Pray, Obey, Kill

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Pray, Obey, Kill
Written by
  • Henrik Georgsson
  • Anton Berg
  • Martin Johnson
Directed byHenrik Georgsson
Music by
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Sweden
Original language
  • Swedish
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
  • Anton Berg
  • Martin Johnson
  • Martina Iacobaeus
  • Johan Idering
  • Hanka Kastelicová
  • Hanne Palmquist
  • Antony Root
  • Ruth Reid
  • Tine Grew Pfeiffer
Running time59-61 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseApril 12 (2021-04-12) –
May 10, 2021 (2021-05-10)

Pray, Obey, Kill is a Swedish-American co-produced documentary miniseries revolving around the Knutby murder and the investigation conducted by journalists Anton Berg and Martin Johnson. It consists of 6-episodes and premiered on HBO Europe on April 4, 2021, and in the United States on HBO on April 12, 2021.[1][2]


The series follows Anton Berg and Martin Johnson, who conduct an investigation into the Knutby murder in January 2004, which took place in a pentecostalist church congregation cult, when the wife of a pastor is murdered, and a neighbor across the street is injured. The case gains worldwide attention when the assailant claims she received text messages from God, asking her to commit the crime.


No.TitleDirected byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Where Truth Lies"Henrik GeorgssonApril 12, 2021 (2021-04-12)0.122[3]
2"Dying is Not So Bad"Henrik GeorgssonApril 12, 2021 (2021-04-12)0.122[3]
3"Gates of Hell"Henrik GeorgssonApril 19, 2021 (2021-04-19)0.044[4]
4"Hand of God"Henrik GeorgssonApril 26, 2021 (2021-04-26)N/A
5"Don't Be Afraid to Go Close"Henrik GeorgssonMay 3, 2021 (2021-05-03)N/A
6"The Evil God of Knutby"Henrik GeorgssonMay 10, 2021 (2021-05-10)N/A


In January 2021, it was announced HBO Europe and HBO Documentary Films had co-produced a six-episode documentary series revolving around the Knutby murder with Henrik Georgsson set to direct.[5]


  1. ^ "HBO's Pray, Obey, Kill debuts April 4". Advanced Television. March 15, 2021. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  2. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 5, 2021). "'Pray, Obey, Kill' Trailer: HBO Docuseries Examines a Bizarre Crime in Sweden". Collider. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (April 13, 2021). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.12.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 13, 2021. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 20, 2021). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.19.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 20, 2021. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  5. ^ Petkovic, Vldan (January 18, 2021). "HBO Europe announces limited documentary series Pray, Obey, Kill". Cineuropa. Retrieved April 13, 2021.

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