Talking About The Killing – Sort of…

I started watching AMC’s The Killing back in June. I hadn’t watched the first two seasons of the show, but I was told that I could begin this season without the depth of a viewing history. So I began the series. I wrote my first piece on The Killing along with The Fall on June 11th. Here’s the link: https://jmmnewaov2.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/two-by-three-a-look-at-amcs-the-killing-and-netflixs-the-fall/

Then, on June 17th, I wrote a piece on Episode 4 of The Killing. Here is the link to the post: https://jmmnewaov2.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/amcs-the-killing-episode-4-season-three/ . It was at this point that reader FD stepped in with a comment.

For a variety of reasons, I stopped writing about the series. I hadn’t lost interest, meaning I was still watching the show. Maybe it was a bit of a slump. maybe there were other factors, and maybe I stopped the reviews/write-ups of The Killing because The Newsroom loomed ahead.

I reached out to reader FD and asked him if he would do a piece covering the episodes that I hadn’t. He declined. But he submitted some comments. These were published in the comments area of the post about Episode 4, and as the newer episodes were released, it seems likely that maybe you hadn’t returned to this site for posts about The Killing because there weren’t any updates.

In lieu of written updates, I decided to bring in FD’s comments, and a couple of responses from me. If you are following The Killing, these may be just what you want. An analysis of what might be the key elements of the show, especially since all that remains is the two-hour finale on Sunday.

Further preamble is not necessary – have a look at these comments will shall serve as a replacement for the posts I didn’t write. Kudos to reader FD.

JULY 4th, 2013

Reader FD is calling Reddick the one with blood on his hands. What do you think?

Reader FD is calling Reddick the one with blood on his hands. What do you think?

READER FD: I’m still following the case and more and more I’m liking Reddick for the doer. Reddick tried to undermine Holder’s investigation from Episode 1 when he suggested trading the murder case off for an easy collar in narcotics where Holder used to work. He also protests too much against Linden’s theory that the current string of serial killings is related to the murder of Seward’s wife. It looks like Seward’s kid saw his mother’s murderer and Seward is the patsy on death row who’s willing to die to protect his son. Linden needs to figure out who murdered Seward’s wife. She got it wrong the first time. Reddick needs to keep Seward’s execution on schedule. Callie is probably the key — the one who got away.

JMM: I’m still following the case too. I like your speculation on Reddick. And I like your theorizing to reach that conclusion. However I wouldn’t exactly call Seward a patsy. Of course I didn’t see last year’s episodes so I don’t know how Reddick behaved prior or was he even on the show least year, nor do I know how Seward behaved last year.

I did see Episode 5 which I thought was a kind of go nowhere kind of episode – with the big reveal, and per your conclusion/theory – a false lead. I mean nothing at all happened and then we find out that Danette (Callie’s Mom) is dating a bad guy. Is he bad because he has a record, or is he bad because they say he is bad. It seemed too easy and too obvious when Callie’s phone is in this guy’s bag. Any one who has been alive in the past decade AND used a cell phone AND watched TV knows that the phone can be traced via triangulation between towers receiving the phone signals.

I wasn’t enamored of Episode 6 either. I like the way Linden’s boss has begun to put the pressure on his detectives, but I didn’t much care for the girl bolting the hospital – Wasn’t Reddick on duty at the H at the time? That would bolster your theory.

I also like the bigger presence of Bullet in this episode 6 – she is a welcome diversion from Linden’s intense cop, and Holden’s laid back cop. I stopped writing about the show only because the last couple of episodes failed to trigger any impulses to get me to write about the show. Maybe they will return.

READER FD: The previous two seasons focused on a different investigation in which neither Reddick or Seward were involved, so no previous knowledge is not a hindrance, except knowing that Linden is one tenacious lady detective. I agree there’s some fat in the middle of this season, but it’s not as bad as the previous case which dragged on over 20 plus episodes. That series kept me guessing right up to the end, so I hope my Reddick theory isn’t right. I like to be surprised more than I like being correct!.

JULY 15th, 2013

READER FD: I have to admit this case looks like another down to the wire, keep ‘em guessing, mystery from show runner Veena Sud.

While I knew Pastor Mike wasn’t the bad guy, I’m now a little less sure it’s Reddick. He’s in the cut — and that’s the main reason I’m betting he’s the killer. But, the most recent episode complicated things.

Becker - not anyone's favorite

Becker – not anyone’s favorite

Bullet was caught in a lie. And Francis Becker, the sadistic death row guard, keeps going off the reservation, like a governor from South Carolina.

Then there’s Danette Leed’s missing boyfriend. Didn’t Callie, who’s also still missing, try to avoid him when she spotted his car driving around in Episode 1?
And how weird are these prison guards? When Becker’s wife pleaded with her husband’s co-worker, Even Henderson, to let her talk about her marriage problems, Becker’s buddy walked away. Pretty creepy, even for death row.

And if Seward didn’t kill his wife, who did? And why? What’s the connection to the current finger amputation murders?

While suspects popped in and out of the “person of interest” umbrella this week, Linden almost had a nervous breakdown during her near death experience with Pastor Mike.

Great episode! And only three more weeks to crack this case. Anyone have a clue?

JULY 24th, 2013

READER FD: I posted a comment yesterday, but it must have timed out. Too bad, because it dealt with why I’m still watching The Killing not The Newsroom at 9:00 pm on Sunday night. I won’t restate my case, but I will remind readers that there are only two episodes left this season.

dead man walking

dead man walking

Time is running out for Seward, the guy Linden mistakenly sent to death row for the murder of his wife. But, even if Linden wins a professional victory this year, she’s still going to have to live with the fact that she’s a better cop than she is a mother. And, by the way, what other leading lady have you seen kick a guy in the face while he’s on the ground, definitely NOT resisting arrest? Certainly, not any of the fourth estate women in The Newsroom.

So, who’s the killer? Is it Reddick as I predicted from the start? Or will Veena Sud surprise us with a last-minute twist ending?

His style is sliding into full time dress down -

His style is sliding into full time dress down –

As Holder often says, “I’m just asking”.

JMM: Thanks for the comment. And thanks for keeping something going about the show. I’m still watching but this show is difficult to write about.

I see why you made Reddick the bad guy. When Bullet was in the diner, we saw that she had been followed. The hand on the steering wheel looked like Reddick’s – you know pasty-white and thick. But after the attack by Holder, – with two episodes left we are out of alternates. It wasn’t Carl Mills, and it wasn’t Pastor Mike.

Maybe it is Goldy – the young guy we met so many eps back and haven’t seen much of him since. You know, just like Carl Mills – they had him, they questioned him, and then what happened to him?

READER FD: Miller was in Alaska when Seward’s wife was killed. The other possible suspect is Francis Becker, the prison guard. But, what’s his motive? If all the murders are the work of one person, what’s the motive for killing Seward’s wife as well as the younger homeless girls? And where did Twitch get the cash to pay advance rent on a new apartment.

Bullet tries to call Holder. Reddick takes the message that Bullet knows who the killer is. This info probably comes from Callie, who’s been in hiding since someone tried to kill her. Reddick pays Twitch to help him locate Bullet.

And lo and behold, when Miller is caught, Reddick finds all the victims’ jewelry in Miller’s storage unit. But, Linden notices that one of the killer’s souveniers looks like Seward’s wife’s missing ring. If Miller was in Alaska when Mrs. Seward died, how did her ring get into his storage unit?

So why would Reddick kill Seward’s wife? Maybe she wasn’t the intended victim. Maybe the intended victim was Seward’s kid. You know, the kid hiding in the closet. What if he drew a picture of the exact spot where he saw someone dumping something in the water? Something in a plastic bag.

That’s a motive, isn’t it? I’m just saying…

JULY 31ST, 2013

READER FD: One episode left to solve The Killing after last night’s wrenching ticking clock drama on death row.

What’s still hanging in the balance now is justice. There’s still a long list of unanswered questions:

  • Did Linden make a mistake?
  • Did Seward kill his wife? .
  • Who killed Bullet?
  • Is Callie still alive?
  • Did Adrian see his mother’s killer?
  • What happened to Tricia Seward’s ring?

Before you watch the two-hour finale next Sunday night, check out the episode by episode recaps, clues, and evidence posted on the AMC web site and see if you can figure it out before Linden and Holder. It’s now or never.

Or as Holder said to Linden: “You missed your chance.”

That’s all we have for now on The Killing. FD’s commentaries are both logical as well as analytically correct. I appreciate his efforts, and readers, I hope someone else has more to offer. Either an alternate for the killer, or a reasoned analysis of why it can’t be Reddick.

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2 thoughts on “Talking About The Killing – Sort of…

  1. What did you think of the finale? I felt stupid.

    Yup, it went right down to the wire. Adrian saw the killer dumping something in the pond. The victims’ missing jewelry eventually led Sarah to the killer. He killed Tricia Seward, but the intended victim was her son. I had most of the details right, but like Linden, I focused on the wrong guy. The killer was standing right in front of me the whole time.

    I should have followed Holmes advice: …when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

  2. No need to feel stupid. It isn’t like there were all sorts of clues or evidence. In fact we were intentionally misdirected to suspect Reddick. Yeah Linden took notice of the missing ring – she even pursued it.

    But we were played – Reddick found the ring stash, Reddick allowed the girl to sneak out the hospital, Reddick wanted to dump the original case so many weeks ago.

    Then came the teases – Goldy, Pastor Mike, Mills having Callie’s phone.

    When Holder realized that Reddick took the call from Bullet, we all tightened the noose around Reddick’s neck.

    But it didn’t work out that way.

    I really disliked the ending – the last half hour or so. Would Holden get free of the IA dicks. Would he get to the Lake House in time? Plenty of suspense – but ultimately not satisfying.

    Yes, the killer was a monster.

    I thought some of what he said seemed familiar. You know, the utter despair when the victims realized their fates were sealed. The look that came into their eyes when all hope had been snatched away. Where did we see this before?

    Easy – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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