‘The Killing’ Season Finale Gave up Who Killed Rosie Larsen

by on June 18, 2012

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Mireille Enos in 'The Killing' season finale final sceneThe Killing finally did as promised with the second season finale of the series, providing the answers to who killed Rosie Larsen.  Yes, we learned who murdered Rosie Larsen, and it’s about time!  But of course, the “two-hour” finale was spread across two weeks of episodes to attempt to draw in as many folk as possible, but to be honest, well, it was a good ending.  One I did not quite see coming.

As The Killing moved into the second season of its existence, they did so under the ire of the fans, who were expecting a resolution to this murder back in the first season, much like the original 2007 Danish series, Forbrydelsen (or “The Crime”), that this show was based on.  But instead, the studio pulled a bait and switch on us and made the first season finale a cliff hanger.

Or so it seemed.

As the second season of The Killing was progressing along, despite the quality writing of the story, I felt like I was being jerked along just to fill out the season.  But I did ponder out-loud a few weeks back here on the site, asking questions about why this second season is focusing on the political team [Is The Killing A Huge Disservice to the Fans?] so much?

I actually put it out there, wondering if

he or one of his staffers is the actual murderer?

[From here on out, I’m not going to dance around the answers, so there may be spoilers included for the time-shifted viewers out there.]

'The Killing' season 2 finale spoilers

My going theory, coming into the season finale was partially correct.  I was surmising that it was more than one person, but I was also guessing that both Jamie (Eric Ladin) and Gwen (Kristin Lehman) were in on it. Gwen was pretty defensive with the cops, but looking back, I guess for all the right reasons.

Mireille Enos in 'The Killing' season finale - who murdered Rosie?Yet to discover that Jamie started the process was one thing.  But then find out that in her own sad fashion, Rosie’s aunt, Terry Marek (Jamie Anne Allman), was the one who put the car in the lake, just to impress a man (I presume) was shocking!

To see that scene, and to watch Terry hearing the girl in the trunk screaming as it sunk was a powerful scene, to say the least.

Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman in 'The Killing' season finale

But there was so much distraction along the way in season two… but I suspect it was just filler to keep the season afloat.  From what I understand, a lot of the filler was not in the original Danish series.  There were no sub-plots like an Indian casino, mob, prostitution and what not.  It was focused on the murder, the suspects and the horror something like this can do to a circle of family and friends.

Plus I’ve also seen it noted that The Killing did tend to recreate entire sequences from the Danish production, which seems a bit disappointing.

But to be fair to AMC, these extra story details did keep it interesting, giving us more to digest while trying to sort out the killer.  And on the show being two seasons, here’s an interesting aspect to that:  Season 1 of the very popular original series (overseas) had 20 episodes and each episode ran 58 minutes (Without commercials).  The Killing is peppered with American advertising and its first season had 13 episodes that had a run-time of about 44 minutes each once you pull out the commercials.

I liked the closing scenes that wrapped up things.  It was nice to see, even if I didn’t enjoy it.  You don’t get that too often from TV anymore these days.

When Holder (Joel Kinnaman) got the call for the next case, well, that’s life.  They’re done with one task, and on to the next task.  Even if Linden (Mireille Enos) did get out of the car and let him go it alone.  I suspect she’s paid enough personally with this murder case and wants nothing more to do with a different murder case.

What mildly confused or irked me was how the other accomplices to the murder were happily accepted into now Mayor Richmond’s (Billy Campbell) quiet business circle.  Sure… he’s grown up and learned that to win a political scheme, you have to play with some questionable processes, but for that…  “woman” from the casino, to get off scott-free after being so belligerent to the cops burned my goat!

All in all, despite my being irked with the series, the final two hours (episodes) of The Killing paid off handsomely for this viewer and I was not disappointed.

Now if they ever manage a third season, I wonder how they’ll handle it.  In the original, the next season took place a few years after the first season.  It would be interesting to see how they do this, if they even go there again.

But AMC took a hit with the surprise 2nd season and viewers might not be so willing to take a bite the second time around.  What is it they say, burn me once, shame on you.  Burn me twice, shame on me.  We’ll see.

BIG SPOILER FOR Forbrydelsen

In Forbrydelsen, the murderer was the employee of the dad’s business and family friend.  (I just had to know!)

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thedailybeast: how amc’s adaptation of forbrydelsen went wrong

nytimes: comparing the killing to forbrydelsen

itsbloggerintime: who killed nanna birk

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