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The Killing Season Three Finale - spoilers

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by whitson77, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. sburnside1

    sburnside1 New Member

    Jan 28, 2009
    We thought it was a little clumsy at the end. But some we wrote off to Lindens emotional state after seeing his daughter wearing the ring. That pretty much flipped her reality on its head.

    The written directions vs GPS is easy. Its a lake house. GPS's are notoriously bad for remote areas.

    We would have liked definitive closure with Callie. I know it was implied that she died, but ones gotta hope right?
  2. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    That's exactly what happened. Those calling Linden an idiot clearly didn't watch this season closely. The ending was surely shocking; and what I liked is that they didn't go the route of so many other shows that would have spared the killer. It was totally surprising to me that she offed him with the second shot...

    I totally agree with this. The actress playing Bullet was one of the highlights of this season. And Linden's performance this season was also off the chart IMO...
  3. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    Yeah in that scene where Linden saw Skinner hug his daughter and she noticed the ring, I thought the way her facial expression morphed when she realized he was the killer was amazing. The change in expression was so minimal, yet so telling at the same time.
  4. brebeans

    brebeans Member

    Sep 5, 2003
    I agree.
    I think both Linden and Holder acted the way they did because both of them thought that no one would believe them if they went to the cops or others with the assertion that their boss killed all these girls. And, Holder's reaction at the end, after Linden shot for the second time, showed his concern/angre/frustration with her. He knows they'll need to figure out some way to explain what happened. I'm guessing that it's not as simple as it looks and that we'll find out out something a bit more interesting in the beginning of Season 4; at least I hope we do.

    I loved this season and also agree that they put too much into the two hour finale......(or not enough, depending n how you look at it!). It could have been done better, but I'm thinking that's why I'll be watching Season 4, for sure. More characters like Bullet would be awesome!
  5. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    For the record, I'm one of the ones who watched S01 and then promptly quit it, so I didn't see S02, a decision which I continue not to regret. So I decided to tune in for S03 to give it another chance with a whole new case.

    Over all, I think it was fairly well done. Good? Not really. The guy playing Holder seems, IMO, to be trying way too hard to be whatever it is he tries to be. Maybe it's partially me and my disdain for really poor grammar or something...Or maybe it's just that the actual character is somebody who tries too hard to be some kind of cool or, again, whatever that is.

    Linden - I think the actor does a pretty good job and the character is sort of interesting.

    The season finale episode kind of dragged out for me a bit. I think they could have packed more pertinent info into the episode instead of dragging it out to where it ended without more resolution as to what all he did, why, and the disposition of the remaining victims who were not yet accounted for. I can only presume that is what S04 is going to be about (?).
    Well, that and what happens with her for having killed the guy. I'd have rather seen more of that in this season and figured that would have been why it was 2 hours.

    For now I'll keep my SP. I don't feel like I felt after I watched S01 - in that I wanted that time back - though. :)
  6. crazywater

    crazywater USS TiVo NCC-1780

    Mar 7, 2001
    You should do yourself a favor and watch Season 2 on Netflix. It resolves the murder and goes deeper into the relationship between the two leads and also touches on the case that was resolved in Season 3.
  7. danielhart

    danielhart Nerp Nerp

    Apr 27, 2004
    If you think about all the emotion tied up in a relationship like that - if one were to exist - her killing him makes total sense to me. He was her former partner and now boss, he was effing her, he preyed on young girls with no family ties (which is her history) and to boot she watched a guy hang for a crime he committed.

    In this scenario you shoot the guy and then put a drop gun on him and move on imo. And Holder goes along with it too.
  8. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Crazywater - Thanks for the recommendation. I guess I kind of screwed up by ditching it before S02. It's been so long I should probably watch S01 again and then S02 also.
  9. sburnside1

    sburnside1 New Member

    Jan 28, 2009
    We watched s1 &2 back to back. Didn't find the show till after s2 had aired. It was actually quick moving and had a great story. You don't notice it takes 2 seasons when you don't have to wait a year between them.
  10. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

    Jan 3, 2003
    St. Pete, FL
    The long drive at the end bothered me too ... the finale was great up until then.

    They're driving ... it gets darker and darker and Skinner keeps saying "we're almost there." How could Linden not realize that had Skinner snatched Adrian and drove him all that way to the lake house how he couldn't have made it back so quickly in order to show up at the crime scene, sic IA on Holder, etc.?

    I was hoping for more wrap-up. With the show being cancelled after S2 and then revived, I figured they would put more closure into the series betting on not being renewed by AMC again.
  11. DLiquid

    DLiquid Progressive User

    Sep 17, 2001
    I totally agree. I have never particularly liked Skaarsgard, but he was incredible in this role.

    As far as the finale goes, put me in the camp of liked it, not loved it. I don't think Linden's behavior was bad writing. It made a lot of sense for things to unfold like that. This post sums it up pretty well:

    Also, we know that she went crazy before season one even took place. Why? The Seward case. It's not hard to believe that finding out that her boss/lover was the killer would push her back over the edge.

    The ending certainly wasn't satisfying to me as a viewer, though. It was frustrating to see Linden make a series of poor decisions after she saw the ring. A predictable ending would be Linden not shooting him at all. Shooting him once was surprising, twice with Holder there saying, "Don't do it," was just shocking. I am kind of annoyed with it, since I'd rather not start off next season with a bunch of leftover baggage from this season.

    I hope that the writers don't back down on what happened though. She killed him, don't give us some BS that her shot missed or something. I hated that scene at the end of season one where they made it look like Holder was a dirty cop, and then they just explained it away at the start of season two. If you're going to shock me in the finale, make it something real.

    Overall though, this show improved a lot this season, and lived up to the potential it showed in seasons one and two.
  12. DLiquid

    DLiquid Progressive User

    Sep 17, 2001
    He's my favorite part of the show. I think Kinnaman does a great job in that role. The character is very human and vulnerable, and we often get glimpses into the real man beneath the tall Eminem in a hoodie image. I also think he's hilarious. I don't think the show would be nearly as entertaining without his comic relief.
  13. Peter000

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
    Sorry for the thread bump, but I just finished season 3 on Netflix. Been binge watching it all night. :eek:

    I had quit watching about 4 episodes in during the original run. After being mildly disappointed by season 2 I didn't really want to commit to watching week to week of season three and then being disappointed at the end.

    But, I really enjoyed it! I think binge watching much of the season at once really helped the pacing for me. Also the fact that it was pretty much one story arc through the whole season and was resolved helped too.

    The execution episode was a highlight for me. Was especially touching that Linden took the kid outside the fence where his father could at least see him once before he died.

    All of the performances throughout the season were great and I found the finale satisfying, since Linden really didn't have any proof aside from the ring, and was pretty emotionally battered at that point.

    Looking forward to Netflixing the 4th season.

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