The Killing: S3E10 “Six Minutes”

6 Overall Score
Main Plot: 5/10
Sub Plots: 5/10
Anticipation: 8/10

Great detail in gallows scene | Sarsgaard's acting

Inconclusive ending | All the effort we invested in the show felt pointless by the end of this episode

I’m an escapist when it comes to television.

That doesn’t mean I watch TV to forget how dull real life is, so don’t even start on that avenue.

I mean – why do we even watch TV – because it’s entertaining? That’s mostly it. Also, because we get to experience incredible stories that are often times enhanced versions of the world around us. Nothing on “The Killing” can compare to my hometown’s slice of “The First 48.” (Miami is exciting, but not “Who-killed-Rosie-Larsen” exciting.) And when I watch TV, I’m not naïve. While I threw a fit at the ending of “Twin Peaks,” I couldn’t deny that I was scared as hell for the next couple of days – and also, a nice ending would have been cheesy. The infamous “Twin Peaks” finale worked because it challenged viewers. If you wanted to know what happened next, you needed to use your imagination, and with an ending like that one, your imagination would be pretty dark. It also had an overarching theme, which although incongruous with Detective Dale Cooper’s golden boy image, sent a shivering message to viewers.

I realize that “The Killing” and “Twin Peaks” comparisons are overplayed, but it’s hard NOT to compare these two shows, when their premises were nearly identical. Though we’re not officially done with “The Killing,” the second to last episode left me with a sour taste in my mouth, and I can’t justify it.

The show finally managed to make me care. I kept mumbling “no, no, no” as the camera blurred in and out of focus during the last moments of Ray Seward’s life. I thought, “This is TV. It can’t end like this.” Linden was present all day at the prison and at the hanging, and when she saw it happening and realized the counterweight wasn’t correct, she didn’t even speak up.

Linden made a big fuss about being played, only to realize that she wasn’t played. She didn’t know the entire story, but Holder was there to remind her not to give up. At the verge of doing just that, she shook it off and went back inside to more pathos. Seward never got to see Adrian. Becker had to take a last passive-aggressive stab at Seward after his own child was arrested, probably after being influenced by his father (remember: “I’m the one who ties the noose around [Seward’s] neck. Ain’t that something son. I’m a cool dad, not like those lame dads your mom screws on weekends.”) Linden realized that she couldn’t beat the system, even if she was the system, but to be fair, she’s always seemed to empathize with the suspects.

In the end, Seward died and, still, no answers. Mills’ arrest was the most anticlimactic arrest ever, because it was clear all along. Adrian lied about Mills being the killer out of desperation to see his dad. And while he lied, Linden still didn’t confirm that Seward killed his wife. After all the emotional toils we’ve been through with Seward, I still believe him. It would have been really sloppy if the writers decided to pull another red-herring on us, only to say, “Well, sorry for wasting your time all summer. It really was Seward.” My desk couldn’t take another flip.

With Seward and Bullet both dead and Mills in custody, we have to wonder why there’s one more episode scheduled next week. Undoubtedly, there will be some serious cop drama, possibly the Reddick vs. Linden face-off we’ve been waiting for all season.

Are you just another cranky viewer or hopeless crime-drama romantic? Tweet me (@claudiacmarina) all things “The Killing,” which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST.

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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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