The Killing was originally a Danish crime drama which won the Bafta International Award. The newer US version has the potential to outmatch its predecessor, but does it? Veena Cud, the acclaimed director transforms Detective Lund to the Seattle Cop Sarah Linden, and like all film American police officers, this one has issues. In the northwestern city of Seattle, the heavy rain creates a melancholic atmosphere for the setting of the dark cult series; in the first episode, we are introduced to the troubled Detective Linden who is a single mother who was abandoned as a child. Surprisingly, the female breaks the stereotype of leading male actors and strongly fills the role as an emotional yet talented detective.
The series begins with the disappearance of Rosie Larson who is later found to have been murdered and abandoned in the boot of a campaign car. Over the course of the first two seasons, Linden and her new partner Holder work on the case of finding the murderer. Unlike many dramas, there can be copious complex characters who demand your full attention; with this show the story is easy to follow and difficult to predict. Crucially, at the time of this gruesome murder, the mayoral race is underway; this incorporates the candidates into the case as the girl is found in Councilman Richmond’s campaign car. A grieving family are also at the heart of this series, with each character being stripped down due to the bereavement, revealing more about each family member through each episode.
Typically, the unsettled protagonist is teamed with a recovering methamphetamine addict who is the stark opposite to Linden. Like in many crime dramas, the personal life of the main character is gradually reduced as their loved ones become neglected due to the detective’s persistence with the homicide case. With the suspects being found out to be innocent, the search intensifies, causing Linden’s relationships with her fiance and son to become strained. At the beginning of each episode the viewer is reminded of the extra days spent in the coastal city, days in which Sarah should have retired to the sunny state of California. Detective Holder’s past also is reminded to watchers with his own family becoming more of a part of the series until all personal lives are on show.
The progressive and rhythmic notion of information being revealed helps viewers to piece parts of the case together; Cud shrewdly adds a plot twist to throw fans off the murderer’s scent as it were. By adding the metaphorical streams, the effect of ensured interest is maintained as the conspiracy becomes ever-more complex and simply interesting.