Watching The Killing is like immersing yourself in one of those books you can’t put down, each chapter offering an unexpected twist. You need to savor the nuances and details of each clue you’re given. Each one is a treasure, like pearls on a string. Eventually, if you’re patient, the ends will join together to complete the story.
But the key to your viewing enjoyment is not wondering how the story will end but what you will discover along the way. The premise of The Killing is deceptively simple. It begins with a murder case in Seattle. The victim is a teenage girl named Rosie Larsen. Two Seattle detectives, Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder have been assigned to the case.
Linden is a good cop, driven by the desire to find the person responsible for killing Rosie. But responsibilities unrelated to the case pull at her: a son who misses his mother and a fiance who doesn’t seem to want to understand Linden's devotion to the case. Marriage and a move to Sonoma are in Linden's immediate future but the case is holding her back from preparing for them.
Holder is a cool, street-wise ex-narcotics cop who joined the investigation to help find Rosie’s killer, and is set to take Linden’s job when she leaves. At first, these two don’t seem like they’ll mesh, but it soon becomes apparent they are more alike than you might think.
The stories in The Killing overlap, and each one is as compelling as the next. Darren Richmond, the city council member running for mayor, finds that his campaign grinds to a halt when Rosie’s body is found in the trunk one of his campaign cars. Rosie’s parents’ grief seems painfully real; their story is tragic and their attempts to cope are moving and sad.