The Killing has been revived more times than Dick Cheney.
Premiering in 2011, the crime drama series follows homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) as they investigate a number of murders in Seattle, Washington.
The first and second seasons cover the investigation into the brutal murder of Rosie Larsen, a local teenager. The story line fluctuates between the police work done to find the culprit, the Larsen’s attempts to regain normalcy and the members of a political campaign affected by the case.
In 2012, AMC announced the cancellation of The Killing. Knights in shining armours Fox Television Studios and Netflix rescued its untimely death, and renewed it for a third season. Season three was arguably as good as the first two, with the two detectives uncovering dozens of murders related to each other and a case that Linden had worked on years before.
Once again the devil came for The Killing, and once again he was thwarted. AMC announced in 2013 that the season had been cancelled, but Saint Netflix swooped in to rescue it for a fourth and (possibly) final season. The last season features the detective duo handling the results of their actions from the season before, while also investigating the murder of an entire family whose sole survivor is a boy in the military.
It’s refreshing to see an unattractive cast. For once, I didn’t fantasize about being taken out to a nice fancy dinner, followed promptly by bearing all of their children. I found that the characters were then more relatable to and realistic, struggling with a slightly more dramatic life than us normal folks.
Detective Linden reminds me of a relentless, pent-up pit bull when it comes to solving the cases; she deals with issues head on and seems absolutely fearless.
8.5/10 – If you like corruption, twists, suspense and drama, then you’ll love this show.