AMC has done a great work in finding some exceptional dramas to put into its Sunday night line ups. I’ve been a regular viewer of Breaking Bad for the last 3 seasons and The Walking Dead for the last two seasons. The Killing, an adaptation of the Danish series “Forbrydelsen,” is the latest one to catch my attention, and in a major way.
To be completely honest, I caught the first 5 minutes of The Killing pilot/premiere when it first aired. That was as far as I was able to get before heading to bed. It wasn’t until I heard the chatter online and saw some things in Entertainment Weekly about viewers getting upset at the way Season 1 ended that I came back to check it out again.
Getting caught up on the series
Netflix has the entire first season of the show available for streaming. I sat down on a Saturday evening after the wife and kids were in bed and started watching The Killing from the start. My goal was to quit when I was done with an episode or two so that I could finish the rest later. That plan didn’t work. The way that the stories are constructed follow a pretty common formula that has worked very well for television series. Everyone knows it as the “cliffhanger.” I couldn’t keep myself from going on to the next episode without wondering who had killed Rosie Larsen! That night I went through 8 episodes and finished up the remainders in a few days before AMC kicked off the new season.
What is all the bickering about?
It was reported that the viewership of The Killing was down at the time of the season 2 two-hour premiere. The online chatter and reporting on the show left the impression that a lot of viewers were upset at how the first season was left without a pay-off in telling who killed Rosie Larsen. I can see some of that, but you cannot expect an immediate pay out on a show that is based solely on that premise. If you compare it to Breaking Bad, it would be like Walter White being killed or arrested at the end of the first season. Or the zombies taking over camp and killing everyone in The Walking Dead in the first 6 episodes. These shows are not sitcoms or situation dramas where you just transplant the cast into another similar situation week after week, with the show coming to a resolution each time. I like to look at these shows as mini-series, albeit very long ones!
So, who killed Rosie Larsen? [Spoilers]
The producers of The Killing have said that the killer will be revealed at the end of season 2. The other known comment is that it will not be the same killer as the Danish series. In Forbrydelsen, the killer was the friend of the kids and handyman. He was always present in the series. Not seeing the original series, I think this character may have gotten split up between the weird Belko and Aunt Terry. Well, since Belko bit down on a bullet, he’s out of the picture. I’m not sure anyone can completely rule out Aunt Terry at this point with her connection to the escort service.
This is my best guess as of today. Current speculation has odds on Janek, the Polish Mob boss. I think he’s more than likely a middle level player at this point and covering up for someone else. The scene that really grabbed my attention was when Linden followed her partner’s old boss Gil to a meeting with the mayor’s adviser. There was someone else there taking photos of what was going on. Right now, I’m thinking it was the mayor or someone in his camp that killed Rosie Larson.
My list of who else I would look at include the new Detective Lieutenant, Aunt Terry, Jamie the political aid, and even the senator. Each have their own reasons, but I will not get into that as I could write a whole other post about that.
Do you watch The Killing? Who do you think killed Rosie Larsen?? Leave a comment.