[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 2 finale of The Killing. Read at your own risk.]
In the end, The Killing's final red herring wasn't exactly a red herring. Well, it was, but... let us explain.
Season 2's penultimate episode pretty strongly implicated Jamie Wright (Eric Ladin), the right-hand man of city councilman and mayoral hopeful Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell), in the death of Rosie Larsen. But...
The Killing returned Sunday night, taking the two more steps toward finally finding out who killed Rosie Larsen. (That's official, too: The murderer will be revealed in the Season 2 finale.) So what have we learned since last year's open-ended, infuriating-to-some season-ender?
When we last left off, Councilman Richmond (Billy Campbell) had been revealed as Orpheus, a frequent Beau Soleil client, and a man without an alibi. Before he could be formally arrested, Belko (Brendan Sexton III), friend of the Larsens and unstable would-be Larsen, shot the councilman. Meanwhile, Detective Linden (Mireille Enos) who was almost en route to her fiancé learned that the most damning evidence against Richmond, a photo filed by Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman), was a fake.
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Moments later, when Season 2 picks up, a royally ticked off Linden has exited the plane with Holder in her crosshairs. Here's what we learned in the course of our own investigation of The Killing's two-hour premiere:
You'd think they'd killed somebody.
After a season crammed with multiple suspects and red herrings, AMC's moody cop drama The Killing signed off without revealing who strangled teen beauty Rosie Larsen, and many fans and critics cried foul.
The producers were blindsided by the reaction.
Carice van Houton and Stephen Dillane
No fooling, this April Fool's TV weekend has something for just about everyone.
Starting with the long-awaited (though not nearly as long as Mad Men made us wait) second season of HBO's masterful epic fantasy Game of Thrones (Sunday, 9/8c).
Nathan Fillion, Kristin Lehman
Think Castle only has eyes for Beckett? Think again.
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Castle has booked The Killing's Kristin Lehman as the latest obstacle between the would-be lovers, TVGuide.com has learned. Lehman plays Martina Kaye, a sexy art insurance investigator who joins Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) on a murder investigation that involves the theft of a valuable sculpture.
As we previously reported, when Martina meets Castle, the attraction is instant, which no doubt will make for an awkward working relationship with Beckett...
Cheers to Billy Campbell for straddling the line between good and evil on The Killing.
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SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you haven't watched last night's episode!
The veteran actor has long managed to toggle between playing heroes (The Rocketeer) and villains (J. Lo's abusive husband in Enough). But never before has he combined both admirable and abominable qualities in a single character more successfully than as Seattle mayoral candidate Darren Richmond on ...
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the season finale of The Killing. Read at your own risk.]
If you were expecting to find out who killed Rosie Larsen in Sunday's season-ending hour of The Killing, you might be feeling a little frustrated. For nearly an hour, viewers calculated gas mileage, retraced Rosie's final steps, saw Darren's lies unravel, watched the Larsen family implode... all before finding out that the murder would not be solved before the credits rolled.
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TVGuide.com watched the finale in advance and on Thursday spoke to executive producer Veena Sud, formerly in charge of CBS crime procedural Cold Case and now responsible for adapting The Killing's original Danish counterpart Forbrydelsen for AMC, about why she's keeping viewers in the dark, if we'll ever know more about Rosie, and what we can expect in Season 2...
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Question: I have watched All My Children and One Life to Live for 40 years. I watch GMA and stay with ABC just waiting for them to come on to see what has happened. They are an escape from reality with spice, and ABC wants to give us more reality? There are mannnnny other stations for that. If ABC cancels my soaps, I will not watch them ever again any time of the day or night. AMC and OLTL are icons. Regis retires in November and Kelly understands. AMC and OLTL are a part of our lives and our friends. This is a wrong choice that ABC needs to reconsider or I'll be watching The Early Show, Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, Gunsmoke and Walker Texas Ranger, not reality. Oprah's leaving. Put the new shows there, or move the soaps around, just do not cancel them. 40 years of loyalty cuts deep and never heals. Why did they move AMC to LA and hire the veteran head writer just to cancel? Someone's thinking is screwed up. — Mary Alice
Kristin Lehman, Billy Campbell and Eric Ladin
Not since the fall TV onslaught has there been a weekend this cluttered with high-profile new premieres, including network and cable (though mostly cable), running the gamut from lavish costume drama to spy spoof to haunting mystery. And there's a really lousy, old-school Kennedy miniseries in the mix you might have heard about. Something for everyone, you might say...
Mireille Enos, The Killing
It will take 13 episodes before viewers learn who killed young Rosie Larsen in AMC's new, slow-burning murder mystery The Killing. Before getting answers, audiences will have to wade through the dark investigation, its well of complicated suspects and the tragic aftermath for Rosie's family. For executive producer Veena Sud, writing this show has been the perfect antidote to years at the helm of a network cop drama.
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Sud previously ran CBS' unsolved-crimes procedural Cold Case, where she became expert at crafting stories that wrapped in a single episode. But she wanted her next project to be darker and longer, and soon after she left the show in 2008, her agent directed her to the popular Danish series Forbrydelsen ("The Crime," in English), a harrowing narrative about the search for a murdered teenager's killer in Copenhagen. The rights to remake the series were available, and AMC, already home to the luxuriously slow, Emmy-winning character drama Mad Men, was interested.
"Cold Case was a wonderful place to learn how to work and problem-solve and get things done, but it was also such a grueling, grueling process," Sud says...