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The Killing: Season 2 (2012)




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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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
Jamie Anne Allman
as Terry Marek
Evan Bird
as Tom Larsen
Seth Isaac Johnson
as Denny Larsen
Eitra Kennedy
as Benissimo Lee
Allison Hossack
as Sally Ames
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.

September 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.

April 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.

April 1, 2012 | Full Review…

The Killing has made a very good re-start.

April 1, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

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

Audience Reviews for The Killing: Season 2



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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.


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