The Killing: Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Killing: Season 3 (2013)

SEASON:

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: 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.

Episodes

The Killing: Season 3 Photos

Tv Season Info

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.

Cast

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
Jamie Anne Allman
as Terry Marek
Seth Isaac Johnson
as Denny 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
View All

News & Interviews for The Killing: Season 3

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.

June 2, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

If this is the end, the series has gone on out on a high. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Killing: Season 3

½

ChrisB.

Super Reviewer

BrendanN.

Super Reviewer

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.

MarkB.

Super Reviewer

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Killing on our TV talk forum!

News & Features