'Killing' producer: We never said there'd be closure
June 21st, 2011
03:06 PM ET

'Killing' producer: We never said there'd be closure

Whether you loved “The Killing’s” finale or hated it, quite a few of you tuned in to Sunday’s episode.

The AMC show pulled in 2.3 million with the first season ender, a “solid” turnout, as the Hollywood Reporter put it. It’s up from the penultimate episode, which was viewed by 1.8 million, but still not quite as large as the season’s premiere, watched by 2.72 million.

Judging by the strong reaction to the loose ends left untied, it’ll be interesting to see how many will return for season 2. Some of you have coined it as a brilliant ending, while others seem to have the same view as TV critic Alan Sepinwall, who has already said he won't watch another season of the crime drama.

But he did sit down with "Killing" executive producer Veena Sud to get her take on the finale.

The showrunner says in the interview that her team didn’t necessarily plan to keep viewers on edge until season 2 kicks off, and claims that the finale was more organic than that.

“We knew from the very beginning we didn't want to do a formula cop show. In the original Danish series, as you might be aware, the investigation lasted for 20 episodes,” she says, adding that an answer to the question “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” was never promised.

“We never said you'll get closure at the end of season 1. We said from the very beginning this is the anti-cop cop show. It's a show where nothing is what it seems, so throw out expectations," she says. "We will not tie up this show in a bow. There are plenty of shows that do that, in 45 minutes or whatever amount of time, where that is expected and the audience can rest assured that at the end of blank, they will be happy and they can walk away from their TV satisfied. This is not that show."

She also reminded viewers that each episode counts as one day, and that "For the most part, most high-profile investigations don't get solved in 13 days."

Whether that one-episode-equals-one-day outlook will continue into season 2 remains to be seen, as Sud opted not to talk about that or the casting for the upcoming season. What she did say, though, is that season 2 would bring a resolution of some sort to the current case and another case would be opened, although she couldn't say at what point in the story those events would happen.

"The show itself is a real invitation to try something really new," Sud tells Sepinwall. "And I know that some people may not be so happy that we didn't tie it up in a bow at the end of the season, but we never promised that, and we're trying to do something different here."


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  2. Jawasangkedaton

    I want to read Saving June so much. I keep hearing such aiznmag things about it.Also I LOVEd Piper from Five Flavours of Dumb, such a great book. Oh and Just Listen I love, I have it on audio too and it's great.I have To Die for on my shelf so I must get to it as we seem to like similar books :)

    August 12, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Trazey

    I'm of 2 minds...yes, I was bummed I didn't know the ANSWER by the end...but by the same token, I'm glad I get to see all these people again next season!! I say Richardson's creepy cold female aide he's having the affair with done did it!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jhooper

    I like how everyone jumps on this "red herring" bandwagon. One person stated that a new person becomes a suspect and the next episode they are cleared (which isn't true a characters question of guilt can last multiple episodes) but thats what it's like in real life. They find clues, tie it to a suspect until they find enough evidence they are guilty or they are cleared. Great show.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Janice

    I won't watch next season – was very disappointed in the ending and felt that we, the audience, had been misled.

    June 23, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. cass67

    All these people who wouldn't know a good crime drama if they fell over it. The show takes its time with character, plot, and pacing. It's not about big expansive gestures or car chases and shoot outs. It asks the viewer to think and reflect, a rarity among television programs these days. People who don't 'get it' should go watch a nice action movie in 3D. Perhaps that would be more up their alley.

    Also? My best friend lives in Seattle and she said the weather on the show is EXACTLY right.

    June 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kc

    your loss, Sepinwall

    June 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marina

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      August 12, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. waxandwane

    this show rocks – the young kids have a zero attention span these days – they want all flash and no substance

    June 22, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lucille

    Don't give me all that Hollywood "we are trying to do somthing different" BS, when the advertising says "Three more episodes till Rosy Larson's killer is revealed" and so on- yeah, you did promise that the murderer would be caught.

    June 22, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. LordPet

    Love it or hate it, the show has you talking about it. Those who don't like it may still find themselves watching it next season. Those who like it will watch it. If you prefer your stories to be neat and tidy, there's always CSI: Whatever. I found this show to be entertaining, which is really all it's supposed to be.

    I'd also say that Danish version vs AMC; Danish version took 20 shows for 1st Season. No network would commit to 20 shows for a new show.

    June 22, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Beelzel

    I started watching the first few episodes of The Killing. But then became interested in the original Danish series called "Forbrydelsen". Much better character development. Plot is one day per episode. And like the "American(ized)" version the ending was a disappointment. If you have the means (Netflix etc) give it a watch.

    June 22, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. karen

    I absolutely love this show. It's like watching a movie – it is not perfect and the actors are great! I very rarely get hooked on a show and I am on this one!
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't cancel – just move the time to 9 – I can't stay awake to watch it I have to work in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Fulya

      amanda_1981 Posted on It's not so bad, it's just not awesome. LOL I have that plebrom all the time. :-\ It's hard to get ANYTHING awesome out of those dern KK's. I am more than disappointed with my tubes . I wish I would have bought the long skinny ones instead of the round ones so they didn't take up SO MUCH ROOM! It's silly because they're the SAME THING. Anywho, I agree that it'd kinda be silly to move on if it only holds a milk jug. Also, those handles are just going to pop off if you secure them with the plastic bag yarn. I know; I tried this. LOL Know what I used mine for? Dish scrubbie! It makes an AMAZING scrubber and washer really clean in the dishwasher. :-)

      August 14, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Aisling - Dublin

    I watched the Danish original on BBC 3 this year and they showed the whole 20 episodes in one season so the story was completed. The producers here have made a big mistake. Break the mould and do a 20 episode season and run the story in it's entirety or do not make it at all. You are expecting too much of your audience. Imagine if '24' had finished at '12' and asked its audience to tune back in 4 months or whatever. Now that I know the continuation has been wreaked I won't be tuning in if it is syndicated....
    PS... I know who dunnit.....

    June 22, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. wilton111

    This is a great show. I think the issue with the finale is that many people thought it would be 1 case per season. Now that the 1st case has been stretched into next season (which i'm sure the producers didn't even really know if there would be a season 2) some people are mad. I think it's great, that was a huge twist at the end with Holder and the photo being a fake. Can't wait for season 2!!

    June 22, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. dave nelson

    Excuse me, but did i miss something? Granted, i shut my cable off a few months ago, and have never seen this show, but season ending cliffhangers have been a staple of tv shows for ages. Anyone remember the who shot jr deal? How many post-first season openers have started out with the announcer saying "last season on" this show... come on folks!

    June 22, 2011 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Suzanne Cordier

      As has been argued by the defenders of the "final" episode, ending a season with a tantalizing, edge-of-your-seat nail-biter of a cliffhanger is a time-honored and much-beloved tv tradition. The fundamental difference is that, unlike with The Killing, the producers of those many shows had not virtually guaranteed closure, ergo the sense that we gullible viewers have been royally suckered by Veena Sud/AMC. P.T. Barnum must be guffawing in his grave.

      June 22, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  16. Gimme A Break

    I have to laugh at the viewers who are complaining that they won't watch season 2. You are all claiming bad writing, bad character development, blah blah blah. But you watched the WHOLE first season, only to throw hissy fits when you didn't get your satisfaction at the end. Boo hoo!

    June 22, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  17. Evelyne

    Seriously....no closure??? Great serious..but really let's end and move on..if season 2 is still about Rosie..stick a fork in me..sooooooooooooooooooooooooo DONE..This was a disappoint as Nurse Jackie..and they wonder why reality tv is taking over...argh so frustrating!!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  18. Prometheus

    No, they are correct. Nobody that was ever interviewed said that they would "Find out who Rosie's killer was in the season finale. What a few people DID say was that they were "blown away" and "completely shocked" when they found out the plot of the season finale. They hyped up the last episode to the fans as if "Gosh we just can't wait to spring this on you guys and gals!111!!1!"

    I guess they must have seen a different "finale" than I did. /yawn....../shrug

    June 22, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  19. Leif

    I won't be back next season. I hung in through some of the boring episodes (I agree with GJ...an epiode wasted on her missing son which had nothing to do with the case). Too many stupid coincidences, e.g., she discovers the ferry, that goes to the casino, by accident when she is out jogging?? Seriously? The lead detective lets her kid have access to the crime scene photos and there are no consequences for anyonewhen he sends them out? Who writes this stuff? No more wasted Sunday evenings on this piece of garbage.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  20. Trebla72

    Wow, the amount of sock puppets in here is hilarious!

    "I love this show – there is nothing better than a cliff hanger for the season finale. Can't wait for the new season to begin. The characters are great! Good work AMC."

    LMAO!

    June 22, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  21. DetroitGirl

    I watched this show because it was interesting . . . at first, then it got reeeeeeal sloooow and I started falling asleep on the episodes. But, I hung in there because I thought that they would wrap it up in some clever way, they didn't. I feel like I was the one that got "wrapped" up and placed in the trunk.

    Season 2 . . . I don't think so. I'll watch the episode that reveals Rosie's killer, after it aires, On Demand!

    June 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. TOM KOHLS

    ps...sorry...i meant to say also that if you are just watching to find out who did it,well there is always miss marple,or murder she wrote...this is an intellengent thoughtful production i believe,and does not depend on cheap thrills. it is also far more authentic...i was angry too. at the end i felt cheated,but i don't now since i thought about it. and remembered how much i enjoyed this 1st season.

    June 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Please give us just a few examples of what was so well "thought out production. Please be specific and include plot points, twists, backdrop. Please include exactly what makes this show different than a long drawn out Lifetime movie with a fancy ad blitz and not so slick jump cuts. Also Tom, when you advise people to go watch Murder She Wrote, you seem to be implying several things, one of which is believability. I guess detective LInden, you know the lead detective on the most high profile case in fictional Seattle history, just gets on a plane 5 minutes after arresting the councilman. I guess she is not coming back for the grand jury and/or the pre trial or to prep the D.A on the evidence or too continue investing to further tie Richmond to the crime. Nope, she just takes a "red eye" to Oackand. (oh by the way there are no red eye's from Seattle to Oakland. This show just drips with realism. I am off the watch Murder She Wrote. Thanks for the tip. I do look forward for to you educating me on good television though.

      June 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sunshine Bob

    Forget about the silly storyline and characters. The people who really intrigue me are those who stay and live in such a dreary location....it's practically non-stop raining. No wonder the residents are all so gloomy.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. TOM KOHLS

    i thought we were going to find out who the culprit was. but, i certainly am not throwing the baby out with the bathwater...the show,it's acting,presentation,execution and overall brave new concept of police who are human,not hero's...who make mistakes,are selfich etc...is a good thing. if you take the others we are always asked to believe that the dedication to the job,justice and the american way is all that is and all that matters...well,this is far closer to the truth...and it's entertaining.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. JimT

    May watch the dvds or online but from the comments it doesn't sound so great

    June 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Windom Earle

    Beware of BOB

    June 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Belle

    I think it's stupid that they're dragging this on for another season. This show is based on the Danish show "Forbrydelsen". You can look that show up to see who really did it.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  28. W.D.

    This is one of the most innovative crime drama serials to come along in years. The way they pace the hour is remarkable. It's moving along at a decent pace, then suddenly it's like a coasting no-brakes car that has hit the downslope and starts taking off. And you're thinking, oh no, I can't believe there's just 10 minutes left. I'm going to have to wait until next week.

    Anyway, I do understand the annoyance with how amc mislead viewers (I assume it was amc). They obviously did this on purpose. I'm guessing they were planning to end it this season, but at some point, the decision was made to 'stall' and thereby give Season 2 the head start in viewership.

    I'm guessing that odd episode of losing her son for 55 minutes was a decision made late, to help stall the ending into next season. The pacing of that show makes little sense to me, except as filler.

    All that said, I thought the finale was a, ahem, killer climax, and can't wait for Season 2.

    June 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jacob in his cabin

    Since they want a Season 2 they would not bring the series to closure. Like JJ Abrams did with his shows is read all these posts on this baord and others to determine a plausible ending. Why wait though???? Here's who likely killed Rosie originally before it was changed into a Season 2 and the killer will now be someone else – It was the blond man who is the mayor's assistant. He did it to cover up (that IS his job anyways) the mess the mayor was making. The cat is out of the bag and there is your originall killer. This will now change since we need to bilk another season out the audience!

    June 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. wetcoastace

    I loved the show!!! Hardly surprising since my taste runs to the darker, grittier, more realistic products of England and Scandinavia anyway (think Helen Mirren, "The Girl Who...", Amanda Burton). The last episode – marvellous, not least was the realization that the assumption of completion, of closure, was simply incorrect. Can't wait for season 2. And MI-5 is nearly ready ot go again!

    June 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  31. lizouttavegas

    they better give me something on the 1st show of the 2nd season, or Im done!!!! I dont like to be tricked, and I hate surprises, and I have the attention span of a gnat, so come on people!

    June 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Dave

    "Veena Sud" is in reality trying to keep the show going for another season by screwing with the audience. Then she pawns it off as the show is being edgy and creative. There is a reason all of the other shows end their seasons differently. That reason is, the audience likes it better that way. If you want to be different and not provide closure on a case, go for it, but to not provide it for the first season, tells me you are nervous about a second.

    June 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  33. empi

    Hey Jeff. Grow up, You sound like a 10-year old. You may not have been happy with the show but mostly eveyone else here (the grownups at least) think it is a great show.-

    June 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  34. MikeBike

    "We never said there'd be closure" – Viewers of any show have a reasonable expectation that each season will sum up most plot points. It doesn't have to be said; it's implied. There are usually some questions left unanswered as cliffhangers, but to leave the entire $%#! show up in the air without ANYTHING answered means ZERO REWARD for the audience that tuned in all season. It was a jerk move.

    June 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I couldn't agree with you more, Mike. As a viewer I felt like there was a tacit agreement between myself and the makers that if watch the show I will be rewarded with at least some closure at season's end. They broke the agreeent. What reason do I have to think tha tnext season isn't going to be one red herring after another with zero resolution? I have no reason to think that. I have every reason to think I will be jerked around for another season. Also, the notion that they couldn't hav esolved the murder and had a cliffhanger ending is preposterous.

      June 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  35. philip

    I enjoyed the pace like a good summer beach read novel.
    Sud ripped the last page out of my whodunit.
    Maybe once she has a Hit Show or wins Emmys she can have such conceit.
    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on you.
    I'll read whodunit online and move on to other shows...RINGER!!

    June 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julian

      This is so funny! We were just talking about this at a litlte league baseball game. ( Northeast Ohio.) We (4 different people) were commenting on how many chipmunks are around. I have at least 7 regulars this year and normally we have only one or two.

      August 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Gabby

    To the producer: The viewer doesn't have to look any further than AMC's other original series such as Breaking Bad or Mad Men for real ground-breaking shows that challenge an intelligent audience. In those shows, you are invited into a make-believe TVland that seems authentic. Whereas the producer of The Killings really created an elaborate advertising campaign that led people to watch a show that lacked substance, believability and a connection to the characters. The concept that you would solve a crime in 1 season sounded inviting, but The Killing was boring and the only reason we continued watching the show was to see who the killer was at the season finale. There really isn't any reason to keep watching the show. I lost interest in who killed Rosie Larson. I have no connection to her... The producer can denigrate shows such as Law and Order all she wants, but at least they don't pretend to be something that they are not. The producer seems to be lying when she said that the season ending was 'organic'. Two weeks ago, AMC extended the contract for season 2 and it seemed obvious that the ending was re-shot. The first season was a snoozer. I can't image season 2 being any better. Great concept. Exceptionally flawed delivery. This is a long response, however, I felt that since I wasted 13 hours of my life watching this show, I wanted some satisfaction - since I won't be watching the show again, this is my 'organic' response to these pompous interviews.

    June 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      While I was intrigued by the show much more than you seemed to be, I agree with your overall beef. The ending was a cheap, hasty way to string people along to the next season, and this pretentious producer is trying to make it out to be a calculated, creative decision.

      The honest advertisements for this season should have been:

      "Who Killed Rosie Larson? Here's a Bunch of People Who Didn't. Find Out the Truth Next Season."

      June 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Flint Rock

    So why did all the self-anointed negative critics watch the whole series?

    June 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Mother Carmody

    Foolish series producers. God will smite you for deceiving the true believers.

    June 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  39. MAngeline

    Hard to believe I watched the whole damn series and missed the last episode. Hopefully, Comcast will have it On Demand. I thought it was interesting, not exactly wonderful, but interestingly unusual. Don't know if I will watch season 2. I don't really watch anything regularly other than political coverage and Red Sox baseball.

    June 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  40. glenda

    More more more! When does season 2 begin? I like it.

    June 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Joshua

    Stupid waste of money!!!! I will not wacth it!!!! Cant even come up with an original idead!!!!!!

    June 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  42. DAB

    It was a ridiculous ending. EW said, "it's called The Killing... not The Raining. Get on with it already." I completely agreed. Then to have a no-end-ending; well that's just stupid. I'm out, guys.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Ichi

    The Killing? The show that's based in seattle but filmed in Vancouver? Seriously, it's not that hard to find some beautiful local spots to film here!

    June 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Andrew

    Uh, I don't think so, Ms. Sud. You are remaking a Danish series that was wildly popular as well, but managed to resolve the mystery in its FIRST SEASON. This show is just doing a ratings grab when it really should be focusing on a new angle for next season. I was hoping this show would be this decade's "The Wire" in the fact that the show changes it creative direction every season, but alas, I was dead wrong. I just plain felt cheated when the screen went black on "The Killing" Sunday night.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Tom

    Come on everyone, didn't you learn anything from The X-Files? There is no plot, they don't know who the killer is, they just want to present lots of lose ends, and keep people watching for as long as possible to maximize commercial sales. It is the new formula for TV success. No question will ever be answered by anything except a bigger question to replace it.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Suze

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This was one of the BEST season finale'sof one of the BEST TV shows I have ever watched. Seriously love this show and plan to watch every episode again this summer from my Tivo just to stay tuned in. I can't WAIT for it to come back. I'm willing to wait 4-5-6 seasons to find out who killed Rosie!! :-)

    June 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  47. chuck

    An extraordinarily good show of integrity which reflects far more accurately the realities of a world in which loose ends are never tied up in neat, 45-minute resolutions. That's not the world. That's not this show. And those who love this show are not the audience that loves American Idol or "Law'n Order." AMC is marketing good, original stuff that's finding its niche! Wonderful ....

    June 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      The real worl has complex human beings in it. Not the ciphers of The Killing.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  48. TM

    I was expecting big things from this show and for the most part I havent been disapointed. I will be back next season to see how the investigation plays out.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Guapa

    I loved this show – right up till the last 5 min. when they DIDN'T announce the killer. I will NOT be back for another season. I agree w/ Goie: I really don't care (anymore) who killed Rosie. Ms. Sud, you killed your fan base!

    June 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Hockmang

    This series is very much like Twin Peaks. Just how long can a series keep putting off the solution to the crime. That was the draw for peaks. If you remember, Twin Peaks devolved into a parody of television from a pretty serious start.

    Seriously, when they trot out the dancing midgets, its time to bail.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Nancy

    I went on wiki and read what happened in the original series.........I wonder if they will reveal the same killer in the US?

    June 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Goie

    I was initially interested in the character development but some episodes were like watching paint dry.....I will not watch next season and right now I really don't care who killed Rosie.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Spoiler

    Richmond's aid did it.... but that won't be revealed for another 3 episodes. He thought he was helping Richmond by disposing of the car... but unintentionally drowned Rosie. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..................

    June 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Joanie

    I won't be watching the second season...too dark and depressing. Comes on too late in my area, I don't have Tivo (sp). So, I'm going to bed right after it. If you're going to do a maxi series, at least make it on every night or every other night, not once a week. That being said, I can appreciate the premise of trying something new, and the acting was superb.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  55. waytoofriendly

    I wasn't angry that they didn't reveal the killer (if they hadn't picked it up for another season, I might have been . . . ) but I did feel somewhat unsatisfied as a whole. I think it was all the build up for leads/plotlines that never went anywhere . . . I guess its that I'm not upset that I don't know the whole story . . . I just wish I knew something . . .

    June 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Ruthy

    Sorry but the final was stupid, I really enjoyed the all series but the end was very disappointed !

    June 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Maf

    A great show. Thank god they picked it up for another 13 episodes. Mirielle Enos is gorgeous and a wonderful talent. I had never seen her before this show. Thank god for shows like "The Killing" and "Breaking Bad," without them i would dump my tv.

    Can't wait for it to return and loved the cliffhanger ending. Totally unexpected.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Becky

    UM..... YES YOU DID PROMISE CLOSURE. I distinctly remember seeing promos on AMC for the past two weeks that said "Be sure to tune in to the season finale to find out Who Killed Rosie Larson." Maybe the producer should have talked with the AMC promo department.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      I agree completely with you. I remember hearing commercials saying "13 episodes with all the loose ends tied up within 1 season." This had me excited b/c it would have a format like Harper's Island where it all wraps up. Incredibly frustrated with how this ended, but will probably watch the beginning of next season to see if it can right the ship. Come on Sud, lock it up.

      June 22, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • EricLr

      Leland Palmer did it. Happy?

      June 22, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  59. sarah

    LOVED LOVED LOVED it.I think the mayor did it.Why? he was the one who gave the asst. the pictures knowing that there is nothing worse that a woman scorned!

    June 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianenj

      And I think it's her...said it from the beginning.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Who cares who did it? Does it matter? I bet the writers don't know who did it? But it would be awesome if the killer was someone who wasn't even introduced until Season 2. That would show the producer's and writer's ultimate contempt for the people who would still follow this show.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Michele T.

    I could stand all the bad episodes, IF there had been some answers. NO answers = NOT watching anymore. Too bad because I liked the characters, but not enough for this run-around. It's fiction...write an ending!

    June 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Franci

    Love this show. Granted, it's not perfect but so much better than the CSI's and Law & Order's out there. I will definitely be watching next season.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Mark

    Quote: “We never said you'll get closure at the end of season 1. We said from the very beginning this is the anti-cop cop show. It's a show where nothing is what it seems, so throw out expectations,"

    When did they say this? This was never expressed during the commercials? I have not decided if I will watch next season or not. My wife hates this shows, as she did Lost, that is never gets to the point. I don't mind the crime investigation covering many episodes, but it should be wrapped up by the end of the season. I am not going back to watch to show prior to the next season starting for me to catch back up.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  63. lowe

    The "we are trying something new" defense just doesn't fly with me, unless by "doing something new" Veena Sud set out to make the most manipulative, maddening, red herring-filled police procedural in recent memory, in which case congratulations! Plot twists that make no sense? Check. Ludicrously unbelievable coincidences? Check. Arbitrary behavior by major characters? Check. Great job writers of "The Killing."
    Some art is unjustly criticized because it is ahead of its time, but some art is just bad and deserves criticism. I'm sure that many in the latter camp like to view themselves as members of the former when the bad reviews start coming their way, but alas they are fooling themselves. This final episode was terrible. Period. If it weren't for the solid acting that managed to lift the show above its source material, I never would have even made it far enough to make that determination.
    That being said, I haven't given up on the series completely. I'll give it a shot at the beginning of next season to see if it can lift itself from the pitiful depths of the finale, and again because the acting is good. I think Veena Sud needs to do a little soul-searching though and hopefully come to the conclusion that sometimes when something you have done engenders almost universal disdain, thats because its bad and not because you are a misunderstood genius.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Claiborne

    I've watched every episode since it's inception and am very satisfied with the finale. I’m still reeling over Richmond being Orpheus. I will be watching season two.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • filids

      Really, he is? are you sure? If the cctv can be faked, who is to say....I love this show. No quick answers, follow the leads... a real mystery. I will tune in next season to continue to watch the story unfold.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      If nothing on this show is as it seems, then how do you know he is Orpheus? If the producers yank your chain for no other reason than because they can, how can you trust anything you see on screen?

      June 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Mary

    Sorry...you already got 13 hours of my life. I was willing to suspend belief and forgive a lot of inconsistencies and inanities, but no more. Too bad...I followed Mirielle Enos over from Big Love and thought Michelle Forbes gave an Emmy-worth performance. But, you did not deliver the goods. Done.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caren

      Exactly...I watched the whole first season hoping the show would live up to its actors. It never really did. Plus, I know that in real life actual police work is not as neat and clean as it's shown on most cop shows and procedurals, but really, the cops here seemed to be the worst ever. Linden would let information slip regarding a suspect (even TO a suspect) with serious consequences, and then she'd do it again. And again. All this makes me want Rubicon back – dry, byzantine, but boy, did they know how to end a season.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • GJ

      done. done. so done. I kept hoping it would get better. The wasted hour about her son? wth? and the ending that is not an ending? forget about it. you lost me.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Michael

    Americans (I am also an American) always want immediate gratification. There is no patience at all. That is why we get pathetic sit-coms and cookie-cutter dramas all the time on television. Then a show like "The Killing" comes along and people are so critical because they cannot enjoy the journey, the twists and turns, the plot and character development - anything at all that steps outside the box.

    The Killing certainly has some flaws, like all shows, but it is refreshing. I would like to see a few more series similar to this one. It is not supposed to be CSI where the cops magically wrap it up in an hour. That is so boring and not at all similar to real-life situations.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I would argue that many people that have patience and who love serialized drama HATE this show. The only reason this show tries ones patience is because it is so badly done.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ever heard of Lost?????

      Wow Michael, are you that dumb? People in America don't like long running arcs? We only watch sit-coms and cookie cutter dramas??? Have you seen Lost? Or 24? People don't dislike long running arcs on TV shows, they dislike watching something that SHOULD be wrapped up in 1 season but the producers drag it out just to get more legs from it. Let's face it, the ONLY reason they did this is to get people to tune in to season 2, not to help the story. The Danish version finished in 1 season and moved on in season 2, why can't they do that here??? I had this on my DVR to watch, but as soon as I heard they were milking it for another season, no thanks! And this is coming from someone who LOVES long running character arcs and stories, I'll pass on this. Give me the Walking Dead any day over this garbage...

      June 22, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  67. sjr

    Thanks God for AMC! My tv viewing would have shuddered to an almost complete stop if not for Mad Men, Rubicon and The Killing. So sorry the reviewers didn't enjoy the first season but it looks like many viewers did. Can't wait for season 2!

    June 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  68. RayJacksonMS

    I couldn't make it past the second episode. The Dana Scully wanna be needs to get a tan or put on a little make up or something. You can't get a way with having the personality and color or a corpse unless you are a zombie. And her you know he's from the wrong side of the tracks cause he be all hip hop in a middle age white guy sorta way is just ridiculous
    .

    June 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Ray, you clearly have never been to Seattle. We really are that pale. The only sun we get is when we go on vacation somewhere else. It is cloudy something like 300+ days out of the year here. We do look like Zombies.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Robert...While I do not live in Seattle, I have been there and my brother lived there for several years. He always said, and having visited him I would have to agree, that the idea that it rains in Seattle all the time is completely untrue. I also read recently that Seattle receives, on average, about 37 inches of rainfall every year. Several other places in the country get more rain than that.

      It is one of the themes "The Killing" has overplayed - the constant rain falling in Seattle.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Jack

    I thought the show was pretty well done up until the finale. It was not a smart move in my opinion to leave the viewers hanging like that. You need to reward viewers for tuning in every Sunday. They could have easily identified the killer and then also identified some larger plot. But instead they attempted to keep us strung along in hopes that we would so want to know who killed Rosie that we would tune in next season. Well, it didn't work with me. I don't care anyone and will not be watching the second season, even though I really did enjoy the characters.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • MPL

      Jack you said it perfectly. I invested so much and co-workers debating who was the killer. Not going to watch Season 2. Not a fool to have it happen again Season 2.

      June 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Minorkle

    Give me closure or give me death!

    June 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  71. TAH

    great show, great season ending – the final scenes caught me totally off guard. I'll be watching.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Robert

    I live in Seattle, I have NEVER experinced rain like they show in "The Killing". It does not poor here, it mearly drizzles and drizzles, and drizzles, and drizzles and drizzles, and drizzles, and drizzles and drizzles, and drizzles for something like 48 days straight this winter (a record).

    June 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • empi

      I read it was filmed in Vancouver. Actually I have friends in Vancouver and they said it can rain for 3 months without stop there so I am not surprised.

      June 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Liar. I also live in Seattle and it rained like that not two weeks ago and regularly comes down in buckets. Moron.

      June 22, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  73. MAP

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series!!! best thing on tv! can't wait till next season... wish it were on at 9 instead of ten though.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  74. NEW

    I love this show – there is nothing better than a cliff hanger for the season finale. Can't wait for the new season to begin. The characters are great! Good work AMC.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      I absolutely LOVED the finale!! The last 5 minutes was intense!! As soon as it ended I had to tell my wife that she had to finish the series. I even told several of my friends about the series and how it has such a great twist not just from show to show but the amazing twist that ends the season. Can't wait for season 2!!

      June 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  75. LilG

    This is a show that requires patience, a commodity scarce in watching so manynof today's shows. Nothing is as it appears to be- such as the teacher, the aunt or the politician. And Linden? I love her thoughtful focus and due diligence. The qualities that are her "demons" are also her best assets.
    You know she'll disembark from the plane...:-)

    June 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Linden's due diligence? Only if by "due diligence" you mean "utter incompetence."

      The only reason this show tried my patience was because it was terrible.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  76. MEB

    "This program is a breath of fresh air."

    Really? You can't be serious. Read my last comment.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  77. MEBoisv

    I used to love this show... back when it was called Twin Peaks!

    June 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SkyRocket

      HA! Lol! I thought the same thing. "The Killing" is just "Twin Peaks" 2.0

      June 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • LP

      I know! WTH is with people thinking this is some strange new concept?

      June 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimT

      Ditto!

      June 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uh huh

      Twin Peaks failed for a reason. Because David Lynch lives in another dimension which only he understands. It was just a question of how freakish he could make the show.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Sydney

      I agree!! The creator has said she's never seen Twin Peaks but I think the Danish people saw Twin Peaks then made their own version, The Killing, then this american lady saw The Killing and remade it.

      June 22, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • EricLr

      I hear Rosie was killed by Leland Palmer.

      June 22, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  78. Rose Passantino

    I read the recent article reagrding AMC's The Killing. I enjoy this program very much and cannot wait until Season 2. All the criticism toward this show is unwarranted. This program is a breath of fresh air. I am so tired of sitcoms that are not funny and reality shows. Who cares if one star can dance better than the other or if America really does have talent or who will be the next "idol". Keep up the good work AMC.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MCN1065

      I agree with you, and I can not wait for season 2! Hurry up and get here...

      June 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I totally disagree. I can't think of one good thing about this show outside of the talent of a few of the actors. It's Red Herring Theater. One character is set up as a suspect a the end of an episode and is cleared at the beginning of the next. That's the formula and it's a lame formula.

      There's no character development, most of the story makes no sense, the cops are terrible at their jobs.

      It's so poorly done I can't imagine anyone caring who the killer is.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • pam

      I liked the ending-great drama to carry over into next season. when does it start?? Love that non-network basics like abc, nbc, etc. are doing great shows. Those other networks give up on great shows too easily. TNT, AMC, and FX are doing TV right.

      June 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattyJ

      Jeff, no character development? They devoted an entire episode to nothing but character development between Linden and Holder. And are you saying we know nothing about Stan and his past? Rosie's secrets? Huh?

      June 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • empi

      I agree with you too Rose. I was on the website the next day and the virtriol against this poor woman was frightening to say the least. I didn't think people got so crazy over a show – as good as it is I certainly wouldn't let it ruin my life because it didn't end the way I wanted it to.

      June 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ric Pantale

      Rose: Do you like getting fooled?
      Do you like investing 13 weeks into nothing?
      Do you like bad writing?
      Do you like not being treated as an adult?
      Please Rose no one can be that forgiving..
      The show was dreary, depressing, The characters were badly fleshed out, Can you take another season?
      You are truly a Saint..

      June 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      I completely agree with you. Fantastic show!!! I will be tuning in to season 2 on the edge of my seat!

      June 22, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      Totally disagree and really want to know what's wrong with people who liked the ending. First, I liked the show although I wasn't a fan of the pacing and the red herring's; it was too open, as if to they can say whatever they like and tie it to the story. Sorry, but that's not too clever and is not entertaining. Example: they can go wherever they like with Holden (he can be bad, he can be good, he was helping someone, he was machiavelic since the beginning) Again, it makes no sense that out of the blue he can do that when he could've done it twleve days ago, etc...is just bad writing. So yes, I won't be watching season 2. It's a waste of time and an insult to my intelligence. Have fun!

      June 22, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  79. The Måd Ræp3r

    Sorry to ruin it for you guys, but it was me. I killed Rosie. The head i keep in my freezer in the basement said she was a demon and that things never wrong, had to be done.

    June 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |

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