boss, former gangster Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano trades the mean streets of New York for the icy fjords of Norway, forging a new life among the locals of Lillehammer.
Under the guise of Norwegian-American immigrant Giovanni Henriksen, the relative calm suits him at first. But it’s not long before Frank’s ruthless methods resurface, stirring the suspicions of his next-door neighbour, Chief of Police Laila Hovland (Anne Krigsvoll). He makes friends with brothers Torgeir (Trond Fausa Aurvåg) and Roar Lien (Steinar Sagen) and strikes up a relationship with teacher Sigrid Haugli (Marian Saastad Ottesen), her son Jonas (Mikael Aksnes-Pehrson). Nevertheless, Frank cannot outrun his fate and past catches up with him.
Eight months have passed since Frank’s face-off with mobster hitmen and he is still trying to make a go of his new Norwegian life. His business at the Flamingo bar is taking off but Frank is never too far from trouble. When British thief Duncan Hammer (Paul Kaye) disturbs the peace by driving a stolen Ferrari into town, a series of crimes and misdemeanours leads to Frank return to New York. Here, he must settle the unfinished business hanging over him with the Mafia and former boss, whom he testified against, Aldo Delucci (Thomas Grube).
In the third season, the story is split between Frank in Norway, while Torgeir and Roar enjoy a holiday in Rio de Janeiro that takes an unexpected turn. Frank witnesses an attack only to be shot and critically injured when trying to help and act as the Good Samaritan. Meanwhile, in Rio, Roar falls for a beautiful woman named “Alexandra” who he has travelled to meet after chatting to each other online. As Frank recovers from his trauma, we discover more about his own family life. Torgeir and Roar get unwittingly embroiled in drug smuggling, all in the name of love.
“Johnny’s” back to corrupt the locals, and if you liked last season, there’s no apparent reason not to go along for this ride” – Verne Gay, Newsday
“Lilyhammer splits the difference between lightness and the dark” – Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
“Van Zandt turns in a charming, semi-sweet performance” – Robert Lloyd, LA Times