The Killing Review: A New Suspect?
The plot of The Killing thickened on "I'll Let You Know When I Get There."
First, Bennet Ahmed had finally been crossed off the suspect list. To think that after only 10 episodes and a massive beat down, the prime suspect turned out to be a good guy. I agree he did seem like the perfect culprit, especially with his lying and deceit, but he never deserved the attack he was given. I hope he pulls through.
My own suspicions led me to agree with Linden and Holder: the killer was Belko Royce. Turns out though, he was merely a man longing for a happy family. Where his upbringing brought some clear psychological damage, Royce had more in common with an ever hopeful dog than with a murderer. Not only did I believe him, but I also felt sorry as the two detectives hounded him with questions.
This was one of the best scenes of the episode. It was a classic interrogation scene, but was laced with the regrets of Linden and Holder. These two are dedicated to finding Rosie's murderer and solving the case, but their accusations and assumptions led to Ahmed's assault. They wanted a chance to fix their mistakes.
Holder, as much as he claimed he wouldn't lose sleep over Ahmed, certainly pushed hard when questioning Royce. The way he barked at the whimpering man illustrated his desires to regain control of the situation, as well as pull vital information out of him. He tries to act tough, and while in some respects he certainly is, there is an underlying bubbling of emotions that spurts out every now and again.
As for Linden, she's managed to remain an emotionless rock throughout the case. Even her ability to act upset seems forced. She is much more reserved than Holder, but her desires for redemption appear more obvious.
Why did she go to Richmond? It may seem odd to visit this political man, but his connection to Ahmed and his innocence stood out on her mind. Plus, she simply wanted someone to apologize to and help alleviate the stresses of the unfortunate repercussions.
Additionally, Linden is consumed by the case. Without it, she feels as if she has nothing. She isn't doing a great job at raising her child or even getting closer to her fiance. At least with her occupation, she is confident and strong.
Having that confidence in her abilities as a detective shaken was unnerving to her. It pushed her further away from the people around her and closer to the case at hand. Her dependence on solving the murder is an interesting twist on such a resolute acting character.
I still find Richmond's storyline rather boring and out of place. Sure, the fact that he may have known Rosie in a greater capacity was interesting, but it felt a little late. Let's be honest, his character and the campaign would never have been introduced if it weren't vital to the story. The true connection had to happen soon, but I wish I felt that his moments didn't feel like interruptions to the fascinating scenes of police work by Linden and Holder.
It was the revelation that Adela was the name of a boat that took the episode in a nice direction. Why would Rosie go to a casino? Was she connected with the missing Larsen family savings? Oh, how the questions continue to arise.
Hopefully, the show doesn't speed up with its information too fast as the season winds down. The slow methodical pace has dictated the series so far; it would be a shame to have everything come together in a rushed and contrived way.
The Killing: "I'll Let You Know When I Get There"
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.