The Killing: Season 4 (2014)


Season 4
The Killing

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 19


Audience Score

User Ratings: 405
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Air date: Aug 1, 2014
Air date: Aug 1, 2014
Air date: Aug 1, 2014
Air date: Aug 1, 2014
Air date: Aug 1, 2014
Air date: Aug 1, 2014

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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.


Mireille Enos
as Sarah Linden
Joel Kinnaman
as Stephen Holder
Joan Allen
as Colonel Margaret O'Neal
Gregg Henry
as Carl Reddick
Sterling Beaumon
as Lincoln Knopf
Tyler Ross
as Kyle Stansbury
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Critic Reviews for The Killing Season 4

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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…

Season 4 amps up the misery, assuming that it's inherently the same as profundity. Bleakness doesn't inherently make something deep and compelling, especially not when your central character isn't well-drawn enough to support all this unhappiness.

Aug 15, 2014 | Rating: C- | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Killing: Season 4

  • 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.
  • Jun 08, 2017
    I liked Seasons 1 -3, but Season 4 went straight dirty language. I mean every other word was the "F word." I felt assaulted and had to turn down the volume most of the time. The story line was still interesting, but especially dark with the use of that word.
  • Apr 08, 2017
    I loved the series, and especially how it ended. Perfect.
  • Dec 30, 2016
    Season 4 sucked super bad. Wish they stopped at Season 2 or 3.
  • Sep 19, 2016
    This show is epic. Sorry to see it go, but four seasons is just perfect.

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