Monday, June 20, 2011

The Killing Finale, What Did You Think?

The Killing (AMC)

If you haven't watched last night's conclusion to the first season of The Killing, read no further here.

If you have, are you asking yourself the same question we are: Who killed Rosie Larsen?

After all, before the series started, one of the promotional posters released by AMC included that very question and implied (as any good murder mystery might) that we'd get an answer.

Sadly, we don't know who killed Rosie Larsen. And we're not sure we care any more. And that's disappointing.

We were unapologetic fans of the series, forgiving its occasional lapse in logic, making allowances for its pacing, and overlooking the "sideways" episode -- some in the media are referring to it as the "lost" episode -- that supposedly allowed us a peek into the lives of Seattle homicide detective partners Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) but really didn't show us anything we already didn't know (or couldn't infer from what preceded it). But by not bringing this murder investigation to a close this season, the writers and producers are taking a leap of faith that we'll be back next season. That's a bit presumptuous, even arrogant, on their part, and we're not sure we'll be playing along when they deign to answer the only question that was really important this season: Who killed Rosie Larsen?

What did you think of The Killing season finale? Did you think it an appropriate way to end the season, with no resolution to the case, a cliffhanger, if you will? Or are you as disappointed as we are? And will you be back next season?


  1. I'm not a big fan of cliff-hanger season finales. They seem like a ploy to get viewers back for the next season and I wish they would go away. I think one season was long enough to resolve this case and I don't see the point of dragging it out. The thing with Holder was interesting but you gotta wonder how he thought he would get away with it. And the thing with Richmond and Belko all too predictable. I was really, really annoyed by the ending

  2. In the beginning I thought the idea of a multi episode one story mystery was a different idea but I never expected to be stuck with a cliff hanger finale- I was expecting to see things wrapped up and over. I will have lost interest by the time they decide to come back. Just a bad idea to treat the audience in this way. I'm done and especially so now that I know who really did it. It was all a slick manipulation.

  3. I was really, really PO'd at the ending! The thing that "hooked" me about "The Killing" was the idea that we'd see a murder investigation through to the end and find out who killed the victim at the conclusion of the season. Even when I knew the series had been renewed, I assumed we'd start with a new case. The ending of this season felt like a cheat to me, and in fact I thought "this is turning into 'Twin Peaks'!"

  4. I agree with the others. I thought this show would give us the answer at the end of this season. I can't help but wonder if the show hadn't been renewed for season if the murderer would have been more definitive. Would the show would have ended prior to her getting the phone call on the plane? Did they film two different endings? I for one would have liked for the next season to have been about a new murder. I certainly hope this doesn't turn into another "Twin Peaks." While I enjoyed "Twin Peaks" when it was on I got a little tired of the continual question "Who Killed Laura Palmer?"

  5. Hmmm, I disagree with most of these posters. The fact that their was not a reconciliation at the end of the first season, just made me ancy in anticipation. From research, I know the storyline is not a complete duplicate of the origianl Danish series, Forbrydelsen, and also realize that it can't be an exact duplicate in order to match it up to an American audience. I like the fact that it gives a 360 degree view of the effects of one murder, seeing it through the thoughts and actions of the victim, parents, family, friends, aquaintances, and detectives. It is character driven, like a good book, which makes it compelling to watch.

    I will watch the Danish version when I am finished with this one.


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