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The Killing episode 10 (I'll Let You Know When I Get There) – review

Linden and Holder question Belko

Review by Tim Carson

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

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So the detectives finally solve a case – who beat up Bennet Ahmed. Well, technically Stan Larsen solved it as he handed himself in.

As for the real case Holder and Linden have hit a brick wall in their investigation into the death of Rosie Larsen. With Bennet cleared as the main suspect it’s back to square one and plenty of head-scratching by both them and the audience.

For the detectives it’s time to wonder where Rosie went after she departed from Bennet’s and how she left – now they know it wasn’t rolled up in a carpet. They also start to dig into Stan Larsen’s old mob connections with Holder grilling Stan’s buddy Belko and Linden probing Mitch’s sister Terry. Unsurprisingly, it’s the shifty, strange Belko who provides the most interest. Although, if I was a detective I’d be doing a little more digging into Terry’s background and her whereabouts on the night of Rosie’s murder.

There’s now loads of stuff going in The Killing. Despite the case being stuck at the start of the episode, by the end it’s up and running again in a new direction. It’s exciting – and while The Killing has been gripping and intriguing it’s rarely got exciting. It’s only now you realise that it’s been missing a little bit of excitement where you don’t know what’s happening and you desperately want to find out.

And all the story lines are gathering pace. In the political race, Darren Richmond is able to go on the attack as his belief in Bennet Ahmed’s innocence has now been vindicated. But it was also revealed that he had met Rosie Larson before as there’s video footage of him shaking hands with her – was it a handshake that meant nothing or did it have a more to it? His assistant/lover Gwen is, like us, suddenly suspicious.

Meanwhile, Sarah Linden’s life is falling apart – and it seems not for the first time. Her son Jack is caught smoking and drinking by Regi and Sarah decides enough is enough and drags him off the boat and into a motel. Rick, rather than returning her calls, turns up outside her motel door for a two-minute chat that seems to end their relationship and tell us that Sarah has had mental health problems in the past.

With a taxi driver providing evidence that Rosie returned home after leaving Bennet’s the spotlight brightly on Belko. In a tense and expertly-handled interrogation scene the newly-bonded Holder and Linden extract enticing new evidence out of Belko. He was at the Larsen’s when Rosie returned and heard her on the phone arranging to meet Adela. Where have we heard that name before? Ah ha, it was on the piece of paper in the Quoran – “Adela 11.45”.

And who or what is Adela? Well, I have to say that for Seattle natives these detectives aren’t all that clued up on their own city. Especially, Linden who has to go out running for the epiphany that Adela isn’t a person but one of the city’s ferries. I think she should have know that. However, we’ll let her off as now she’s on the ferry heading to a casino whose logo is the same as the one on Rosie’s keyring.

Now things are getting interesting. A casino is definitely somewhere all the major players could turn up. Let’s just hope their CCTV is working!

So while the plot gathers pace this episode also had some of the wonderful scenes we’ve become used to in The Killing with the Larsen’s grief pervading much of it. Stan is a broken man after beating Bennet and he can barely look at Mitch who in turn seems to be getting more and more distant from him. It’s what makes the show a cut above many of the other crime dramas and why we can’t wait to see how it ends.

The Killing is on Channel 4 on Thursday nights from 9pm.

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