'The Killing's' No. 1 suspect 'shocked' by first season's end
May 13th, 2011
04:40 PM ET

'The Killing's' No. 1 suspect 'shocked' by first season's end

Before his breakout role on the AMC crime thriller “The Killing,” Brandon Jay McLaren was perhaps best known for playing Power Ranger Jack Landors on "Power Rangers, S.P.D."

His current role is that of high school teacher Bennet Ahmed, the primary suspect du jour in the murder of teenager Rosie Larsen.

The Vancouver native, who has enjoyed recurring roles on the defunct CBS series “Harper’s Island” and the Canadian dramedy “Being Erica,” says the chance to appear on such a well-received, critically acclaimed show has been nothing short of amazing.

“If you told me five years ago that this would be happening right now, I probably would have laughed in your face and walked in the other direction,” he says. “It's a phenomenal time to be a part of something that's so special.”

The Seattle-based murder mystery is the latest offering from AMC’s stable of hard-hitting original programming, and McLaren says the show’s meticulous attention to detail and relatable characters sets it apart from other network crime dramas.

“It's so detailed and methodical in the way they lay out this crime. Nothing is taken for granted and every detail is really felt,” he says. “It's trying to stay as true to reality as possible - that's really the key to the show.”

McLaren’s Bennet Ahmed has earned the distinction of becoming the show’s first serious suspect thanks in part to his unusual relationship with the victim and questionable actions on the night of the murder. When asked whether it’s more fun to play the good guy or the bad guy, McLaren says he’d definitely prefer to play the villain.

“The bad guy never usually thinks that he's bad, you know? Bad people usually think they're doing the right thing in their minds anyway, so there’s that sort of duplicity that you get to kind of play,” he says. “Your character has that kind of dual point of view, which is exciting.”

While McLaren wouldn’t offer up anything in the way of clues as to who killed Rosie, he did say that viewers are in store for some late season surprises and everyone has something to hide.

“When I read the 13th episode I was shocked,” he says. “There's a lot more going on than you'd think there is with a lot of different characters, so yeah, there's going to be some exciting reveals coming up.”

AMC’s “The Killing” airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. CT/10 p.m. ET.

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    May 16, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
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    May 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dumb

    Is this all it's going to be about, trying to figure out who killed her? I already lost interest.

    May 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. poof

    Thank you for knowing how to write a review and talk about a show without spoiling what is going to happen. If you are not watching the Killing you are missing some of the best drama that TV has seen in a while.

    May 15, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Luna

      Agreed – in a way I was hoping it would name the killer so I could see if my guess was right, but on the other hand, the mystery just gets deeper.

      May 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Blonde Beauty

    The last I saw was where the FBI came in when the police broke into that place..

    May 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  18. purina

    The finale was awsome ! When Rosie appeared as a ghost then revealed who the killer is I was floored !

    May 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
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