The Killing Season 2 Premiere Advance Review – So What Happened To Rosie Larsen?!

The Killing Two Hour Season 2 Premiere My Lucky Day (6)

Ah, The Killing. The series finally returns for its second season tonight at 8pm on AMC, but it would be hard to discuss the two-hour premiere episode without first mentioning the controversy over the first season finale. There was a big outrage from fans over the non-reveal of Rosie’s killer, especially given that the whole advertising campaign for the first season revolved around “Who killed Rosie Larson?” including a suspect tracker on the AMC website (which I guess you will be able to continue using for season 2). Heck, even the season one DVD features the headline even though the season doesn’t answer that question.

As you can tell I was among those fans that were really upset we weren’t given any answers by the end because I felt they had implicitly promised a reveal through their marketing of the show.

And so now the show returns for a second season with a promise from AMC and creator Veena Sud that the killer will be revealed by the end of the season (please note that originally they had promised that it would be revealed mid-season). Do I think we will find out who the killer is? Probably. Am I as excited about the series as I was in season one? No, if I’m being honest.

However, is the show still as good as it was in season one?


As much as I was disappointed by the first season ending, it didn’t take away from The Killing being a great show with some fantastic performances and if you enjoyed the first season, then you’ll definitely enjoy the second.

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The two-hour premiere takes place just moments after the first season ended. Richmond just got shot by Royce, Linden found out the photo of Richmond at the toll was faked, and we found out that Holder worked with Gil to get the picture of Richmond.

I can’t give too much away plot wise (including Richmond’s fate) because that would be spoiling the premiere, but I can tell you that there will be some new revelations, some of which made me quite happy because of the way it affected Holder. Did mention that he’s my favorite character?

Also be on the lookout for a really powerful and crazy scene involving Belko. Brendan Sexton III is brilliant in that role.

I wish I could say more, but I will say this, the premiere sets up a lot of new elements which will affect the second season. And if you were addicted to the show before, get ready for a whole new round of conspiracy and hopefully the final reveal will be worth the trip, and if not, at least you’ll have enjoyed the ride.

On a random note, the first hour of the premiere is directed by the brilliant Agnieszka Holland, whose latest film In Darkness (you can find my review on Film Equals) which was nominated for an Academy Award this year.

Don’t forget to tune in at 8pm on AMC tonight, April 1st for the second season premiere of The Killing. And if you haven’t yet, you should also take a look at our interview with Jamie Anne Allman who plays Terry on the show.

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