May 21st, 2012
03:26 PM ET
[The following post contains spoilers to the May 20 episode of AMC's "The Killing."]
We’re 22 days into the investigation of Rosie Larsen’s murder with just four episodes left in the season, which means it’s time for the writers to start doing some explaining.
Sunday’s episode waited until pretty much the very end to serve its purpose in the overall story, and I’d say it more or less delivered with information we’ve been speculating about all season.
Looking like me after a game in my weekly soccer league, Holder limps his way through the station and into Linden’s office, where everything has been removed.
He’s confronted by Lt. Carlson, who tells him that County has taken over the case and he shouldn't bother working with Linden because she spent time in a crazy house and lost it over a case. Until they go into that with more detail, I’m going to grow even more tired of hearing about it.
Speaking of that ginger on edge, Linden spots Gil Sloane leaving the police station and putting something in his car before he leaves.
Holder gives County a call, but with no luck. Naturally, Linden suggests they skirt Gil and County, and Holder reminds her that she’s without her badge and gun - a.k.a., suspended.
Our two rogue cops then head over to Richmond’s office and suggest he apply some pressure to Nicole Jackson to get them back into the casino. Richmond tells them that
Afterward, Linden apologizes to Holder for the beating he took from Jackson’s goons, to which he replies, “You’re still my BFF.” Say what you want about the show’s writing, but Holder’s character has been the one constant source of brilliance in the series. I’d put his one-liners up there with Sawyer from “Lost.”
In the morning, Holder finds Linden passed out in her car, and reveals that the Larsen case files were never delivered to County. Holder proceeds to ransack Gil’s apartment, and when Gil shows up he denies knowing anything about the files and their whereabouts.
While Holder was inside, Linden was outside swiping Gil’s GPS from his car. The GPS shows two stops made by Gil the night before and Holder believes it’s one of those destinations where the Larsen case files might be hidden.
Finally, we meet Rosie’s biological father, David Rainer. Rosie went over to her real dad’s house wanting to know more about her mother’s backstory. Mitch doesn’t tell him that Rosie’s dead, and he apparently doesn’t watch the news, so he doesn’t know.
During Richmond’s meeting with Jackson, it’s revealed that she wants to build a museum and gift shop on the prized waterfront property. When Jackson asks for tax-exempt status for all tribal lands in the city in return for her endorsement, Richmond asks to have access granted to her casino for Seattle Police. Of course, Jackson says no and Richmond ends their meeting.
In one of the more weird scenes, Gwen confronts Mayor Adams and tries to convince him to back out of his waterfront deal with Jackson. And why should he do that? Because apparently when Gwen was 14 and Adams worked for her father, they had some kind of (maybe sexual) encounter that she can blackmail him with. He tells her her father already knew and if that’s the best she can come up with then Richmond’s campaign must be very desperate.
Meanwhile, Linden and Holder pull up to a Greek restaurant found on Gil’s GPS. Holder remembers that the back of the building served as storage, so of course they break in and go fishing for the Larsen case files.
Linden finds them, and more importantly the key that will lead her to the tenth floor of the Wapi Casino.
At David Rainer’s house, Mitch discovers that Rosie had planned to leave on a trip to California to see Monarch butterflies and ultimately leave the confines of Seattle. When David asks if Rosie is his child, Mitch says “No.”
Somehow – regardless of being on their most wanted list – Linden and Holder manage to hideout in the back of the casino while waiting for Mary to let them in through a back door.
Growing impatient, Linden goes ahead and walks into the casino. Holder draws attention away from her by making a scene in the casino until his buddy Roberta Drays reminds him that she still has a mean right hook.
Linden makes her away to the tenth floor and begins to connect some dots. She hears the generator from the voicemail Rosie left Alexi and she also finds the sliding door.
Linden gathers that Rosie came up there to get one lasting view of the city before she was set to take off on her adventure, and that’s when she saw something or someone she wasn’t supposed to. OK, but I’ve seen commenters with better theories that one.
Things really heat up when Linden finds a blood-stained City Hall ID card, but when she reaches out to grab the case-turning evidence she’s hit in the back of the head and camera fades to black.
Next week, it looks like we find Linden in the reservation’s police station and Holder possibly enlisting the help of LT. Carlson to close the case in her absence.
I’m not sure where the show is going with this, but I’m feeling good about my joint Wapi Casino staff/Benjamin Abani/possibly Michael Ames beating, then murdering Rosie theory.
We’re four episodes away from the end! What are your thoughts and theories?
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