It's only natural for Veeda Sud to stand up for the season finale of The Killing. She did create the series, after all.
However, the showrunner sounds out of touch with the criticism being leveled at a conclusion that did not reveal Rosie's killer, but did randomly turn Holder evil. Check out what she told The Hollywood Reporter this week.
"It's a good feeling to know people are watching and talking about the show. I mean, the last time I felt this personally myself, and saw this type of reaction, was when The Sopranos ended its run. If the show can be in that company, it's a deep compliment."
A couple notes here:
- The Sopranos is not considered an all-time great due to how its finale left viewers in the dark over Tony's fate. Its reputation was built long before that, through tense, unique, gritty, emotional storytelling.
- Sud appears to have fallen into the same trap as countless screenwriters since The Sixth Sense. The goal is not to shock just for shock value; it's not to base an entire film or season on an unexpected reveal. The goal is for that reveal to be a rewarding, logical payoff to a well-planned, well-paced story.
Sud is making one thing clear, at least. To encourage viewers who have vowed to not tune in next year, she says: "I want to let people know and assure fans that they will know who killed Rosie Larsen in Season 2."
What did you think of The Killing season finale?