Annika series 2 ending explained and will there be a series 3 to resolve *that* cliff-hanger moment for DI Annika Strandhed

The Annika series 2 ending delivered plenty of drama as Annika grappled with several personal developments at once…

Annika series 2 ending explained. Seen here are the season 2 cast members
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The Annika series 2 ending brought the hit Alibi drama to a close with a revelation that likely shocked many and which seemingly keeps the door open for another instalment. 

Some fans might have to wait a little longer hoping Annika season 2 will be on BBC at some point but anyone who's been watching it on Alibi is likely still reeling from the finale. Even before the second series started it was clear this was going to be an emotional one for DI Annika Strandhed thanks to her series 1 ending revelation. And we weren’t disappointed as family secrets were revealed and the final case gained a shocking new suspect. 

Here we explain the Annika series 2 ending, including the unexpected cliff-hanger and what we know so far about Annika series 3…

*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

Annika played by Nicola Walker in Annika season 2

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Annika series 2 ending explained 

Just like the Annika ending for series 1 let viewers in on a huge family secret that came out in the second season, the Annika series 2 ending closed with a shocking revelation that’s sure to have severe repercussions for DI Strandhed. Each episode of Annika season 2 followed a different case, as we’ve come to expect from the Alibi drama after season 1. Annika series 2 episode 6 brought the second instalment to a close in typically intriguing style as the Marine Homicide Unit investigated the death of Jackie Drummond. 

Jackie had been a detective herself until retiring a few years earlier and she’d died from smoke inhalation after her boat was set on fire. After a series of investigative avenues were gone down, sadly all to no avail, the Annika series 2 ending delivered an earth-shattering twist for the determined DI. 

The case got seriously personal as it was strongly indicated that Annika’s estranged father Magnus Strandhed could have been the killer. Having arrived in Scotland to visit prior to the season finale, Magnus’ relationship with his detective daughter was shown to not be on the best of terms. This will come as no surprise to those who remember Annika’s pronouncement in series 1 episode 1 that when she was 16 she decided to stay in Scotland whilst her parents returned to Norway.

“I got free of the life they wanted for me,” she said in one of her asides to the camera. “Not everyone’s so lucky.”

Annika in Annika season 2

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We also saw her having an angry exchange in Norwegian with Magnus on the phone after she discovered her daughter Morgan calling him and arranging to visit. So when he came to see her in Annika series 2 after being convinced to come by Morgan, Annika was wary and their reunion wasn’t overly warm. Even so, few fans likely would’ve expected Magnus to be exposed as a major suspect in Jackie’s death in episode 6. 

The case really started with the death of Jackie’s brother in an apparent diving accident and Magnus was seemingly involved in this. His return appears to have been an attempt to make sure his involvement remained undiscovered because Jackie and her daughter were collaborating on a podcast together where she was perhaps prepared to reveal stories she knew. 

Sven Henriksen as Magnus Strandhed and Nicola Walker as DI Annika Strandhed

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As she continued her investigation, Annika’s father held a family dinner and after learning a little bit about her case Magnus announced that he was going to go back to Norway. The detective later found out that Jackie was never satisfied with the verdict on how her brother died. 

She later listened to a recording of Magnus and Jackie talking and the detective’s father could be heard offering to explain before Jackie relented and allowed him inside her barge. Now definitely suspecting that Magnus is involved, Annika turned to the camera and said simply, “Help me”. 

And if viewers thought they’d get a conclusion to the Jackie case there and then they were unfortunately mistaken as the screen faded to black and the credits rolled on the Annika series 2 ending. Though, of course, the Magnus situation wasn’t the only one to be explored in the finale.

Paul McGann as Jake Strathearn, Nicola Walker as DI Annika Strandhed, Sven Henriksen as Magnus Strandhed and Silvie Furneaux as Morgan Strandhed

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In Annika season 2 episode 3 pregnant DC Blair Ferguson went into labour and Morgan Strandhed finally found out that DS Michael McAndrews is her father. This was the cliff-hanger season 1 ended with as Annika confessed to the viewers and during series 2 Michael learned the truth and then, finally, Morgan did. Annika also resumed her romance with Morgan’s former therapist Jack Strathearn and after a little uncertainty it was decided that Jake was moving in with Annika, with Morgan’s blessing.

Will there be an Annika series 3? 

After *that* Magnus revelation in the Annika series 2 ending many of us will be on tenterhooks wanting to know what happens next but unfortunately there’s currently been no word about a possible Annika series 3. That doesn’t mean there won’t be one, though, as the Alibi drama has proved popular and the way the season 2 finale ended left the door wide open for another instalment. 

Ending the series like that only become truly satisfying for fans if there is an Annika series 3. Whilst it’s strongly suspected that Magnus is involved in either Jackie’s death, her brother’s or both, that’s not been 100% proven on screen yet.

Sven Henriksen as Magnus Strandhed

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As of the Annika series 2 ending Magnus is either on his way back to Norway or already there. She would need to fully solve the case, grappling with her own personal feelings about it along the way, and arrest him. It’s possible that Magnus being involved was a red herring but only Annika series 3 could reveal this.

Viewers would also most likely be interested to see more from Annika and Jake after they’ve moved in together and how their relationship is developing, including how Morgan is finding living with them. Her relationship with Michael is something that could also be delved into more in a potential Annika series 3.

Nicola Walker as DI Annika Strandhed, Silvie Furneaux as Morgan Strandhed and Jamie Sives as DS Michael McAndrews

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Given he has daughters and a wife there’s also more of an extended family for Morgan to get to know better. If there is an Annika series 3, though, it could be a while yet before it arrives. The gap between Annika series 1 and 2 airing on Alibi was two years so it’s possible that if the drama is renewed then it might be 2025 before it premieres, if it follows this pattern. 

Until there's official confirmation that there's definitely going to be Annika series 3 fans will just have to re-watch their favourite moments and keep their fingers crossed that Annika series 2 ending cliff-hanger will be taken further.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with seven years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.