3: The Killing (3 ↔)
Speaking of strong episodes, please welcome “Missing” to The Killing’s nonstop fan debate. For those hoping for a little more depth to Linden — a necessity — and even some more to Holder (a bonus), they were blessed with a fine example of character depth. And yet, others probably hoped that with the season’s end in sight, more details about Rosie and the murder would be unveiled. Some were, clearly, given the Indian casino, but this was mostly about two seemingly disparate partners who barely function together realizing they have a lot more in common than they imagined. This was an episode that probably should have been slotted earlier in the year (Linden’s son bugging out with rebellion could have happened earlier in a believable fashion). But the series has so many other things going for it, that the ride has been almost intriguing enough without the lack of character fulfillment one would have wished for. But “Missing” was a step in the right direction. The next three episodes need to find a balance between story and character. However, good times with Linden and Holder (and how about Mirielle Enos and Joel Kinnaman’s performances? If ever there was an Emmy-submission episode highlighting the both of them, this was it).