'The Killing': Back with a vengeance?
June 3rd, 2013
05:15 PM ET

'The Killing': Back with a vengeance?

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.

The Scene

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.

The Characters

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!

The Writing

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.)

Timing

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?


soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. IGNORE THE ONE ON THE LEFT HER FAVORITE STATE GAVE US THE WIN....IGNORE HER ONCE AND FOR ALL...FAMILY AND FRIENDS GET OFF THIS SITE ALREADY

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    July 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. READING THE TEXTS...AND WE CANNOT STOP LAUGHING ...CAPITAL ONE CREDIT CARD BLOG...READ IT

    July 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LA THANK YOU--BAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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    July 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SOCIAL SECURITY STEALING 3 HACKING HOE'S....CALIFORNIA HERE I COME...AND SHE'S STILL IN THE LENSE FOLKS....BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAA

    July 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LA WINS FOR MIDGE..YOUR FAVORITE CITY GAVE US THE WIN...

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAJHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    July 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WE MET WITH LA YOU LOST THERE TOO --WE'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING ...BUT WE KNOW ITS ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL HER FAULT

    July 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lathe first

    After the June 30th episode I'm sadly concluding this third season a dud. No tension, no pacing and Melnos (sorry about spelling) with her constipated zombie like performance is a big part of the problem. The plot shows, thus far, little imagination unlike last years multi layered and intertwined plots and suspects. Maybe the show will turn around but I doubt it.

    July 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. exposed everywhere: remind me again why he remains with the show?

    thanks

    June 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Your vengence is trash....like you are.....we'll keep him

    June 14, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Helena Handbasket

    Completely disagree with the line that "plotlines outside of the case bring nothing to the table". It's those sub plots that add depth to the characters and elevate The Killing above the formulaic schlock of dull generic police procedurals like CSI or NCIS.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. daily report on account tampering thanks.

    thanks

    June 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Camille

    Loved it so much, terrific characters, love love love Kinnaman as Holder. Promises to be a great season, so glad it's back!

    June 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The 1 on the left? She took her 1 way ticket outta here for now..

    thank you marrieds and friends...we can go now

    June 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nad means hacked in...

    see site.

    June 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    I thought the season premiere was so intense it almost made me want cry that my show was back. It is somewhat slower than American TV. It is filmed with Canadian Cinematography by Canadians which will automatically slow things down – with excellent results. Plus, it is based on a Danish Mini-series called "The Crime." Scandinavian films tend to slower, more detailed and bleak.

    June 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • You've been doing the slow down routine for a year now...

      I's....hold on too this next laugher

      June 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Ann

    I'm just excited that the show is back. I Was bummed that there was talk it wasn't' getting renewed. Seems like the writers are going to give us another thrilling and dark ride. Psyched!!

    June 7, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  17. THE FAT PIG ON THE LEFT MUST HAVE UNHOOKED...COMPUTER IS FUNCTIONING BETTER.

    THANKS

    June 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Season2 Awaits

    time too move on with the show....i look foward too season 2 with open heart

    June 5, 2013 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  19. Can't stop thinking about season 2.

    its going too be a blast

    June 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  20. that 1 --- no can't -- its not right.

    thanks

    June 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Alvarez

    Sounds like an interesting show. Now excuse me while I take a dump in my community swimming pool.

    June 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  22. i cannot believe he still buys what she says too him after 1 year

    -

    June 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Its not a leftover...

    and the director knows it....i will watch season 2

    June 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  24. leftover

    I liked it. I'm encouraged. And I think the setup, (Holder on the job, Linden not), has potential. Enos and Kinneman have scored, again, some great supporting actors, including the locale, an eery, dreary Seattle. Sud & Co. had a chance to break new ground in Season 1 and blew it with Season 2. They've got everything they need to recover and deliver an intelligent detective thriller with lead characters viewers want to follow.

    But after Season 2, it's going to be incredibly easy to just stop watching.

    June 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Willow

    I liked it. I think the reason it moves slowly is one) detective work often does, two) it builds atmosphere, and three) they are dealing with several characters and must build background. I like both Linden and Holder, they are two opposites of the same coin. She's more thought based, generally mulling over the bits and pieces as she slowly puts the puzzle together. Holder has a touch of that, but he's also more active, and reactive. I'm looking forward to this season!

    June 4, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  26. sarah

    So glad this show is back, although I could not understand what they were saying in a couple scenes

    June 4, 2013 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  27. ※Sadie※

    I didn't watch the first season, but I did watch the season opener. So I ask this question to a fan, does this show move slowly for a reason? Just curious.

    June 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. tracie

    OK I JUST ATE SAUSAGE AND EGGS AT WAFFLE HOUSE AND HAD TO RUN TO THE TOILET!

    June 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |

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