[Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, June 5 episode of AMC’s “The Killing.”]
This week’s Linden-centric episode was light on Rosie and the antics of the Richmond campaign and focused primarily on the detective’s past and her relationships with her son Jack and partner Holder. I’d like to think of this episode as the (still compelling!) lull before the final two episodes of the season.
Before we explored the Strange and Troubled Past of Sarah Linden, we joined the detective as she pursued last week’s lead. She took the same ferry Rosie did on the night she died and arrived at a casino with a logo identical to the one on Rosie’s keychain.
The casino’s manager refused to cooperate with Linden’s request for assistance, so she skirted the casino altogether and instead secured a warrant for the property’s ATM machines in hopes those would yield a clue.
Linden later got word that her 13-year-old son Jack was missing. Her relationship with her son had become increasingly strained due to her long hours spent working on the Larsen investigation. Not only had Jack missed several days of school, Linden also learned that her son had earned a reputation as a troublemaker.
As the detectives searched for Jack, Holder did the best he could to allay Linden's fears and stuck with her as the day wore on with no sign of the boy. He even went so far as to cancel a personal commitment that clearly meant a lot to him.
Linden shot down Holder’s suggestion that Jack was with Regi. Now, there’s been a lot of chatter on the Internet about Linden’s relationship with Regi. Is she Linden’s mother? Her sister, perhaps? A family friend? As it turns out, Regi was actually Linden’s social worker when she was young. I didn’t see that one coming at all. This show is full of surprises, no?
Linden explained that she grew up in foster care and Regi took her under her wing. Holder said that Linden’s unstable childhood explained a lot about her parenting skills and made a lame analogy involving a cat and a litter box. As you’d imagine, that didn’t go over well.
Later, a call came across that a body matching Jack’s description had been found. This show is bringing it in the drama department, don’t you think? In the short period of time from when she arrived at the scene to when she discovered the deceased boy was not hers, Linden charged through an exhausting spectrum of emotions ranging from panic to despair and ultimately to relief. The scene was so powerful I teared up. (What? I’m not made of stone.)
When the detectives arrived back at the motel, Jack was there – perfectly safe and oblivious to the panic he’d caused (your typical teenager, in other words). He confessed to hanging out with his dad, who we have yet to learn much about. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Michael Ames was the father? It’s almost certainly not, but I’m not putting anything past this show. But if it is, you heard it here first.
More than anything, this episode served to move Linden and Holder’s “Odd Couple” storyline forward. There’s a certain comfort you enjoy with a friend after your deepest darkest secrets are laid bare. Since we know all about Holder’s troubled past, Linden’s revelation might have very well taken their professional relationship to another level.
Lest you thought we'd get out of last night’s episode without any developments in the investigation, we were treated to one very important Rosie-related clue. Surveillance video from one of the ATMs revealed that Rosie had been at the casino on the night she died. What do you think she was doing there and who was she with?
We've only got two episodes remaining and it’s time to start thinking about how the season will end. Do you think we’ll see an arrest, or will we be left with a cliffhanger that will have us losing sleep in anticipation of season 2? To the comments, readers!
I am a huge fan, this is one of the best TV shows if not the best I have ever seen. Having said that, and really thinking about who the killer may be, not having an answer at the end of this season would do huge damage to my loyalty. Coming from such a classy, and honest story it would be very unfair.
@ Tracy- The killing is to have the format of a new case each season.
it's refreshing to watch a show that requires the attention of the audience. the slow "real-time" pace adds to the shows authenticity. this kind of show requires you to get to know the characters, so how they feel about themselves and others is is part of the story.
What a disappointment this past Sunday's episode was! They were just wasting time letting us get to know the detectives. Who cares! !
I LOVED this episode. One of the best by far. I didn't mind the Rosie case was left out of the picture, since it was dragging anyways. Taking an episode away from it to focus on the best characters was a good decision in my opinion. Since it only focussed on the two of them, it felt much tighter and focussed than most of the episodes. Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman are INCREDIBLE. I was actually thinking I'd rather the show just focus on them, and be more of a drama instead of a cop show. They're just so good, and compelling to watch.
Not quite a cliffhanger...we might have an arrest of someone associated but the actual killer will elude us until next time...
Wow do I love this series. I have been thinking alot about who could have killed Rosie Larson...Almost every character in the show could have a motive. My current theory is that Rosie and Jack (Sarah's son) are brother and sister. The father is the politician (Darren) and he killed his own daughter because she found out about some unsavory gossip about him.
@Tracy – You will get your wish. This series will be similar to 24 in that each case will be solved in the last episode. At least that is how the original series was shown.
They had hinted earlier that Regi was a social worker ... when she had the discussion with Sarah about almost losing her son the last time she got so caught up in an investigation. The timing wasn't spelled out and it does seem a lot weirder for the two to strike up a close relationship (platonic) from that kind of contact and only a few years ago.
We can only hope that all the characters go missing...........and soon!
I NEED MORE COWBELL, BABY!
If this series were what I secretly wish it were, the end of the season would result in an arrest and conviction of Rosie's killer and season 2 would start with a whole new 'killing' and whodunit – in other words, each season would be a different killing and investigation and pursuit of the killer.
But, alas, it's too much to hope for with two episodes left, so I think it is going to remain as slo-mo as the endless rain which means we'll be treated to some cliff hanger that will have the blogoshere chatting up the possibilities all summer long.
The real question is whether we'll have the patience to sit in on another season.
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