Looking Back at ‘The Killing’ Season 1 Finale & Season 2 Bits & Pieces

by on June 21, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

The following article on The Killing will have spoilers interlaced throughout…  if you’ve DVR’d it,  though I cringe saying it, go away!  I don’t want to ruin anything for you.  Then come back and tell me what you folks think!

Mireille Enos in 'The Killing'The finale of The Killing, starring Mireille Enos & Joel Kinnamen came at us with an interesting looking premise.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Will they solve the murder?  And if they did, how do you get another season?  A different, similarly complicated murder?  I was going to be OK with that.

But then I started wondering, how will they draw out a single murder investigation beyond a single season?  Could they?  I was sure it was doable, but I was leaning towards the premise of a wrap-up this season.

Eeeehhhhhh.  I was so wrong with that thought!  LOL.

And let me make note, that with the murder investigation going beyond the season one finale of The Killing, they broke the mold of the original Danish TV series, which did solve the murder at the finale.  But over in Denmark, they had a full season of 20 episodes while AMC only picked up 13 episodes.

Of course the show continued to boggle the mind with one twist after another.  And you would think we would be ready for that!  Every suspect that had good reasons to look guilty seemed to skate the ever-looming eye of the law.

'The Killing' - Joel Kinnaman

'The Killing' - Joel Kinnaman

Then as we watched all the evidence pile up, and the finale was approaching, did everyone out there feel like Darren Richmond (Bill Campbell) was caught, dead to rights?

For a while I had been wondering if it were one of his staff, and apparently, that’s still an option!

But with all the other wonderful dramatic story lines panning out in one way or another, the show has taken the standard, single episode investigation and dug deep into the different characters that make up the intricate web of everyone involved in the scenario.

The Killing is Law & Order on steroids!!!

As the finale came to a close and Detective Linden (Mireille Enos) was finally on that airplane, headed to CA, and to get that call and hear that the bridge cameras were not working, then how the bloody heck did Det Holder (Joel Kinnamen) get a picture?

And with Richmond being arrested, yet another innocent suspect could be getting the bad end of the deal, as we saw the gun being pulled on him as he was being put into a car.

And who in the world was Holder talking to in the car and wow, am I bummed!  I really liked his character and thought he was a really good guy who was just rough around the edges!

Ug, was I wrong?  Or are they mucking with our heads yet one more time?  Well, it seems there may be more to it than meets the eye.  But showrunners aren’t saying if the person in the car is someone we’ve seen before or not.

On the bright side, going back to murders being solved or not, it seems that they will be solving Rosie’s murder in season 2 of The Killing and a new murder will come up, though they’re mum on cast members for next season.

I think the way the finale of The Killing hit us, for me at least, it hit it out of the park.  Perfectly annoying as they tease us yet one more time headed into the break between seasons.  I love it when I hate a show.  That means they’ve done a great job.  And to be honest, the slow, methodical story with solid script writing will win out with me every time.

Oh, in case you can’t figure it out, Bruce recommends it!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce E. Simmons (BruSimm) August 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

Hey Sharon…

The show only showed us with Holder making that phone call saying it was done. Not sure what that’s about. Yet.

The showrunners realized they made a mistake by not solving the murder in season 1, and have promised to solve it next season. I don’t remember if it will take the entire season, or be a faster resolution with a new murder.

On the rain, it’s filmed in Seattle… and it does rain in Seattle A LOT!

Sharon Norris August 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

I thought it was supposed to be solved, and that the finale was saying that Holder was the killer. But since I didn’t recall anything explaining motive, I was left frustrated, and had no intention of watching 2nd season! I’m glad I ran into this review and now understand that my conclusion was wrong.
But is anyone else so tired of constant rain in a series?

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