The Killing: Season 2 (2012)


Season 2
The Killing

Critics Consensus

The Killing's second season feels a bit tedious and unsure of where it wants to go, but it succeeds in keeping the audience on its toes, thanks to consistently fantastic acting and some strategic storytelling.



Critic Ratings: 29


Audience Score

User Ratings: 311
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Air date: Apr 1, 2012
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Rosie Larsen's murder is no closer to a resolution than at the start of the first season as this addictive crime drama resumes with profound changes for mayoral candidate Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell). As detective Linden (Mireille Enos) pieces together more evidence telling the story of Rosie's final weeks, Rosie's father Stan (Brent Sexton) learns he hasn't quite shaken his troubled past, while wife Mitch (Michelle Forbes) goes on a journey of healing. In the mayoral race, Jamie (Eric Ladin) digs in his heels for Richmond while Gwen (Kristin Lehman) is show to have an impact on both sides. As if they don't have enough roadblocks in the investigation, Linden and Holder both battle personal demons, with Holder's credibility as a cop coming into question. Hallmarks of the series include dark, damp settings; spine-tingling music capping every episode as a key plot point is revealed; and dramatic, slow camera shots to maximize tension, no more so than in the chilling, gut-wrenching finale.


Mireille Enos
as Sarah Linden
Billy Campbell
as Darren Richmond
Joel Kinnaman
as Stephen Holder
Michelle Forbes
as Mitch Larsen
Brent Sexton
as Stan Larsen
Kristin Lehman
as Gwen Eaton
Eric Ladin
as Jamie Wright
Evan Bird
as Tom Larsen
Eitra Kennedy
as Benissimo Lee
Tyler Johnston
as Alexi Giffords
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Critic Reviews for The Killing Season 2

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (16)

Soon became clear that the lengths to which Sud was willing to go to keep us guessing weren't worth the effort. The Killing's punishing, monotonous downpour eventually washed everything away, including our interest.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

If the process is as fascinating in season two as it was in season one, this is hardly the worst way to spend a few hours of television time.

Apr 1, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a story about a murky process, not about a definitive resolution. It's deliberately soaked in confusion and misdirection. And so I embrace the dilemma.

Apr 1, 2012 | Full Review…

The Killing has made a very good re-start.

Apr 1, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The Killing, in other words, starts strong again. The central question from last year, "Who Killed Rosie Larsen?," quickly comes back into play. And with it, there are new leads, new confrontations - even some new characters introduced.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm willing to give The Killing a second chance. I still find Linden and especially Holder compelling, exciting and enthralling characters trapped in a rain-soaked world of murder and suspense that aches to be further explored.

Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rosie is absolutely enthralling so we can't help but mourn the fact that this main character was missing for most of the show.

Nov 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Season 2 finds Linden devolving into just plain incompetent, not to mention whiny, stubborn and self-centered.

Nov 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Maybe the writers really are renegade storytellers whose risks will pay off.

Mar 30, 2012 | Full Review…

If you're moving on with The Killing, you're either a sucker for punishment or a hopeless fan of Detective Sarah Linden and her Scandinavian sweaters.

Apr 1, 2012 | Full Review…

That final, bathetic capture of Terry was at least a hint of the show's promise. The case, it turned out, did not end flashily in a stroke of lightning. Just rain, rain, rain.

Nov 19, 2015 | Full Review…

The Killing sort of knows what it has to do to be a good show, but it thinks that all it has to do is flaunt convention to be good. It doesn't realize that it has to do more than present an appealing surface if the core is fundamentally rotten.

Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Killing: Season 2

  • Jan 15, 2016
    The season that finally answers the question: Who killed Rosie Larson? Some of the pacing and writing is not always on point, but the gloomy atmosphere, compelling characters, and fantastic acting keep everything afloat. I'd argue sometimes S2 surpasses S1 in terms of characterization and intrigue. The S2 finale is simply fantastic, layered with mind-blowing twists and truly touching drama.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2019
    THE KILLING left me breathless after I watched all four seasons . Based in Seattle, the series revolves around Detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) , two police officers with personal baggage. They are driven and obsessed when confronted with ugly, dark crimes.The production is nearly flawless. Everything from the haunting background music to the use of weather as metaphor is perfection. The acting is superb. The topics are timely and relevant. This is nitty gritty policework performed by many flawed characters. It makes you wallow in the mud with the characters, encouraging you to feel all the frustration and confusion that they feel. The stories are so complex that I had to pay close attention. I was emotionally exhausted by the end. I highly recommend it.
  • Dec 27, 2018
    The season did start off not anywhere closer than Season 1 but the final build-up leads to good pay off with the final surprise. The good acting and some new plot lines build up an eerie, interesting season, just maybe not as strong as the first which hooked me in. Overall another great season which might not be as good as the first, but became more memorable from the finale.
  • Sep 29, 2017
    Not quite as amazing as the first season, but still wonderfully compelling writing and acting. Worth continuing the series.
  • Sep 10, 2016
    Where are we going with this?
  • Mar 06, 2016
    Took two seasons to finally tell us who the killer was and wasn't who I thought it would be at all. Constant red herrings through out the show that lead us to everyone else.
  • Dec 29, 2015
    The Killing (2011–2014) is an americanized version or adaptation based on the original TV Series The Killing (2007–2012) "Forbrydelsen" (original title). When I started watching The Killing (2011–2014) from the Plot to the ending, I had many thoughts I wanted to express. The Pilot you can see so much potential, yet some things were just not quite there. It’s as if the scriptwriters didn't have enough content per actor, some direction wasn’t pointed out as well; many things stuck out but the story was interesting. At first I thought, maybe the actors just werent that great but I was wrong on that as the show progressed. Season 1 to the end of Season Two were focused on one case, and in every episode when ya thought you knew what was going on, the plot thickened. The Killing (2011–2014) certainly had a plan and that plan was working, this show kept me glued to the tube checking it out all the way to the ending episodes on the final season. The cast in The Killing (2011–2014) turned out to be perfect, the stories or scripts were going well but over time you could see this was a writer/direction issue within the show; though the show was great enough that it no longer mattered. I believe what this show was from start to finish was an absolute beautiful show, I loved the suspense, the characters, the stories; and like all good shows they end fast.
  • Dec 23, 2015
    God awful show. Could have been worse. I'm not sure how but it's not impossible.
  • Sep 23, 2015
    Just as well continued as the first season
  • Aug 18, 2015
    Fantastic story - intuitive detective. Holder was good also. Very clever writing.

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