WHAT WE'RE WATCHING: The saga of Linden and Holder concludes
The fourth and final season of “The Killing” debuted earlier this month. Netflix picked up the crime drama following AMC’s cancellation of it after three seasons, and all four seasons are now available to stream.
The first two seasons of the show are outstanding, taking a slow burn approach to answering the question, “Who killed Rosie Larsen?”
At the core of the show is the buddy cop relationship between detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), who become partners at the series’ beginning. Their chemistry is terrific, and in the middle of the tragedy of the cases they pursue, Holder delivers some of the best one-liners of the small screen.
One of my favorites (from season two): “Think of me as your sensei in the bloodsport of life.”
That line also accurately sums up the relationship between Linden and Holder as true partners. Linden is a hard-edged, sometimes cold, single mother; Holder is somewhat of a goofball, but he takes his job seriously, just as Linden does, and is not lacking demons of his own. They are perfect compliments to each other as they pursue suspects in murder investigations.
While season three flat-lined a bit in the wake of finally discovering who killed Rosie Larsen, things really picked up in the last couple of episodes, leaving me at the edge of my seat, not wanting to wait a whole year to discover the fate of Linden and Holder.
The full fourth season of “The Killing” (which is only six episodes) was released on Netflix on a Friday. By the time Monday morning rolled around, I had completed the series.
The case Linden and Holder are investigating over the course of the fourth season really pales in comparison to the carryover they come up against from the season three case and the friction between the partners.
Once both cases come to a head, the show really zeroes in on the relationship between Linden and Holder, in what may be the most captivating 10 or 15 minutes of the series. The ending (no spoilers) may err a bit on the cheesy side, but I absolutely loved it, and it felt like a logical conclusion to the show that so effortlessly blended the drama of a crime procedural with the character chemistry of a buddy cop movie.
While the drama of the cases may get you started with “The Killing,” the relationship between Linden and Holder is what will keep you watching.
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