The Killing – Day 26 – What I Know

First of all, I am sorry this has taken so long to write.  This past week has been ridiculous with work and, to be honest, I was such an emotional mess after the finale that even now I am having trouble expressing how much I loved it, the whole series, and everyone who had anything to do with it at all.  I even dreamed about a few of the characters last night (Terry and Rosie for sure, a few other fuzzy one lurk in there, too), so I knew I had to write something today.  Even though I can’t possibly do any of it justice this time.

Gah I don’t know what to say!  I loved this episode!  It had me on the edge of my seat, it broke my heart, made me sob, made me smile, and gave me the resolution I needed, without having to answer every single question.  Life never gives us all of the answers, but it usually gives us just as much as we need, and this episode did all of that for me.  It was the perfect end to the season, to the investigation and – if need be – to the series.  Though, I’ve been praying that won’t be the case – that we’ll get a season 3, a new case, and more time with our friends (please more Linden and Holder!!!) – but regardless, that was one hell of a finale!



Jamie Wright – you little bugger!  You were on my list for SO LONG, and then I changed it at the last minute for the wrong reasons – and because I liked you, and I didn’t want you to have been involved at all.  But here’s something I don’t really remember experiencing before – I still like you.  A lot.  I feel like a little piece of me died with you, and I still just feel so freaking BAD for you.  Why did Rosie have to be up on the 10th floor that particular night?  Why did her phone have to ring right when it did?  Why – everything?  It really WAS an accident.  At first, anyway.  And my heart broke some to see Jamie finally re-living that night as he tried to explain it to Darren, only to be rejected in the end.  Knowing the result of that night didn’t make it any easier to watch, either, let me just say.  The whole thing was freaking tragic.  I felt, after everything was said and done, that it had all happened to people I know – my friends – and it broke me some, for sure.  Thank you, Eric Laden, for bringing such an incredible, driven, flawed – yet ultimately good – character to life.  Your performances over the past two seasons has been exceptional, and I can’t tell you how sorry I am to lose Jamie.

Terry Marek – woman … you … Sigh.  I can’t tell you how many women I’ve known in my real life who could just as easily have found themselves in similar shoes.  People have done worse things for love, or trying to hold on to those they love, so I actually don’t judge you at all.  I do, however, feel absolutely terrible for you.  The expression on your face as that car slid into the water, and you heard the girl screaming from inside the trunk – I doubt I will ever forget that look.  The guilt of that moment would have haunted you for the rest of your life, anyway, even if it had been someone else inside.  I suspect your sleep would not have come easy after, even if the girl had already been dead.  But I can’t even imagine the weight you must have been carrying, because I know you’re a good person at heart – a person who just wants to be loved.  I wished I could hug you once it finally all came out, actually.  That whole scene in Rosie’s room with Stan and Mitch, Linden and Holder – I was crying with you, I was crying for you, and even looking at pictures or moments from the episode at all still bring tears to my eyes.  I imagine I’ll be a mess when I re-watch both seasons on DVD.  I so wanted Ames to ultimately have been kind of a douche, and for you to not have been involved.  Or at least just torn about protecting him and bringing justice to Rosie and the rest of the family.  But when I saw Michael and Jamie arguing, and you stepped out of your car, all dressed up, my heart sank.  And broke some more.  Just remember this: neither Jamie nor Michael threw you under the bus during the investigation, even when they were under pressure to admit what they knew.  That’s something, at least.  Jamie Anne Allman, thank you for showing us all of Terry – her passion, her humour, her strength, her kindness and her generosity.  Most of all, though, thank you for standing in her darkness and loneliness so completely that we viewers were able to stand there with you.  You did one hell of a job, lady, and have a forever fan of your work from now on.

Rosie Larsen – I am so glad that I got to know you even a little bit over the past couple of years.  Every little thing I discovered made me want to know you more, and that is hard to do when you’ve been reduced to memories, other people’s impressions, video clips and the occasional voicemail.  Your presence floated like a ghost throughout the entire investigation, and it was your death that ultimately brought us all together – viewers and cast, as well as all of the characters whose lives were touched by your life, as well as by your death.  And, can I just say how relieved I was to find out that you actually were a good girl?  I was worried a couple of times – so many conflicting tales about the kind of person you were and who you would have become were popping up all over the place since your body was found.  But in the end, I feel like your redemption came more in the form of character, rather than justice.  I am very glad for that, at least.  And I’m glad that you at least got to say goodbye to your family, after all.  I’m happy more for them, because every single one of them had begun to doubt what they’d meant to you, but your final film expressed it perfectly for you, and was probably a more healing resolution for them than anything that happened to Jamie or Terry.  Katie Findlay, not since Laura Palmer has an actress playing a dead girl so completely captured my attention and heart so quickly.  Unlike our beloved Twin Peaks girl, however, you actually managed to keep me hooked through two complete seasons, and because I liked Rosie more and more as time went on, it was your performance in the final episode that most broke me – that film the Larsens watched absolutely destroyed me, all alone in my livingroom.  I couldn’t even text my friend who was watching across the city at the same time, until after the final credits had rolled because I was such a mess.  Thank you for bringing such a powerful and wonderful presence to the memory of a character.  You gave Rosie life after her death, and made her a complete living soul – one we all felt the loss of, in the end.  Finding out who killed Rosie Larsen somehow became less important to discovering who Rosie Larsen really was, to me, and it was your talent and general awesomeness that brought her from the fictional world Veena created into ours.  Also, read your interview on the AMC page and the fact that you’re a huge dork makes me wish we were friends in real life!  lol

To all of the other creators, cast and crew, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and congratulations for pulling off what, in my opinion, has been one of the greatest series I have ever had the good fortune to experience.  To the fans from the AMC forums, thank you for your humour, extremely varied and well-thought-out theories, and for just being there week to week (and especially the months between seasons), hashing everything out and putting the pieces together from Day One.  To Veena Sud, I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve created with The Killing, nor for what it’s meant to me.  I have no words.  I would like to mention, though, that it was AWESOME the way you turned everything upsidedown and went against expectations.  Belko actually had a good heart; he wasn’t a perverted creep.  Gwen was actually intelligent and ambitious, but not the ice queen we may have thought she could be sometimes.  Particularly when Jamie was shot.  And yet Darren, who seemed to be the world’s first big-hearted and honest politician, was actually one of the biggest douches of them all, and in the end, I’m not sure I really feel so bad about him not being able to walk anymore!  ;)

There’s so much more I want to say (like watch this awesome extra bonus video), but I’ll just ease up now, and add my plea to those already being expressed by my fellow fans:  Dear AMC, PLEASE don’t kill The Killing!!!  Bring on Season 3!!!  (And you should totally sell merch online, BTW – I want a Vote For Richmond button!!!)

Thank you.  <3

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The Killing – Day 25 – Donnie or Marie

This show is KILLING me!!!  So so good – every episode has been amazing, and there was so much going on this week that I had a hard time falling asleep after!

Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

The key card Linden found on the 10th floor belongs to someone in Richmond’s camp.  I believe it’s been fairly established as having been Gwen’s card – she admitted that hers had disappeared from her purse, AND that she’d been driving the car Rosie’s body was found in earlier that same day.  She seemed to have an explanation for everything, but at the same time, when she was questioned as to why she hadn’t thought to mention any of that at the time, the best she could come up with was a threat about being careful who they asked questions of, or something.  Not looking so great for Gwen-y.

She was also in that old pic of the casino opening with Jackson, her allegedly criminal ex (who also had a broken arm like Roberta, and who is now in prison – for murder), and Gwen’s daddy, the Senator who passed his daughter around to powerful would-be child molesters.  Nice.

And then there’s Jamie.  His grandpa originally gave him his alibi by saying Jamie was with him all night, but he lied.  We know Jamie went to the gym at city hall (without his key card, as the guard had to let him in) at 4:30am or so, and we know that around 1am, he got on the casino’s elevator to the 10th floor.  As did Rosie, Jackson and Michael Ames.

Now, here’s where things get interesting to me.  We’ve found out that Jamie (acting on Richmond’s behalf) pushed through Ames’ only business proposal that didn’t have his wife’s name attached, supposedly in an effort to woo Ames away from Adams.  Jackson seems pretty evil (I can see her wanting to kill Rosie just for being UP there, and having the guys take care of the body for her), but again – her presence in that little secret meeting isn’t really illegal – I would presume they were discussing Adams, the waterfront, and the election.  I know they wouldn’t want Adams to find out about their meeting, but is just the three of them meeting secretly actually worth killing for?  Let alone the WAY she was killed?

Rosie was wearing the v-neck sweater in the elevator footage – the same sweater she was wearing in the ATM machine footage from that same night, so even though she wasn’t working, she was clearly there for some reason other than to just go up to 10 for a smoke and to look at the city.  The bloody sweater that was found in the field, however, had a rounded collar.  Continuity issue?  Or subtle clue?  I don’t know…but I can’t wait to find THAT out!

Belko said Rosie had gotten a call when she was at the house that night, and that she’d thrown things quickly into her backpack, grabbed her keys, and left again.  “Adela.  I’ll be there,” he said she’d said.  So it sounds like Rosie wasn’t originally planning on going all the way out to the casino that night to begin with.  Someone told her to go there after the party.

And if she was heading to California to watch the butterflies, would she have packed a freaking TOUQUE?!  I’m just saying – it was October, but I’ve never had to wear a warm hat like that in California.  *shrugs*

Was Rosie depositing cash or taking it out of the ATM at the casino that night?  She could have used any machine, couldn’t she?  If she was just taking money out?  She wouldn’t have had to rush and catch the last ferry, stop at the bank machine, then head up to the 10th floor to gaze at the city she was supposedly planning on leaving behind.

I keep thinking that maybe the person who put the car in the lake didn’t know she was in the trunk.  But then why dump the car at all?  Because it was stolen?  If it was stolen from the lot, and WASN’T at the casino, then how did Rosie get in the trunk to begin with?  My other theory was that maybe the person who dumped the car thought Rosie was already dead, and they were scared and trying to hide the body.  But then why tie her up?  And if you’d already beaten her and chased her through the woods, and somewhere in there you knocked her unconscious to the point of thinking she was dead, you’re pretty much screwed even if she IS still alive, so I’m guessing you wouldn’t take the time to tie up the body before dumping the car, either.

I wonder if whoever was chasing her took their flashlight with them, or if it was left in the glovebox, or elsewhere in the car?  See, Linden’s batteries were dead that next morning…the flashlight that was on Regi’s boat.  That’s part of what made me think it was Rick – that little throwaway moment where Linden had grabbed the flashlight, only to find that it wouldn’t work, and tossed it in favour of something else.  Maybe Rick and Regi are secretly in love and plotted to drive Sarah crazy again so that they could be together.

Yep.  Though Regi seems kinda gay to me sometimes, so MAYBE she and JACKSON were in love, and…nevermind.  That doesn’t make any sense, either. (HI-larious moment between Holder and Linden re: Jackson and Roberta:  “You’re just figuring that out NOW?”  LOL)

It was interesting to me that Linden accused Roberta of being the one who broke into her hotel room and hung that picture up on the fridge.  I figure that must have just been to get her riled up enough to give them the elevator disk, but daay-umm!  That was an odd move…though Roberta WAS watching Linden and Jack at Holder’s that night, so I guess it’s possible.  I just have no idea how or why she would go digging for that particular picture and hang it on the fridge.  Seems more like something someone who knew Linden’s history well would do.

I’m still torn between wondering if the election race actually had anything to do with it, or not, too.  From the beginning, this whole case has felt pretty personal to Linden – almost catered to her, really.  It’s been a battle between her and the killer this whole time – even before they had a body.

Anyway.  I still think it was Rick, in the Library, with a candlestick.  ;)

Rick, Jamie, and Tom the Billionaire have been my Top 3 suspects for awhile now, so I’d be thrilled if it were one of them – or a combination…or something.  Though I couldn’t even claim to be all that smart even if it IS one of them.  I’ve never really been able to work out a scenario that fits the evidence – I’m just hoping that Holder and Linden do that for me, at this point!  :)

Maybe Rick lured Rosie with butterfly talk, promising to take her to watch them in Sonoma, and then killed her because he knew it would cause Linden to obsess into Crazy-Land again, and that she would never suspect him.

I think I really just want it to be Rick, even just so I can see the brilliant talent that is Callum Keith Rennie on this show one more time.  ;)

I almost don’t think it was Jamie now, though, just because it seems so much like it was.  I fully expect to be surprised, even if I’ve guessed everyone as a suspect at some point, because I still can’t make it all make sense in my head, so even if I think I know the killer or the motive or the method – I just can’t get it all to work out in my mind, so no matter what we find out next week will feel like an awesome surprise to me!

What an amazing and fun ride it has been, hey kids?  I can’t wait to find out how everything plays out, and yet – like nearing the final chapter of a wonderful book – I don’t want it to be over.  I will heartily miss sharing the adventures of our detectives Linden and Holder in that rainy and gloomy city.  I’m already praying for a Season 3.

The season finale of The Killing – and the solving of the Rosie Larsen murder – airs Sunday at 9:00pm EST on AMC

The Killing – Day 23 – 72 Hours

Wow.  This episode, I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat for parts of it, and by the time the familiar tension-building, end-coming theme music came on, I was cursing how very wired and awake I was!  So great!  Some spoilers below, so don’t read if you haven’t seen it yet and want to watch it fresh.

For starters, I need to say that Brent Sexton continues to break my heart with his genuine portrayal of the very broken Stan Larsen.  It was awesome to see Bennett Ahmed back on his feet (more or less), even though he rightfully had nothing to say to Stan in the face of his apology.  I remember vaguely wondering if I’d seen Stan carrying a ladder back to his truck just before the confrontation with Bennett and his wife, but that one sweet moment with the outside light confirmed it wonderfully for me.  It was, however, the voice message Stan left on Rosie’s cell phone that destroyed me emotionally.  “It should never have been a secret from you that I chose to be your father.”  Good Lord – I can barely type about it without welling up again.  From Stan and Terry’s heartfelt talk to the moment he walked in with the most ridiculously cute dog ever and got a rare smile out of Tommy at last – this episode felt like a real turning point for Stan, and I for one was very happy to see it.

Darren Richmond had a busy day, but I’m not sure he felt how busy it actually was.  Between basketball and his discussion with Gwen – he really seems to be back to his old self again now.  Or rather, not back to the way he was, but he seems to have grown.  Somehow, the whole situation with Rosie’s murder and getting shot by Belko has given him a peace and strength and sense of purpose that he didn’t have after his wife died.  As soon as he sensed where Gwen was going with her reason for asking the Mayor to meet her at the office, he tried to back off.  And to her credit, she didn’t.  She shared her pain and anger with him, anyway, and neither of them had to say anything after that.  A touch to the arm was all the unspoken communication they needed between them, at that point.  I thought it was a lovely scene, actually.

Okay – I need to talk about Holder and Linden now – probably for the rest of this post.  Because holy hell – HUGE stuff going on this week!  Linden wakes up in the psychiatric ward, on 72 hour suicide watch.  Whoever clocked her at the casino had told authorities that they’d stopped her from trying to kill herself and that she’d been knocked unconscious in the struggle.  The fact that she’d been suspended and had no right to be at the casino in the first place just made their story all the stronger.  And as we all know, as soon as you’re branded a little crazy, it’s very difficult to talk your way out of it.  Especially when you’ve lost your job, sent your son off to live with his father (after dodging Family Services), and have a history of getting too involved with certain cases.  Linden didn’t have a leg to stand on, really.  but she did have Stephen Holder.

Holder was a man on a mission this episode – he had a fire under him that I don’t think we’ve really seen before.  His loyalty to Sarah is admirable to say the least – even in the face of Regi’s seeming logic and lack of help, Holder refused to leave things be, even for a few days.  He believed Linden had found evidence at the casino that linked someone at city hall to Rosie’s murder, and he found Janek’s dude who’d been arrested that same night, planting bones on the waterfront property that was the cornerstone of Mayor Adams’ campaign (further linking Adams to Michael Ames).  He even went the extra mile to get Linden out of the hospital early by calling in her former shrink.

Which – HOW could Rick have been marrying her if he was her SHRINK?!  How unscrupulous is THAT?!  He launched himself back to the top of my suspect list with that little tidbit of info!  If anyone would know how to break Sarah Linden, it would be the guy who was her psychiatrist on the first case where she lost her mind.  If this whole crime was meant to be personal to her, it’s totally that guy who’s behind it.  I’m not convinced that Rosie was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I’m not convinced that she wasn’t, either.

This whole time, I’ve been trying to make sense of that night in my head, and so far it hasn’t clicked together for me.  There’s lots of suspects, and many of them have very decent motives for wanting Rosie dead.  Or, if she just saw or heard something she shouldn’t have, many of them have decent motives for wanting to keep secrets.  But Sarah Linden nailed what I’ve been thinking all along – the way Rosie was killed just doesn’t make sense.

I mean – she was beaten at the casino, because there is blood all over everything.  She was still with it enough to jump from the car and run through the woods at night, taking off her sweater and dropping her dad’s bank car in the field along the way.  Then she got caught again, tied up, and put into the trunk of Richmond’s campaign car, which was then dumped in the lake.  Why kill her like that?  You’ve already done ALL this (some of which could have killed her before then), but in the end, you decide to drown her alive in the trunk of a car?  Who does that?  If she just saw something she wasn’t meant to see and she had to be killed to protect that secret, why not just kill her and dump the body?  Why the torture of a slower, scarier death?

Plus, Rick got there kinda fast, didn’t he?  I’d have to guess at the timing after watching the episode again, but there didn’t seem to be much time between Holder asking his boss to locate Sarah’s former psychiatrist (that scene was brilliantly done, too, by the way), and Rick showing up to sign some forms and make a speech about not getting involved again.  Regi handled Sarah’s case when she was a kiddo, and became a mother figure for her.  Then Rick becomes her therapist and they end up getting engaged.  It even looked kind of like Rick helping Regi with the boat when Holder went to ask her for help.  Could they both be in on something?  I want him to be the killer so bad now!  lol

I *loved* the scenes between Linden and the hospital therapist, though.  How horrible for her to have spent a night alone in a dark empty apartment after being abandonned by her mother when she was only 5 years old?  We learned so much about Sarah’s childhood, and the former case that broke her with the child, Adrian (?), who drew that picture and ended up in the foster system just like she had.  That same pic ended up on her fridge suddenly a couple of days ago, too, let’s not forget!  AND Linden doesn’t believe that the boy’s father was the killer in that case, which would mean that the real killer is possibly still on the loose.  Anyway, I loved all of that time spent with the therapist lady – I was soaking up each moment like a sponge.  So intimate.  Even just seeing Linden in a t-shirt and jeans was new – it was a different sort of Sarah Linden that we were exposed to this week, and I’m glad we got to see some of the chinks in her armour at last.

I’m glad that Holder got to see her a little differently, too.  Because he stayed right by her side, and I think that strength and loyalty and genuine caring is what’s going to see both of them through the next few days.

Rosie Larsen’s killer is soon to be revealed – what do YOU all think?  Who killed Rosie???

The Killing airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC

The Killing – Day 19 – Openings

Okay.  Please bear with me – my brain is still going a mile a minute after this episode, and I know I’ve missed things and that I’ll be forgetting things – or even getting them wrong.  But let’s just jump in and see what we come up with, shall we?

Terry – bless.  Dude Ames is so not leaving his wife for you.  And frankly, you can do better.  He seems like kind of a tool.  His wife is the smart one, really.  She doesn’t have to sleep with him, AND she gets all the money if he goes anywhere.  All that being said, though, he’s been deliberately remote with Terry since the night Rosie died.  He cancelled their trip, showed up at the wake and shot her a look then ignored her, and called her two weeks later to dump her in person.  And did you see his reaction to the insinuation that someone other than he was making decisions about his life?  A tad violent, no?  Thank goodness she didn’t threaten his manhood.  I wonder if Rosie did.

And speaking of Rosie – help me out here.  We know Rosie was at the casino that night, and other nights.  Do we KNOW she was part of Beau Soleil?  I know she was dressed different from her usual fare, and now the Beau Soleil records are gone, but…they found Terry through the website.  I can’t remember if they ever actually connected Rosie with it, though.  And does Terry know Rosie was at the casino all the time?  For some reason, I thought she’d kind of gotten Rosie into it, or something.  But even with Linden and Holder, who have questioned her a few times about it all – she didn’t seem to connect Rosie with anyone from the Beau Soleil world.  Not even Jasper’s dad when, considering his son had dated the girl, such a link between the two parties may be worth mentioning.

Speaking of Jasper, I think this week was the first time I actually liked the kid!  He’s still not my favourite, but I thought he was pretty funny with Holder, and stood up to his father for a few seconds, so that was cool.  I’m not sure I buy the whole, “I sent the text from Rosie’s phone as a joke” thing, because his mom knows about her husband’s affairs (haha see what I did there?), but at the same time, Jasper seemed to be genuinely upset about the way his father treats his mother, so maybe there’s something to it.  I don’t know.

Darren Richmond!  Well, HE certainly pulled himself together in a hurry, didn’t he?  He even made a joke when Jamie was tying up his shoes, and again later to Gwen.  I was happy to see Gwen back, actually.  It’ll be interesting to see if she and Richmond and Jamie can all just work together, but so far it looks to be going okay.  Richmond handled himself perfectly in the interview with the nosey lady, and it looks like Gwen at least feels she can help him win.  Actually, I think maybe all three of them think she could be the one to put them over the top – if anyone can.

Alright, part of me wants to talk about every detail – Stan and Alexi (“She saved your life” – truer words, lad, truer words), Mitch and Tina (I loved watching them together, even though the kid seems bent on screwing with the woman.  I think they get most of what they each need from one another), and the letter Mitch had in her keepsakes box.  Who is THAT guy?  I guess she never sent it?  It didn’t have a return address on it…the website says it was to a ‘David’, but now I can’t remember if there was a last name to it, or not.  I guess not one we were supposed to recognize.  Hopefully.  I’m going to watch that part again.

Holder and Linden – there were SO MANY looks passed between them at new pieces of information that came their way.  Cab with a broken taillight – does that mean something?  Where was Ames between the ferry dock and his 4:30am arrival home that night?  Why was the casino lady showing up at his party?  It all comes back to the Mayor – or, rather, the circle includes him.  It’s like everyone has a secret, and some of them are keeping the same ones.  Even Rosie’s death pretty much HAS to have involved more than one person, I think.  If not the actual act, then the cover-up that’s been going on since.  Everyone is determined to see either someone else blamed for the crime (ie Richmond), or have it dropped all together (Mr. No Warrants For You cop boss).  But Holder and Linden seem to be on the same page now more than ever before.  They’re practically completing one another’s sentences, really!

Why was Holder’s sponsor and fake photo-giver cop at the station before the Ames men arrived?  Apparently he doesn’t even need to give a reason for being there anymore.  I was thinking about that photo again, actually.  The fact remains that it could never have been used as evidence in a trial against Richmond, because there were too many ways to tell it was a fake.  Or, at least, there were too many ways to tell that it didn’t come from that toll station.  Linden found out within hours – there’s no way it could have lasted long enough to even go to trial.  So why would a high-ranking cop reach for a quick fix that he knew wouldn’t last very long to begin with?  It didn’t even last long enough for Linden to fly out of town.  Other than getting a quick arrest – which would either be just as quickly overturned and frustrate everyone further with the police and how they’ve handled the investigation, or if Richmond really was the guy you’d have to hope that the photo lasted long enough to collect some real evidence to put him away – why would anyone doctor that photo so carelessly to begin with?

I loved, loved loved seeing Linden get all giddy over Jack.  It turned right creepy when she saw the pic on the fridge, though.  Have we seen that pic before?  I feel like I should know where it came from, or who drew it – something.  Very cute how they showed up at Holder’s door (“Are you home?”), but either they were followed and Linden didn’t notice, or someone is watching Holder place – or both of them.  Freaky ending.

Holder said that, if he were a teen and found out his father wasn’t his father, he’d find his real father.  Do you think Rosie did?

The Killing airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC

The Killing: Season 2 Premiere/Day 15

One of television’s best written and most intelligent shows is back for a second season, having already begun with its two-hour premiere on AMC this past Sunday night.  So much happened on the finale last season that I had more than a few “oh YEAH” moments during the initial catch-up sequences, but then I was right back into the story again; the months in between all but forgotten.

We immediately return to where we left off; the rain-drenched streets of a dark and brooding Seattle city-scape lending the same ominous atmosphere to the question followers of the show would most like answered:  Who killed Rosie Larsen?

Many thought that the case had been solved last season when Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) presented his partner, the intrepid Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos), with a photo which seemed to contain damning evidence against Mayoral candidate Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell).  The police arrested Richmond, and Holder was left to clean up the end of the case while Sarah and her son, Jack, departed for Sonoma in the hopes of patching up her relationship with Rick (Callum Keith Rennie), the fiance who’d decided he’d been waiting for Sarah long enough, and had left her to return to California on his own.  After having just boarded her plane, however, Sarah received a call that told her the photo Holder had used as evidence to close the case was, in fact, a fake.  Floored by the revelation and all it could imply, Linden barely managed to get herself and Jack off the plane again before it took off.

In the meantime, the unstable Belko (Brendan Sexton III), who is a close friend of Stan Larsen, Rosie’s dad, finally killed his crazy freakish mother, and then went after Richmond, perhaps hoping that he could somehow avenge Rosie’s untimely death if he could kill her killer.  He opens fire on Richmond and is subsequently arrested, while political aids Jamie (Eric Ladin) and Gwen (Kristin Lehman) head to the hospital to see if Darren can survive the shooting, let alone the dive his career will have taken now that murder charges have been laid.

Stan Larsen (the brilliant Brent Sexton) is having trouble of his own.  His wife, Mitch (played so well by Michelle Forbes that she deserves every acting award ever invented for the first season alone), has left him alone with their two young sons and her sister, Terry (Jamie Anne Allman).  Neither adult really knows where Mitch has gone, nor if she’ll ever return.  Her pain at losing Rosie had become too much to bear, and she left her family behind; her whereabouts unknown.  So Stan now not only has to find a way to stave off his sons’ mounting questions about their mother, but he also needs to find a way to make them feel safe, even as the Larsen family itself begins to unravel.

Linden and Jack move back into a hotel room, and she quietly tries to further investigate the Larsen case while avoiding Holder, whom she believes has betrayed her with the photograph.  Gwen and Jamie bond slightly while they wait for Darren to come out of surgery, and Gwen reveals her suspicions of Richmond’s whereabouts the night Rosie was killed.  Jamie doesn’t buy it and kicks her out of the hospital, only to realize that he may potentially have to be the only “family” his boss has around him if he survives the surgery.  Stan visits Belko in jail after Holder has a chat with him and attempts to calm him down.  But when more evidence begins to arise in the Larsen case (which they had just closed the day before), Holder – separately from Linden, who’s finding out things on her own – also begins to suspect that they may have arrested the wrong man.

Now, I have to admit, I had so much fun “investigating” this series last season.  My brain would not shut down for hours after each episode, sleepily turning over every new piece of evidence until it sometimes inhabited my dreams.  I was on the suspect tracker and message boards each week, clicking off my chosen suspect and seeing what others had to say.  There were many interesting theories – and some that were just ridiculous – but I was always fairly confident that understated fiance Rick was The Killer.  I felt that the case was going to end up being more personally related to Linden than it had at first seemed, and Rick was awfully eager to get her out of Seattle and into a happy marriage.  Which – fair enough – but seriously, who waits until the day their fiancee is supposed to move to start planning the wedding that’s to occur mere weeks later?  Besides, Callum Keith Rennie is always a safe bet to be the bad guy, in my experience!

The thing to remember is this:  only two weeks have passed since Rosie Larsen died.  Fifteen days.  It’s actually quite amazing that Sarah Linden accomplished as much as she did in so short a time, really, especially considering the fact that no one believed there was even a body to be found, let alone a death to be investigated.  It was her dogged determination that led to the discovery of Rosie’s beaten and broken body in the first place.  It was supposed to have been her last day of work, and she could have just left when they were calling it a runaway or a teenaged girl’s secret time spent with her ex-boyfriend.  But she stayed and persisted, against all odds, managing to find the body at the end of the first day, and leading to what would be one of the most heart-wrenching scenes I think I’ve ever witnessed.  The moment that Stan and Mitch Larsen realize their daughter is dead is something I doubt I’ll ever forget, and really brought home the brilliance of this series to me.  I’ve been hooked ever since.

While I will continue like Rick as the killer until he’s definitely not (it’s just more fun that way), I have to admit that the season premiere/Day 15 had me back to thinking it’s got something to do with people in the Mayor’s camp.  It seems to keep coming back to the waterfront project, and I’m thinking that the whole thing is a lot larger than one girl’s death.  I think there are cops in on it, I think the Mayor is in on it, and I think Holder was brought in on the case because he’s generally known as an ex-addict and a screw-up.  I think Linden was expected to leave, and Holder would just do what he was told and not do any thinking for himself in the hopes of making detective.

My current theory involves Rosie being used to get closer to Richmond, but she genuinely liked him, and refused to do anything that would put him in a bad light.  So she was killed, and Richmond was framed for the murder, sort of.  At the very least, her body was discovered in one of his campaign cars, so the whole case shed a bad light on those in his camp and weakened his political clout.

There is also a constant reminder from pretty much everyone around her that Sarah once had a similar case and that she didn’t come out of it unscathed – everyone keeps ominously refering to what happened “last time”.  That’s another reason why I wondered if maybe this one was done to personally break her in the end, but we’ll see.  So far, she’s chewing a lot of nicotine gum to kick her smoking habit, but she’s not nearly as fragile as those who were around “last time” would have us think.  I never really liked Belko as the killer, nor Richmond.  I don’t think it’s a woman, and while Gwen is obviously jealous of anyone who’s closer to Darren than she is, I think hers is more focused on his dead wife.  It’s impossible to compete with a ghost, and she knows that all too well.  I doubt she would have seen young Rosie as a threat to her relationship with Darren Richmond, even if she did sort of resemble his late wife.

I know – I’m pretty much just crossing people OFF the suspect list, instead of adding them to it, at this point!  I suppose that comes from my X-Files days of Trust No One, but it really seems like everyone in this case is hiding something.  Maybe not the identity of Rosie Larsen’s killer, but certainly something they’d prefer to be kept secret.  I think it’s safe to say that this incarnation of the series has separated itself from the trail blazed by the original Danish version, so now it doesn’t matter who the original killer was – now it’s anybody’s game.

And since my beloved Lost Girl has begun its break between seasons 2 and 3, my Sunday nights are all about finding out why The Killing was just the beginning…

The Killing airs Sundays (and several other days and times) on AMC.

Also, for more fun, check out the interactive features on AMC’s website, including the Suspect Tracker, Case File and search Rosie’s Room!