The Killing: Season 3 (2013)


Season 3
The Killing

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Though The Killing's third season doesn't do anything much differently than before, it continues to benefit from strong acting, and new viewers should be able to jump right in with ease.



Critic Ratings: 29


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Air date: Jun 2, 2013
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After surviving a roller-coaster ride to renewal by AMC, a cleaner-cut Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) reunites with Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) for a third season of this critically-acclaimed crime drama, but not before Sarah is seen smiling and seemingly content at a job on a ferry, greeting her boyfriend. He soon learns he has reeled in one of Seattle's most dedicated detectives as she wastes no time ditching domestication and returning to 24/7 action when a wave of wayward teenage girls goes missing. An intriguing parallel plot follows the death-row plight of Ray Seward (played with Hannibal Lecter-level creepiness and volatility by Peter Sarsgaard), who was convicted of murdering his wife in a three-year-old case worked by Linden. Seward becomes a key resource in the new unsolved crimes, while Holder leans on a hotshot street kid named Bullet for information when leads come up dry (a show signature). Meanwhile, Holder's veteran partner for the past year is benched in favor of Linden, who also reconnects with James Skinner (Elias Koteas), her partner from the Seward case who has moved up the top of the homicide division. A swifter pace is evident in Season 3 to complement the distinctive camera work and spine-tingling sound introduced in the first two seasons.


Mireille Enos
as Sarah Linden
Joel Kinnaman
as Stephen Holder
Peter Sarsgaard
as Ray Seward
Elias Koteas
as James Skinner
Max Fowler
as Twitch
Amy Seimetz
as Danette Leeds
Cate Sproule
as Kallie Leeds
Kristin Lehman
as Gwen Eaton
Brent Sexton
as Stan Larsen
Eric Ladin
as Jamie Wright
Evan Bird
as Tom Larsen
Gregg Henry
as Carl Reddick
Hugh Dillon
as Frances Becker
Aaron Douglas
as William "Billy" Henderson
Rowan Longworth
as Adrian Seward
Philip Granger
as Jablonski
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Critic Reviews for The Killing Season 3

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14)

Maybe The Killing will hit a firmer stride before crossing this season's finish line. But the feeling persists that executive producer/writer/director Veena Sud again will come up short in what looks to be a last gasp.

Jun 2, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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So, no, The Killing wasn't canceled. Unfortunately, it's still dark, depressing and terminally dull.

May 31, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Ultimately AMC chose not to kill The Killing, and the channel may have made the right decision, assuming the rest of the season unfolds as compellingly as Sunday's premiere.

May 30, 2013 | Full Review…

The Killing is back, and if you loved the first round, it's still a killer.

May 31, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Everything fans loved about it the first season is back.

May 31, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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If this is the end, the series has gone on out on a high. [Full Review in Spanish]

Sep 23, 2018 | Full Review…

I have to admit, I'm into it. Whether or not The Killing is picked up for season 4, we just watched a detective (and her partner) evolve over the course of three seasons, with all the real-life horror she faces every day taking her down this path.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Several episodes in season three stood out as groundbreaking, emotionally-charged and gritty, and a huge improvement over an intermittently decent second season.

Sep 23, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's well-done routine with three excellent actors at its core but it's routine nonetheless.

Jun 3, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Nothing about it -- not the acting, not the writing, not even the great Ed Bianchi's direction of one-half of the season-three pilot -- justifies such self-importance.

May 31, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Killing: Season 3

  • Sep 17, 2014
    It is very rare for a TV series to get their mojo back after a disasterous season (e.g. Heroes). But The Killing has achieved just that. Packed with more intrigue, matured characters and new excellent actors, Season 3 goes back to what made Season 1 a must-see series.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2018
    The Killing does what Real Madrid have been doing for years and complement an already superb team with a marquee signing in the form of Peter Sarsgaard. If you were ever in doubt about his talent you won't be after this. Bad guys often bring out the best in actors. Dave Prowse - Green Cross Man or Darth Vader anyone? It's a no brainer. Cracking stuff.
  • Sep 29, 2017
    Still a wonderful show.
  • Sep 10, 2016
    Actors are still fantastic but a convoluted storyline makes it harder to get through.
  • 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.
  • Sep 23, 2015
    Gritty and raw. does not miss a beat.
  • Aug 23, 2015
    The acting remains top-notch and the characters are fascinating. I especially liked Bullet. But I cannot rate this season highly because the ending is a lazy, thoughtless cop-out. Yes, this series is known for its endless plot twists and boatloads of red herrings, but that's okay as long as the ending resonates as plausible and the characters still seem like real people. In Season 2, the reveal of the killer was surprising, but it was possible to look back over many episodes and see the foreshadowing you may have missed, and the consistency of character which lead to the unfortunate turn of events. This was not so at all in episode 3, and as such it was deeply disappointing.
  • Jul 31, 2015
    This Season of the Killing is by far my favorite of the series.
  • Mar 09, 2015
    They should have renamed the series, does not live up to first two seasons.
  • Feb 13, 2015
    Match. During season three the street kids command our attention, the cops not so much. Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet emerges as a star but finishes up in the boot of grimy yellow cab. Mid-way through episode eleven Holder finds a revelatory photo of fellow detective Carl Reddick, arm around one of the first victims. We quickly realize this vital clue has come much too early. With yet another contrived "red herring" it becomes painfully obvious the season has run out of gas. Anything from here on is just improv; the important writing of the early episodes has been wasted.

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