Woman of the Dead Season 1 Review – a revenge thriller hidden-gem on Netflix

By Daniel Hart
Published: January 6, 2023 (Last updated: January 11, 2023)
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This series is definitely worth the watch. It’s a hidden gem on Netflix.

We review the Netflix series Woman of the Dead season 1, which does not contain any major spoilers. 

Netflix are routinely criticized for its release schedule — the weird timeliness of some titles and the zero justifications given as to why. Here, we have a hidden gem titled Woman of the Dead, which should have had way more promotion than it did. Netflix decided to rely on word-of-mouth. 

Woman of the Dead Season 1 Review and Plot Summary

At its heart, Woman of the Dead is an ambitious revenge thriller. The series introduces us to Blum (Anna Maria Mühe), a woman that works at a morgue. It’s been suggested that working with the dead desensitizes you to the idea of a corpse, and that certainly rings true in this tantalizing story.

Tragedy hits Blum’s life when her husband, Mark, is hit at full force by a car while riding out on his motorbike to work. This is a shocking scene that happens at the start of episode 1. Blum sees her husband get wiped out in an instant, and she’s a widow within hours. 

What appears to be a widow’s story turns into a revenge journey when Blum suspects that the hit and run on her husband was not an accident. The lead character goes down a rabbit hole, a town conspiracy that her husband had become suspicious of. 

From here, Blum seeks to bring down the person who killed her husband and anyone else who is involved. 

Woman of the Dead may sound like a generic thriller, but it feels fresh and original. It’s difficult to work out Blum, who dives into her work at the morgue and talks to people of the dead. She has a horizontal way of looking at life, and her emotions appear neutral most of the time. She’s a fascinating character, making the story easy to consume. Her view of the world is soberingly “black and white,” which makes her violent ways to find out the truth feel earnest and well-rewarded in the writing. 

Watching the character of Blum grow in six episodes is a true case study of how life experience and perspective can mold a person. The threat that looms over Blum feels like a conspiracy, but it is Blum’s experience that becomes the cornerstone of the plot. Without her, it could have easily been a stale attempt at a revenge thriller. 

Is Woman of the Dead Season 1 on Netflix good?

This series is definitely worth the watch. It’s a hidden gem on Netflix. More people should be talking about it. As far as International series goes, this is a great start to 2023. 

What do you think of the Netflix series Woman of the Dead Season 1? Comment below. 

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5 thoughts on “Woman of the Dead Season 1 Review – a revenge thriller hidden-gem on Netflix

  • January 7, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    What happened to the boys who raped Blum’s daughter?

  • January 27, 2023 at 2:53 am

    Answer to question above: The boys who raped Gerda ended up being the sickos who as adults kidnapped girls to abuse and kill.

    This was an intense, dark story that was fascinating but very dark. It featured a lead character who was unique and complex. Because of the darkness and darkness, I’m not sure I could handle a second season, to be honest.

  • January 27, 2023 at 2:56 am

    Sorry, the above final sentence should read “because of the darkness and violence “

  • January 28, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    WOMAN OF THE DEAD is an above average German saga about a woman seeking to avenge the murder of her husband.The best part of the series was that it was limited to 6 episodes and therefore there was no time wasting on any frivolous matters.All in all a decent watch!

  • January 29, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    and Oooh the scenery .. Oooh the scenery

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