I am not going to do a full review of The Killing, because as I stated before, I am pretty much over the entire franchise. If there is a season 3, perhaps I will watch, I don’t know. I’m a little torn because part of me feel that perhaps they have learned their lesson from what they did wrong in the first two seasons and, based upon that, they will be able to make changes. Another part of me feels as if I will never care about Holden(Holder/Linden) and it’s hard for me to follow a story about characters that I just don’t give a flip about. Perhaps I will just wait until season 3 wraps and watch it on Netflix. Who knows? I don’t actually plan that far into the future – ever, so why start now?
Anyway, this weeks episode starts off with us getting a glimpse into Rosie’s final day. We get a look at how happy the family was, on the surface. They also give us this sense of “nostalgia” in her knowing that she will be running away from home. Throughout the episode, we get inner cuts of what actually happened the day she died.
At the home of Jamie and Ted Wright, Darren Richmond is trying to figure out why Jamie has been lying to him, and Jamie’s grandfather is all too happy to put into Darren’s head that Jamie wasn’t really home the night of Rosie’s death. Jamie wheels Richmond away while unsuccessfully shushing his grandfather. He takes Darren back to campaign headquarters, when they really were due at the rally where Richmond would celebrate his victory. Yes, Richmond was elected mayor. Meanwhile, Holden and Gwen are frantically looking for both Richmond and Jamie, and they start to put things together more quickly than they have put together any two clues at any point in the 25 episodes that have aired previously. They figure out that Richmond is in trouble; because Jamie is dangerous.
Long story short, Holden + Gwen track the duo to campaign headquarters where Eric Ladin (Jamie) is trying his best to come across as psycho as he holds Darren at gunpoint. Perhaps I am projecting, but I can almost see him thinking, “I can’t believe this is how this story is playing out,” beneath the surface. But, I digress. During this time, we find out how Rosie was discovered at the Indian casino; holding a camera. For some reason she completely overreacts and starts screaming, at which point Jamie had to subdue her by grabbing her up and, “accidentally,” smashing her head against the ground.
This is why I say she overreacts – I guess that if a group of adults are meeting at the construction site of a hotel casino, in the middle of the night, it stands to reason that they are doing it not to be seen, but I almost felt as if she witnessed something much more traumatizing; like, a murder, perhaps? Also, she’s 16! She doesn’t know who the hell any of those people were or why they were there. For all she knew, they were talking about something to do with the construction site.It just felt like she went from, “I swear I didn’t see anything,” to bloodcurdling screams. I don’t know. I mean, I get the gist of what they were going for, but I just don’t think it played out well. Eh, whatever. Ultimately, Holder has to put Jamie down to save them all.
The show then continues down the path of tying up loose ends here and there. I liked the part where Lt. Carlson congratulates Holden on a job well done – considering he did as little as humanly possible to help them and actually kicked them off the case and committed Linden to a mental hospital, I found that amusing. I still don’t know how they remained ON the case, but who cares at this point?
The Larsen family is working to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, deciding to move into another home. Mitch never really has to answer for abandoning the family, imo. She pretty much was allowed to go away, cheat on her husband, and come back home with no consequences. Does that happen in real life?
The… uh, climax? of the finale occurs when Holden goes to inform the Larsens that they got Rosie’s killer. The Larsens aren’t home, however, only Aunt Terry. Holden tells her that they got the killer and they wanted to wait for the Larsens to return before they shared with her who it was. Terry says she has to go upstairs to finish packing, or something, but you can sense that she was about to have some kind of emotional breakdown. Then we see the broken tail light and, again, Holden (mostly Linden) puts together 2 and 2 at lightening speed and realize that Terry was actually there the night Rosie died. They go upstairs and find Terry in Rosie’s room, which is in the process of being packed up. They then show us what actually led to Rosie’s death.
Sidebar: Before I continue, here is the “conspiracy” – Jamie made a deal with Nicole and Ames to bury Indian bones on land they wanted to develop. In exchange for hefty donations, and the support of Nicole’s Indians (yea, she pretty much owns them like property at this point), Jamie was going to get Richmond to vote in favor of… something that would make Nicole happy. That’s why they had to meet under the cloak of darkness on the 10th floor of an Indian casino; to hash out those details. Yea, I’m fuzzy on the details, but really, I didn’t have the interest in paying close attention.
The night Rosie was caught and thrown into the trunk of the Richmond campaign car, Terry and Ames was preparing to go to… Vegas, I believe. Jamie calls before that happens and they meet up at the lake that Rosie drowned in. Jamie and Ames begin arguing about what to do about Rosie. Jamie starts to say things that Terry likes, and was desperate to hear, specifically, “You can finally leave your wife and be with Terry.” Well, that’ all Terry has hear do to get herself into motion. She gets out of her car and walks over to the campaign car, opens the door, puts the car into drive, and watches it as it rolls into the water. We can hear the girl screams from the trunk. Done. “See?? I solved the problem for both of yous.”
“I didn’t know it was Rosie!” Terry wails. Well, you knew it was SOMEBODY’S Rosie; and the irony is that it was YOUR Rosie, you self-serving bitch. Sorry. That was me trying to give a fuck. Literally, in that moment, I felt me forcing myself to have some kind of “emotion” about the revelation that Terry killed her own niece. “You mean… the ENTIRE time, when you were playing the ‘good aunt,’ and sister, and sister in law, (I MEAN YOU EVEN KISSED YOUR SISTER’S HUSBAND) you knew what had happened to Rosie?!?!!??? Because, YOU did it?!?! OVER SOME
DICK PENIS? You are a crappy woman, missus!” But, in the end, after two years and 26 episodes, I just didn’t really care who killed Rosie Larsen. I would have cared at the end of season 1. I would have cared if I liked and/or empathized with the characters during season 2. But, I don’t care now and there is nothing I can do about it.
Bring on Breaking Bad!
To read an absolutely HILARIOUS take on The Killing’s Season finale, check out Jacob Clifton’s recap at Television Without Pity.
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