The Killing (2011–2014)
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Orpheus Descending 

The police learn that Rosie was a prostitute and was somehow connected to Jamie and Richmond. Richmond drops out of the race. Meanwhile, Stan and Mitch face another horrible death.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Holder
Stan Larsen
Belko Royce
Terry Marek
Regi Darnell (credit only)
Mayor Lesley Adams
Lt. Michael Oakes
Rosie Larsen
Bev Royce (as Patti Allen)


Having identified Orpheus, Detectives Linden and Holder now have to get solid evidence in order to make an arrest. A re-examination of the car reveals an anomaly in the mileage leading the detectives to try and trace the killer's route. It leads them to a site near where Rosie was found. When they get evidence the killer was in the area in the early morning hours on the day of Rosie's death, they make an arrest. All is not as it seems however. Written by garykmcd

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19 June 2011 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Written by Richard File and Wendy Fowler
Performed by 'We Fell to Earth'
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My Favorite Episode of Season One
23 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

'The Killing' season one ends with 'Orpheus Descending', the thirteenth and final episode of season one. This episode was very interesting, intense, and suspenseful. Through the whole thing, there is very much trauma building up that kept me on the edge of my seat.

It even started out interesting. With the episode before this one ending in a cliffhanger, this episode fills it in, but in a weird way. This is explained quickly, though. As it goes on, they have to do different things of which they did have to do in past episodes, but I always found that aspect of the situations interesting. This one was about as good as it had been in past episodes, though. It wasn't anything special. Then, the episode took a different turn that started to make it more interesting. The turn turned from something they had done in past situations into something new. It also started to show the detective's emotions, which seemed strange, and it didn't last that long. It wasn't written into the episode story line well.

As the episode went on, different things started happening that affected the detectives' work, which put them in a situation. In that situation, it became intense, and I really went for the detectives to be able to do this. It starts to get big and I knew that this episode was going to be a big one, and it became a big one. Something very unexpected happens, which did work very well, but I really didn't expect it. Next, there was a big turn that I loved. The episode was almost over, so it worked well.

At the end of the episode there is a big twist that puts characters in very bad situations and worked nearly perfectly for the episode. I was a very good even for the finale. There was intensity in this part, and it doesn't seem like there should have been. After that, there is an even bigger twist that brings massive intensity and suspension. It leaves the end of season one with a huge cliffhanger that just made me want to watch the next episode. When a T.V. show is able to do that, then props to that T.V. show. The whole ending of this episode wasn't even suspenseful, but it still brought huge intensity.

This was a great episode and great ending to season one. The reason it didn't get an excellent is because it had a few very small problems and I didn't think it was as good as other things I've rating 10/10 - excellent. Anyway, my 9/10 rating means that 'Orpheus Descends', episode thirteen of season one of 'The Killing' is great. I highly recommend watching the first season of 'The Killing' and especially recommend this episode.

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