AMC's "The Killing" Season Two, which follows the trajectory of the acclaimed Danish series, is up against horrific competition on Sunday nights. In the season premiere, executive producer Veena Sud and director Agnieszka Holland throw us right back into the maelstrom where we were left hanging at the end of controversial Season One.
Who can you trust? All of the characters are under extreme pressure after two weeks of searching for Rosie Larson's killer, and while some suspects are getting ruled out, the real question is who is managing to hold their shit together. Doubt is cast on the reliability of just about everyone, including dauntless homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos), who is single again and committed to staying in Seattle, but seems positively paranoid. At this point she can't trust anyone, not even her partner Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), who may or may not be a dirty cop.
Rosie's mother (Michelle Forbes) is missing and her father (Brent Sexton) and aunt (Jamie Anne Allman) are beside themselves with grief and fear for the safety of their family, which the untrustworthy cops don't seem to care about. Will Councilman Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) survive his gunshot wound? What happened the night of Rosie's murder on Desolation Bridge? Linden and Richmond's campaign aide and girlfriend (Kristin Lehman), really want to know. Richmond's shooter, Belko, mentally deranged, is questioned by Holder–and Stan Larsen.
More than one person has blood on their hands. The rain pours down, and everything seems positively Chinatown.
I'm hooked again.
Here's a round-up of coverage of the return of "The Killing."
While the Season Two premiere rating was less than the number of viewers who watched the Season One premiere, it was caught by 2.5 million total viewers, reports The Wrap, and was "AMC's second most-viewed premiere for an original series in its history, behind 'The Walking Dead,' which averaged 5.3 million total viewers on Halloween 2010."
THR says that overall, "the premiere is on par with much of its ratings showing from the first season but down from its successful series premiere and freshman finale," while season premieres of AMC's "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead" each set series records.
SeattlePI shares 10 Things We Learned from The Killing's Season 2 Premiere.
HuffPo revisits some of the season one finale fallout, with Maureen Ryan callings it "a jaw-dropping instance of a show not just squandering its promise, but betraying its viewers," and quotes showrunner Veena Sud confirming that not only will the killer be revealed at the end of season two, but that "our goal was not to mislead but rather to do something different, to take the time the story needs to fully unfold — to explore who Holder is and what's happened to Richmond, along with who killed Rosie Larsen."
TVFanatic argues that after watching the premiere, "fans should reconsider abandoning the show," stating that, "If anything, I've come to look at this two-hour event as simply the start of season 1.5. After all, 'Forbrydelsen,' the Danish TV show on which it was based, aired 20 episodes before the killer was revealed" and says Holden and Linden are still "compelling, exciting and enthralling characters trapped in a rain-soaked world of murder and suspense that aches to be further explored."
Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz states that, "'The Killing' was an infuriating series not because it was so shamelessly, at times absurdly manipulative (many good dramas are), but because both its marketing campaign and its aesthetic promised a deeper experience than the show actually delivered. There's no point slowing a story to a crawl when there's nothing new to see." He adds, "The acting, direction, photography, editing, and sound design are so superb that you may momentarily think you're seeing a vastly improved 'Killing,' but after a moment you'll realize that it was always aces in those departments and that the show's weakest link, the writing, hasn't improved all that much."