The Killing Review: Conspiracy Theories

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More dangling threads were hung out before us on this week's episode of The Killing, as the somber crime drama dropped subtle hints of character backstory while attempting to provide more context for the Rosie Larsen murder and its complex web of connections.

Of course, those intricate links make it difficult for Linden and Holder to figure out who the real suspects are, bouncing around from one potential perp to the next, slowly gathering details before eventually crossing them off the list. Let's just hope that the next one they thoroughly want to set their sights on doesn't end up in the hospital. Bennet Ahmed and Darren Richmond can certainly attest that being a suspect can be hazardous to your health.

Linden Thinks

The swirling questions that surfaced on "Openings" revolved around Jasper Aames' father, Michael. To be honest, I didn't really remember either of their characters until I looked them up and saw that Jasper was one of the first suspects at the start of the show. Oh, that's right. He was the arrogant punk that wanted to get with Rosie. Who knew that daddy dearest might end up playing a bigger role than him?

But was Michael Rosie's father? Was he Rosie's killer?

The latter is still uncertain, but as for the paternity issue, Linden and Holder were pretty much able to determine otherwise. I liked that there was plenty of questioning from these two instead of pointing accusatory fingers without getting all the evidence.

Although it's probably safe to say that Michael isn't the father, the question remains, what was his connection to Rosie? And why was he at the casino the night of her death? Even his connection to Mayor Adams makes him seem more shady. That and he just seems like an arrogant jerk.

Clearly Terry is infatuated with him, but where did that little tryst come from? It felt so left field, even her comments and seeming "crush" on Michael felt drastically different from her character. I know she was a party girl but she became a pretty stable and helping hand. Why all of a sudden does she seem distantly filled with delusions of grandeur?

Please don't turn into Mitch!

Once again, the runaway girl took up most of Mitch's woe-is-me time and the scenes were just hard to bear and take seriously. I know that they are supposed to show that grieving hurt inside and how taking this girl in helps her move forward from Rosie. The only problem is letting her stay in her room and bed when they've known each other for a day is still creepy.  I feel more eww than aww. Telling her to take a shower, taking her clothes, touching her in bed. No, no, and more no. I know she's the mother and she's healing differently than everyone, but the scenes just make me roll my eyes and wait longingly for anything else to happen.

I'm curious as to what is making the emotionless Linden emotionally unravel. There has to be some personal past experience that has her so invested. What did the line "I looked in your file" mean? That mention struck a nerve and I'm eager to see more.

Another line that was a subtle drop that the characters know more about but the audience doesn't was Alexi's quote, "She saved your life." Was there something that Rosie did or discovered that kept Stan from meeting an unwanted fate? Is her death the consequence of this "save?"

It can't be connected to her real father, the for now enigmatic David Rainer, can it? Who is he? Will we meet him? Rosie must have known who he was and I'm sure this mystery man is somehow caught up in the bigger conspiracy.

And to, of course, cap off the episode with even further questioning of what's going on, Linden received a surprise work of art on her fridge. What does that mean? Is it a threat? Is it a clue? Is it a message? Does someone really want to show that they can draw trees really well?

I do enjoy that the show is digging deeper and even the banter of "Aw, snap" Holder with pretty much everyone. There was a humorous moment when Linden told him to roll down the window because of his smoking and he barely put it any lower. That quick darting look with his eyes is just another testament to his mischievous yet charmingly gritty character.

Ultimately, The Killing continues to saunter along at a slow pace, but it's certainly attempting to focus on the healing of each character as Rosie's death did more than just reveal a deeper conspiracy. When it comes down to it, everyone has a few skeletons in their closet.


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I think that Linden snapped and is 'obsessing' because she's really in a psych ward. The whole Rosie story is her unable to let go of "that earlier case" they keep alluding to in "the file." It's all a delusion. She never solved the previous case that sent her off the rails and has been been remanded to a hospital because she can't cope anymore....


Continued from previous post. . . is -- a very unlikely possibility). So, yeah, I think the next murder victim will be someone we already know, and I suspect that plot's already in motion.


@WatchesTooMuch: No, I wasn't thinking along your lines. Having Mitch kill Rosie would be a bit too Twin Peaksish, even though The Killing totally lacks Twin Peaks's supernaturalism. Instead, I hold out the slim possibility that Mitch is trying on her own to find out what happened to her daughter by going places she expected her daughter to frequent . . . or, far more likely but conversely, that maybe Mitch had a past not dissimilar to that held by Rosie and the runaway. A similar horrific background shared by mother and daughter would accentuate The Killing's themes of class disparity, particularly since we know that Mitch has some past connection to Richmond (not to mention the rest of the family's associations). @WatchesTooMuch again: I seem to give The Killing's creative team more benefit of the doubt than most commentators. I really think that all of these plotlines really are going to prove significant in a larger story (should The Killing continue beyond this season, that is -- a very unlikely possibility). So, yeah, I think the next murder victim will be a character we already know, and I believe that plot line is already in motion.


Linden is told that new boss has read her file. Yeah? So? We already knew she had some emotional problems tied to getting too involved in past cases - hence her initial departure to CA from rainville. This show is a hamster wheel, constantly running over material again, and again, and again. The only reason to even mention her file is if NEW info is given. Once again a boring episode where nothing of import happened.


I agree with Holly. We have seen that drawing before. Maybe Mitch is somehow involved with the murder and is running away because of the guilt.


I agree with Alisa. Alexi had Stan in his cross hairs until he met and developed feelings for Rosie. No way he killed her. Mitch I agree is an irresponsible parent who mourns one dead child while she abandons the two that are alive. The character adds nothing to the show other than morbid. She is pathetic and hard to like. You can be sure the David character will surface or they wouldn't have subtly introduced him in the letter. I think the top cops are dirty and now it seems the reservation chick is somehow mingled with them too. I doubt the dirty mayor is involved in the murder but I have my doubts about his assistant. There's more to him than meets the eye. I had the same thought that Jasper's father put him up to take the rap for the text. Aames is such a sleazy dirt bag you want to shower after seeing the show. Doubt it was him because he's too obvious. My head keeps going back to the police brass.

Saad khan

P.S the ending was great but I ant Mayer to be Gone.

Saad khan

I'm watching The Killing Episode#6 and I'm getting frustrated with it... Rosie is dead? and its been 2 years in real and only 19 days on the show. In those 19 days Rosie gets killed, Meyer gets shot, crippled and now back to run for seat. Since he is not the part of Rosie's case why his story matters so much? I have to FORWARD all of his scenes. If the AMC didn't take show seriously I don't think it'll even last for Season-3.
For season 1 finale the excuse was that they are following the original Danish show pattern but then Bill said that the Killer will be different from Danish show. so, I think AMC already going hi on way rather than following the original show. Damn you AMC


@Chip: "I could be wrong, but I still think this Mitch storyline is not just about grief. Her getting close to the runaway has meaning way beyond recovery. We were meant to feel uncomfortable about that closeness, and I think other motivations than woundedness are in play here." Are you saying that Mitch sexually abused Rosie, and that's the missing explanation for why she hated her mother (beyond just being a teenager)? That would also explain why the show has been making us dislike Mitch so much. (I assumed the writers wanted us to sympathize with her but were just too inept to pull it off.) I don't buy it, but it's an interesting thought. @Chip: "And who will be the second murder victim this year? Some of these dangling plotlines certainly are leading to that event." I assumed that the second murder would be unrelated. If not, I would place Terry atop the list of likely victims, with Mitch's friend following next.


Alexi's quote, "She saved your life." means that Alexi WAS going to kill Stan, but he had feelings for Rosie and didn't want to hurt her. Her, as an object of Alexi's affection, is what saved Stan from death. That's how I read it.

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