Damnit! AMC's "The Killing" Found A Way To Make Me Watch Again
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Damnit! AMC's "The Killing" Found A Way To Make Me Watch Again

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 13, 2013 | Comments ()


Let's recap: AMC's "The Killing" came out of the gate three years ago looking like a strong, slow-moving but brilliant detective show that didn't exactly break the mold or anything, but it was original and compelling enough for basic cable. The first three or four episodes were brilliant, too, as detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) focused on the investigation of one murder, that of Rosie Larsen. But the show quickly began to drag, the red herrings became annoying, and by the end of season one, all we wanted was to find out who the killer was so we could bail on the goddamn show.

But they didn't tell us who the killer was, which pissed off a lot of people. Then showrunner Veena Sud said to us, "Oh, we'll solve the murder within the first few episodes, then we'll start a new investigation." But she didn't follow through on that promise, either. She dragged that goddamn investigation through two full seasons, and the only reason I watched it all was so that I could find out who the murderer was, tell everyone, and save them from having to watch it.

AMC then had the good sense to cancel the damn show because there was significant viewer loss, and everyone was frustrated with the series, despite the incredible talent in front of the camera. Unfortunately, AMC changed their mind after a deal with Netflix, and they revived the series, which will likely begin airing again in May 2013. Despite promises of a new investigation, most of us have written off the series anyway because Veena Sud is still the showrunner.

But, now the bastards have brought Peter Sarsgaard aboard, and anyone who loves fine actors loves Peter Sarsgaard. He'll be playing a ""a lifelong convict born into poverty and crime" nearing the end of his time on death row. That's a juicy role. Plus, the third series will focus on several murders, all connected to an old Sarah Linden case. That's also interesting. The question is, will the sons of bitches kick it into gear in the third season and finally achieve the potential we saw in "The Killing" back in season one?

Peter Sarsgaard is reason enough to find out. Damnit.


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  • e jerry powell

    That picture of the PS is making me weak. Beyond that, I think I'd rather watch the Danish original sitting around with Edina Monsoon.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    " all we wanted was to find out who the killer was so we could bail on the goddamn show"

    More of the royal we? I didn't feel that way at all and I really didn't give a shit who the murderer was, I just enjoyed the journey with all the side trips. I was thrilled when I heard there would be a third season.

  • Brian K

    I can't be the only one who loved both seasons of the Killing. For me it wasn't about who did it, but what the whole investigation did to all the people involved. It was ruining Linden's life (again), tearing apart the family who lost Rosie, and even exposing some deep government corruption. The pacing, the gloom, the strangely likeable characters, all made this one of my favorite shows. If all you want is a procedural where you find out the killer right on schedule, check out CSI or Law and Order....

  • F'mal DeHyde


    Rowles would probably like the show better if it had Lena Dunham in it. *eye roll*

  • logan

    C'mon Rowles you said that the damn show moved like a glacier, except slower your own self. Why expect anything better this time?

  • PaddyDog

    So obviously Veena Sud has pictures of a top AMC exec naked with little boys. Because nothing else explains the fact she has not be fired.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    She's also really hot, so that could be a factor.

  • Amy

    Oh wow, casting Peter Sarsgaard as a baddie, they had to think hard about that one.

  • lowercase_ryan

    NO NO NO!!! Skarsgaard AND Kinnaman is reason enough.

    Seriously, I loved the show from day 1 and never stopped. Holder is one of my favorite characters ever and I am so excited this is coming back,

  • Jerry Kenney

    You watch it and tell us all about it.

  • BobbFrapples

    No. The first season on The Killing was excruciating. I will not subject myself to that kind of pacing again. Even if Robocop is on the case.

  • Ley

    Still no.

  • VonnegutSlut

    Peter Sarsgaard has some of the best "heroin eyes" this side of Benecio Del Toro--sexy, SEXY--but are they enough to make me watch season three?

    Maaaayyyyyybeeeee...but probably no.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I think the question is whether this will be the season that Killing-verse Seattle finally drowns.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Or Linden will shoot her annoying kid in the head. (Not that she's mother-of-the-year material herself.)

  • PerpetualIntern

    Ooooh, I hadn't seen your spoiler article! Thanks! I had been wondering, but refused to watch the second season...

  • Fredo

    No way. No chance. Hell no.

    1 season of The Killing is enough for me.

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