The New Year’s Day episode of Beck on C More marked the end of an era as Gunvald Larsson bowed out of the series. Mikael Persbrandt has marked the occasion with a special post on his Facebook page to thank his fans for their continued support:
“Thank you all for your incredible beautiful response to my role as Gunvald Larsson in the Beck series. In 1996 we did the first movies in the series and since then I have spent over 1000 days or 24000 hours preparing or shooting Beck. It’s been a joy spending this time with Gunvald but we all need to move on in life. Leaving the Beck series is a way for me to move on to new challenges. Thanks again. Mikael.”
Norwegian Kristofer Hivju, better known for his role in Game of Thrones as Tormund Giantsbane, is to replace Mikael Persbrandt in Beck. Hivju’s character is called Steinar and is described as a “modern, empathetic representative for Oslo police”. This is in stark contrast to Gunvald, who was somewhat lacking in interpersonal skills and whose forthright approach to police work led to many confrontations.
The remaining three new Beck films premiere on C More in February, March and April 2016.