Well, there you go. ‘The Killing’ is over. Did we find out who Rosie’s killer was? Did we get closure? Nope, just another cliffhanger to entice us to watch next season. I’m not sure I’ll be tuning in.
‘The Killing’ felt like it lost steam halfway through the season and just never recovered. One of my favorite sports writers, Bill Simmons (who is also an avid TV junkie), wrote a scathing recap of the season finale. Did I hate is as much as he did? I don’t think so, but the finale of seemed to lack the luster that the first half of the show built up.
The show seems lost. At first, it wanted to focus deeply on the characters. Then the writers realized that they needed to give us some headway on the case, so there were a few episodes devoted to that. Then we had the Holder and Linden episode, and now this one. It seems a little too disjointed. However, the Holder/Linden episode takes on a bit more significance now. Was Holder using that time to gain Linden’s trust, just so he could screw her in the end? Most likely.
So, we knew that Richmond was the killer. At least that’s what we think. There’s a semi-cliffhanger at the end that may put a damper on that case. But he’s got to have something to do with the murder, or why would he give that pathetically stupid monologue about Orpheus with a straight face – like a Bond villain hiding in the shadows, cackling at his genius plans? That part was extremely silly and made him look very guilty.
Things are still awry at the Larsen household. Mitch has taken off – because that makes so much sense to do when you have two other little kids. Somehow, the cool aunt, who works as a waitress and an escort, has enough money to bail Stan out of jail for attempted murder. Not much seems to be made of Stan’s impending prison sentence, of which he’s got to be serving ten or more years in prison. That’s assuming that Bennett lives. If he dies, Stan goes away for murder. With Mitch gone too, who will take care of their kids?
The detective work in this episode is exciting, but it’s a little strange that the detectives are just now cross-referencing the mileage with the car’s gas usage. Either way, it’s pretty neat how they were able to piece it all together.
Now, about those cliffhangers. Belko is poised to assassinate Richmond, and Holder is in league with a faceless person who provided him with doctored tollbooth photos that show Richmond in the crime vehicle. How does Holder think that no one will find out that he never actually got the photos from the tollbooth? That’s pretty ridiculous. What is Linden going to do now? Jump on the next plane back to Seattle and start up Day 14 unraveling the case she helped build?
I just don’t know if I can stay with this same case for another 13 days. I like some of the characters, but the show’s tone and pacing are starting to weigh on me. How do you make another whole season out of this one case? Obviously, it hasn’t ended, so now we’re going to get days 14-26 in the next season? Sigh.
Other Random Thoughts:
- It would seem to me that if Belko misses or just injures Richmond in his assassination attempt, that would be a major cop-out for the show. But, you know it will happen.
- Where did Mitch go? Is she planning on leaving forever? You have other kids, lady!
- Will I have enough stamina for Season Two of ‘The Killing’? Only time will tell.
- Who is Holder really working for? My guess is Mayor Adams.
- Why did they have to make the most likeable character (Holder) a bad guy?
- The one really endearing scene in this episode was when Stan met up with Bennett’s wife without either knowing who each other was. That was a poignant scene. Too bad it’s really the only one in the episode.