The successful series “Exit” gets a season three. Much of the action is based on new interviews with people inside the financial community – and Økokrim.
– It turns out to be an environment that never stops delivering, they continue to give and just keep going. It is a cornucopia of antimoral, says director and screenwriter Øystein Karlsen.
Thus, there will at least be a reunion with Henrik (Tobias Santelmann), Jeppe (Jon Øigarden) and Adam (Simon Berger). But what really happened to William (Pål Sverre Hagen)?
NRK confirms that there will be a new season of “Exit” in a press release on Thursday morning.
– In working on the first season, I interviewed eleven people. For the new season, I have talked to even more people who have contacted me. Ordinary people who are or have been investors themselves, children of investors – women who have been married into the environment. Swedes and Danes have also contacted to tell their stories, Karlsen continues.
But after two seasons and a total of 16 episodes with many of the same fictional characters, he must also take that into account.
– They have lived lives behind that we must build on. We are here to entertain and viewers should not want to turn off the TV once they have started watching “Exit”, says Karlsen.
The series is the most watched ordinary drama series on NRK TV. The first season had an average of 2 million viewers and the second season has been watched by just over 1.8 million.
– There is a large drop here and I try not to think about it. If I do, I still have to go for a run. And I who have always really thought of myself as an underdog.
Now he has written a first draft of all the eight episodes and if we are to believe Petter Testmann-Koch, executive producer in the production company Fremantle, he has nothing to fear.
– Øystein Karlsen has written his best script with season 3. But it does not get any happier for that reason. It will be just as dark, wrong, precise and funny as only Øystein can write it, and then he will leave a lovely little spotlight on some dysfunction in our society, says Testmann-Koch.
The recording of the third season is scheduled to start already in the spring. NRK expects to be able to show it in the spring of 2023. In the same press release, drama director at NRK, Ivar Køhn, also confirms that there will be a new season of «Exit».
– The prerequisite has been that series creator Øystein Karlsen
still has stories he thinks should be told. And he has, says Køhn.
Karlsen says that the ideas for the third season come largely from three places.
– I have spent some time at Økokrim. I have also had conversations with the Tax Justice Network about everything from cryptocurrency to how Norwegian wind power earns billions for companies no one knows who owns.
– We do not want to reveal so many details now, but it may not come as a big surprise that not all roads lead to the pearl gate for the boys, says Testmann-Koch.
It is not only in Norwegian TV viewers who are enthusiastic about «Exit». The second season of the series is nominated in the category “Best Returning Drama Series” below The C21 International Drama Awards Thursday evening. And that in competition with series such as “The Crown”, “Line of Duty” and “The Paper House” (“La Casa de Papel”).