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The Killing 

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A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

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Series cast summary:
Mireille Enos ...  Sarah Linden 44 episodes, 2011-2014
Joel Kinnaman ...  Stephen Holder 44 episodes, 2011-2014
Billy Campbell ...  Darren Richmond 27 episodes, 2011-2014
Liam James ...  Jack Linden 27 episodes, 2011-2014
Michelle Forbes ...  Mitch Larsen 26 episodes, 2011-2012
Brent Sexton ...  Stan Larsen 26 episodes, 2011-2012
Kristin Lehman ...  Gwen Eaton 26 episodes, 2011-2012
Eric Ladin ...  Jamie Wright 26 episodes, 2011-2012
Jamie Anne Allman ...  Terry Marek 26 episodes, 2011-2012
Evan Bird ...  Tom Larsen 22 episodes, 2011-2012
Seth Isaac Johnson ...  Denny Larsen 22 episodes, 2011-2012
Tom Butler ...  Mayor Lesley Adams 19 episodes, 2011-2012
Annie Corley ...  Regi Darnell 18 episodes, 2011-2014
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In Seattle, Det. Sarah Linden is on what is supposed to be her last day on the job. She and her son Jack are supposed to leave that evening to join her fiancé in Sonoma. Her replacement, Det. Stephen Holder, is ready to take over but they answer a call from a patrol car who have found a bloodied sweater in a field. When the missing girl, Rosie Larsen, is found in the trunk of a car at the bottom of a lake it turns out the car is registered to the campaign committee for councilman Darren Richmond, who is running for mayor. Linden delays her departure for what she hopes will be only a few days. Written by garykmcd

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3 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Much of the incidental music in Season 1 and 2 is the same as Forbrydelsen (2007)'s first two seasons. They were both scored by Frans Bak. See more »

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Season 1 and 2 are exceptional. Season 3 lost what was unique
16 August 2013 | by ZubaczSee all my reviews

My rating 9/10, is only for the first 2 seasons and only if you have the whole 26 episodes at your disposal.

The trailers for this show came under the phrase "Who killed Rosie Larsen?" That question drove me to watch the whole first two seasons, even though each episode felt like one more step towards an emotional vortex. I see a lot of reviewers stopped watching before getting to the conclusion of the story. Hence, I believe, the strangely low rating. I can't blame them though. The show is gloomy, filled with characters who are broken, emotional, selfish, corrupted, dirty and arrogant. It rains all the time, each scene makes one shiver from either watching people crouched down in the pouring rain or from the raw unpleasantness of what is happening... usually both. But then there is the victim. The tiny snippets of her life, that the viewers get to see, contrast with the rest of the show like beams of sun from cloudy sky. The sickening feeling, that someone snuffed out that light, is what makes this show so outstanding.

I would not recommend this show for weekly viewing. It is not one to look forward to watching. One should be able to dose it according to personal preference. This show is watched for the closure you expect to happen when the mystery is resolved. When all the suspicions, hints and worries come together to reveal the events of the murder. The closure is delivered, I promise. The finale is one of the most heart-wrenching 10 minutes I remember watching on screen.

Season 3 retains the gloom, the broken, raw characters, that are so difficult to empathize with. The rain, the corruption, the flawed human behavior is still there, however there is no contrast to it. The need for closure is missing, as is the closure itself.

As said, the first two seasons are exceptional - 9/10. Season 3, I cannot recommend - 6/10 for a gloomy, well acted who-done-it.

2014 Edit: Season 4 brought the emotion back. Despite being short it wraps up the series in a masterful way, with a crime we care to solve and deeply engaging characters. 8/10.


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