Fan Perpsective: The Demons Inside-A Character Comparison

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I have always been a fan of crime dramas. The intricately woven plots and the complex characters drew me in time and time again. One such crime drama, which airs on AMC, is called “The Killing”. The weekly showcase, which returns on Sunday, June 2nd at 8/7c, follows Sarah Linden (played by Mireille Enos), a homicide detective with the Seattle Police Department. Sarah is a focused and determined woman, often placing her job in front of her personal life. She is also a very damaged person in the emotional sense. This type of personality seems to be the norm in these stories. Take the feature film, “Murder By Numbers” for example. Also a homicide detective, Cassie Mayweather (played by Sandra Bullock) fits this bill to a tee. While the circumstances are different, she is also emotionally and, as we find out later, physically damaged. Her personal life is in shambles and, just like Detective Linden, she goes above and beyond the call of duty to solve the case. Both of these ladies are very strong and independent characters.

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Sarah Linden’s past has remained somewhat of a mystery so far. This season’s teasers are indicating that the back story – the case – will be revealed a little more. Maybe the new case will have something to do with the old case. While there were a few things mentioned towards the end of last season, the specifics are still being speculated. What we do know is this case really stuck with Detective Linden and continues to haunt her. The same can be said for Cassie Mayweather. Her situation was personal, having to do with her husband at the time and what he did to her. I won’t go in to any more detail than that in case anyone reading hasn’t seen the movie. I don’t want to spoil it for you but let’s just say it was quite barbaric and Detective Mayweather was lucky to have survived. Her way of coping was to change everything in her life and cut ties with the person she used to be, but it’s plain to see throughout the movie that she is still very much afraid and, in some ways, weak. These traits give both characters a sense of vulnerability in an otherwise tough exterior.

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Another common attribute both of these ladies share is their inability to let anything go. In “Murder By Numbers” the case appears to be solved when Mayweather’s partner, Sam Kennedy, finds evidence pointing to a school janitor. We later find out that things aren’t as they seem. The real perpetrators had planted a lot of the evidence collected in their quest to commit the “perfect crime”. Detective Mayweather never gives up. Even when her boss and partner are against her, she continues to dig and dig until she uncovers the truth. Linden can relate to this. She goes against political leaders, her boss, inside corruption, a Native American owned casino, and even her partner to solve the case. She too never gives up and endures many hardships on her journey to bring closure to the family of Rosie Larsen. Their determination was key to unravel the complex web of each case.

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A personal life doesn’t seem very practical for either of these women given their situations. Detective Mayweather seems to have built some kind of relationship with her partner but we can’t be sure since the movie ended. It’s my opinion that while she faced some of her demons throughout the course of the film, she would still have quite a bit to work through before she could have a healthy relationship with anyone, much less a man.  Linden too suffers from emotional issues that make it hard for her to trust and rely on others. She has a son who means everything to her but, while she would do anything for him, her job still remains a higher priority. That is not to say that she doesn’t love him, she is just that dedicated. She even gave up her fiance for her job after putting him off again and again. These characters would make a fascinating psychological study.

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By Lia Jane (Follow her on Twitter @Lia_Jane711)


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