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The Killing Review: Don't Turn Back

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Wow. Where did that come from?

Season two got off to a great start, digging deeper into the conspiracy and driving the characters forward in the two hour premiere event. Yet as the season has progressed, the momentum has seemed to be slowing down and while the episodes were certainly decent, a lot of it felt like more of the same. Rain, sadness, grief, more rain.

Which, as much as I or anyone jokes about the weather of Seattle, provides the perfect additive for the dark and continuously dreary tone of the show. Except even with all of the questions surrounding characters' haunted pasts and struggles in the present, there was a lack of something at stake. Tension felt absent and the case seemed to be hitting a brick wall, even if more clues were popping up.

"Keylela" struck with such a dramatic force that it reinvigorated what made the series compelling in the first place. Suspense soaked the hour and believable emotions rang high. This was an episode that made me care and pushed along fantastic scenes where I wanted to see what would happen next.

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It was truly a pleasure watching both Linden and Holder work as detectives, trying to solve their way through the mystery, and not just having a new potential perp appear for them to interrogate. While Linden's hunch lead her to the Indian burial ground and the ominous warning from Nicole, the head of the casino, it was Holder's tricks and maneuvering that proved both entertaining and useful to the investigation. He not only got a lead on where Rosie's backpack came from, but learned of a mysterious in the process of being renovated tenth floor of the casino.

Honestly, though, Joel Kinnaman cracks me up with all of his The Killing quotes and sharp remarks. He's definitely a conflicted individual, but his personality shines through so you want to watch him on screen. He's a character worth following.

Mireille Enos brought Linden to another level, too, trying to desperately to hold onto solving the case and take care of her son. I truly felt for her as she sat powerless with the police officers questing her parenting. Even trying to comfort Jack in the car was a tough scene to watch as she tried to wrestle with running from the police and feeling the emotional strain of the pain she's causing. Life is not working out well for her.

And while I enjoyed watching the detectives take up a good portion of the screen time, it was nice knowing they are on to something. I really don't know what it is. They don't know what it is. But it was the mere fact that they were crossing into a territory that threatened both their careers and their lives that raised the stakes.

Having Holder suffer the beat down consequences while Linden listened on the phone? He's a cop! You can't just do that. The ominous dark setting mixed with his desire to crack jokes while getting pounded was the perfect way to end the episode. It wasn't a cliffhanger, really, but it established a real danger in digging into the case. It had me gripped.

Sure, the pacing was great and the focus riveting, but the actors were really on their game. To be honest, I usually find the scenes with Stan Larsen and even the campaign more hit or miss. Not the case this go around.

Richmond and Stan speaking together struck a great emotional chord and I felt for both sides. Billy Campbell has managed to take the consistently smiling and driven Richmond to a more broken level that is filled with a quietness. Richmond may be returning to the campaign, but his accident has left him a changed man. Campbell's brought a deeper vulnerability and the line "Make them care" was spoken with such sincerity and conviction that he certainly made me care.

Brent Sexton who plays Stan, turned around my thoughts on the grieving father. Not only was I pleased he didn't fall for the campaign ploy without a signed document, but I forgot that he was playing a character. From his quiet moments, his outburst on Terry, and his heartfelt speech on TV, Stan captured the effects of losing a child. He was willing to give everything he had, his mere $12,000, for simple help.

This is the type of episode I want to watch. I was gripped with both the case and the outside characters in a way that I haven't normally. Drama, stakes, tension, and character encompassed the whole chilling hour giving me something to care about and something worth watching.

Grab your umbrellas. It's time you head back out into The Killing.

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Why??? It was such a good series. Cast and story was great. Big mistake taking it off the air. tooooo bad

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I really like this show. But the one thing that bugs me (other shows do this too) is all the scenes are so dark. I know they do it for dramatic effect but it sometimes goes too extreme. No one ever turns on a light and the casino had almost no lights on. Come on!

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Oh noooo! Please don't kill Holder!

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Not to sound rude, but people need to remember the whole point of a mystery show is to keep people guessing. What fun would it be to watch it with obvious clues. What fun would be if everyone was able to figure out who the killer was by mid season? They throw some things out there that we will see were relevant by the end of the season and they throw things out there that turn out to be nothing. The point of the show is to keep you guessing so obviously there has got to be some red herrings to evoke confusion...to make viewers really pay attention to the details no matter how small. Lastly, there a lot of comments bashing the show but just the fact that people took time out of their day to write comments means there is something about the show that has pulled some form of emotion out of you, that made you continue to think about the episode after it goes off...to get people to talk about it and debate theories, which is precisely what a "who done it" show is supposed to do. We are being told a story. I dont know too many people who would read a book and go from the first chapter directly to the last chapter. There is a whole lot of story in between the first and last chapter of a book. The show is about midway through the season, so we still have a lot of story to be told and in the upcoming weeks, more dots will begin to be connected. We know eventually we will find out who killed Rosie, so dont focus on that part, at this point it could be anybody...just chillax and enjoy watching the story unfold.

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Stan is angry at Terry. Firts, he realizes she is a prostitute (not a great influence to his kids and a shameful profession to a conservative man). Besides, he discovers Terry unwilling might have influenced Rose to turn herself into a prostitute, to follow her aunt`s steps to make easy money. Finally this professional choice might have killed Rose.

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They are really going to have to explain why Rosie would be taking pictures, of all places in the whole world, in an Indian Casino on an upper closed floor, or why the cops would even think this. At this point we know this is a dead end since it is so early in the season. A very absurd dead end. I wish someone would explain the scene with Stan and Terry. That was just plain bizarre. Terry has helped Stan tremendously- she is taking care of his kids. He kissed her a few episodes ago. Them he hears some lame weird weak association between her and the Rosie case and he throws her out? Stan has done worse things than Terry has! That was just so unbelievable that it ruined the show for me. What did she do wrong that a guy like Stan who has done murder, beatings, etc, cannot forgive? What exactly did it have to do with Rosie's death anyway? Nothing substantial. Can someone please explain.

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It could be Rosie found out what was happening on that 10th floor. It could be that Nicole and the others are doing illegal things on the 10th floor that they don't want the cops to know about. They probably pay the police department to stay away, so feel they have a right to rough up any cops that are curious about that floor. So if Rosie found out, and took some pictures on that floor, they may have tracked her down and killed her. But it was one person who killed her, and this group who beat up Holder seem to stick together, so would Nicole kill Rosie on her own? It's possible!

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This season has officially now lost its way. It was so good up until now. The heavy handedness of the Casino operators is just too unbelievable to be true. Threaten and beat policemen to get them off your trail? No, that is preposterous. Even Indian casinos cannot do that without being arrested. But they won't be arrested, adding to further unbelievability. And this is just the middle of the season so this cannot even be the resolution to the murder so just another diversion. So Rosie went to an Indian casino, of all places, to photograph butterflies and witnessed dirty dealings, Or is Rosie a casino prostitute, an Internet prostitute, or a plain prostitute? Or a politician's girlfriend? Or a married man's girlfriend? Or a bad student or a good student? Her father isn't her real father? She hates her parents or loves her parents? Or is she an innocent butterfly photographer? Or was she photographing butterflies as a cover? Was she an undercover prostitute? I wish someone would explain the scene with Stan and Terry. That was just plain bizarre. Terry has helped Stan tremendously- she is taking care of his kids. He kissed her a few episodes ago. Them he hears some lame weird weak association between her and the Rosie case and he throws her out? Stan has done worse things than Terry has! That was just so unbelievable that it ruined the show for me. What did she do wrong that a guy like Stan who has done murder, beatings, etc, cannot forgive? What exactly did it have to do with Rosie's death anyway? Nothing substantial. Can someone please explain.

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the show is gonna have a third season in denmark, not about rosie larsen anymore - see Wikipedia - Forbrydelsen.

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Linden's partner was killed in the original series, but it was a different carachter, not that involved in Linden's life. the story is changed in some point, who's died here was alive there, i hope this is the case too..

The Killing Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

You can't put a price on wisdom.

Holder

Laugh it up Linden, my dojo's a sanctuary of light.

Holder