“What I Know”
So after 26 days, The Killing finally revealed what really happened on the night of Rosie Larsen’s murder. Major spoilers will follow.
The second part of the season finale picked up where it is highly insinuated that Jamie was the murderer. During a scene where Jamie wheels Richmond back to the campaign offices, he admits to dealing with some sketchy business between Nicole Jackson and Michael Ames. Their meeting took place on the 10th floor of the casino and while each of them left individually, Jamie found Rosie as her cell phone went off.
Afraid that Rosie overheard their meeting, Jamie panicked and punched Rosie, knocking her out unconscious when her head hit the floor. Still in a state of shock, Jamie put Rosie’s body in his car and drove to the woods. Thinking she was dead, Rosie was able to escape temporarily until Jamie caught up with her and knocked her out for a second time. In distress, Jamie demands Ames to come and clean up the mess.
The reveal came to a shocking end when Jamie points his gun at Linden, causing Holder to shoot Jamie down with one shot. This left a sobbing Gwen and a speechless Richmond in their campaign office. But wait, that was only the first fifteen minutes of the episode. You didn’t actually expect The Killing to avoid throwing in another twist, did you?
Linden and Holder aren’t satisfied with Jamie’s involvement in Rosie Larsen’s killing. They believe that there is something they’re missing that has to do with either Nicole Jackson or Michael Ames and the taxi he took to the lake the evening of the murder. The case seemed to be shut until the detectives went to give the news to the Larsen’s and Linden discovered a busted tail-light on Terry’s car. Uh oh.
The big revelation was that while Jamie knocked out Rosie and dumped her into the trunk of his campaign car, she was still alive, kicking and screaming. Jamie told Ames to clean up the mess, that this is the best way since he’s skipping town to start a new life by leaving his wife for Terry, but Ames backs out and says he’s not leaving his wife. Quietly upset, Terry tries to prove her worth and commitment to Ames by putting the car into drive and rolling it into the lake.
Jamie Anne Allman gives one of the series’ best performances as she actually makes us, and her sister Mitch, sympathize with the terrible thing that she has done. But what’s done is done and the fact is that she was the one solely responsible for killing Rosie Larsen.
If you thought The Killing couldn’t be more of a downer, in its final scenes we see Richmond meeting with Nicole Jackson and Michael Ames, seemingly going forward with the corrupt business Jamie started. And at the end when the detectives get a call about a body found near the airport, Linden leaves the car, unwilling to pursue another case so soon. Holder understands and drives away, leaving Linden to walk the streets of a rare, dry day in Seattle.
So as The Killing has come to an end, I can just guess that there won’t be a third season. The way they ended it left the possibility up in the air, but there seems to be way too much of a backlash and too much negative criticism to keep the show going on AMC, who has secured themselves as a network of quality programming. I’m not saying The Killing was the best show of all-time, but I must disagree with all of the people with such hatred towards the series because they have missed the entire point.
The Killing was a series about tone and style, and one that broke the tradition of police investigation shows that we’ve made ourselves familiar with. People were outraged when The Killing didn’t solve the murder mystery in its first season, but so what? I was fully engaged in the rich characters and the deliberate pacing that I was happy to hear the investigation would continue for another thirteen episodes.
As the Season 2 finale ended, I was fully satisfied with everything that The Killing had done. Sure, there were loose ends here and there, but that didn’t cause people to pull out their pitchforks and march towards the Lost creators’ houses (and that was the most scrutinized show of all-time). The Killing had a lot of bad press after the first season and no one gave it the light of day during the sophomore season. But for those who did give it a shot, we were rewarded with a realistic drama of a family losing a loved one and an intriguing detective pair that shouldered the show through to the end.