‘The Killing’ – Is Season Two A Huge Disservice To The Fans?

by on May 10, 2012

in Entertainment

The Killing...  Are Fans Being Jilted?   Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman pictured.

In AMC TV’s show, The Killing, the investigation revolves around the police pursuing the killer of Rosie Larson.  The first season’s story was absolutely riveting but it came with a huge price for getting involved.  Fans expected the murder to be solved within the season, and instead, fans were left with a cliffhanger.

This pissed off fans because as a whole, fans were disappointed to be left hanging rather than having the case solved.  This killed the enthusiasm of the fans of the franchise.

In the second season, as usual, the story is pretty riveting…  if you like filler content!

I’m starting to wonder a few things.

In the first season, we tended to focus on a suspect and as soon as we learned that they weren’t involved, the story moved on and left that character behind.  But if that’s the case, there’s one of two things that are happening in this second season of the show.

1:  We’ve stayed focused on Darren Richmond (Billie Campbell) beyond the phase of suspicion.  Does this mean that we’re following his tragic and driven recovery because he or one of his staffers is the actual murderer,


2:  Are viewers are getting jerked around and being fed the human challenge of survival, (Read as: a huge amount of filler material) to deliver a full second season of the show to get to the real killer?

Mireille Enos in 'The Killing'

Mireille Enos

Unlike last season, the story this season just feels like it’s plodding along and filling out time and I’m starting to lose interest.  And now it seriously feels like the show is desperately trying to jump the shark when Detective Linden (Mireille Enos), in the middle of her investigation, made a break for it from Child Services investigators.  Seriously???

Sure, she loves her kid, but to keep him holed up in hotel rooms and hiding out from bad guys with him in the cross-hairs with her seems to be a flaw in that parental love that’s mixed with her obsession to solve the case.

All this while her partner, Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman) is getting the crap beat out of him by the Indians on the casino reservation.  Which again, seems to be an exciting development, but still has us ramping up speed to jump another shark.


With this second season, The Killing’s showrunners have paid a huge disservice to the fans by

A:  Dragging out the story with filler that is getting tedious


B:  By not wrapping up this murder in mid-season and giving us a new case with either new detectives or what not.  How hard could that have been?

Joel Kinnaman in 'The Killing'

Joel Kinnaman

By the fact that I haven’t seen a mid-season wrap up of Rosie Larson’s murders, I feel like the showrunners and the creative gang haven’t been sure where they’re going with the story.

Some franchises, the premise of writing the story from week-to-week, works out.  It’s not doing so well right now.

But this is the perfect moment!  This is a thirteen-episode season and we’re looking at the back half of the season.  But I don’t think that will happen.  What they’ve done is taken a good detective story and slowly turning it into a soap opera based around a few characters.

This show has lost the bite it had on me, despite the fact that the filler episodes are still written pretty well.

Has AMC’s The Killing lost its grip on you?  Let us know what you think.

Kristin Lehman in 'The Killing'

Kristin Lehman

Psst:  In case you didn’t know, the man who plays Holder, Joel Kinnaman, landed the lead-role in the movie remake of RoboCop!  That’s in pre-production right now, with it due out in theaters on August, 2013!

You can find more from star Mireille Enos in the upcoming movie projects, World War Z (Due out in theaters 6/13) and The Gangster Squad (late 2012).

Kristen Lehman has two movies in post-production.  Arthur Newman, Golf Pro and Loft.

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