This episode doesn't disappoint, but then I haven't found an episode that didn't leave me analyzing, reflecting and begging for more. I never dreamed that a show involving a single homicide could take such a multitude of diverse paths and story lines while stimulating a viewers intellect and challenging ones' cognitive thinking process. All of this coming from a cable network channel. A sincere thank you & a true entertainment bravo to all involved with writing/production/direction, etc. Linden & Holder's characters have me completely involved in each development and loving every directional twist that continues to arise!
Really good show. This is one of the best TV series ever. I have seen it twice and I got so wrapped up in the show that I could not remember who the real killer was until the very end. So many plot twists and turns. Joe Kinnaman is perfect for the part of Holder. I think he actually ended up taking this show over with his street smart dialogue and quit wit and Linden Merielle Enos (don't hold me to the spelling) did a good job with her role as well. I can't believe she got a chance to do a movie with Brad Pitt...that is a mismatch because Enos is a homely woman, but she sure is comfortable in her role here. When she did anything at all sexual (even a kiss) it made me cringe though. Don't tell her I said that. My gf was worried throughout the entire first two seasons how they were going to stretch the story out that long, but they did it and you hardly noticed how long it took to get to the killer. Season 3 was good too...I would love to see another season of this at some point, but I suppose everyone has moved on.
One of the best crime shows I've ever watched. Just understand that this case lasts two full seasons. I don't mean to spoil the end of season 1 by telling you that the mystery continues into season 2 but as someone who may want to spend their hard earned money on a full season of a show, rightfully expecting to have a beginning, middle and end... you should know that investing in Season 1 means you must invest in Season 2 to watch the full case and see how it ends.
There is a season 3 of The Killing which is of a completely new, unrelated case. That season is all-inclusive and wraps up at the end.
But The Killing is one of the best shot, best acting and best scored shows I've ever seen. I am more than happy for a show to spend time delving into the details of a case and how it effects everyone involved. I was more than happy not to get immediate answers. The fun is in the process getting there. The main characters are instantly likable. Instantly relatable. It's a really phenomenal show and I think any serious viewer would be more than happy to have a single mystery case last 2 seasons.
An amazing show! The main characters have a great on screen chemistry and the storyline is intense. I loved this show and was so disappointed when it was cancelled, but it was wrapped up nicely. The main issue I found with the show was that the mystery was not solved in the first season but carried over into the second season. I recommend this show to anyone who enjoys a good edge of the seat show. The third season goes dark, very dark but still amazing
I'm still watching this series and enjoying it. I watch 1 episode a night. However, it feels at this point the story may been over extended. Too many "experiences" or odd quirky things have happened to the characters. It seems a bit over the top. The writing is decent but cannot support a quality 2nd session. It is starting to become a bit tedious but for the quality acting of the two main characters. I have not finished the second season and will be curious to see if I want to watch season 3. I would compare this to HBO's True Detective but not as compelling. I would say this series took on too many secondary stories lines.
Season 2 continues to keep one on the edge of his/her seat. A smart script, top-notch acting, good editing, and great atmospherics make this continue to be one of the more overlooked gems ever to have been on a TV screen. I found myself comparing it with Breaking Bad and even surpassing it in some ways because The Killing is more plausible. Breaking Bad provided more comic relief, but at least Holder provides a little of that in The Killing. Holder, however, is no Shakespeare-type fool; so the series remains pretty dark, and perpetually under Seattle's cloudy weather.
Although I won't put any overt spoilers into my comments, the reader is warned that you may draw some conclusions from what I have to say that come close to being spoilers; so if you want to watch the series with absolutely no preconceived ideas, you should perhaps stop reading at this point. You will just have to wonder why I only gave Season 2 three stars in spite of the praise I just heaped on it.
FIrst, I have read about the uproar among fans about the twist in the finale of Season 1. Having more-or-less binge-watched Seasons 1 and 2, I have to say that Season 1's cliffhanger wasn't all that frustrating; it doesn't take long for Season 2 to put things back on course. I mention this because I found the finale of Season 2 to be extremely disappointing. It manages to make the rest of the season seem like a fraud--the viewers have been played for fools; and I am not sure I want to trust my emotions with this crew of writers for Seasons 3 and 4. Still, up until episode 26 of this saga (counting both Seasons 1 and 2) this roller coaster of a mystery was thoroughly entertaining, thrilling, and captivating; so how could one be too upset with one "bad" episode? From my standpoint, it retroactively tarnished the whole series up to that point. Some viewers will disagree with me entirely, as some will enjoy being tricked more than I did. Even I will admit that the ending is plausible, and many viewers will feel that life does indeed have its disappointments and that it is entirely appropriate for a series that has all along been so convincingly hard-nosed-realistic, to end with some bitter lessons about human nature.
The beginning of one of the final plot twists occurred at the end of Season 2/episode 12, at which point I took stock of the situation and realized that the writers had basically two options of how to wrap things up. One of those options would have been more or less predictable, and the other far-fetched. I was disappointed that the writers chose to take the far-fetched path. It depends on the viewer's personality as to whether he or she would have preferred the more predictable outcome.
There are some interesting comparisons available on the Internet between The Killing and the Danish series upon which it was modeled. The one that I read in depth made the case that The Killing would have had far more integrity if it had stayed closer to the original series. Were it not for the ending, I would not agree with that assessment. I think that the American version has a richness and appeal than the more straightforward Danish original (based only on the article--I have not seen the Swedish version myself); and as good as Swedish actors can be, I cannot imagine that they could surpass those (not all American) in The Killing; and there are other articles on the Internet that agree with me in preferring the American version.
In the end, I guess I recommend the series; but I am very sorry that the finale reduced my rating to 3 stars from what otherwise would have been 5.