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The Killing episodes 12 (Beau Soleil) and 13 (Orpheus Descending) – review

The Killing

Review by Tim Carson

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

We hope you’ve kept up with The Killing, if not don’t read on as we’ll give stuff away.

So it finally arrived, the episode we’ve all been waiting for the finale of The Killing. The one with all the answers, the one that tied up all the loose threads and revealed who killed Rosie Larsen. Except it didn’t. 

At the end of the feature length episode we were left with as many questions as we had at the start. And we don’t really know who killed Rosie – but I’d bet it wasn’t Darren Richmond. Although he was arrested and then seemingly shot by Belko, the evidence is really all circumstantial and I’m sure there are good explanations for why he was out all night the Friday Rosie was killed.

The fact we still aren’t sure of who killed Rosie or why wasn’t really too much of a disappointment. I may have expected a conclusive resolution and for series two to be a new case but there’s no harm in it still being connected with the Larsen case and looking to explain the leads and new questions raised by the last few minutes of the last episode.

The finale was a fitting and exciting end to the first series. It was better paced than some of the episodes and gathered momentum as Linden and Holder closed in on their suspect. That the suspect turned out to be mayoral candidate Richmond was a surprise but not a huge one.

Holder and Linden worked well together  - a far cry from the start of the series – but followed their own paths to take them to Richmond.

The episode’s stand out performance, however, came from Brent Sexton as Stan – who without saying much emoted a lot as he traced the steps in his life that had lead him to this bitter ending.

The fact they arrested someone for his daughter’s murder no longer seemed to matter as Mitch finally admitted it was all too much for her and left. It was heart-breaking to watch at times.

Where things will lead in series two is an exciting prospect. Will Linden get off the plane? Will Richmond live? Is Tom Drexler involved? Why did Holder fabricate evidence and who for? And who really did kill Rosie Larsen?
I can’t wait to find out.

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