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The Killing Review: "What You Have Left"

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Slow and somber, "What You Have Left" was gently moving and highly intriguing. The episode matched others in its pacing, but the cliffhanger ending was a good change for the show.

Opening with preparations on Rosie's body for the funeral, the episode started with no dialogue to break up the disturbing and depressing images, especially when fake fingernails were applied to her dead and damaged (from trying to claw her way out of the trunk) fingers.

The stark images and silence of these earlier images worked nicely when juxtaposed with the tense and exciting cliffhanger ending.

What Does it All Mean?

Part of what made this episode so successful was the fact that Linden was such a prominent character. She had planned to leave that night (again), but the investigation of Bennet Ahmed stalled her.

This week we saw (again) how great she is at her job when knew Bennet was lying about letting Rosie into his home that night. She continued working slowly, but thoroughly, to get the evidence she needed.

We also found out that the friend she trusts to watch her son is actually a social worker who, along with giving advice about providing a stable home for her son, reveals that Linden almost lost Jack at one point. 

This isn't surprising information given what we know about Linden's dedication to her job, but it's still sad to think about a much younger Jack taking a backseat to his mom's work. It's also easier to understand her fiance's apprehension about her involvement in this case.

This week also made me wonder more about Holder. Who was he talking to in that car? It might a sponsor since he revealed that he seems to be fighting off some pretty strong demons.

But this mysterious man had access to some helpful information about Stan Larsen and his connection to the Kovarsky family. Hopefully, more revelations will be forthcoming.

Speaking of Stan...what is his plan? He seemed possessed by his need to get close to Bennet, and their tense drive together doesn't bode well for Rosie's former teacher.

Obviously, Stan has reformed his ways, but the loss of his daughter has hit him hard and has possibly irreparably damaged his family.

You only have to compare Stan and Mitch fighting over their different recollections of Rosie's cufflink gift to their earlier loving relationship in the first episode to see how badly they have all been hurt.

Even Terry, the reliable parental figure, broke down after the funeral and got drunk and stoned in Rosie's room.  Things might get ugly between these Stan and Bennet.

Richmond's inability to think like a politician makes him the best man for the job; unfortunately, that won't help him win the election. It was frustrating to watch him sink his chances at the debate, mostly because he seemed to be doing it to spite Senator Eaton and Jamie.

This week's tense cliffhanger makes me extremely curious about next week's episode of The Killing. How about you? What did you think?

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what is name of the song at the end?thanx

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It's additively cerebral and tragic. I doubted it's aberrant cable TV format after the first episode, but they prove me wrong each Sunday night. AMC has zero competitors.

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This show is amazing! Such talent involved! The subject matter is grim, but not overdone. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. I feel like I know these parents and you can feel their pain. It is gripping.

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I only recently started watching this series and I have to say it is one of the truest feeling shows I have ever watched. if that makes any sense. It is so engaging and engrossing, you find yourself really wanting to know these people and see what happens next. You almost feel embarrassed to watch Rosie's parent grief. Great show, wonderful cast.