AMC’s ‘The Killing’ finale review: Who killed Rosie Larsen?

The Killing
We now have an answer.

Sunday night’s episode of “The Killing” brought us the big moment that was two seasons in the making, and it was all leading up to one massive (and at times frustrating reveal) — who was behind the death of Rosie Larsen? The question has been rather complicated at times, and it only seems appropriate that the ending would reflect this.

(Warning: the following contains big-time spoilers from the season 2 finale. Don’t read on if you still want to be surprised watching the episode.)

Going into the finale, Jamie was the person who Linden, Holder, and pretty much everyone around the world believed was going to be Rosie’s killer. Did this turn out to be the case? Not exactly.

Instead, the killer was … Jamie. Or at least that was the way it appeared during the first ten minutes of the episode, and it looked like we were in the midst of another historic letdown for this show. It has been obvious that he was involved in her death for weeks now, so what was with all the hype around the big reveal really about? Let’s just say that, as always, there was more to the story. Aunt Terry was not only involved, but she was the actual killer in the technical sense (because the Larsen household was not awkward enough…).

Basically, Terry drove the body of Rosie into the water without knowing it was her, and this came after Jamie threw her beaten-up body into the trunk after she overheard his plans to sink the waterfront project with Michael Ames. It was a tense moment — and while we knew that Jamie was scary, we had no idea he was quite like this. It was also crazy to see that Terry was willing to do the unspeakable act for what was such an unremarkable reason.

Terry’s confessional still has to be one of the most moving moments that we have seen on the show not only this season, but ever. As if that wasn’t enough, the Rosie footage at the end has us drowning in a pool of tears, and transformed what was at first a disappointing finale into something else entirely. The final moment with Linden was an added nice touch,  and overall we have to give showrunner Veena Sud some credit. Was season 2 a bit of a mess at times? Definitely, and there were even some parts of the finale that didn’t make much sense. But the final twenty minutes of season may have very well been among the most powerful things we have seen on television all year long.

Are you happy with the way in which season 2 of “The Killing” ended, and if a season 3 does happen (which seems relatively unlikely at this point), would you continue watching now that the primary question behind this show has been answered?

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