The Killing: Season 2 (2012)

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Critic 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.

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1
Air date: Apr 1, 2012
2
Air date: Apr 1, 2012
3
Air date: Apr 8, 2012
4
Air date: Apr 15, 2012
5
Air date: Apr 22, 2012
6
Air date: Apr 29, 2012
7
Air date: May 6, 2012
8
Air date: May 13, 2012
9
Air date: May 20, 2012
10
Air date: May 27, 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.

Cast

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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News & Interviews for The Killing: Season 2

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…

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

½

ChrisB

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BrendanN

Super Reviewer

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.

ChristopherH

Super Reviewer

½

Season 2 is still engaging, but there is a STEEP drop-off ion the quality of the writing.

JeffL

Super Reviewer

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