The packed final episode of the series clears up the loose ends, provides the verdict and tells us what happened once and for all.
This Quicksand Episode 6 recap for the episode titled “The Witnesses” contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Straight to it then: the prosecutor introduces us to a series of witnesses. First up is Labbe, Sebastian’s best friend.
Sensible Teacher is drawing the school year to a close and wishes his students well. As Maja makes her way out of the classroom, she discovers Sebastian who is buzzing and inviting everyone to party at his place that night.
As the party gets started Sebastian is high as a kite and busy engineering an orgy with some of the party guests. Frustrated, Maja takes some pills from Dennis the dealer. The pills clearly mess with Maja and she is really out of it.
Back to court, and Labbe is telling the court how Maja was a bad influence on Sebastian, how when she was around Sebastian was extra crazy. He also tells the court that Amanda was only at the school at all because of the meeting there about Maja.
Our next witness is Mimmi, Amanda’s mother. She recounts emotionally how she was informed about the death of her daughter. Mimmi describes how close the two girls were, that was until Maja isolated herself from everyone with Sebastian. We also learn that the meeting that was taking place at the school that fateful morning had come about because Amanda and Samir had gone to their teacher and raised their concerns. Court is adjourned, and Maja returns to her cell for the weekend.
The next witness is the mysterious witness who was in the room at the time and was hurt in the shooting. You’ve probably guessed who it is by now, it’s Samir! Samir makes his way to his seat with the use of crutches and is the only surviving witness who is in the classroom at the time.
He tells us about the party the night before. Him, Labbe, and Amanda had planned to intervene at the party but when they got there they discovered that Maja was out of it on drugs too. They show a video clip of the party that shows Maja looking the worse for wear. The footage was sent to Claes by Samir.
Claes turns up at the party angry and demanding to have Samir’s phone. He then finds Sebastian and beats him up in front of everyone. It is after the party that Maja sends Sebastian those incriminating text messages.
Samir proceeds to give an account of what happened that morning. Sebastian shot Dennis, Christer, and Samir. He describes that he heard Sebastian command Maja to shoot and then tells the court that he saw her deliberately shoot Amanda before she shot Sebastian.
After a short recess, the defense opens its questioning. The defense attorney pokes several holes in Samir’s testimony in a gripping scene where he demonstrates that Samir could not have seen what he claims to have seen. Maybe there is hope for Maja yet.
Flashback to the morning of the incident. Maja makes her way downstairs; her family asks her to join them for breakfast before she gets a call from a frantic Sebastian. Despite her father’s protests, she goes to him and they make their way to school for the meeting.
At last, we see for ourselves what happened. Sebastian hands Maja a holdall which she takes, they make their way through the corridor and she puts the bag in her locker. They enter the classroom and Maja shuts the door as Sebastian shoots Dennis, Christer, and Samir.
Cut back to the courtroom and the prosecution is making their closing statement, it’s a good one and the prosecutor requests the maximum sentence. Time for the defense to make their case. He states that the media created a guilty verdict with their coverage and claims that the prosecution has overstated big parts of their case and all that they have is a compromised witness. It’s the best we have seen from the lawyer so far, and just in time.
Everyone waits nervously for the verdict.
The judge ramps up before revealing that Maja has been found… Not Guilty!
Hugs and tears all around.
Final flashback. We are in the classroom and Sebastian has shot Dennis, Christer, and Samir, she fumbles and shoots Amanda by mistake and kills Sebastian, just as she said she did.
The final episode of Quicksand gives us a satisfying ending, clears up the loose ends and keeps us guessing until the end. The best episode of the series.
Andy joined the Ready Steady Cut team in October 2018. A Graduate of Exeter University, he writes mainly about films and TV.