The North Water (2021): S01E05 – To Live Is To Suffer


The North Water is a BBC Two five-part television series, based on Ian McGuire’s novel of the same name.

The series premiered on AMC+ on 15 July 2021.


The priest takes care of Sumner, explaining that he has spent many months as a missionary to the Inuit, attempting to convert them. The Inuit hunters nearby believe that Sumner has special powers after finding him “reborn” from the polar bear, and he joins them on a seal hunt. Afterwards, they gift him with a knife and necklace both adorned with a sculpt of a bear. Five months later, Sumner returns to Hull and meets with Baxter, who pays his wages and suggests he go to London. Sumner is determined to bring Drax to justice but Baxter dissuades him; the financier meets with Drax in his attic and schemes to have Sumner killed. Baxter’s henchman Stevens is sent to bring Sumner to a warehouse where Drax will murder him, and on Baxter’s instructions Stevens will kill Drax to eliminate loose ends. When Sumner is brought, a drunk Drax accidentally kills Stevens but discovers Baxter was double-crossing him. Sumner and Drax fight, culminating in Sumner fatally stabbing Drax in the jugular with his knife. Visiting Baxter, Sumner robs him and, to ensure he is not apprehended by the authorities, Sumner shoots Baxter. One year later in Berlin, Sumner visits a zoo and watches an emaciated polar bear in a cage.

The North Water Series

You can find a full index and overview of The North Water here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 12 August 2021.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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