The finale of the RBB “crime scene” on Sunday evening was reminiscent of “Winnetou”. The Apache chief dies, mortally wounded, in Old Shatterhand’s arms. Commissioner Nina Rubin (Meret Becker in her last mission) is shot by a Russian mafioso after a showdown on BER. Her colleague Robert Karow (Mark Waschke) carries her in his arms across the airfield and desperately calls: “Nina, don’t fall asleep!” In vain.

7.29 million viewers tuned in, that should have been more, but the market share of 25.6 percent was at a very respectable “crime scene” level. With Becker’s farewell, a “crime scene” era at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) that began with “Das Muli” in 2015 comes to an end. It has been known since 2019 that Becker will stop. In the next episode (“The Victim”), Waschke will investigate solo. Corinna Harfouch will be Becker’s successor.

The dpa author Caroline Bock and her colleague Christof Bock looked at how inspectors from the parade crime thriller of the ARD said goodbye. In February, the Dortmund chief inspector Martina Bönisch fell victim to targeted shots in the dramatic finale of a tragic case in the “Tatort” episode “Liebe mich”. Actress Anna Schudt said goodbye to the investigative team from the Ruhr area after a total of 22 missions.

Fans of the ARD Sunday evening thriller recently had to cope with a few farewells. Only Daniel Kossik (Stefan Konarske) was transferred from the four-man Dortmund team, then Nora Dalay (Aylin Tezel) quit the service. In the Rostock “Polizeiruf 110” – also shown in the first – the commissioner Sascha Bukow, played by Charly Hübner, gave up the police job at the beginning of the year. The year before, Maria Simon left the “Police Call” as Olga Lenski – after ten years as an investigator in Brandenburg.

The farewells to the “crime scene” have been more dramatic recently: In the eleventh episode of the Weimar “crime scene”, first broadcast on New Year’s Day 2021, Commissioner Lessing (Christian Ulmen) dies in action – even if his wife and colleague Kira Dorn (Nora Tschirner) initially imagines him still at her side. Nadeshda Krusenstern (Friederike Kempter) was part of the Münster team of Frank Thiel (Axel Prahl) and Karl-Friedrich Boerne (Jan Josef Liefers) for 17 years before she appeared in the WDR production “Das Team” in 2020 – a series with investigators from different locations and without a fixed script – was killed.

The departure of a TV inspector from a crime series has seen many variants on German television. The fatal shooting of ZDF commissioner Erwin Köster (Siegfried Lowitz) in 1986 was a bit of a shock for the audience. Incidentally, the shooter in the thriller was the later James Bond villain Christoph Waltz. ZDF commissioner Lisa Wagner, on the other hand, had a rather strange finale as Winnie Heller in 2021 – she was struck by lightning.