'The Killing' season two on video with new one coming
05:00 AM, Apr 27, 2013
Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) are back on the case when The Killing returns for a third season with a two-hour premiere June 2 on AMC. The Seattle homicide detectives will have a new case this year, after spending two seasons trying to answer the question: “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?”
The new investigation starts with Holder’s search for a missing girl, which leads to the revelation of a series of gruesome murders. Linden, who gave up police work after the Larsen murder was solved a year earlier, is drawn back in when one of the murders leads back to one of her old cases. Several newcomers join the cast, including Peter Sarsgaard as a death row inmate, Amy Seimetz as the missing girl’s mother and Elias Koteas as Linden’s former partner.
The killer shapes up to be a particularly nasty one. The poster for the show shows the silhouette of a girl and 17 bloody tally marks followed by “and counting.”
For fans wanting to catch up or revisit how they finally got to the bottom of the Larsen murder before the new drama begins, The Killing: The Complete Second Season (2012, Fox, not rated, $30) is now available on home video. After leaving the show’s central question unanswered at the end of the first season, the detectives delve deeper into the mystery of why a seemingly innocent teenager wound up drowned in the trunk of a car that had been driven into a lake.
The murder is somehow tied to a conspiracy involving mayoral politics, gambling and vice. The reserved Linden and more edgy Holder are not sure whom to trust or whether they can even trust each other. Evidence points toward City Councilman Darren Richmond’s (Billy Campbell) mayoral campaign. At the same time, Rosie’s parents, Stanley (Brent Sexton) and Mitch (Michelle Forbes) are still haunted by their daughter’s death and struggle to hold things together and raise their surviving children. Everybody has a secret, and nobody’s hands are entirely clean. No wonder the show’s motto is “be careful what you uncover.”
The Killing was developed and produced by Veena Sud, who had previously worked as a writer and executive producer on the CBS drama Cold Case. It is based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen (The Crime). As was the case with the first season, each of the 13 episodes moves the story forward by about 24 hours, giving the show a real-time feel and heightening the tension. While the show is actually shot in Vancouver, it uses Seattle’s cloudy reputation to give the show a perpetually overcast feel.
AMC had initially canceled the show last summer, but changed its mind about bringing it back. The show experienced a ratings drop after the first season ended without the Larsen case concluded. But it continued to receive strong reviews thanks to its richly drawn characters and a second season regarded as being even better than the first.