The Killing: S3E06 “Eminent Domain”

6 Overall Score
Main Plot: 7/10
Suplot: 5/10
Anticipation: 4/10

Some laughs at Linden's expense | More detective work involving the Seward case

Skinner seems to be the only person acting like a real cop | Wasted time | Show needs to advance

Linden and Holder got a hold of a victim, a critical asset to solving this case, and like so many Linden/Holder ventures, they leave her under the supervision of basic donut-cop Reddick where she magically escapes from a hospital. Maybe the girl is still in the hospital, but Linden wouldn’t know it considering her less-than-impressive detective skills.

For weeks now, I’ve been saying that Linden is not on her “A” game, with hope that at least six episodes in she would bounce back. Now I find myself pacing around incredulously like Lieutenant Skinner asking “What are we, the Keystone Cops?”

For the little time that they do have the victim, the duo’s interrogative techniques fail miserably. I guess I should give Holder some credit since he was the only one to keep his cool in the hospital room, but Linden chose a different tactic. Think of it this way: you’re a cop, and your victim has just woken up – what’s the first thing you do? If you’re Linden, you shove a paper with potential serial killers (finger auspiciously pointed at Joe Mills) and forcefully blabber on about the six minute car ride and how your victim MUST HAVE seen something, anything – come on kid, give us something to work with here.

“He looked at me. I know his eyes,” the girl said.

“What color were they?” asked no one.

Linden’s second interrogative mishap in the episode was with Adrian, Seward’s son. Instead of asking Adrian some questions the first time she visited him at his foster parents’ home, Linden declines the mother’s offer and instead sneaks up at him on the school playground, effectively raising a series of red flags. Apparently we weren’t the only people who thought that interaction was sketchy as hell because Adrian’s foster parents visit Skinner and report that Adrian has regressed since that visit and is now sleeping in his closet again. Linden only hears this before she leaves in the middle of a meeting (sketchy is kind of her thing) and takes Holder to the Seward apartment where she realizes, albeit 3 years later, that there are glow-in-the-dark stickers on the closet ceiling, meaning that someone put them there because this was a habit and not induced by the killing of Adrian’s mom. Linden figures out that the killer is definitely not Seward, and the only person who can remember who the killer was is off-limits.

Three years, Linden! Three years, and you couldn’t figure out what you discovered now in 5 minutes. She goes to tell Seward with the grace of “Oopsy,” and Seward blows up like any man 12 days away from a death sentence would do.

Linden is not only running out of time but also my patience as another episode ended with no significant progression made.

On to the subplots and lingering concerns:

  • How did Kallie’s mom escape Mills’ hotel room? That’s a secret this show will never tell – XOXO, Gossip Girl.
  • What happened to Twitch? He just ditched Lyric after she bought him popsicles for that nasty beating he took. Lyric is heartbroken (again) as she lays down and wonders why she lets herself be hurt repeatedly. Bullet sees her, and for the first time, Lyric sees Bullet back. Not like, “Hey, what’s up?” but more of that TV-speech that never seems to translate into life’s tender moments in reality. I see you, meaning, “I see you’re in love with me,” and they kiss. It’s a sweet moment for the show, let’s enjoy it while it lasts.
  • Seward witnesses a cellblock mate commit suicide and doesn’t call the guards (remember, they’re establishment enemy) because that’s the only way he can help his friend. It hit Seward hard because not only did he have to witness his friend choosing to end his life, but also he witnessed his friend commit suicide by hanging himself – a vision of what’s in store for him in just 12 days.
  • I can’t let go of Holder’s stupid “shepherd-and-his-flock analogy.” He claims it’s not about what the victims see (clearly, right, who cares about THAT?) and it’s more about the serial killer sees in the victims. Well it’s obvious the killer has a type. I thought that was established back in the Episode 3 where all the girls were homeless prostitutes. Holder takes the all-knowing cop shtick a step further by sloppily connecting the dots from his sheperd analogy to the shows only pastor based on no evidence whatsoever. One step closer, Linden! You guys are geniuses.


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Author: Claudia Marina View all posts by
Journalism student at the University of Florida. Sally Draper is my spirit animal. I love writing about TV and how it affects culture. Occasionally I watch bad TV, but reviews make it better.

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