The Killing Review: Sex, Lies, and Email

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Linden and Holder hit the truth jackpot this week, as the charming and soft spoken Darren Richmond had quite the dirty little secret. After all, what would politics be without a little sex scandal? Now it seems we all know exactly what he did.

Or do we?

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Just because Richmond is Orpheus doesn't necessarily make him Rosie's killer. Sure, the ominous shot of his hidden face in the doorway made him look menacing and the creepy questions about drowning were eerily reminiscent of the way in which Rosie died. Is that enough to convict him of a crime?

It would be easy to point the finger again, but let's remember what happened to Bennet Ahmed because of it.

Perhaps instead of a freaky water and drowning fetish, Richmond was simply looking for companionship in an effort to remember his dead wife and talk out his feelings of regret and loss.

Did his wife drown and he simply couldn't imagine the pain and suffering she endured before her death? Was he responsible? Maybe her death occurred due to a kayaking accident. There was a photo of the two kayaking together.

Sometimes, just when you think you know someone, you really know nothing at all.

So, while Richmond's question of guilt lies waiting for the finale, "Beau Soleil" did finally create the big connection between the murder and the political campaign.

This significant reveal, while seemingly inevitable, included a buildup that maintained a gripping tension until the end. It was great to see Linden, Holder, and even Richmond's campaign advisor, Gwen Eaton, all discover Richmond's ties to Beau Soleil and Rosie. Despite the fact that all three characters learned essentially the same fact, each reveal felt equally important and edge-of-your-seat fantastic.

Additionally, with the pickup of case information, last episode's character development and missing Jack storyline weren't abandoned. The personal matters certainly touch a deep nerve with Linden and it seems to be the one area that really breaks her stone concentration. She truly cares deeply for her son and the arrival of her ex didn't change that.

Similarly, Stan illustrates a passion for his family that extends towards a willingness to do anything for them. I'm glad he was able to speak his mind after Mitch met him at the jail. I understand that everyone has their own way of dealing with grief, but enough with the whining and lashing out. It's gotten old and I'm not interested in attending her pity party. If she doesn't get herself together, I can foresee her marriage taken a negative and broken turn.

After 12 episodes, The Killing has maintained its fresh take on the crime drama that departs from the fast paced worlds of shows like CSI. This series has managed to weave together interesting characters and drama while surrounding them with a murder mystery that finds both equally important. Hopefully, the season finale will garner a satisfying conclusion that rings true to thematic and riveting design that calls viewers back for more.

Will next week's season finale actually reveal the true killer? Is it Richmond? Will there be a last minute twist or will it be a straightforward, cut and dry conclusion? Sound off below with your theories, comments, and questions!


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I think this show is one of the best on TV ever. From what I have read, most people think the development of the story and the characters has taken too long, but that is the very thing I have appreciated most about this show. There are so many avenues, so many possibilities, so many life changes for these characters that it cannot be dealt with like Law and Order where you have a crime and the sentence doled out in the same 1 hour slot. I'd like to think that AMC will bring this show back, but it's probably unlikely. It will be disappointing to lose this intriguing and mysterious approach to a TV show.


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I think Richmond's alias, Orpheus, is a clue that he was actually thinking about suicide in order to be reunited with his wife, not to actually kill the escort. He's clearly not over her death and he has no room in his life for another women (i.e. Gwen) Perhaps the conversation with the escort about drowning was really more himself asking the questions of himself.


The Mayor told Gwen he was giving her the pix out of respect for her father, or something along those lines. Maybe her father is the killer. This series is very reminiscent of the way the UK mysteries are done. They make it tough to guess the killer, early on, and I like that. Watching TV AND having to actually think about what you are watching is something that networks are slowly pushing onto the back burner, in favor of crap like Idol.


I have loved all the episodes of The Killing. I do feel that having Richmond be the killer is too easy so I don't feel that he's the one, in spite of those incriminating pictures that Gwen was looking over. I'm a little confused as to what will happen next week. I read that this was initially a 13 episode series similar to Harper's Island. So I thought next week would be the final episode for the whole thing. Now I'm reading that this is the season finale, which suggests there will be a season 2. I would be torn about that because I really want to know who killed Rosie and I don't know that the question could sustain another season. On the other hand, I hate to see it all end. :)


Was a great episode...liked finally getting that link established between Richmond and Rosie! And I was so glad that Stan gave it back to a matter of fact as she was yelling at him I was thinking exactly what he ended up saying, that she pushed him to do what he did. I was not a big fan of last weeks episode, mainly the placement of it, but it did bring Linden and Holder closer together and they seemed to have gelled as partners, which they need to do because I'm sure she is not moving to Napa! Can't wait for next week!


This episode was awesome! I am glad the show kept it's original pace but doing ground-breaking finds on Rosie's case.
I always wondered why on all the episodes, never once, it was mentioned how did Richmond's wife died. Why? I guess we are about to find out.
Can't wait for sunday!


i don't even know if she is trying to just ruin his political campaign or to really frame him for murder!!! i mean the girl is dead and if it was jealousy thing why send the guy you love to prison now that u have him for yourself?


Richmond is not the killer but Gwen is trying to frame him for that as to her Jealousy, i don't think she went that far as killing Rosie... but setting him up for it? no doubt!


I think Gwen Eaton did it, the councilman's aide and lover. She found out somehow (maybe because she has access to his computer at home?) about his carrying on with Beau Solei girls and was jealous or worried the girl was going to tell and ruin the campaign or both.

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The Killing Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Yeah, you're a real role model. You teach her how to shotgun a beer?


This is not your problem anymore. You're fired.