Is everyone else loving FX’s “A Murder at the End of the World” as much as we are? As fans of “The OA,” we couldn’t wait to see what creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij had been working on since, especially after The OA’s abrupt cancellation. And so far, we are not disappointed.
As the title suggests, the show is a murder mystery revolving around fictional tech billionaire Andy Ronson at his Icelandic hotel where he’s assembled a number of esteemed guests for a summit concerning the role of technology in combatting climate change—ostensibly.
Our hero is Darby Hart, a Gen Z amateur investigator known for her work solving cold murder cases. It’s unclear why she would be invited, but her skills certainly come in handy quickly.
Aside from the tense, thriller moments, and ever-expanding themes and storylines, the show is a visual marvel. The fashion, landscapes, lighting, and cinematography are all fantastic, but the real star of the show for us is the interiors. Ronson’s hotel is a massive, circular, two-story compound in a remote part of Iceland and its interiors are, for lack of a better word, rich. Venetian plaster coats almost every wall that isn’t already decked out with floor-to-ceiling bookcases. The rooms contain a sumptuous mix of modern lighting, nordic quilts, and moody blue plaster. Even the sets outside the hotel, while not as extravagant, are still brimming with character; in a flashback, Darby and her partner check into a rustic time capsule of a highway motel that looks like it could pass for a Bode boutique; Icelandic rock faces naturally cleaved in an angular pattern provide a beautiful, yet vaguely threatening backdrop to some of Darby’s outdoor sleuthing.
We can only share official screenshots with you here, which really only scratch the surface of the depth of visual detail the show offers, so definitely tune in!