• [Article 3617]5 BURNING QUESTIONS & OUR BEST GUESSES ABOUT SEASON 4 OF THE KILLING

     

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    With a mere FOUR days before Season 4 of “The Killing” debuts exclusively on Netflix, we figured it was just about time to do the usual: Predict what will happen with many of the burning questions left unanswered after Season 3 and then see how many episodes we make it before we have to eat our words.  As you know, our fan group correctly predicted almost everything in the Season 3 finale, except the killer, which was, admittedly, quite a big miss.  We wish we could reassure you that these answers will be slightly more accurate, but with a creative team like we have on “The Killing,” trying to read their minds is always a foolhardy endeavor.  Regardless, we hope that our (likely wrong) suppositions will, at least, get you thinking, guessing, surmising about all things “The Killing” between now and Friday.  We would love to hear your thoughts as well, so please feel free to tell us how wrong we are by tweeting us at @TheKillingNFLX.  Without further ado, here are a few things we think we think about “The Killing” (we think):

     

    FAN QUESTION: WILL SEATTLE PD EVER FIND ALL OF THE PIED PIPER’S VICTIMS?

     

    • Our guess: Almost Certainly
    • Rationale: Previews can certainly be deceiving, but Linden’s voice saying, “There’s got to be another way,” suggests she will not be calmly sitting on the knowledge that all of the Piper’s victims, including victims we may or may not even know, are likely at the bottom of the lake by Skinner’s property.  There is no way that Sarah Linden finds any peace whatsoever with the knowledge that those victims’ families do not have closure about what happened to their loved ones.  In TV Guide, Mireille Enos commented that Veena Sud managed to write Linden’s ending that brought her character to “a place of peace” that made her cry.  We do not think that is possible without those victims being unearthed from their watery graves.  Whether Linden turns herself in or finds “another way” to alert Carl Reddick or another member of SPD about the location of the remains, we are virtually certainly SPD will, in fact, find all of the victims that are, well, findable.

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    FAN QUESTION: WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO SARAH LINDEN, SPECIFICALLY, WILL SHE RUN, TURN HERSELF IN, OR DIE?

     

    • Our Guess: Turning herself in or death, presumably while saving someone else like Holder as a sacrifice to atone for her act in Season 3, seem the most viable options.  We do not believe she will run.
    • Rationale: Yes, our fan group has been actively discussing the likelihood Sarah Linden will meet an untimely end in Season 4 since literally thirty seconds after Season 3 ended, and even though we absolutely abhor it, it is utterly impossible to think this is beyond the realm of possibility.  From a literary perspective, it is not hard to imagine the idea of giving your life to atone for the sin of taking someone else’s life.  For Sarah Linden, although she understood some ambiguity about who the actual “bad guy” is since the beginning of Season 1, we think she always viewed herself in a much more black and white manner.  She may understand the limitations of her own ability to, say, be a mother, but we do not ever think that Sarah Linden thought of herself as anything other than one of the “good guys.”  That shifted radically for Linden in the final moments of the Season 3 finale, and we suspect she will spend much of Season 4 wondering if she is a monster in much the same way as those we have seen her put in handcuffs.  Even though Skinner was certainly not an innocent, does that automatically make her execution without due process of law any more, well, lawful?  Justifiable?  While a few among the group seem fairly keen on the idea of Linden turning herself in, our resident lawyer (while always advocating, in a general sense, that you personally abstain from violating the law and that if you do so, call her immediately), @ResIpsa422 maintains that she will only surrender if she can do so without endangering (and immediately telling) her best friend, Stephen Holder, and said best friend will never knowingly allow her to sacrifice herself in that way to protect him.  Even if we cannot entirely agree on precisely how she meets justice, we all agree that running, even though it is something she has done in the past, will, in all likelihood, not be an option.  Holder did tell her in “Six Minutes” that all of this running only means that, in the end, she “loses everything.”  We think Sarah Linden will ultimately “lose everything,” but when she does so, we think she will do so to serve a purpose, to right a wrong.   If she makes peace with her mother (Frances Fisher) and son, Jack, she will be all the more prepared for that purpose.

    LindenSeason4HeadshotFAN CAVEAT: Although we think this makes sense logically, as fans of this show, this character, we absolutely HATE this prospective ending.  It will shatter our hearts…not to mention the heart of a certain character that Entertainment Weekly called Linden’s “soul mate.”  Is it possible for Holder to have a happy ending without her?

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    FAN QUESTION: WILL THEY OR WON’T THEY?

     

    • Our Guess: Likely No
    • Rationale: Even though Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos have palpable chemistry, an underlying subtext that makes many of the interactions between their characters even more intriguing, the two characters have definitive obstacles to any sort of sexual intimacy.  First, Holder is in a relationship with Caroline Swift, one that will likely become even more serious when he discovers that she is pregnant in Season 4.  Second, Linden killed the only person we ever really thought she loved in the season finale of Season 3, shortly after spurning, albeit appropriately, Holder’s attempt to kiss her.  Need we say more?  Well, Season 4 is only six episodes in length, and those episodes include presumably resolution of the Pied Piper case and an entirely new murder case for our dynamic duo.  Oh, and for all of you “shippers” out there which may or may not include some of us here among our leadership team, Mireille Enos was filming Season 4 while she was very pregnant, so we think it is relatively unlikely you’ll be getting any wild “True Blood”-style romp.  We offer that final disclaimer with the same amount of understatement as the writers used when Jennifer Skinner referred to James Skinner as a man that keeps secrets.  For our eternal optimists, allow us to offer the following morsels of hope for at least a “romantic encounter” between these two partners.  Holder promised he would not kiss her again in “Six Minutes,” and promises are made to be broken.  We also understand that “When Harry Met Sally” logic that two attractive people cannot work in such close proximity without the sex or the lack thereof becoming at least a momentary obstacle for one or both of them at some point.  Did we see a flicker of that in “Reckoning” in the dark on Holder’s leather couch or was that merely alcohol and grief?  Sarah Linden surely cannot be completely daft about Holder’s feelings for her in Season 4, particularly if he risks his own freedom, his very life, to protect her after watching her execute a man presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.  Still, she has never been a woman to go very long without a man or, uh, boatman, in her bed, so perhaps the mood will strike her.  We also absolutely know and admire what Netflix can do with a pair laden with tension (See: The last minute of “F*cksgiving,” Orange is the New Black, Season 1, Episode 9), so we understand the temptation here.  The best answer we ever got on this particular issue came from one of our favorite guys in The Killing Fan Group, and frankly, his logic is the clearest we have heard on this issue.  We asked him, “Do you think Holder will keep his promise not to kiss Linden in Season 4?”  He immediately replied no.  When we laughed and asked why, he said, “Just look at her.”  How could you possibly argue with that?  Just look at her.

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    FAN QUESTION: WILL HOLDER END UP RIDING INTO THE SUNSET AS A HAPPY FAMILY MAN?

     

    • Our Guess: Doubt it.
    • Rationale: Yes, for those of you who missed TV Guide this week, Stephen Holder’s girlfriend, Caroline Swift, is pregnant.  As much as we love the rare moments on screen when Holder is interacting with children, it still seems impossible to view this as little more than a gimmick to play on Holder’s guilt about concealing Linden’s actions from the authorities. Further, his relationship with Sarah Linden, whether romantic or platonic, remains the most significant relationship in his world.  Sharing the ultimate secret with her, while it may chafe this pair at times, will also create moments of intimacy between the two we have yet to see on screen.  Is it possible to have that type of relationship with another beautiful woman, spend more time with her than your significant other or your family, investigating the most emotionally grueling work under the, er, rainclouds, and not have it interfere with your romantic relationship in some way?  We could probably ask Jennifer Skinner. Do you have any idea what the divorce rate is for cops?  If we had to guess, we would imagine it is probably second only to, well, lawyers, and we know what Caroline Swift does for a living.  Plus, even though we adore Holder and believe taking the lead and covering for Sarah Linden is the only thing he could do and maintain the respect of the audience in Season 4, it does not negate the fact that his actions are criminal.  Is it fair that he rides off into the sunset with his lawyer girlfriend while the partner he risked everything for takes the fall?  Moreover, would he be able to do such a thing even if Linden did so entirely to spare him?  Do you see Holder buying diapers, planning a wedding while Linden rots in a prison cell?  We shudder to even consider the alternative because we know how he responded to the loss of Bullet, an absolute angel but still only a criminal informant he knew for a matter of days: How will Holder survive if Sarah Linden does not?

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    FAN QUESTION: WILL CARL REDDICK SOLVE THE PIED PIPER CASE?

     

    • Our Guess: Hell Yes!
    • Rationale: Our most avid readers know that we accused dear Carl Reddick of being the Pied Piper, and we have spent the past year apologizing to Gregg Henry.  This time, we are not taking the bait.  We know Bethany Skinner approaches Carl Reddick, presumably about her missing father, and it is impossible for us to keep from picturing the moment when he finally notices Kallie’s ring on her finger, an item of jewelry only the Pied Piper would have and she would not know to hide in Reddick’s presence.  Reddick knows that Holder went after Linden the night that Skinner went missing and should easily confirm Holder approached Jennifer Skinner about the location of the lake house after she told him that Skinner left with his “girlfriend.”  If there are any bodies in the water near Skinner’s lake house (and that was the implication), it cannot take too long for Carl Reddick to find them.  Please note that we are not necessarily saying that Reddick will find the body of James Skinner, because we suspect even the audience may be in the dark about what precisely Linden and Holder did with our infamous serial killer.  If Reddick suspects Linden and Holder of involvement in the disappearance of James Skinner, what will he do?  It cannot possibly be good for the department to have the man leading the manhunt for the Pied Piper actually turn out to be the man himself, evading detection in plain sight surrounded by seasoned detectives like Carl Reddick.  He also did look the other way when Holder, the former partner he groomed to climb the political ladder at SPD before “the one with the hair” came between them, stormed into his house and slugged him in front of his family.  Overlooking a mild assault, even offering Linden and Holder the opportunity to take a few pot shots at Joe Mills in the interrogation room, does not necessarily mean he would turn a blind eye to the involvement of two police officers in the disappearance of a third police officer. Still, he said it himself: “Cops don’t rat on cops.”  Will that be his creed in Season 4 or will Sarah Linden’s words to him ring true: “All you are is in the way?”

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     Written by Lauren Lester Allison (@ResIpsa422) with the outstanding assistance of Melissa Maxey (@msmaxey) and Elizabeth Baez (@Lizlovinn)



  • [Article 3542]The Killing Binge

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    Hey #TheKillingFam! On behalf of The Killing and The Killing Fan Group, I am imploring you once again to bring all the determination you have and fight for #TheKillingFam with the knowledge that this may be one of the last opportunities we have to show Netflix and the beloved members of our cast and crew how deeply we love this show, how much we treasure the relationships forged in this fandom. Please take a look at the binge watch calendar below, and I want to encourage you to attend as many of these viewing sessions as possible. When you attend, tweet with us using the hashtag (#TheKillingBinge) as many times as you can, but please tweet at least 6-10 times per episode. If you are unable to attend a particular viewing session, please consider downloading TweetDeck or using the web version of this program: https://about.twitter.com/products/tweetdeck. This program, owned by Twitter, will allow you to enter your tweets (with the hashtag, #TheKillingBinge) in advance, telling the program to tweet them at a certain time. You can use this program to enter as many tweets as you like during the viewing session time. TweetDeck will simply tweet them for you during your absence!
    Starting TONIGHT, please do the following things to help our fandom:
    • Attend all viewing sessions and tweet with us, using the hashtag #TheKillingBinge, in every tweet, sub-tweet, and reply. If you cannot attend a particular session, please use the program, TweetDeck (or something similar like HootSuite) to enter your tweets for that session in advance. During the viewing session, please use manual retweeting in lieu of simply hitting the RT button. It simply means that you hit “quote tweet” and add a comment or type the letters “RT” and tweet it as if the idea came from your own account. Manual retweets like that will help us build the trend. If you simply hit the RT button, that tweet does not count towards any trending on Twitter. Twitter looks for conversations to determine what topics are trending at any moment, so talk with one another, respond to questions, polls, but when you do so, be certain that you include the hashtag, #TheKillingBinge, in your reply. Our fan group will try to let you know which actors, writers, celebrities appeared or worked on each episode as we watch, and we encourage you to tweet directly at these individuals. Tweet directly at @TheKilling and @netflix. If they respond or retweet, we usually pick up followers and others begin to watch along with us!
    • Snap a picture of yourself watching The Killing during #TheKillingBinge and share it with the group. Veena Sud’s assistant told us that was one of her very favorite things about the fan books we sent her. She loved the idea that her story was impacting so many people, directly in their living rooms. Let’s show her how much we enjoy the story and cannot wait for Season 4!
    • Create an account on imdb.com and rate The Killing as highly as possible. Do the same on Amazon, Netflix, and every other website that permits user ranking of television programming.
    • Set a tweeting goal for yourself. We need a tweet from your accounts every 6-8 minutes using the hashtag, #TheKillingBinge.
    • If you want to have a quick way to grab some screen shots, consider watching your favorite episode of The Killing on Netflix using your smart phone and taking screen shots. Do that several times, and you will have some great little photos to share during #TheKillingBinge.
    • Invite your friends and family to watch along with you. Encourage them to tweet using the hashtag. If they are unwilling to do that, borrow a Twitter password or two and get tweeting for them!
    • Take a look at the members of the cast and crew on Twitter during the viewing of each episode in the viewing session schedule below and tweet them during the time we are viewing their episode! We will gladly share any shout-outs from members of the cast and crew with our entire fandom via the main account, @TheKillingNFLX
    Viewing Schedule for #TheKillingBinge
    Sunday, June 29, 2014
    All posted started times are PM in Central Standard Time.

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    8:00: Pilot
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)

    9:00: The Cage
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)

    10:00 El Diablo

    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)

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    Tuesday, July 1, 2014
    9:00: A Soundless Echo
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Alan Dale as Senator Eaton (@RealAlanDale)

    10:00: Super 8
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)

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    Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    9:00: What You Have Left
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Alan Dale as Senator Eaton (@RealAlanDale)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)

    10:00: Vengeance
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Alan Dale as Senator Eaton (@RealAlanDale)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)

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    Saturday, July 5, 2014
    8:00: Stonewalled
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    9:00: Undertow
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Patrick Gilmore as Tom Drexler (@PatrickGilmore)

    10:00: I’ll Let You Know When I Get There
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Patrick Gilmore as Tom Drexler (@PatrickGilmore)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)

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    Sunday, July 6, 2014
    8:00: Missing
    9:00: Beau Soliel
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Patrick Gilmore as Tom Drexler (@PatrickGilmore)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tahmoh Penikett as Greg Linden (@TahmohPenikett)

    10:00: Orpheus Descending
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Patrick Gilmore as Tom Drexler (@PatrickGilmore)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tahmoh Penikett as Greg Linden (@TahmohPenikett)

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    Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    9:00: Reflections
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)

    10:00: My Lucky Day
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)

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    Wednesday, July 9, 2014
    9:00: Numb
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Writer: Eliza Clark (@elizaclark)
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Garry Chalk as Lieutenant Oakes (@garrychalk)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Alan Dale as Senator Eaton (@RealAlanDale)
    10:00: Ogi Jun
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)
    Richard Harmon as Jasper Ames (@RichardSHarmon)
    Tyler Johnston as Alexi Giffords (@tylerbjohnston)

    Ghosts

    Friday, July 11, 2014
    9:00: Ghosts of the Past
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tyler Johnston as Alexi Giffords (@tylerbjohnston)
    Tahmoh Penikett as Greg Linden (@TahmohPenikett)

    10:00: Openings
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tyler Johnston as Alexi Giffords (@tylerbjohnston)
    Alan Dale as Senator Eaton (@RealAlanDale)
    Claudia Ferri as Nicole Jackson (@Claudia_Ferri)

    11:00: Keylela
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tyler Johnston as Alexi Giffords (@tylerbjohnston)
    Claudia Ferri as Nicole Jackson (@Claudia_Ferri)
    Kacey Rohl as Sterling Fitch (@KaceyKadoodles)

    Reservation

    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    9:00: Off the Reservation
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Marin Treland as Liz Holder (@MarinTreland)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tyler Johnston as Alexi Giffords (@tylerbjohnston)
    Claudia Ferri as Nicole Jackson (@Claudia_Ferri)

    10:00: Sayonara Hiawatha
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tyler Johnston as Alexi Giffords (@tylerbjohnston)
    Claudia Ferri as Nicole Jackson (@Claudia_Ferri)

    11:00: 72 Hours
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Writer: Eliza Clark (@elizaclark)
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tyler Johnston as Alexi Giffords (@tylerbjohnston)
    Claudia Ferri as Nicole Jackson (@Claudia_Ferri)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)

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    Sunday, July 13, 2014
    9:00: Bulldog
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tyler Johnston as Alexi Giffords (@tylerbjohnston)
    Claudia Ferri as Nicole Jackson (@Claudia_Ferri)
    Alan Dale as Senator Eaton (@RealAlanDale)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)

    10:00: Donnie or Marie
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tyler Johnston as Alexi Giffords (@tylerbjohnston)
    Claudia Ferri as Nicole Jackson (@Claudia_Ferri)
    Alan Dale as Senator Eaton (@RealAlanDale)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)

    11:00: What I Know
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond (@WOCampbell)
    Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton (@kristinlehman1)
    Eric Ladin as Jamie Wright (@EricLadin)
    Brian Markinson as Gil Sloane (@brianmarkinson)
    Katie Findlay as Rosie Larsen (@katedangerfield)
    Seth Isaac Johnson as Denny Larsen (@sethisaacjohn)
    Tyler Johnston as Alexi Giffords (@tylerbjohnston)
    Claudia Ferri as Nicole Jackson (@Claudia_Ferri)
    Alan Dale as Senator Eaton (@RealAlanDale)
    Colin Lawrence as Benjamin Abani (@colinlawrence97)
    Jamie Anne Allman as Terry Malek (@jamieanneallman)

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    Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    9:00: The Jungle/That You Fear The Most
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Hugh Dillon as Francis Becker (@RealHughDillon)
    Amy Seimetz as Danette Lutz (@AmySeimetz)
    Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet (@iBexWeBex)
    Julia Sarah Stone as Lyric (@juliasarahstone)
    Max Fowler as Twitch (@MaxRafaelFowler)
    Peter Sarsgaard as Ray Seward (@petersarsgaard)
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)
    Ben Cotton as Pastor Mike (@bengcotton)
    Benjamin Charles Watson as Rayna (@BenWatsonJr)
    Cate Sproule as Kallie Leeds (@catemsproule)
    Jenn MacLean Angus as Jennifer Skinner (@JennMacA)
    Katherine Evans as Bethany Skinner (@kp_evans)
    Jewel Staite as Caroline Swift (@JewelStaite)

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    Thursday, July 17, 2014
    9:00: Seventeen
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Writer: Eliza Clark (@elizaclark)
    Hugh Dillon as Francis Becker (@RealHughDillon)
    Amy Seimetz as Danette Lutz (@AmySeimetz)
    Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet (@iBexWeBex)
    Julia Sarah Stone as Lyric (@juliasarahstone)
    Max Fowler as Twitch (@MaxRafaelFowler)
    Peter Sarsgaard as Ray Seward (@petersarsgaard)
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)
    Benjamin Charles Watson as Rayna (@BenWatsonJr)
    Cate Sproule as Kallie Leeds (@catemsproule)
    Jenn MacLean Angus as Jennifer Skinner (@JennMacA)
    Katherine Evans as Bethany Skinner (@kp_evans)
    Jewel Staite as Caroline Swift (@JewelStaite)
    Ryan Robbins as Joe Mills (@RyRobbins)
    Brendan Fletcher as Goldie (@BrendanFletch1)

    10:00: Headshots
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Hugh Dillon as Francis Becker (@RealHughDillon)
    Amy Seimetz as Danette Lutz (@AmySeimetz)
    Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet (@iBexWeBex)
    Julia Sarah Stone as Lyric (@juliasarahstone)
    Max Fowler as Twitch (@MaxRafaelFowler)
    Peter Sarsgaard as Ray Seward (@petersarsgaard)
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)
    Benjamin Charles Watson as Rayna (@BenWatsonJr)
    Jewel Staite as Caroline Swift (@JewelStaite)
    Ryan Robbins as Joe Mills (@RyRobbins)
    Brendan Fletcher as Goldie (@BrendanFletch1)

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    Saturday, July 19, 2014
    2:00: Scared and Running
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Hugh Dillon as Francis Becker (@RealHughDillon)
    Amy Seimetz as Danette Lutz (@AmySeimetz)
    Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet (@iBexWeBex)
    Julia Sarah Stone as Lyric (@juliasarahstone)
    Max Fowler as Twitch (@MaxRafaelFowler)
    Peter Sarsgaard as Ray Seward (@petersarsgaard)
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)
    Ben Cotton as Pastor Mike (@bengcotton)
    Benjamin Charles Watson as Rayna (@BenWatsonJr)
    Jenn MacLean Angus as Jennifer Skinner (@JennMacA)
    Katherine Evans as Bethany Skinner (@kp_evans)

    3:00: Eminent Domain
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Hugh Dillon as Francis Becker (@RealHughDillon)
    Amy Seimetz as Danette Lutz (@AmySeimetz)
    Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet (@iBexWeBex)
    Julia Sarah Stone as Lyric (@juliasarahstone)
    Peter Sarsgaard as Ray Seward (@petersarsgaard)
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)
    Ben Cotton as Pastor Mike (@bengcotton)
    Benjamin Charles Watson as Rayna (@BenWatsonJr)
    Jenn MacLean Angus as Jennifer Skinner (@JennMacA)
    Katherine Evans as Bethany Skinner (@kp_evans)
    Jewel Staite as Caroline Swift (@JewelStaite)
    Ryan Robbins as Joe Mills (@RyRobbins)

    4:00: Hope Kills
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Hugh Dillon as Francis Becker (@RealHughDillon)
    Amy Seimetz as Danette Lutz (@AmySeimetz)
    Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet (@iBexWeBex)
    Julia Sarah Stone as Lyric (@juliasarahstone)
    Max Fowler as Twitch (@MaxRafaelFowler)
    Peter Sarsgaard as Ray Seward (@petersarsgaard)
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)
    Ben Cotton as Pastor Mike (@bengcotton)
    Benjamin Charles Watson as Rayna (@BenWatsonJr)
    Jenn MacLean Angus as Jennifer Skinner (@JennMacA)
    Katherine Evans as Bethany Skinner (@kp_evans)
    Ryan Robbins as Joe Mills (@RyRobbins)

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    Monday, July 21, 2014
    9:00: Try
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Hugh Dillon as Francis Becker (@RealHughDillon)
    Amy Seimetz as Danette Lutz (@AmySeimetz)
    Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet (@iBexWeBex)
    Julia Sarah Stone as Lyric (@juliasarahstone)
    Peter Sarsgaard as Ray Seward (@petersarsgaard)
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)
    Ben Cotton as Pastor Mike (@bengcotton)
    Benjamin Charles Watson as Rayna (@BenWatsonJr)
    Ryan Robbins as Joe Mills (@RyRobbins)

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    Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    9:00: Reckoning
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Hugh Dillon as Francis Becker (@RealHughDillon)
    Amy Seimetz as Danette Lutz (@AmySeimetz)
    Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet (@iBexWeBex)
    Julia Sarah Stone as Lyric (@juliasarahstone)
    Max Fowler as Twitch (@MaxRafaelFowler)
    Peter Sarsgaard as Ray Seward (@petersarsgaard)
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)
    Ben Cotton as Pastor Mike (@bengcotton)
    Jewel Staite as Caroline Swift (@JewelStaite)
    Ryan Robbins as Joe Mills (@RyRobbins)

    6M

    Thursday, July 24, 2014
    9:00: Six Minutes
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Hugh Dillon as Francis Becker (@RealHughDillon)
    Peter Sarsgaard as Ray Seward (@petersarsgaard)
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)

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    Saturday, July 26, 2014
    9:00: From Up Here
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Writer: Eliza Clark (@elizaclark)
    Hugh Dillon as Francis Becker (@RealHughDillon)
    Amy Seimetz as Danette Lutz (@AmySeimetz)
    Julia Sarah Stone as Lyric (@juliasarahstone)
    Max Fowler as Twitch (@MaxRafaelFowler)
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)
    Jewel Staite as Caroline Swift (@JewelStaite)

    10:00: The Road to Hamelin
    Cast/Crew on Twitter:
    Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick (@GreggHenry88)
    Aaron Douglas as Evan Henderson (@theaarondouglas)
    Jenn MacLean Angus as Jennifer Skinner (@JennMacA)
    Katherine Evans as Bethany Skinner (@kp_evans)
    Jewel Staite as Caroline Swift (@JewelStaite)



  • [Article 3296]Stephen Holder: He Who Hesitates Is Lost & Other Thoughts on Season 4

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    by Lauren Allison (@ResIpsa422)

    Before I formally begin, a few in our wonderful fandom for “The Killing” have inquired about my opinion on some pressing matters for Season 4, and although I admittedly have no idea how Veena Sud and her talented cast and crew will surely surprise us, here are a few things I think (I think):

    • I don’t know if I really believe in happy endings on “The Killing.”  In three seasons, we certainly have not experienced that.  If Sarah Linden is smiling or preparing for a run, gird your loins for the coming disaster.   Please understand I am not proclaiming a heartbreaking ending for our characters.   I do not believe it will be a cliffhanger.  Given the nature of the recent endings, if Sarah Linden demonstrated some personal growth and made the commitment to stop running and fight bad guys in a place “where the clock never stops” with a partner who knows precisely “what she is good at,” it would be a twist of an ending for “The Killing,” but I would hardly bet on it.

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    • I do think Holder will elect to cover for her without her having to ask him to do so.  I think the argument can be made that Skinner was clearly capable of extreme violence, failing to follow her lawful commands, and moving as she attempted to place him under arrest, justifying the use of deadly force as she reasonably believed her life, the life of her partner, and the lives of any other potentially abducted children he might have stashed around his lake property might be at risk if she failed to take immediate action.  Police officers are not instructed to shoot to maim.  Her shots to his midsection are appropriate as are the shots to continue to subdue him when he continued to fail to follow lawful orders.  Given he is the serial killer they have desperately been seeking, that he manipulated the authorities and IAB specifically to detain Holder long enough for Skinner to abduct Linden, I think this is one the Seattle Police Department will be happy to simply have go away.

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    • Despite that argument, I think Linden will know in her heart that the shooting was not entirely justified.  Secrets manifest.  I am not suggesting this secret will destroy the partnership, but I do think it will be a powerful influence for Linden in Season 4.  Guilt and redemption will be themes for her.  I think we see Jennifer Skinner (Jenn MacLean-Angus, an actress and human being we adore here at The Killing Fan Group) and Bethany Skinner (the beautiful and talented, Katherine Evans), perhaps at Skinner’s funeral.  Although I think that is one event Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder should completely skip, I’m quite confident if both of the Skinner women appear, they will have an encounter with Linden simply to salt the wound as Veena seems to savor letting the fans watch Sarah Linden suffer beyond anything we really thought she could endure.  Although I expect their appearances to be brief, keep those actresses in your mind.  We are impressed!

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    • I do not think Mireille Enos’s pregnancy will be written into Season 4 at all.  Period.  Believe me, I appreciate the juicy scandal of Linden carrying the spawn of a serial killer, but that has never been “The Killing.”  Think Season 2 of “The X-Files” when Gillian Anderson and her husband were expecting a child on the eve of filming.  They’ll hide it as long as they possibly can and disappear her for awhile when they can no longer do so.  The short season will help her exponentially.  Having viewed paparazzi pictures unintentionally that we, by rule, do not share here, of the actress arriving in Vancouver, she looks pregnant.  I suspect her condition and the need for her to be entirely available for filming may have influenced the decision to make Season 4 only six episodes.

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    • At this point, yes, I do think it is the final season of “The Killing,” and no, I don’t want to talk about it.  I will say this: We have thought this twice before, and our fans are the most resilient, determined bunch in the business.  Anything goes.  Regardless, I do not think there is anything to be gained by showing anything other than absolute gratitude to Netflix for saving our show (twice).  Stomping our feet and demanding Season 5 at this juncture, in particular, seems rather ignoble.   If you want appreciate “The Killing,” watch it on Netflix now, rank it highly on Netflix and IMDB.com, tell everyone that will listen about the show, tweet with us regularly at @TheKillingonAMC and mention #TheKilling by name, participate in our Twitter activities,  and support the work of the cast and crew of “The Killing” on other projects.  When it gets closer to our release date, we will advise you how you may be able to do more to support “The Killing,” but right now, raise awareness by talking, tweeting, watching, and getting others to watch. If you want to blog or share your art right here on this website, let us know by tweeting us at @TheKillingonAMC or emailing us at: TheKillingonAMC@gmail.com.   Like I said many times before when I thought the end of “The Killing” was certainly upon us, thankfulness is a condition I have never come to regret in this life.  This fandom, the wonderful friendships we have forged while we have watched this stellar program, will continue.  You make it real for us!

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    • I do not think Sarah Linden will go to trial for murder or anything else.  “The Killing” has always been about the “Law” part and not really about the “Order” part.  Forgive the Dick Wolf reference.  Yes, the sound effect just played in my head too.  “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups….”  OH MY!  I digress.

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    • Will they or won’t they?  This is probably the most asked fan question we ever get….Will Stephen Holder and Sarah Linden get together?  My first reaction to this question was: “Hell, if I know.”  Still, I promised Melissa Maxey I would be more than my usual lawyer vague, so how about if I hedge my bets and say……probably.  Like that, Melissa?  Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos have undeniable chemistry.  It was part of the reason we saw what we did in “Reckoning,” and yes, it was awkward, but Holder was swimming in alcohol and grief.  The fact that Linden did not allow it to proceed under those terms shows her respect for him and for their relationship…and affords them the opportunity to get it right.  They have six episodes, so if it is going to happen, it will happen fast. Yes, I think he’ll kiss her.  How’s that?  It would have to be done completely in character (Again, think Mulder and Scully.  No frills, flowers, or chocolates.  Just an acknowledgement of consummation in some small way, a few kisses, and co-residing ), so for those of you lovely nuts wanting him to take her against the wall, might I recommend an old favorite show of mine called “True Blood” or my newest guilty pleasure (with non-HBO steaminess), “Scandal,” and perhaps a glass of wine?  Maybe a cold shower?  What would Linden do?  I know! You could go for a run.

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    So, you watched the end of Season 3.  Where does that leave Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder?  What did we learn about their relationship and what do I think it all means as we look forward to Season 4?

    Whether you want to see them writhing in bed together, there is no denying that Linden and Holder serve as a perfect tether to one another, functioning as ideal counterbalances to one another on “The Killing.”  To borrow from Shonda Rhimes, they are unequivocally each other’s “person,” making any storyline involving an allegedly earnest attempt by one of them to have a relationship with someone else relatively pointless and instructional only in so far as it helps the audience learn something about the characters themselves.

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    Since I have already detailed the many loves of Sarah Linden and what they potentially say about her in a previous blog post, let me detail what I think we learned about mainly Stephen Holder from the Caroline Swift character in Season 3.  Her character allowed the audience to understand a measure of growth in Stephen Holder, reminding us that he has come a long way from the gritty, narco proclaiming celibacy in Season 1 and the hopeless man-boy under a bridge grinding senselessly against some other lost soul from NA in Season 2.  This Stephen Holder, even though he bears the markings of another man’s past on his flesh, keeps a toothbrush at the home of the Assistant District Attorney.  He eats noodles with her in sweatpants while watching National Geographic fodder on his DVR.  Very well, Veena Sud, we acknowledge that Stephen Holder may be more relationship-ready than Sarah Linden, but frankly, this never came as any surprise to me as I have always viewed his character as far more emotionally available, if reckless, throughout the entirety of the show.  Still, “Relationship Holder” is also palpably uncomfortable with her gift of the toothbrush, even though she dismisses it as some gift for which she does not have any use (and all together women of the world, “Yeaaaaaahhhh, right”).  “Relationship Holder” invites his lovely redheaded partner back to his apartment for dinner, and when she surprises him, missing the ferry and ending up on his doorstep, Caroline Swift is with him.  Perhaps “Relationship Holder” invited her after Linden initially declined his invitation, but the fact remains that she was, at best, an afterthought. Oh, do I need to mention that it is also Valentine’s Day that he forgot while she made him an, albeit disgusting, red velvet muffin?  Or that he promptly ran off and left her to go crime-fight with Sarah Linden?  Forgive me-I simply proceeded under the assumption that we, as an audience, all felt collectively a little awkward for Caroline Swift in those moments.   Whether you believe that “Relationship Holder” harbors romantic feelings for Sarah Linden, these oversights wherein he seemingly chooses Linden by default, without thought, by instinct, demonstrate this relationship is, for whatever reason, more important to him than the relationship he shared with Caroline Swift.  When you consider his equally, uh, “swift” dismissals of the partner that undoubtedly helped advance his career in some small manner after Linden left him and the sister and nephew that loved him through his addiction in favor of following Linden on her current mission for justice, I think we know Sarah Linden is his primary and his priority relationship.  Perhaps we can all agree the name on your lips the moment you regain consciousness after being savagely beaten and abandoned for certain death in the remote woods of a Native American reservation is probably the name of your “person.”

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    I studied the scene between “Relationship Holder” and Caroline Swift in his car in the rain following Bullet’s death where he barked at her about being a junkie before dismissing her, and I think the audience understands the Linden-Holder dynamic  more sharply when contrasted with this exchange.  I think every fan studied the most impactful “almost kiss” in television history as this “Relationship Holder” tried to kiss a woman who was distinctly not his girlfriend in “Reckoning.”  I certainly believe that alcohol, grief, exhaustion contributed to his behavior, but I could not help but consider how Sarah Linden might have reacted if Holder addressed her in the same manner he used with Caroline that rainy day.  Would she have seemingly cowered and exited the car as Caroline did?  I contend that we already know precisely how Sarah Linden would respond: Are you envisioning the scene outside of the prison in “Six Minutes?”  Our Linden would give him hell right back, tell him he was drunk, perhaps even throw his past difficulties with addiction in his face (“Is that one of your addict sayings?”),  before hopefully, resigning herself and apologizing for her words the moment she saw the look of pain in his eyes.  He might tease her, clear the air of any lingering hostility, and then, the two would be off together to interview the next witness.  This exchange is gritty, nasty at times, but it is real, balanced, evenly-yoked.  The respect these two share for one another, whether professional, personal, or both, keeps them tethered to one another in mutual need.  Despite this, “Relationship Holder” proclaims the pair the same, in that, they are always running, never choosing to stay, and in the end, according to him, losing everything.  Although I appreciate Holder’s objective to capture Linden’s attention before she left the prison without ever being permitted to visit Ray Seward again before his execution and I think this assessment is quite astute about Sarah Linden, I do not believe this is true of “Relationship Holder.”  Despite her frequent flights from him, Stephen Holder does not run from Sarah Linden, even when he is racked with anguish over the loss of Bullet, half in the bottle, and likely more than a little embarrassed about trying to kiss her the evening before.  Moreover, even though I really do not expect to see more of Caroline Swift in Season 4 of “The Killing,” we still observe “Relationship Holder” apologizing, if in his own way, and settling the conflict with her in an adult manner.  Whether Caroline is his forever match, the woman undoubtedly deserved an apology for his childish behavior, his dismissal without proper explanation, and for the future, professional, personal, or both, for our Linden and Holder, I am pleased she received it.   

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    Side Note: As a lawyer formerly with the District Attorney’s Office, I viewed this relationship between Detective Stephen Holder and Assistant District Attorney Caroline Swift as relatively doomed from its inception, with or without the presence of Detective Sarah Linden.  In general conversation, I share this opinion somewhat reluctantly, but I view the collective audience of “The Killing” as smart, sensitive, insightful, probably very perceptive about this distinction already.  Although it is accurate to assert that law enforcement and the prosecuting attorneys both fight for justice, I would contend, in many real life instances, they do not always fight as a cohesive unit, a united front, and those lapses typically create lasting conflict, even bitterness, between the professions.  If you have never worked in this field, how many times have you seen an exchange between a detective and the prosecuting attorney on your favorite police procedural drama look something like this:

    Police Officer: He’s our man.  He did it.  Convince the jury!

    Prosecuting Attorney: It isn’t enough.  Bring me something I can use.

    Both of those viewpoints essentially function as one professional telling the other professional to do his or her damn job.  In these competitive fields where competence and, frankly, ego are very real components of success, these messages are rarely well-received by either side.  When a defendant believed to be guilty is allowed a reduced sentence because of a procedural oversight, both sides frequently point the finger at one another, whether reasonable.  Police grumble about the measure of administrative and constitutional protections and procedures afforded individuals they view as certain criminals, implying that perhaps all lawyers do is live to make the pursuit of justice more difficult for those who deserve it the very most.  Lawyers complain about the measure of litigation we must undertake to make certain the rights of all, guilty or innocent, are protected, implying that perhaps all law enforcement would otherwise immediately be inclined to overstep them without our intervention.  Both viewpoints are biased and belittle equally valuable contributions to the pursuit of justice from both professions.  Both professions typically attract fiery, stubborn personalities.  Both professions yield workaholics not always heralded for our fidelity, a reality I would attribute to exhaustion, proximity, and the absence of partners understanding of the nature of the work (which, in my experience, often means another partner in the same field, i.e. police detective with police detective….or something like that). Both groups are inherently loyal to those within their respective professions.  As such, temporary attraction is a very earnest possibility between these two professions.  Still, in my real world experience, most law enforcement officers believe that most lawyers do not really understand the difficulties of their daily work.  As a lawyer, I can say with absolute confidence most law enforcement officers do not have a clue what it takes to be able to properly stand before a group of peers and utter the words, “Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury.”   And it does not matter how many cases you might win together as a unit, both law enforcement officer and lawyer, if equally dedicated, never truly forget the one case that slipped away, even that one defendant that will be out of prison in ten years when he or she should be there for life.  It is not merely about being competitive, although that is certainly a component, but, in my experience, the bitterness is more deeply rooted in the knowledge that every day for the rest of their mutual lives, the lives of their families within the community, they will bear the knowledge that a defendant eluded them to offend again, a defendant will be out of prison to offend again in 4 years, 13 hours, and 27 minutes.  That anxiety coupled with the belief that that cop or that lawyer screwed up and saddled you with it for life only widens the gap between these two professions, rendering long-term, lasting romantic relationships between lawyer and cop almost impossible in real life.  Give such a blended relationship a try and then introduce a perfect co-worker and friend in the same field who compliments your significant other in every foreseeable way and happens to also be incredibly attractive.  Even though I will concede I do not have any idea how the story ends on “The Killing,” you better believe I know how that story ends in real life every single time.

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    Think about it in the context of “The Killing”: If Caroline Swift returns, do you think for one moment that she would completely refrain from sniffing around the police shooting involving her “Relationship Holder” and that pesky redhead that showed up to interrupt Valentine’s Day?  If her “Relationship Holder” holds true to character and sticks by his “person” in Sarah Linden, keeping the actual details under wraps by omission or deception, how can he hope to keep her under wraps?  I would think he would have to keep her close, leaving him unable to dump her and focus on police work for the six painfully short episodes of Season 4.  If “Relationship Holder” keeps his nosey ADA girlfriend close to prevent her from uncovering the truth about what happened between Linden and Skinner that night, how will Sarah Linden know with certainty he will keep from cracking and selling her out to the attorney sleeping next to him that could prosecute her for murder? She would have to keep him close, painfully close, or come completely clean to the authorities about what happened when she shot Skinner, and frankly, both options have devastatingly bad implications on the future of these two characters, and the entire triangle is absolutely contrary to what we have come to know as “The Killing.”  Now, I did mention Shonda Rhimes earlier, and the beloved Gregg Henry is on both shows….Are you following me?  Right?  This storyline is something entirely out of “Scandal,” so while I know how fundamentally wrong it is, a part of my cold, black heart is crying out in ecstasy for it.  Shonda, are you listening?! No, “The Killing,” like “The Wire” before it, is a show about the gritty realism involved in the pursuit of justice, so if this lawyer had to dispel with the Caroline Swift character in a realistic, believable way, how would I do it?  Well, I’d write her out immediately and have “Relationship Holder” mention she left him for another lawyer.  If he had the heart of Holder, the looks of Joel Kinnaman, AND he happened to also be a “Gladiator in a Suit,” Caroline Swift could not hope to resist him. 

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    How did Sarah Linden adapt to “Relationship Holder” in Season 3?  Will she need his newfound stability more than ever in Season 4?  I have enjoyed some spirited discussions with fans about the look on Linden’s face as she watched “Relationship Holder,” dressed in a suit that no longer makes him look like he sells plasma for a living, saunter out of the squad room, Caroline’s hand brushing his back in a familiar way.  I find it interesting that Linden also observed James Skinner kissing his wife and daughter in parting at that very same spot, magnifying her feelings of isolation as both men with whom she shares the closest affinity seem equipped with barriers to any further intimacy with her.  Please understand I am not necessarily speaking only about sexual intimacy, but rather, I mean, in those very moments, Sarah Linden could safely assume that she was completely and utterly without a “person,” so to speak, in her world.  Both of her former partners have totally moved on, personally and professionally.  Her son lives in Chicago with his father.  She has cast aside her plaything in “Boatman Cody.”  Regi is engaged/married and presumably sailing the open ocean with her new bride.  Even though she likes pretending she is a carefree young woman happily living a quiet life on an island, we know how she really feels in those two moments: Alone.  Do I see a flicker of jealousy in her expression or even perhaps in her choice to ask Holder almost too nonchalantly if anything was going on between him and that ADA?  What about when she arrived at Holder’s apartment after missing the ferry only to find him with his girlfriend, forcing her to choke down some noodles while making small talk?  Did I see jealousy there?  After careful contemplation, my answer is maybe.  I know, that is entirely unsatisfying, isn’t it?  I just do not think that Sarah Linden is emotionally evolved enough to always know completely what she is feeling, what she needs, what she wants, and I would further argue that if she does know, she is even more inclined to introvert, to keep that secret close the vest, to go for a run and hide from her emotions, to sleep with emotionally unavailable people with little to no expectations of her to quell her sexual desire, and to channel every introverted emotion into chasing the bad guy until she captures the perpetrator, ends up in a psychiatric facility, or both.   As tragic and heroic as that sounds, that is so very much the Sarah Linden I have come to know and love at this point in the story.

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    Do I think Stephen Holder and Sarah Linden are jealous by nature?  Will they come to resent the presence of any serious contender or threat to their primary partnership?  My answer to both questions is resoundingly yes, but I am a firm believer most bright, passionate people are, by default, jealous, of the things they find in life that meet their respective needs with fervor.  I suspect both Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder  feel jealousy, but I suspect Sarah Linden might perceive it as a weakness or something she needed to hide.  For example, when Carl Reddick told Holder about Linden and Skinner’s affair, the look on his face was far more demonstrative than anything we ever get from Sarah Linden.  He looked, in my estimation, devastated, and I almost winced as Reddick’s callused revelation.  Conversely, Linden’s expression, even when she observed Skinner, a man she seemingly wanted so badly that she fell back into bed with him almost immediately upon his proclamation about leaving his wife, seems rooted in confusion and contemplation.  Is this how Linden shows jealousy whereas Holder would not even bother to conceal his disappointment?  I think the answer is likely yes.  Frankly, the precarious emotional balance between these two partners was embodied from the very beginning in how they go about questioning a suspect: Holder asks direct questions while Linden almost always exercises extreme restraint.  Holder is quick to accuse almost everyone, and his first ten guesses are always wrong (Yes, I said it, and it’s true): It was Bennett Ahmed.  It was Richmond.  It was Donnie.  It was Marie.  It was Jasper.  It was Alexi.  It was Joe Mills.  It was Pastor Mike/Mark.  It was Goldie.  It was Reddick.  Linden, however, is slow to admit she has drawn any conclusions, keeping her thought process so close to the vest that she literally overlooked the serial killer lying in bed next to her.  How many times did we have to hear Holder say some version of “We got him, Linden” only to have Linden say something like, “Rosie/Trisha Seward’s killer is still out there?”  In almost every case, it is Sarah Linden in the leading role, cerebrally putting the pieces together, destroying her psyche in the process, and it is Stephen Holder, armed with extroverted emotions, putting her back together with his subtle devotion.

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    So, fast forward to the final moment of Season 3, how do I think Sarah Linden felt in that moment, and what do I think Stephen Holder should do?  My answer is simple: I think she felt more alone than she had ever felt in her entire life, and I think Holder must act definitively to assure her she is not alone.  After learning of his monstrous crimes, I do not really believe that there is any audience member that did not understand her action on some level, even if it appalled them.  I have always agreed with Mireille Enos’s brilliant assessment about her character that the revelation really left Sarah Linden with little literary option but to slay the monster.  Several fans have clamored they will loathe her if she forces Holder to cover for her and compromise his morality, and my response is: Are we watching the same show?  I appreciate his sense of humor, his heart as much as the next fan, but frankly, he was a dirty cop from the beginning.  AMC even promoted him in the “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” Suspect Tracker.   He was an addict who planted evidence, stole evidence, made lewd comments to witnesses, roughed up witnesses, make promises he could not keep, broke into residences, stole drugs, beat up drug-dealers.  Shall I continue to list his felonies because I am barely out of one season?  It is a testament to the brilliance of Joel Kinnaman and Holder’s creator, Veena Sud, that audiences have apparent amnesia about what he used to be because of the growth we have seen him experience in three seasons.  So, for Joel Kinnaman, for those fans, like me, that marvel at his work, and mostly, for Sarah Linden, and the equally gifted Mireille Enos, I want a more profound ending for Stephen Holder.  I want him to fully emerge from the shadow of Sarah Linden, and to do so, he must abandon the storyline of the scruffy sidekick and be a hero.  He is already an antihero.  We are already rooting for the drug addict dirty cop to step up and save the emotionally crippled dirty cop.  It sounds like such a romantic story, no?

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    So, listen up, Stephen Holder, here is my advice to you: If you care about Sarah Linden, if she is indeed your “person,” as I so suspect, hell, if you love her, be a man of action, because nobody ever remembers the sidekick and the sidekick most assuredly never gets the girl.  Sarah Linden chooses men with obstacles to giving her the type of devotion she truly needs to stop running, and every single one of them took her bait.  When things got difficult, none of them chose her over everything else.  Do not hesitate and allow her to wallow in self-depreciation, turning herself in for the trial she does not deserve.  Do not hesitate and make her ask for your help, your protection, because that will bury her in guilt she will never overcome.  Hesitation will tell her you, like Sonoma, like Greg Linden, like Skinner, do not chose her over everything else.  So whatever you do, Stephen Holder, do not hesitate.  Take the lead.  If it looked like self defense, if he was baiting her, not following her lawful instruction and moving towards her, then tell Internal Affairs this shooting was self defense and do so convincingly.  Let her know, without any doubt, that she is your “person,” because every fan will understand and forgive you for it.  If you forgive her, we will forgive her for putting you in the position to have to take such drastic action to prove the devotion we see but she does not.  Then get back to solving cases with the best partner you will ever have, and by being a man of action, give her a reason to stop running and do so without ever making her wonder if you regret the choice you made that ensured she would be at your side fighting monsters for another day.  Oh, and Holder, man, one last thing while I’ve got you here, if you really wanted to kiss her, and between you and me, I know you did, take this last piece of advice from me.  After you save her, the very next moment the opportunity presents itself when you are not filled with liquid courage, whatever you do, Stephen Holder, do not hesitate.

     

     

    Lauren Allison is a restless attorney, writer, general creative, and co-administrator of The Killing Fan Group.  She earned her B.A. in Political  Science with a minor in History from The University of Tulsa in 2003.  She earned her Jurisdoctorate from The University of Tulsa College of Law in 2006.  She also holds her certification in Revenue Management from Cornell University.



  • [Article 3259]The Killing Art Showcase: Sarah Linden by Davide Fasolo

    This week, we are proud to show this piece by Davide Fasolo from Italy. Titled: “Sarah Linden displays her love for a good cherry pie and a damn fine cup of coffee”. It is a digital painting, and from 2011 Davide has been working on a “head gallery” on fictional characters called “Serial Portrait”. [http://www.nulliversi.com/filter/digital/Serial-Portrait]
    His art can be found on @Flickr,@SeeMe, @Vimeo, @Behance and Davidfasoloart.Tumblr. Davide Fosolo also works in different mediums, traditional, digital, experimental painting, documentary, live, and experimental video.

    When I look at this painting, I see Sarah Linden’s sterile expression. It is one that I have seen on her
    before, and is an expression of resignation.
    In the episode “The Road to Hamelin” in season three, Sarah Linden realizes that her former partner and lover, James Skinner, is not the man she thought he once was; He confessed to being the serial killer. The end of the episode Linden has him on his knees, begging her to end his life. When Linden pulls the trigger, killing him, her mind is made up.
    Her expression, in this painting, is one that I recognize as quintessential Sarah Linden. A sterile expression she displays when she is resigned to her decision.

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  • [Article 3278]FAN BLOG POST: What the Hell Will Happen to Sarah Linden in Season 4?!?

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    By Lauren Oppe

    Hello “The Killing” Family,

    It’s been TOO long! I’ve missed you. I hope you’ve all been well. First and foremost, I’d like to personally say THANK YOU for everything you all did to get us a fourth season. The Twitter campaigns, the letters, the emails, the texts, etc. We couldn’t have done without your time and effort. Sooooo, let’s talk about season 4 shall we?!

    We all know the one thing that has been on our minds since the end of season 3… WHAT THE HELL IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO LINDEN? Will Linden just simply admit to killing Skinner? Will Holder cover for Linden? Will Linden let Holder cover for her? Will Linden go to jail? Would she be put back into the psych ward?! So many questions… but what answers do we have? Oh right, none… All we can do is speculate.

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    I have compiled a few outcomes which I believe are most likely to occur, but what we have all come to know is never expect anything because you’ll be shocked in the end no matter what.

    • In outcome number one, Linden could turn herself in and Seattle PD could simply let her off easy. Skinner makes the police department look absurd; now that he is gone, Linden can be seen as doing Seattle PD a favor, the heroine who killed the villain and saved Seattle. This scenario is what I hope for most in the coming months before the season 4 release. Linden, of course, would have her psychological issues with everything that has taken place, but, at least, she would be free.
    • Then there’s alternative number two, the alternative we’re all hoping doesn’t happen, the alternative that could drastically change everything in not only Linden’s world but Holder’s as well. In this scenario, we would see Linden being charged with murder. Which brings me to alternative one of this scenario, Holder at this point could lie for Linden to try to save her, I’m sure most of us could agree this would probably happen. Linden means the world to him.  Could he honestly stand by and let her go to prison? DOUBT IT. But, what would lying for Linden do to him? Would he turn to drugs, cling harder to Linden, turn away from her completely, or would the lie destroy his moral code to the core which would ultimately end his career? Would saving Linden ultimately end in Holder’s demise? Making a sacrifice that big for someone ruins a person’s psyche, so it’s something to anticipate in the event that Holder lies for Linden.  Or scenario number two, Holder ultimately does not lie for Linden and we see her go to prison/ a mental institution. Unlikely, uncertain, and slightly preposterous I agree… However, this may just happen for a little while to throw us off. Linden could be arrested and sent to prison awaiting trial where she is then found innocent.

    Allow me to throw a little side note in here as well. Because our beautiful Mireille Enos is expecting we could potentially see that written into the plot for season 4 as well. Could it be Skinner’s child? My bet is yes, if they choose to work the pregnancy into the story line. However, it could also be a random man’s child, a new boyfriend’s, or dare I say… Holder’s?! The possibilities are endless.

     

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    Regardless of what happens with Linden’s future come season 4, we all want to know what will come of the Linden/ Holder relationship. Linden and Holder are dependent on one another. When one is broken, hurt, struggling, etc., the other is there to encourage, support, and love the other. Even if the love is shown in an unconventional way by lighting the other’s cigarette, being the other’s ride, or showing up with some dinner, the love is there. Romantic love? Personally, my answer is no. But, in this fandom, I am highly outnumbered in that belief, so again we will just have to wait and see what Netflix decides to do for season 4 of The Killing. Whatever twists and turns are ahead for this dynamic duo I am more than sure that they will overcome them together, even if they try to push the other away. They are magnates that are constantly attracted to the other, even if separated for a short period of time in the end they will always come back together.

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    All I know for certain is that I hope season 4 is one amazing, mysterious, thrilling, overpowering, emotional, tormenting, comical, and blissful ride. I cannot wait to share every moment with all of you.

    “Trust me Linden, I got this.” – Holder