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The Waldemar family returns! Season 2 of the decidedly dark Swedish drama Thicker Than Water is now streaming on MHz Choice. Here’s the lowdown…

The beautiful island of Åland, midway between Sweden and Finland, is home to a popular bed and breakfast run by the Waldemar family. Six months have passed since the three Waldemar siblings inherited the B&B from their late mother, and in that time much has changed: Big brother Lasse returned to Stockholm to make a last-ditch attempt at resurrecting his own failed career as a restaurateur, sister Jonna is in London acting in a film project and little brother Oskar seeks comfort in the arms of his mistress, neglecting the B&B while his wife Liv is away on a Nepalese trek trying to find herself. As the traditional Christmas season approaches, the three estranged siblings come together one last time to try and reconcile the past.

As a terrible winter storm bears down on the island, Lasse’s own criminal past catches up with him – and his decision on this fateful night will have terrible ramifications for the entire clan. Meanwhile, Uncle Konrad learns the truth of his brother’s fate and calls his niece and nephews together in a blackmail attempt. Jonna finds herself strangely attracted to Wille Ek, a Finnish contractor she hires to do repairs after the storm, and Lasse grows close to Laura Nord, a local police inspector investigating a mysterious burned-out boat found after the storm – and, later, Konrad’s sudden disappearance. Are the two cases connected? The new season deals with issues of identity and guilt in a dysfunctional family attempting to heal old wounds, all set in the breathtaking winter landscape of Åland. Will the siblings ultimately be forced to take responsibility and make the necessary sacrifices for the sake of their loved ones – and is blood really thicker than water?

Thicker Than Water Season 2 is now available on MHz Choice!

Cast of Characters

Lasse
The oldest son, a rebel who left home early because of constant friction and physical fights with his father, Mauritz. He’s on the brink of bankruptcy after a failing restaurant and shady loans. On returning to the B&B, he not only reunites with Jonna and Oskar but also with Oskar’s wife, Liv – who just happens to be Lasse’s childhood sweetheart!

Oskar
The hard-working and perpetually suspicious Oskar sees himself as the rightful heir to the B&B, having taken care of it all these years with his mother, Anna-Lisa. He resents Lasse for leaving him behind, and is hyper-competitive with him in everything – especially regarding his wife, Liv, who was Lasse’s childhood sweetheart.

Jonna
The strong-willed, free-spirited Jonna fled the B&B at a young age to pursue her acting aspirations. She resents her mother for playing tricks on them from beyond the grave, and for the fact that being stuck at the B&B all summer will rob her of acting opportunities on the mainland.

Anna-Lisa
Hiding her illness from Oskar, Anna-Lisa’s last wish is for her three adult children to reconcile with each other so they can once again be a family. To this end, she issues cryptic invitations home to Lasse and Jonna, keeping her true intentions secret even from Oskar. This is her last good deed, her final testament – but their childhood wounds may be too deep to heal…

Liv
A native Ålander, Liv is the backbone of the bed and breakfast and has always stood by the Waldemars – as Lasse’s girlfriend in her youth, as Anna-Lisa’s trusted friend and now as Oskar’s wife and Cecilia’s mother. But with Anna-Lisa’s passing comes uncertainty as to the future of the B&B – and with Lasse’s return, her feelings for him also resurface.

Kim
Kim hates everything to do with Åland and the B&B, since her father’s return means she won’t see her friends in Stockholm all summer. What a bummer! Kim is so desperate to leave the island that she even contemplates running away to Copenhagen to stay with her mom, but she soon bonds with Oskar and Liv’s daughter, Cecilia – and also with Fredrik, the neighbor’s son!

Cecilia
Teenage Cecilia has lived on the island all her life, and has grown up working in the bed and breakfast. Although mature for her years, she has lived a very sheltered life compared to her cousin Kim and the two quickly become firm friends. Over the course of the summer, Cecilia meets a boy (about time!) and contemplates leaving home – against her father’s wishes.

Konrad
Uncle to the siblings, Konrad descended into deep depression and alcoholism following his brother Mauritz’s disappearance. He never stopped blaming Anna-Lisa for her husband’s fate, and following her death he transferred the blame to Oskar and Lasse. He loves hunting, fishing and his dog – and also forms an unlikely bond with Jonna.

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