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?

Mitch on The Killing

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 haveĀ 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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If it's both Gwen and Jamie, BIG problem. We have seen them together alone too much. They would talk anout it. They would exchange looks. There is 100% nothing in any of their interactions to telegraph a big secret they are sharing. That would be a major plot fail.


I think Rosie definitely knew the person - i've thought it was Terri or Mitch - but now not sure. I thought at one time the little brother had a part in it. And, also i thought Rosie's high school girlfriend might have had some part in it ... I think part 2 will explode with all the political dealings and another murder but Rosie's actual killer, i think is someone from the family or high school. Or Ames's wife - remember her?


Mitch or Teri?
It has been proven that the relationship with her family was tense. What if Mitch followed her that night . . .upset that she was doing the online stuff, or found out Rosie was leaving. What if Mitch caught her leaving the casino? She is a grieving mother - but she is acting very psycho. Maybe she saw Teri doing something she wasn't suppose to. I've been suspect about her from the start.


My money's still on Richmond. Jamie and Richmond are in cahoot and the "why didn't you tell me" part refers to the fact that Jamie lost his key card and didn't tell Richmond about it...
Richmond actually CAN walk, and it's just all a risky political game to garner the sympathy votes since they know there's no winning over Adams.
Gwen is NOT the accomplice, heck she threatened her father to a great length for that warrant. And Gwen did have a choice to refuse Linden's request.
That's my theory. C'mon, I refuse to believe Jamie is the only villain here. Or it could be Gwen's father, Adams' assistant, or Terry (since she's kinda connected to Ames)


I'm very happy that the Rosie Larsen case is nearing a conclusion. I will not stop being angry at "The Killing" for sending us on so many ridiculous wild goose chases; for wasting so much of our time on Mitch's nonsense; and for being a "procedural" that has no respect for police procedure. Still, if the writers and producers at least wrap up the season (and most likely the series) nicely, that will go a long way toward restoring goodwill. BTW, the show has been telegraphing that the initial beating came from the chief. We've been set up the past couple of weeks to see that she becomes violent when angered. As Linden observed, there had to be passion behind the beating; neither Gwen nor Jamie would have provided that.


Well, I think Linden's musing that they both did it is correct...Rosie caught, the chief, Aames and Jamey meeting, Jamey chased her (have we ever learned that the casino is not really an island but it maybe connected to those woods) and he knocked her out and then was kind of like oh crap what have I done? He for some reason called Gwen, Gwen comes with the campaign car because it isn't hers and Rosie seemed to already be dead to them, they shove her in the trunk and Gwen drives her into the water and they don't realize she is still alive. Jamey has retrieved his car from the casino by then, picks up Gwen and drives her to her car and goes to the gym to create an alibi for himself and realizes his card is gone. Or maybe earlier he realizes this, but assumes it is in the woods. Not really realizing at that point that cards are issued to particular people, Gwen gives him hers because she won't need hers right away (she comes in and leaves with Richmond or someone else) and picks up a copy and then learns that the lists are associated with names. Goes and tells Jamey and Jamey gets it erased.

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@Lindy - It's true. I still feel like we are missing that important piece that will explain who did it and why. Maybe Jamie chased her through the woods but someone else dumped her body? @rachel - Thanks Rachel. All fixed. @ Jesus Harold Christ - I appreciate your candor and am excited to find out who actually killed Rosie on next week's episode!


Sean, your grammar is atrocious. Some
of your sentences don't even have verbs.
How on God's Earth did you ever graduate
from high school? Doesn't say much for
the public education system in this country.
Or maybe any idiot can run a 'blog'.


Ugh - you need to correct your blog. The relation of Jamie's that you referred to was his grandfather - as is obvious, given that he remarks bitterly to Richmond that Richmond won't stop telling "his" story.


I just don't think it is either one of them because what's the point of the last episode if all we're gonna do is follow Jamie around? Too easy. I think there will be a double cross in true noir fashion, a rug pulled out from under us. Of course, in really true noir fashion, the killer should be a woman. But - would a woman chase Rosie through the woods like that?

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