The six episodes that drop Friday on Netflix include a solid murder case, but focus more on the show’s deeply troubled detective team of Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman).
At the end of season three they became good cops who did a bad thing, and the final season uses the consequences of that act to explore the larger question of where their lives can go from here.
By all indications, their scenarios are no sunnier than the bleak Seattle skies under which they still work.
Yet we viewers have built up a real affection for Linden and Holder, partly because they have made their lives so hard for themselves. We want them to find at least a measure of peace.
The most enduring legacy of “The Killing” may be that the producers of every “closed-end” TV series now must swear in blood they really will wrap up their story in X number of episodes.
That’s because some fans and critics went nuts when “The Killing” did not do so after season 1.
The show’s real value, though, runs deeper. It has woven well-crafted murder dramas and, beyond that, given us wonderfully complex lead characters who go way beyond the light banter, gruff exterior and “will they/won’t they” tease of most TV cop teams. Even the best ones.
In a perfect world, Enos and Kinnaman next year would become the latest Netflix stars to score Emmy nominations.
Probably won’t happen. But their work, including this final season, stands strong.
Has anyone seen the new season yet?