The Killing – “Stonewalled”

Season One, Episode Eight

Let me just start out by mentioning the best scene from last night’s episode, which was obviously when Linden followed Holder and his mystery friend to a basement to reveal a 12-step program of ex-junkies. Even though it was no surprise that Holder is an ex-junkie, it was simply the best-written and best-acted scene from the episode. In addition to that, it simply made me like Holder more.

That being said, “Stonewalled” was a mediocre episode at best. I’m not really on board with the whole FBI investigation interrupting the Rosie Larsen case because of terrorism. The Killing has been slightly going into the direction of terrorism and racism and I’m already over it. Did Rosie’s murder really need to be a part of some grander scheme of things? It seems that’s the case, but I sure hope I’m wrong.

What a lot of people are having problems with in the past few episodes, I don’t particularly mind as much. I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about scenes that try to be “surprising” or “suspenseful,” which don’t end up being either. For example, in the scene where Mitch leaves the car running in the garage with the kids in the backseat. Okay, we knew that the kids weren’t going to die, but that wasn’t the point of the scene. The point was to show the ups and downs that Mitch is going through, one week after her daughter’s death. She’s showing a glimmer of faith to be able to move forward, but after watching scenes like this, it’s obvious she cannot quite yet.

With a show like The Killing, its audience expects surprises, twists, and turns throughout. I think some are being disappointment with the lack of those elements, and when something like the reveal of Holder being an ex-junkie comes about, people scream “I saw that coming five episodes ago!” But what they don’t realize is that it’s not about the pay-off, it’s about what the scene means to the characters of the show. Like I’ve mentioned already, it was the best scene of the episode. It was probably the lengthiest scene Holder had through Season One thus far. Seeing Holder talking about his sister (who we can now assume was the house he left the money at) really inflicted depth into Holder’s character with a solid backstory. Everyone tries to make amends with things they messed up in the past.

That leads to Richmond’s story-line in the episode. The stoic expression as he listened to the woman who killed his wife in a drunk-driving accident was very powerful. She pleaded for forgiveness, but admitted that she didn’t expect it. I doubt that Richmond gave her any forgiveness, and then he goes and punches a mirror to show him turning to the dark side. Richmond finally gets his hands dirty by releasing damaging information to the press about the mayor and his mistress on the side. As he watched the news coverage of the media bombarding the mistress, was his expression one of regret? Richmond is a moral individual, but the hatred in his bones for the death of his wife has brought out the bad in him.

So what did we learn at the end of this episode? Nothing really. We learned that Linden’s son is an unsupervised kid that is as close to rebellion as any teenager would be. He leaked the case photos of Rosie and the media was able to scoop them up, and he wasn’t even sorry. Rick still isn’t talking to Linden. Stan and Mitch are going through another layer of Hell. If it wasn’t because of Terry holding down the fort, the whole family would’ve fallen apart. Bennet isn’t allowed back to teaching until everything either unravels or blows over. But there is a link between Rosie and this Mohammed guy. Oh, and Belko was absent this episode, but is still tops on the suspect list.

Hopefully, Linden and Holder can become the dynamic duo from now on. We only have five more episodes left!

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