Dan Anderssen: The worst thing is that the killer’s in your own home.
Governor Odegard: We cannot let fear take hold
This exchange took place at the very beginning of this week’s episode of Fortitude. One of the things Stephen Moffat knew when he was writing individual episodes of Doctor Who during Russel T. Davies’ tenure as showrunner is that the scariest things aren’t the aliens out there, but angel statues that move when you’re not looking, or shadows. That’s the problem with whatever’s happening to the town of Fortitude right now. An eleven year old boy killed a grown man, and a woman killed her own mother; at this stage there is no rational explanation for these events, and that’s when fear takes hold. It’s okay to say that you cannot let fear take hold in a private conversation between the Sheriff and the Governor, but you need to find a way to communicate to the people that everything’s going to be okay.