June 18th, 2012
01:04 PM ET
[This post contains spoilers from the June 17 episode of AMC's "The Killing."]
Sunday night's episode aired the moment I’ve been waiting two seasons for - and more or less predicted last week.
After 26 episodes, the mystery of who killed Rosie Larsen was revealed in the second season finale, “What I Know.” Sure, Rosie was murdered because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it was a lot more complicated and heartbreaking than we thought.
Jamie, Darren Richmond's campaign manager/the new prime suspect, brought Richmond to the campaign office and filled him in on his mayoral win. Of course, Richmond wanted to know what happened to Rosie, and after blurting out, “It was an accident," Jamie proceeded to tell his boss what we as viewers (those of us left, anyway) were dying to know. Kind of.
Jamie, Michael Ames and Chief Nicole Jackson put together a scheme to sabotage the Adams campaign, with the hope that when Richmond became mayor he could dole out favors to these Seattle power players. Once the meeting was over and Ames and Jackson left, Jamie found Rosie - who heard the whole thing and had her video camera with her but didn’t actually film that particular action.
Jamie confronted her, knocked her unconscious and thought she was dead. He then proceeded to the woods with her body, but she came to and bolted. Jamie then chased her through the woods, knocked her out once more and put her body in the trunk. BUT, he didn’t push the car in the water…
As an aside, Jamie’s whole “I did this for you” spiel that he gave Richmond almost bordered on cheese, but I guess the point to be made was that Jamie’s mind obviously wasn't in the right place. As I thought, though, he didn't have it in him to be the finisher.
He did have it in him to pull a gun on Linden and Holder when they arrived at the campaign office with Gwen Eaton, but Holder shot him dead. It seemed like everything was good and solved, except there was like, another 50 minutes left, meaning Linden had time to link up who she thought were the co-conspirators.
Meanwhile, the Larsens were moving on, literally. The family was busy packing up for their new house in the 'burbs with Mitch leading the charge. Naturally, Linden and Holder wanted to share the good news with the family that takes the cake for having the worst two seasons of any I can remember on television in a long time. No disrespect to the Kardashians.
At the Larsens, the tangled web of Rosie's death unraveled even more, and there Aunt Terry was, sitting in the middle playing the black widow. Talking to Terry in the garage, Linden noticed that her tail light was busted. We know that whomever dropped Ames off that night was driving a car with a busted tail light, and seeing as Terry and this guy were lovers, it had to be her, right?
In arguably the best and saddest scenes of the entire season (and maybe the series), Linden and Holder confronted Terry in Rosie’s room, and she looked all sorts of guilty. They told her they knew she picked Ames up from the ferry, and she offered up the rest.
It turns out Ames was called to the lake by Jamie, and was escorted there by Terry. Jamie and Ames were arguing about what to do with Rosie’s body in the trunk of the car, with Ames wanting no part of a murder. No conclusion could be made ... until Terry made the decision for them. Thinking she was helping Ames reach his shady dreams, Terry set the car in motion and let it ride into the lake. We could hear Rosie screaming for her life.
Terry told this story to our detectives, and Stan and Mitch returned home in time to hear the world’s most chilling story. “I didn’t know it was Rosie,” Terry pleaded before Stan tried to kill her. (Another aside: No way Holder’s stronger than Stan. No way he’s holding him back right there.)
Either way, Terry basically admitted she would have killed for Ames, and apparently did at the cost of her niece’s life. Case. Closed.
To be honest, the episode was its strongest up until this point, and then the story got a little sloppy. For example, immediately after Jamie died and the killers were revealed, Richmond went right to work with Chief Jackson and Ames, even having the Chief’s involvement in the case cleared. Yes, he went to the dark side, but why? Doesn’t make sense. Oh, well.
In one of the better closing moments, the Larsens watched the footage from Rosie’s last reel. She made a video saying goodbye and that she loved her family and would let them know where she ended up. It was probably the second-best (or tied for first) scene of the season, and if you didn’t tear up you must be too cool for school because it was well done.
Oh, and what about the future of our detectives and the show? In the car, Linden and Holder got a call about another body and a new case. It looked like a good setup for a third season until Linden hopped out of the car with that look of exhaustion/depression on her face. She walked down the street staring at the Larsens old house, and then the credits rolled.
What did you think of the finale? Should AMC order more seasons?
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