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The Killing Review: Gwen, Jamie and the Usual Suspects

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I'm not sure if it's the anticipation of knowing that we will finally figure out who killed Rosie Larsen that's enhanced my viewing of these final episodes, but I can barely move at the moment. Darn that glue on my seat that resulted from part one of the season finale.

Although, technically, I'm not sure why it can't just be considered the penultimate episode leading into the "real" finale that airs next week, but "Donnie or Marie" pushed viewers towards two possible killers. And, no, the Osmond pair did not special guest star and sing out who the killer was.

Gwen or Jamie? Gwen and Jamie?

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I know that's what the show wants us to think, but I can't help but have this itching feeling at the back of my mind that the final reveal of the night seemed too easy and that there's going to be a rug pulled out from under us for what could be considered another shocking twist.

I've always had my suspicions that the season would wind back up where we began, with the campaign fully immersed in the murder case, as Linden and Holder have continued to work tirelessly to get to the bottom of everything. Coming around full circle, perhaps?

Which, knowing that their leads and realizations of clues (Gwen photo friendly with the casino, Jamie pushing forward Michael Aames' project, Chief Jackson's physical abuse of her employees) has really put the two detectives in a fun place of power. Not only is there a sense that they can see the end in sight, but calmly and giving oh so cool interrogations was enjoyable to watch.

From Linden smiling because she knows they're close to the end, to Holder getting in people's faces and acting snarky with his "bro" and reindeer comments, the two are entertaining. They still have pasts and personal issues, but their teamwork and determination is preparing them for a victory. I hope that if we do get a third season that we spend more time with Linden and Holder solving cases.

The big shocker of the night was finally finding out that Jamie was meeting with Aames and Chief Jackson. It was a huge piece of information, and it's certainly interesting that Richmond discovered a particular tidbit on that subject from the campaign manager's grandfather. Why would he say anything now?

But even with that significant clue, it still doesn't prove that Jamie killed Rosie. And it still begs the question: Why? Why Rosie?

Have we ruled out Gwen because of the most recent facts we've learned? Have we ruled out everyone else entirely?

If anything, the discovery was an exciting one and a great place to leave viewers hanging, chomping at the bit to just know everything.

I kind of hope it was Jamie that did it. I can see plenty of motive behind his actions, but I'd love to have Eric Ladin, who plays Jamie, really expose and open up a character we haven't gotten a ton of chances to view outside of the office. In a way, I wouldn't mind not having another twist and instead really getting inside as to what happened and why, without quickly wrapping it up in the final 10 minutes.

In fact, it was enjoyable having the bounce back between Jamie and Gwen, with their raising potential to be the "true" killer, that for me, while I've suspected Jamie more and more, have still felt wary of jumping to conclusions. There's still a sense of not really having any clue who killed Rosie, which may be extremely obnoxious to some and perfectly riveting to others.

But that noir tone has never changed, The characters have remained true to themselves flaws and all, and the case, while at times long winded, in these last few episodes has felt like its moved somewhere, giving us something to grasp onto and feel as if the answers are within our reach.

Things are coming to a final head and I hope the final showdowns are worthy of the time we will spend on them. I'm hoping for something that solidifies and closes everything with a satisfying payoff, and while I know that those are big shoes to fill (very big shoes. Remember the last Killing finale?) I think that the rain will clear for just a moment to give fans what they want. At least I really want it to.

It's also important to mention that while not nearly as exciting as the case, Mitch coming home and getting told off for leaving was satisfying. The character has just never been one I've been clamoring for more scenes with, but having both Terry and Stan call her out for leaving her family while they sucked it up to keep it all going was great. Mitch tried so hard to defend her soul searching and prove that her love and pain was the only thing that mattered and even more so than anyone else's suffering.

Stan and Terry, bravo for letting her know what I've wanted her to hear for the longest time.

I knew that we wouldn't actually find out who killed Rosie (or did we?), but once again, the episode found a way to utilize its noir-ish tone, rain soaked backdrop and murder mystery to its advantage, delivering an entertaining hour of television that still has me formulating theories in my head. The true question will be whether or not part two of the finale can finish with the same gusto and give viewers the conclusion they've been holding out for.

It will certainly determine if we see The Killing return for a third season or instead hear the sound of remotes changing channels for good.

Do you think it's Jamie? Do you think it's Gwen? Both of them? Someone else? Just don't care at this point? Sound off with your comments, theories, and questions below!

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

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I think Jamie will be the one who forced her into the car and drove the long way around, where she escaped from the gas station. What happened next will be the twist. Since she was in the campaign car, I can't imaging that there can be too many explanations for this. While many people complain about the numerous and "out there" red herrings in the case, I have found them not to be so upsetting, and, ultimately, a logical part of the story. I think that they are going to have a logical reason the car was involved, which really narrows down the suspect list. That said, anyone else think this might tie into Linden's previous case and the drawing the mysteriously appeared on her refrigerator?

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How do the detectives know how many people were at the 10th floor meeting? Just before Jamie gets on the elevator they say "that's two" and then they say "two more". How do they know there were 4 people?

Watchestoomuch

The dog did it.

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I'm still believing that Richmond is involved in some way, even if he only gave an order or unspoken signal to catch (not necessarily kill) Rosie. He had a sinister tone of voice when he talked to his driver and when Jamie appeared at the prearranged meeting place (as he did in season one during his cryptic conversation with Jamie when the latter asked him to let him back in the campaign), and that tone continues in the preview for part two of the finale. "Why didn't you tell me" is way too casual to say to a campaign operative who committed a murder (as is, to a lesser extent, "the Larson girl"), unless, perhaps, you're a mob leader like Don Corleone. And even if Richmond is involved indirectly, he's still responsible. While I still think they're very long shots, Mitch or Terri would not surprise me. Could Terri's shock at finding a picture of Rosie's body in the Larson household be because she was involved in the murder?

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I can't believe all the peolle who complain about not getting the reveal last season. If it keeps the show on the air they can solve it in season 3. I love watching Linden and Holder. I hope they come back and solve other crimes. As to who killed Rosie, I'll wait til Sunday and find out.

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I was a believer it was either Jamie or Michael Aames, now it seems like maybe not just for the fact that is what it seems they want us to think. It has to be someone we'd never think. I know it sounds far fetched but I wonder if it's not Michael Ames' wife, maybe she thought it was Rosie and not Aunt Terri he was seeing. I just hope whoever the killer turns out to be it's not a huge disappointment.

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The only "evidence" collected includes: 1. The keycard
2. The elevator dvd
3. The dvd showing the campaign car in the parking lot With his "evidence" they couldn't prove a thing in court unless someone confesses. So this will end in some lame confession or in violence or both. At this point the killer could still be almost anyone, because she was alive when she left the tenth floor. And really, how a bloody keycard was dropped and forgotten on 10 is beyond all logic. Did someone whip out the keycard and cut Rosie with it? Then drop it? How the hell did they get her out of the casino if she was bloody or unconscious? All we know for sure is that Jamie didn't do it, because these writers want to show us how clever they are and give us a "twist" ending. Show doesn't deserve the good actors attached.

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I hope I am not getting confused with the danish version but during the post mortem of Rosie Larsen,wasn't it revealed that the girl was sexually abused,doesn't that narrow down the suspects?

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Here is my theory: Gwen, Ames and Jackson were meeting and Rosie saw them, but they assume it was Terry...who was sleeping with Ames.... Gwen pursued Rosie, etc. panicked and called jamie...notice how he always looks for a way to spin or fix things? Plus, Gwen's dad said Jackson was one of his major supporters. Gwen tried to bribe Ames as well. Those three are the most connected to each other.

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Re: Richmond, he seems too earnest to be the killer -but - he keeps saying over and over how he's telling the truth and the truth will set you free mantra. The fact that he always says that makes me think he could be lying.

The Killing Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

No late fees on those DVDs, right?

Holder

Now if that's it, "bro," I've got a campaign to resuscitate.

Jamie
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