June 3rd, 2013
05:15 PM ET
Sunday brought the TV moment some of us had been anxiously waiting for.
No, not the bloody, shocking and disturbing last ten minutes of "Game of Thrones," but the return of AMC’s “The Killing.”
Back like they never left, Veena Sud and her team have brought our favorite Seattle-based detectives back to the Sunday lineup and, depending on what you’ve seen, read or heard, the “The Killing” season three (or "TK2.0" as I like to call it) debuted with mixed results.
Rainy Seattle - we couldn't have "The Killing" without it. But the biggest difference with the new "Killing" is that it strays away from politics and the town's power players in favor of the seedy underworld of prostitution and teen girls behaving badly.
OK, so not that much changed, but at least our crime-scene investigations aren’t interspersed with the latest on the mayoral race in the city. It seems the focus will solely be on the killer(s), victim(s) and our detectives. Simple enough.
We've known for some time that the new season would still revolve around our favorite, homicide-detecting odd couple of Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman). A year and some change has passed on the show since these two were together closing the coffin on the Rosie Larsen case, but the superb performance of our leads hasn’t missed a beat.
We’re still frustrated by Linden’s awkwardness and sometimes God-awful police work (there were several examples in this premiere), and we're still loving Holder - for the most part. While the writers' motivation to show our favorite bad boy cop leading a grown-up life with his live-in girlfriend is understandable, we liked him for being the complete opposite of a domesticated working man. Aside from our old faves, the best addition to the fold is Peter Sarsgaard’s Ray Seward, a man Linden put in jail. He may not be the killer we’re after, but he's sure as hell creepy nonetheless. More Peter, please!
You’d think after coming back from the dead that Sud and Co. would try and patch the writing holes that nearly doomed the show forever. Thanks to the pens behind the first two seasons, words like “red herring” and “WTF” have become synonymous with the “The Killing,” so forgive us for getting a little miffed at the return of drawings from some creepy kid, or Linden’s new, young boyfriend. Let’s hope the immediate breaking up with Linden’s BF is a sign that the writers have no problem not dwelling on plotlines outside of the case that bring nothing to the table. (Yeah, I’m looking at you, storylines involving Linden’s one-time fiancé and son from seasons one and two. Don’t show up this season - we don’t need you.)
We know that Sargaard’s character is going to be executed in 30 days, so essentially a month will pass and we’ll have our killer and possibly dig deeper into and solve one of the mysteries that’s followed our dear Linden throughout the entire series. While the first season followed each day in the case of Rosie Larsen’s murder (and the second season did what it wanted to do), season three has no clear timeline aside from that death-row date.
Honestly, I think between this countdown and Sud’s promise the case will be solved in a season, we can build our anticipation about where this is all going - something the series has lacked in the angry aftermath of season one's infamous quasi-finale.
So what do you think - did "The Killing" return with vengeance?
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