Originally Posted by nyny523
Overall, I thought the season was excellent - in large part due to some amazing performances (Peter Skaarsgard was absolutely brilliant, and the girl who played Bullet was amazing).
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:
Originally Posted by danielhart
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.
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.