'The Killing': Back on the case
April 2nd, 2012
04:16 PM ET

'The Killing': Back on the case

Editor's Note: The post below contains spoilers for the April 1 premiere of AMC's "The Killing."

What feels like eons ago, fans of “The Killing” fell in love with the gritty and well-acted AMC crime drama, the one that had us all buying into the show’s tagline, “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?”

But a few episodes into the first season, the series following the socially awkward but job-obsessed detective Sarah Linden (Emmy-nominated Mireille Enos) as she tried to solve the murder of a high school girl lost a lot of its mojo and core audience. It didn’t help that the storyline started off as something we thought would end in one season, but instead left us hanging with no conclusion.

You were angry, I was angry, but alas, season 2 started off with a bang and after Sunday’s two-hour, two-episode premiere, I’m willing to forgive and forget, for now.

Let’s dig into the biggest storylines at the end of last season and see what new details have emerged:

Linden: We pick up right where we left off. Linden doesn’t go to California (big surprise), and her son Jack (who is now a teen going on 45 thanks to the time off between seasons) asks her if it's because Richmond’s been shot.

Turns out Belko Royce (Brendan Sexton III) did shoot Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) in what appears to be retaliation for Rosie’s murder.

After ditching her son again, Linden goes off on her own, as always. After interrogating Gwen about Richmond’s whereabouts the night of Rosie’s murder, Linden finds a photo that leads her to Tacoma. Apparently that’s where Richmond and his late wife went to spend time, and where a fisherman saw him try and take his own life by jumping off a bridge the night of his anniversary and Rosie’s death.

Thus, Richmond is NOT our killer, and Linden convinces the DA to drop the charges against him and reopen the case.

The case is reopened but with a new boss, Lt. Erik Carlson, who agrees that Linden can resume the case, but must work with Holder.

Holder: The biggest question at the end of season one concerned who was in the car with Holder and provided the fake Richmond photo from the bridge. Answer? Retired officer Gil Sloane from the county sheriff’s office.

We later learn through Linden’s savvy detective work that Sloane retired two months prior, and he is also Holder’s Narcotics Anonymous sponsor and assigned him to the homicide unit. The latter Linden finds out from her boss, Lt. Michael Oakes.

In the car with Sloane, Holder gets the call that Richmond’s been shot, but not before he’s told he has a long career ahead of him. OK, so Linden might have been on to something when she told Oakes that Rosie’s murder might be bigger and more complex than we thought. Sure - it didn’t take a season and some change with no conclusion to figure that out.

Holder’s been tampering with evidence and working as a puppet in someone’s grand scheme, but it doesn’t feel like he’s completely gone to the dark side. That much is clear when he pleads with Linden to let him explain, nearly beating down a hotel door in the process. Can we trust him?

The Richmond campaign: At the hospital where Richmond is now apparently near death, his campaign manager Jamie Wright and advisor/lover Gwen continue to challenge each other over who is Richmond’s favorite, only now the stakes are higher.

Gwen reveals that she gave police information that led to Richmond’s arrest. When she and Jamie find out that their beloved Richmond is paralyzed from the waist down, the latter tells her to be gone. Don’t blame him.

Yet, Jamie too is a coward. Instead of being there to tell Richmond about his health, he gets nervous and flees. He then heads to the gym and ends up duking it out with the incumbent Seattle mayor’s campaign director, Benjamin Abani.

We later find Abani meeting with Sloane, who is livid that Linden has linked him to the botched photo. While Linden watches the two men, an unknown photographer is watching her.

Though it seemed too obvious before, it’s starting to become evident that current Mayor Lesley Adams and his campaign might have played some role in trying to implicate Richmond in Rosie’s death.

The Larsens: At the Larsen house things are as depressing, as usual. Stan doesn’t want to hear Holder’s claims that Rosie worked for Beau Soleil escort service, but Holder also lets Stan know that Belko is in police custody because he also shot and killed his mother.

The poor guy finally snapped, and Brendan Sexton III plays him with an eerie ease.

On top of that, Mitch hasn’t come home, her sister Terry is calling crying about being evicted, and the boys, Tommy and Denny, aren’t convinced their dad can protect them. To make matters worse, the press is hounding him about his daughter’s killer still being on the loose, and someone dropped off Rosie’s bloody backpack in the middle of the night

Another thing that’s fishy is Aunt Terry. When she’s talking to the kids about the fine China she received as a gift, you wonder who gave her that gift and just how much more implicated she could be in Rosie’s dark secrets.

Stan, feeling the crunch of his family, his own distrust for the law, and the news that Belko took his own life in police custody, seeks out the help of mob boss Janek to put a hit on Rosie’s killer.

So we’re up to speed and things are in motion. From the looks of the previews for the season and the way the storylines have moved (or not at all in some cases), it is going to take the full season for Rosie Larsen’s killer to be revealed.

Whether or not that bothers you, I’ll say it right now – the first two episodes convinced me it’s worth the watch. I mean, we’ve made it this far, right?

What did you guys think of the premiere?

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Jay

    @ Zoltan – Regi isn't black.. Regi is the white woman who was Sarah's social worker when she was in foster care.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. daisy

    I agree with everybody who thinks this should have been solved at the end of the first season. AS PROMISED!!!
    I'll DVR the finale and watch the last 5 minutes to see if the incompetent police force on that show found the murderer.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ChrisZ

    Twists and turns were good for the first season–to keep everyone hooked and guessing, but the writer would have been better off wrapping Rosie's murder up in the first 2 episodes of this season and moving on to another murder. I've already lost patience after the season premiere and may just watch the finale. The writer blew it.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. srlan

    Love this show... Watched the entire first season on Netflix in one sitting. My guess is that Gwen did it... She had access to the car, she's jealous of any other woman when it comes to the Councilman, and lastly, there were lots of tiny hints that she's more than she appears.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tom Tom

    The first few episodes of the first season were terrific but the rest of the season was boring and pointless with one red herring after another. I suffered waiting for the finale to resolve the mystery and was extremely disappointed. I am off the hook. I won't be going to be jerked around for another season. I might watch second season finale.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. *$*

    I thought it was a good show but I stopped watching after a while. I thought they would have wrapped up the last season finale with us knowing who killed Rosie and why, then ,start this season with another story. What, is this going to be 7 plus years (until the show ends) of trying to find out who killed Rosie? How boring is that going to be. I'm not one to dedicated all that time on one show. I usually lose interest after a while. The only show that has me completely hooked is The Walking Dead.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hair bear

    I'm glad the series came back! I like this show lots of excitement and I can't wait to find out who really did it!

    April 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Techno Viking

    I can't believe people came back to watch this show again. I was so ticked after the first season conclusion that I deleted the series from my DVR, never too look back again. I will be interested to see how many people tuned in again. My guess is 40-50% of the ratings from the first season. That's what happens when you mislead your audience.

    April 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. clydehamilton

    The 1st season was awesome. And now, only a season premier into the 2nd season, and it is the best show on television. I do not understand the hoots, hollers and complaints about the show not wrapping things up at the end of the 1st season. All I have to say is, lame. If the show had given it away, it would of sucked. And whoever wrote the article above, please consider never writing television criticism again because you stink at it, and your opinions are boring, boring, boring.

    April 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |

    yeap, u are right man

    April 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. R

    Zoltan – "Definitly Regi. He is black after all." Regi is a middle aged white female... anyway, I think it's Linden's fiance, that dude's just creepy lookin'

    April 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SARAH

    I am so glad "The Killing" is back on and they gave some catch up! It is too long between shows! DON'T TRUST HOLDER

    April 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. be quiet

    I've been saying from the first episode that the killer is Regi Darnel, the family friend/social worker who lives on the houseboat...and it's just a little too convenient now that she's gone "off on a trip" somewhere.

    If you scramble the letters of her name, you get "ringleader".

    Come on Linden, get a clue! Haha.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |

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