The Last, Best Season of ‘The Killing’

blogs.indiewire.com – Plenty of us have made bad choices in men, but it would be hard to match Sarah Linden’s. At the end of Season Three of “The Killing” (the statute of limitations has passed, but spoiler alert anyway) she discovered that her boss and sometime lover, Detective Skinner, was worse than your typical skulking-around married guy. He was the “Pied Piper” serial killer, preying on lost young women, the very person Linden and her funky ever-faithful partner Holder had been searching for all season.

Lured to his lake house, Linden was pointing her gun at him when Holder arrived and begged her not ruin her life by killing him. She paused, and ruined her life. Although “The Killing” may never recover from the bad press and viewers’ sense of betrayal after the Season 1 finale didn’t reveal its murderer, the show runners learned something. Season 3 – that was a fantastic.

As Season 4 begins, Linden is in the shower washing off the blood from her own personal killing. And in this intense, electrifying final season, Sarah joins the ranks of Walter White and other murderers we root for. Along with Holder, now implicated in her crime’s cover-up, we witnessed her anguish and shock, her cold-blooded decision. And while viewers might find it hard to blame her, she has multiple reasons to hate herself. The show’s grim, rainy Seattle atmosphere has never reflected the characters’ inner lives more. (Dropped by AMC, “The Killing” was rescued for this last 6-episode season by Netflix, which will make it available for binging on August 1.)

The season also offers a new murder case for Linden and Holder: a couple and two of their three children were shot in their upscale home. Their teenaged son, who survived a gunshot in the attack, is the first of many suspects. When he recovers, he returns to his military school, run by Joan Allen in a role so blatantly stern and sinister you have to guess she’s a red herring.

That plot is a distraction for Linden and Holder, but less diverting for us. The potent draw of Season 4 comes from watching Linden and Holder try to protect their lethal secret, while Holder’s former partner (Gregg Henry) begins to wonder why no one has heard from Skinner. Their relationship becomes a fierce, sometimes antagonistic back-and-forth, with one of them ready to fall apart at any moment. Holder sounds calm when he warns, “Just got to keep our stories straight, Linden,” until it’s her turn to yell at him, “Keep your shit together!”

Mireille Enos falls apart with controlled agony; it’s a terrific performance, portraying a woman who will never be happy again. Holder has more layers than ever this season, which continues his relationship with Caroline, the lawyer who likes his scruffiness and sees through his defensive front. Joel Kinnaman makes it seem effortless, as Holder veers wildly up and down. It helps that he always has the best lines.

“What do you think?” Linden asks after they’ve questioned a creepy, agoraphobic artist.

“Think Boo Radley over there is one sunny day away from cutting his ear off,” says Holder.

There are small touches to notice, good and bad. In Episode 1, watch for a small hospital scene with Patti Smith (yes, the musician-writer), gray hair in a bun, playing a doctor.

But another detail, revealed last season, is as nonsensical as ever. Someone notices that an unusual ring Skinner’s daughter wears looks exactly like the ring in a photograph of one of the Pied Piper’s victims. A similar regifting of a victim’s jewelry by the killer to his daughter features in “The Fall,” suggesting an unsettling but unexplored father-daughter dynamic. In both series, it’s hard to guess who’s more careless, the killers or the series’ writers.

Because Netflix did not send links to the final two episodes, I don’t know the outcome. What’s already clear is that “The Killing” has returned with its strongest, most original season yet. Anything can happen in a series finale. Going to prison would be a high price for Linden to pay for choosing a really bad guy.

Investigators and Their Secrets

NYTimes.com – Blood is everywhere in Season 4 of “The Killing”: flowing off the body of Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos), spackled on the jacket of Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), splattered at the scene of their latest case like a Pollock in red and white. “We just got to keep our stories straight, Linden,” Holder tells his perpetually glowering partner, now in full-on rattled mode. “No one’s going to find out. No one’s got to know what we did.”

What they did — or rather, what she did — is shoot their boss and her lover, Lt. James Skinner, at the end of last season after uncovering his proclivity for serial murder. Now, in the series’s final installment, available Friday for streaming on Netflix, the detectives fumble through their haze of guilt to keep Skinner’s death a secret while investigating the massacre of a wealthy Seattle family at point-blank range. The sole survivor: their black-sheep teenage son, who escaped with a head wound that left him unable to remember what happened. That doctor rendering the diagnosis? None other than the show’s big fan, the rock legend Patti Smith.

The Killing (2014) Review

EW.com – As resilient and plucky as the little engine that could (I think I can, I think I can…be a great show one day!), The Killing chugs back for an improbable fourth season, a six-episode Netflix bingeable. In the same way the fitfully riveting rain-soaked policier dug deep into the experience of grief during its first couple of seasons, the new installment wallows in guilt: Soul-mate Seattle detectives Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman)—tweaking with shame after slaying a serial killer (Linden’s ex-partner and lover)—slowly unravel in familiar ways as they slowly investigate the murder of a troubled military cadet’s seemingly respectable, secretly skeevy family. Did I mention it’s slow? You get the sense that Linden and Holder could crack the mystery lickety-split if not for the contrived obstacles of amnesia and a hyperprotective military-academy headmistress played by Joan Allen, who does little more than tell the cops that they can’t interview their chief suspect. There’s enough intrigue to pull you through, and the Enos/Kinnaman chemistry is, as always, engrossing. Also: less rain! But the relentless commitment to making Linden and Holder miserable—a shallow approach to quality-drama heaviness—grows tedious. In a rare light moment, Holder says, ”The sun’s out. Got my smokes. There’s a murder case I’m working.” If only it were just that: The Killing shines brightest when its stars aren’t mired in gloom and their characters just do their jobs. B-

Gallery Update

Hey guys. I have added some new photos of Joel to the gallery. They are new photos of Joel from the new season of The Killing as well as a new appearance and on the set of a music video. So check them out in the gallery. I also hope to have RoboCop caps up soon. Im buying the movie this week.

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The Killing Season 4 Poster Revealed

I have added Joel’s poster for the new season of The Killing to the gallery. He looks amazing in it so check it out in the gallery.

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The Killing Season 4 Posters Paint a Grim and Bloody Picture

E!Online.com – The Killing is back from the dead and from the looks of the trailer, it’s going to be a wild ride. Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) are both back and E! News can exclusively reveal the two new character posters featuring the moody characters, a lot of rain and blood.

This is the fourth and final (seriously) season of The Killing and it picks up right after the season three finale that aired on AMC. When we pick up with detectives Linden and Holder, they are struggling to mange the fallout from the season three finale and are assigned a new case.

Said case? A murder case involving a whole family. The only survivor, the son Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), was shot in the head during the slaughter. Joan Allen guest stars as Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of the all-boys military school the victim attends.

Season four of The Killing also stars Gregg Henry, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden.

The final six episodes kick off on Friday, August 1, on Netflix.

First Look – Season 4 Promotional Photos

Thanks so much to Bloody Digusting, we now have the first 2 new promotional photos for the new season which airs on netflix in august. I cannot wait for this show and I know you guys can’t either. So check them out in the gallery and check out the new trailer below.

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The Killing – The Final Season – Official Trailer – Netflix [HD]

It all comes down to this: the fourth and final season of the critically acclaimed crime thriller is a six-episode Netflix original that wraps up loose ends and reveals long-buried secrets.

Detectives Linden and Holder return to investigate both a gruesome mass slaying that exposes a dark family history, as well as a mysterious disappearance within the ranks of their own Seattle Police Department.

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The Killing on Netflix: Longer Episodes and F-Bombs Galore

TVLine.com – The Killing is finally letting Holder speak his native tongue.

When the ex-AMC drama debuts its fourth and final season on anything-goes Netflix later this summer, Joel Kinnaman’s tortured, streetwise detective will no longer have to watch his language.

“We can curse now,” enthuses series creator Veena Sud of her newfound freedom on Netflix. “All of us were ecstatic because, in this world, someone like Holder would say the F-bomb quite a lot, which he does this season… Joel, especially, was very happy about that.”

Holder’s not the only one who developed a potty mouth over the hiatus. “Even Linden gets an F-Bomb,” Sud confirms of his buttoned-up partner. “It’s very nice to hear that word come from her lips. And this season, in particular, she deserves to drop that F-bomb.”

The other “great joy of Netlix,” Sud shares, “is there are no commercials. In other words, the show’s relatively short six-episode season will actually have a running time closer to eight.

“We have, literally, over 15 [additional] minutes per episode,” she explains. “Each episode is jam-packed with story. It’s unrelenting. We go all the way up to the 55-59 mark in every episode.

“The DNA of the show is the same,” she adds, “but it’s gotten richer and deeper because of not having these restrictions.”
The Killing‘s profanity-laden farewell season drops Aug. 1 on Netflix.

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