Herman Tømmeraas explained in the interview that the team “spent a couple of days making the choreography,” though the scene was ultimately, as Theresa Frostad Eggesbø notes, “just bits and pieces” of the extended and strenuous sequence they’d originally filmed. Eggesbø also pointed out that the dance was a great deal “more elaborate” than the audience can see since everything in the scene is in slow-motion. “Everything that isn’t slo-mo,” she explains, “is actually done ten times faster.” As Tømmeraas puts it, “it was us going bananas for three minutes straight.”
The actors shared that they spent hours shooting the scene — which involved “fifty or sixty extras,” none of whom were informed about what was going to happen — and that the exhausting physical work was made all the more complicated by sound logistics. “There was like, strange rock music,” Eggesbø explains, but it was extremely quiet. “The stereo didn’t work,” she added, “so they had to play it from a little boom speaker.”
The dance did not go unnoticed or unspoken of by fans, who discussed its possible meanings in a variety of threads on the series subreddit. Given how much narrative legwork the scene does in terms of setting up the complex dynamic between Laurits, Saxa, and Fjor, it certainly makes sense to have put an equal amount of physical legwork into the scene. Despite the fact that it was “about three hours of awkwardness” and “a big step out of the comfort zone,” as Tømmeraas said, the actors both agreed that it was all ultimately worth it. Here’s hoping any dance scenes in the rumored Season 3 will be just a little bit easier on the cast.