'Deadwind' Season 2 Ending Explained: Why did Carl Sten target Kerttu? And what exactly happened to Jimi Aho?
Sofia's doubts surrounding Routa not being the only killer are confirmed when she is kidnapped by the vengeful mother who ends up killing herself
Spoilers for 'Deadwind' Season 2
After seven and a half episodes of swirling in the series of murders that take over detective Sofia Karppi's (Pihla Viitali) life in Season 2 of 'Deadwind', the mystery behind the killer is finally out. For the longest time the audience is led to believe that Jimi Aho's (Mitro Partti) grieving biological mother Routa (Minna Haapkylä) is targeting people who covered up his murder onboard the ship called Meelika. That includes acting Mayor Sara Tulisuo (Leena Pöysti), who uses her contacts with big shots to get Sofia's boss and mentor Tapio Koskimäki (Raimo Grönberg) and a local physician to sign Jimi's death certificate. Things however don't add up when Koskimäki's daughter Kerttu (Satu Tuuli Karhu) also ends up being murdered, and it is revealed that the guy whose murder was covered up wasn't Jimi to begin with. In the end, it is revealed that Koskimäki's boss Carl Sent (Pertti Sveholm) murdered her; but why? And what exactly happened to Jimi? Worry not, answers are right here.
Sofia's doubts surrounding Routa not being the only killer are confirmed when she is kidnapped by the vengeful mother who ends up killing herself. But before Routa shoots herself, she takes time to tell Sofia that she never murdered Koskimäki or Kerttu; the others, yes, but not them. Towards the end of Season 2 we see Sofia and her partner Sakari Nurmi (Lauri Tilkanen) decipher from Kerttu's drawings in therapy that she was most likely kidnapped. They discovered that alongside Routa targeting those who covered up what she thought was Jimi's murder, there's another villain in their vicinity targeting young drug dealers looking to make money.
After a bunch of twists and leads to no avail, Karppi deduces she might find answers from her new boss Kulju (Matti Onnismaa), appointed by Sent in the wake of Koskimaki's death. Arriving at Kulju's abandoned home leads her to the revelation that the hand from Kerttu's drawing was actually Sent's. She identifies him through a ring that she sees him sporting on a photo at Kulju's house.
Meanwhile, Nurmi had gone to visit Sent but ended up discovering a tarp-covered car with Kulju's body in its trunk, and soon as he spots the body, Sent darts him with fentanyl. When Nurmi comes to his senses, he finds himself tied with iron chains and Sent overlooking his sprawled body on the floor. Soon things fall into place when Nurmi confronts Sent about catching Kerttu long back in Estonia for selling weed, soon after which he kidnapped her with the aim to kill her, but she managed to escape. This botched kidnapping spurred many other murders from Sent as the thrill and excitement to follow through with the original plan had to be satiated. Unfortunately, Kerttu comes to visit Koskimäki at work and recognizes Sent from the ring on his finger that she had been sketching in therapy. Sent too finds out for the first time that the girl who escaped was his subordinate's daughter but he can't risk her telling on him; so he sends Koskimäki to the mayor's party and ambushes Kerttu to murder in her father's absence. Koskimäki returned home, and was just at the wrong place at the wrong time — leading to Sent killing him as well.
Sent's plan was simple; he was going to frame Kulju for the death of the many drug dealers he had drugged and strangled to death on his own self proclaimed venture to cleanse the society. His plan fails when Sofia arrives right in time to stop him from suffocating Nurmi underwater and he is eventually incarcerated. Still, Sent claims Jimi was never one of his victims — something that sends Sofia right back to the Meelika to interrogate his coworker who she had tipped her off in the past.
Confronting the coworker, Sofia learns that Jimi was a drug dealer after all and was terrified the other dealers on the ship would kill him if he failed to earn them the due revenue. So he stayed hidden in the ship's cargo and was let out by the coworker to go into hiding secretly, never to be seen again. The second season ends with Jimi meeting his adopted father Jukka (Kristo Salminen) in some remote cliff along the sea and with that wholesome reunion everything comes to an end, implying he was safe after all.
'Deadwind' Season 2 is now available for streaming on Netflix.