Last night I watched the series finale of The Killing on Netflix and, while I can’t place the show among my pantheon of greats (Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Sopranos, etc.), it was good. Very good. Definitely worth your time to see.
The Killing had a remarkable goal in mind when it was conceived, an entire series, season after season, about the singular murder of a young girl. A new idea for sure, but when the show was threatened with cancellation while writing the 2nd season, it’s clear they opted to give the investigation an ending in case they couldn’t continue. I’m glad, because even though the story was gripping and the finale was fantastic, it was nice to move on to something new. Seasons 3 and 4 did come and centered around a different set of murders that shared a storyline but provided better variety.
The two detectives, Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman, who’s also the new RoboCop!), are about as oddball as two leads can be. Linden, hard-working on the surface but a complex head-case inside, sees her life spiral out of control through unrelenting determination to solve crimes. Holder, a recovering junkie, tries to find a clean life while still using his experience in the drug scene to his advantage. The two reminded me of The X-File’s Mulder and Scully in demeanor (and name), but the drama remains earthly.
What makes The Killing so fascinating is that the longer investigation thread will put you in the mindset of the investigator as you’ll find yourself examining witness statements and suspect demeanor as if you were on the case. My wife and I were master sleuths…in our pajamas. It was satisfying when we were right, and we’d be delirious when a twist would throw our whole case into question! This experience isn’t possible with single-episode mysteries.
If you don’t want to watch all four seasons, you can easily just go in for the first two. The ending will be as satisfying as it is surprising!