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August 02,2014


mashable.com – The grisly murder of a wealthy family kicks off Season 4 of The Killing, a show that knows a thing or two about what it’s like to be killed but has, thankfully, found a home at Netflix for what’s likely to be its final season.

Normally, a new case would wipe the slate clean for Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman), but they enter this particular crime scene barely able to mask the tension between them. Only hours before reporting to the giant glass house now full of bodies, Holder was disposing of Lt. Skinner’s (Elias Koteas) remains and Linden was washing blood out of her hair.

“No one’s gotta know what we did,” he tells her. But something tells us it’s not going to be that easy.

This is not good, mamacita
At work, no one is wise to the awkwardness between them, which is just sad because they work around fellow police officers. Holder does his best to keep up appearances, going to lunches, making wise cracks, and working words like mamacita into his conversations with Linden.

But Linden is more than frayed. She just killed her lover, she just put her partner in terrible danger of going to prison, and, her actions have pretty much guaranteed that the bodies of many dead girls will never be recovered. (They disposed of Skinner in the same place he dumped the girls’ bodies.)

Linden is also extremely troubled at the end of the episode when she’s paid a visit from Skinner’s daughter, who comes looking for her father.

That’s not to say that Holder is cool with everything. When Linden spots blood on his only coat — because of course Holder only has one coat — he jumps out of it like the blood is on fire. Linden cleans it up for him but was I the only one who had the feeling that this might come back to bite him later? He should have burned that thing.

Particularly, the fear that Holder will go down for a crime that’s essentially Linden’s alone is a great one because it’s clear that such an outcome is the last thing Linden would ever want. And it seems whatever Linden doesn’t want is exactly what happens on this show.

“You didn’t have to stay. You didn’t have to help me,” she tells him at one point. “I did,” he replies.

As if Holder doesn’t have enough to deal with, Caroline (Jewel Staite) tells him that she’s pregnant. At first, he’s stunned and kinda not happy. But later, he proposes.

Like that soon-to-be-retired cop character who dies in all the action movies, Holder’s plans for the future only make me more nervous something terrible is about to go down.

Hey, killer: What do you have against pianos?
The case of the season seems, at least for a bit, to be the least complicated thing Linden and Holder are dealing with. Then enters Joan Allen, who plays Col. Margaret Rayne, the head of the all-boys military academy.

It was one of her students whose family was killed, and at first, he’s the prime suspect, thought to have killed his family and then turned the gun on himself. The boy, named Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), escapes with some major head trauma and memory loss, which Holder thinks he’s faking. But Linden has other ideas because it turns out that the gun he allegedly used to try to kill himself was a different gun than the one that was used on his family. Why use two separate guns, she wonders?

Another clue? The killer might hate pianos. Okay, that’s probably not where the writers were going with the shredded piano strings clue, but I’m not a detective.

With Kyle possibly out of the suspect No. 1 spot, a natural next step would be to look at Margaret, who may have had more than a business relationship with the boys’ father and is listed as Kyle’s guardian in the parents’ will. (She looks quite peeved upon learning that Kyle will have no access to his inheritance until he’s 21.) But then in one scene, despite being a cold-as-ice woman, she seems to soften upon seeing Kyle, who thought he was alone, break down in tears. This is one extremely fascinating character.

With only six episodes in this final season, we know conclusions are coming — for the case and for characters new and old. But after watching that stellar Season 4 premiere episode, I’ll admit, I’m a little less eager for the definitive end now awaiting consumption in my Netflix cue.

2 Responses to “‘The Killing’ Season 4 Premiere Recap: Dead But Not Buried”
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    Thanks for the great website.

    The first episode of The Killing 4 is absolutely brilliant and it just makes the cancellation all the more painful! Joel continues to be superb as Holden who must be the most charismatic character on TV. A Must Watch!

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