The Killing: Season 4 (2014)

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Season 4
The Killing

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While its characters still intrigue and its atmosphere remains absorbingly dark, The Killing succumbs to silliness in its fourth season, straying into distractingly overwrought territory.

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Critic Ratings: 19

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User Ratings: 417

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Air date: Aug 1, 2014

Linden and Holder work to cover up Skinner's disappearance in the Season 4 premiere. Meanwhile, a family is brutally murdered.

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Reddick looks into Skinner's disappearance.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2014

Linden and Holder work to prevent their investigation from going cold.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2014

Linden and Holder focus their investigation on a student with a murky past. Meanwhile, Reddick makes a surprising discovery.

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Kyle begins to regain his memory. Meanwhile, Holder's loyalty is tested.

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Linden and Holder's partnership spirals out of control in the series finale.

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The fourth and final season of this crime drama is the first to air on Netflix after three seasons on AMC. At the outset, Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) face the aftermath of James Skinner's death at the hands of Linden. As a result, Holder creates a cover-up to hide their actions, but it falls apart when Reddick (Gregg Henry) discovers Skinner's body. Meanwhile, Linden and Holder begin investigating a boy accused of murdering his family. However, while Holder wants to hold the accused accountable, Linden sympathizes with him and believes he might be innocent.

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Critic Reviews for The Killing Season 4

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (16)

The final season of The Killing has the dark cop drama playing its strongest card well.

Aug 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Like LinkedIn and the career of Ryan Reynolds, The Killing is one of those cultural non-phenomenons that somehow manages to slip through the cracks of reason and persist long after its expected expiration date.

Aug 1, 2014 | Full Review…

I truly like the character work done by Enos and Kinnaman but the fourth season of The Killing feels like an afterthought.

Jul 29, 2014 | Full Review…

The last five minutes are either the wrongest or rightest ending possible (you decide), but no one will disagree that after all its relentless digressions, this show finally has an ending.

Nov 19, 2015 | Full Review…

The Killing still has some pulling power, even if the initial thrill of Season 1 is long since gone.

Aug 5, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

An intense, electrifying final season, as Linden joins Walter White & other murderers we root for. The grim, rainy setting has never reflected the characters' inner lives more.

Aug 1, 2014 | Full Review…

The final season of The Killing conjures nothing so much as a more compact recitation of its mundane pessimism.

Aug 1, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

If all that moping and canned conflict doesn't chase you away, the rest of Season 4 is a dark, soapy delight.

Aug 1, 2014 | Full Review…

The Killing has for four seasons been so full of itself, that could never do [its] two great characters justice, much less give us stories and supporting characters on the same level as the show's cinematography, editing, and sound design.

Aug 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Watch it if you feel the need to see it through, but it might be better just remembering its wonderful beginnings.

Aug 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Like its broken characters, this broken drama kept plugging away, trying to achieve that one story that would validate all the bad choices it had made in the past.

Aug 11, 2014 | Full Review…

It was a show whose parts never added up to a consistently great whole, even though they very well could have if the show had just gotten out of its own way. The Killing was good, sometimes very good, but never as good as it could've been.

Aug 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Killing: Season 4

  • Nov 05, 2020
    Change in outlet changes little of the feeling and powerful story conclusion. The 6 episode arc in this season, was very much predictable unlike the previous. This series was a very nice Easter egg, for those who grew to love this series.
  • Apr 15, 2020
    The writers created a perfect and I mean perfect ending to this series. If you like the chemistry between Kinnamon and Enos which I did, it's about as close to a happy ending as possible for their characters.
  • Feb 17, 2020
    I thought they cut out what they needed to cut out to get it done in 6 episodes after a move to Netflix. And I thought the ending was about to be a hell of a lot darker than it was. I was glad that Holder and Linden both had breakthroughs after their break downs. I think there would have been a less abrupt turn at the end of the last episode, but I thought the director did an excellent job with the limited time they had to work with. I would have cut the last scene off about 20 seconds later (I was so ticked) But it left me a little hungry. That's a good thing for the end of a show.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    Because I was such a fan of the first seasons I wanted to see it all the way through. Definitely the worst season - I feel like the writer just wanted to get through it kind of like I did. Acting was still on point.
  • 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.
  • Jul 25, 2018
    Most shows soon become boring or corny. This stayed on point. I liked how it keeps the viewer guessing and stays heavy.
  • Mar 22, 2018
    Do yourself a favor and stop at season 2. The last 10 minutes of the final episode were the most cringe worthy I have seen on TV and I watched all of Open House. You could even feel the actors cringing through the screen.
  • Feb 21, 2018
    An amazingly dark and engrossing show. There’s no better duo you’ll find.
  • Feb 12, 2018
    The Killing was one of the best shows on tv. Acting excellence!
  • Oct 05, 2017
    Don't agreed with the critics, this season closed the series with a golden key, the atmosphere are dark and the case are solid, and makes you see all the episodes in one day too discovered the ending.

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