Yeah, me too. I don't think the characters have ever been a weakness on The Killing, though the Larsen family could get a bit annoying from time to time. For me, the Holder character and the general mood of the show are it's two main strengths. I have always thought the show's main weakness was all of the red herrings, especially in the first season, where it was almost a red herring of the week. I think they have improved upon that dramatically.