Love and Anarchy Ending: Everything you should know
‘Love and Anarchy’, Netflix’s 2020 Swedish-language sizzling and raucous workplace romantic-comedy series, borrows her name from a novel that the main character, Sophie Ridman (Ida Angvol), wrote when she was younger and yet Cosmic rats did not participate in the race.
She is now a high-achieving consultant, wife, and mother of two children. When she feels that those days of worrying about her prose and grammar are behind her, she sets to work restructuring an old publishing house. The reactions of those around her amateur-writing past serve as metaphors for her relationship with Sophie.
Her husband, Johann (Johannes Khunke), is kind and dismissive. Her father, Lars Fergerscham (Lars Warringer), is intelligent and encouraging. As Max (Björn Mosten), he just wants to know more. Some of the supporting characters may seem stereotypical at first, but they have enough nuances to surprise us.
Love and Anarchy: A Quick Recap
The series opens on the first day of Sophie at the publishing house, Lund & Lagerstad. She makes it clear to staff during her meeting that she is not there to set fire to it but to ensure that the publication undergoes a digital shift.
This is when she meets Max, a very small IT expert who arrives late in the meeting, is irritable and sprinkles her soft drink on litterateur Frederick Georgestad (Raine Brynolfsson). This is quite enough to leave an impression, and it does. Initially, she is aroused by him and even yells at him when his drilling proves to be too much of a distraction.
Sophie has a mild addiction to porn, a result of work pressure, and is far from married. Max caught her masturbating in her office and took a photo. Later, he tells her that he will remove her if she takes him out for lunch. Quietly, he agrees. In a fast-food restaurant, Max easily gives her a call. She deletes the photo but does not call back.
Instead, she challenges him to do something blasphemous at the workplace. After Max does this, she gives him her phone back, along with her favorite red lipstick. This is where their game begins. Whoever has lipstick, dares the other to do something bold and risqué.
If they act, the lipstick replaces the hands, and another person can now dare the first. As the series progresses, the challenges become more macabre. Meanwhile, they begin to develop genuine feelings for each other.
Love and Anarchy End
The show has many plot points, but showrunner Lisa Langseth (‘Hotell’) and her writers give almost all of them, albeit temporary, ends satisfactorily. One of the themes prevalent in ‘Love & Anarchy’ is the constant struggle against a rapidly changing world. The publishing house wants to remain relevant and is doing everything possible to survive.
This is somewhat hampered by Sophie’s boss, Ronnie (Björn Kjellman), who is so passive and non-confrontational that he keeps pushing what his duties on others are supposed to be. This eventually becomes quite disastrous in the season finale.
With Sophie absent and choosing to stay home, Frederick and PR executive Dennis Konar (Gizem Erdogan) are forced to present to the executives representing the streaming service that purchased Lund & Lagerstad.
Obviously, this is not okay. And when Sophie appears in a bathrobe and feels relieved and happy for the first time in years, this is not enough to save the deal. Frederick is pleased, however, as he firmly believes that the deal would have replaced Lund & Lagerstadt beyond recognition.
When it seems that the future is quite bleak for the publishing house, Frederick finally reads the manuscript of the young writer who leaves him with one employee or another and immediately realizes his incredible potential.
Whom did Sofie Married?
She possibly married Johan because she is completely opposite to her father. But since then, her personality is dying a slow death as she has to fulfill all her desires. Meeting Max, his game, and ultimately rejuvenated him and brought back a sense of self-worth. Sophie allows herself to give every inch that Johan demands of her until she realizes she has nothing more to give.
He agrees to leave her father and his job, moving to London with her. During a bath with another couple, she realizes the extent of her intended encroachment and eventually rebellion. She leaves the bath, puts on a bathrobe, and goes straight to the office. Ritu asks Max, “So what happens now?” She replies, “Well, I don’t know.”
There is positive uncertainty as to what Langseth wants for his hero from the beginning. Sophie’s story is now open to a multitude of possibilities. She can continue to work at Lund & Legerstad and also begin dating Max formally. Or, she can do something completely different. This is a turning point in his life. Free from her husband’s oppressive and witty presence, the rest of her life is ahead of O.