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The Killing – Last Season Episode 4.6

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This recap will SPOIL the series finale of the Killing.  Well guys and gals it’s been an up and down journey but here we are at the last episode.

The Killing Season 4 Episode 6 – Eden

Recap: In this final episode of the last season, Linden and Holder’s relationship is tested to a degree it has never been before and the homicide case is solved.

It opens with Linden jogging through the woods as did she did in the premiere episode.  She sees a kid’s pinwheel lying next to something on the beach.  (Linden as a girl loved parades and pinwheels.)  She takes a closer look and finds the object is a dead girl, rotting away alone.  She hears someone behind her.  It is a man with a gun to her head and he is ready to pull the trigger.  She wakes up.  It was a horrible dream.  Was Linden seeing herself as the dead girl?  Was it Holder who was ready to pull the trigger?

The cadets are looking for Kyle outside the academy.  They find a rifle shell and they see blood on a tree.  But Kyle is not to be found.  Linden is turning the house upside down to find the missing bullet casing.  She gets a call and rushes to get to her car.  She stops the car and Kyle rushes inside.  He says they are trying to kill him and he doesn’t want to remember what happened to his family.  Linden takes him to her house where he should be safe.  She needs to go out.  But while he is there, Kyle remembers what happened that night to his family.  The family that despised him (except for his sister, who knew there was a monster in the house, but believed that Kyle was her protector).

Lincoln and AJ somehow let Kyle escape their attempt to kill him.  Maybe they were worried what Col Rayne would think if they did.  So they go back to her office to talk to her.  She wants them to stick with the plan.  Their hope was that Kyle wouldn’t remember what happened.  But now he is remembering.  The cadets want to get rid of him before he talks.  Rayne won’t let them, but they leave to do it anyway.  Just then the police arrive with a warrant to arrest the boys.  They hear gun shots.  When they get to Raynes’ office both boys are dead, shot by Rayne.  Linden wants her to drop the gun.  Rayne says she killed the Stansberry’s.  But everyone knows she is lying.  She finally gives her story.  She thought her child had died (in childbirth) but he didn’t.  Her child was Kyle and she had been visiting him for years, but was too afraid to tell him the truth that she left him.  The Stansberry’s hated Kyle because he was not truly their son.  Kyle couldn’t find love at home or at school.  His rage had built up until one night he was goaded by the cadets to kill Kyle’s mom.  Probably because she had spurned Lincoln I guess.  So the three cadets go to Kyle’s house.  The two can’t believe it when Kyle actually goes through with it.  In the saddest part of the crime, Kyle kills his sister because she realizes that it’s Kyle who is the monster and he can’t stand to see it in her eyes.

Outside of the academy building Linden tells Holder she wants to pin the murders on Rayne in order to protect Kyle.  But Holder won’t let her do that.  Linden then has a melt down and accuses Holder of colluding with Reddick to bring her down for killing Skinner.  She even thinks Holder has stolen the bullet casing from her house to use as evidence against her.  Holder, in complete disbelief, knows that Linden no longer trusts him.  His only response is to silently walk away.

Back at his family’s house, Kyle admits all that he did to Linden when she promises him she will end his suffering.  I had no idea what she was going to do next (kill Kyle maybe?, let him escape?).  But she just quietly waits for the police to come and take him away.  The case is solved.  Linden seems to have a blind spot when it comes to murderers, but this time she lets justice take its course.

She then goes into police headquarters to admit to her murdering Skinner, but also to say that Holder had nothing to do with it.  She is willing to face her punishment without a lawyer.  But something surprising happens.  Congressman Richmond comes to tell her the ballistic report shows that Skinner shot himself in his car.  The authorities want to cover up the crime because having a high-ranking police office guilty of these heinous acts is very bad for public relations in the city.  Linden objects and threatens to go to the newspapers.  Richmond would love to throw her away into prison as she is responsible for him being in a wheelchair, but he says they will just tell the press that Linden is known to have mental issues, so they won’t believe her.  Linden relents, but leaves her badge behind.  She quits the police force.

Holder waits for Callie’s mom to show up at the cemetery to pay her respects to her dead daughter.  He apologizes to her for what he said about her wanting to see her girl after how the lake and time had disfigured her.  He says that he is going to be a dad of a little girl.  He then walks down and finds Bullets’ grave.  He had promised Bullet that he would keep her safe, but Skinner got to her.  He leaves behind a “bullet” bracelet (I think) as a remembrance.

As Linden is packing her car with the last items from her house, she notices in the air vent the bullet case that was missing.  Holder did not take it.  He was faithful to her.  He was faithful even when Reddick had threatened him to expose Sarah in return for leniency.  In what could have been the last scene of the show, Linden drives away from Seattle.  She could have just left town knowing her and Holder would never be friends again.  But there is still a little more story left.

Epilogue:
It is a few years later.  Holder is walking his little girl Calia to the school bus as they talk and joke about her upcoming birthday party and you can see some of Holder’s traits in her.  He says he will pick her up from her mom’s house on the weekend.  I guess Holder never married or separated somehow from Caroline.  We then see him working at a rehab facility like Alcoholics Anonymous.  When he goes outside Linden is there waiting for him.  He is surprised to see her after so long.  They talk about their lives.  Jack is grown tall and is in college.  But Linden has just been driving around searching for something real to hold on to.  She tells him that their friendship was real.  “Just them sitting in the car and talking”.  Holder asks her to stay but she can’t.  He wants to kiss her but she thinks it’s weird.  She never had a place to call home.  They say goodbye.  She tries to leave the “place of death” but returns to the lake and thinks a minute.  Holder is locking up his workplace for the night, but at the bottom of the steps he sees Linden and she is smiling.  She has finally found her home.  THE END.

 

Highlights of the Finale:

  • This was my favorite finale because we finally got some resolution and happiness for our characters.  I know I am a sucker for happy endings, but given the grimness and descent into hell they went through this story needed this kind of ending.

  • I really got choked up at the scene with Holder and Callie’s mom.  As that scene closed, I thought ‘wow’ he could name his kid after Callie… and I got what I wanted!

  • If Linden had just driven off without saying goodbye to Holder I would have been severely disappointed.  Or if they would have ended up happy right after all the terrible things had just happened, I would have been disappointed.  So doing the epilogue was perfect.

  • The case resolved in a logical way.  Yes the police don’t want bad publicity and yes they knew that Linden was in a relationship with Skinner, so what she did was understandable (but not justified).  But she had served the police force well solving two murder mysteries.  Letting her go made sense.

  • It was great how they kept folding the stories in on each other.  Rayne lost her son and was afraid to let him know she was a mom who could not provide a home for him.  Linden’s son knew his mom but had a lot of trouble relating to her desire to find a home.  Holder was an addict who hated himself and other addicts, but when he met Callie’s mom he could finally forgive her and himself.  Holder grew to want to help the addicts.  And Linden finally found her home with her good friend (who never left her), Holder.

Big question:  Will there be any more episodes of the Killing?  It’s doubtful, but I am going to miss Linden and Holder.  They started out as two very damaged cops trying to fix the problems of the world while finding out that they really couldn’t.  The best they could do was try.  And they did that together and found a true friendship in each other.

The Killing – Last Season Episode 4.5

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These recaps will SPOIL everything from the Killing up to the latest episode reviewed.

The Killing Season 4 Episode 5 – Truth Asunder

Recap: In this fifth episode of the last season, we learn a little about Sarah Linden’s relationship with her birth mother and  Reddick shows that he has pieced together what happened to Skinner.  He gives Holder one last chance to save himself by making a statement about what happened that night.

This episode opens with the dredging of the lake.  Sarah sees Skinner’s body pulled up on shore.  Reddick dredged the lake because Sarah was seen throwing something (Skinner’s phone) in the lake.  It was the last bit of evidence she still had from the crime, but she felt compelled to return it to Skinner’s last resting place because of her relationship with him.

Linden and Holder close in on Col Raynes.  She was seen at the Stansberry’s house (from photos taken by a neighbor) on numerous occasions.  And now they have traced her credit card records to match those of Mr. Stansberry’s since they were meeting at hotels outside of town.  There was an affair going on after all.  We also learn that Col. Raynes made a big mistake in Iraq.  She ordered her unit to kill some hostiles, but when the unit refused, she followed her own orders.  Being a woman soldier, she may have thought the unit disobeyed her because of her gender, but maybe they knew there was a chance the hostiles were civilians.  Well it turns out that they were.  Somehow Col Raynes was given an honorable discharge, so I guess the authorities didn’t want this mistake publicized.

Back at the academy, Kyle goes into AJ’s room and finds the map of his house hidden in a drawer.  AJ was the one who pulled it from Kyle’s room before he was able to show it the Raynes.  On the way to Raynes’ house he sees AJ and runs back to the barracks.  But AJ knows that Kyle is getting suspicious.  Later that night AJ and Lincoln talk to Raynes about Kyle’s memory coming back.  She tells them to stick to the plan.  And reveals that they did it (kill the Stansberry’s probably) to save the academy.  Lincoln says he want back to the murder weapon which was left at the scene and feels all would have been better (for them) if Kyle had actually taken a bullet to the brain that night.  But Raynes says she doesn’t want Kyle harmed in any way.

Jack tells his girlfriend by phone that he lied about not being wanted back home.  He does it because he hates to think of his mom being so alone in the world.  Linden overhears this and decides to make a visit to her mom’s house.  Linden tells her mom that if anything happens to her, she wants her to take care of Jack.  When her mom asks if Sarah is okay she instead asks her about the day her mom left her to fend for herself when she lost her at the parade.  Her mom was young and afraid and she had trouble staying in one place (just like Linden).  Linden leaves without giving her mom another glance.

Side note:  One of the big themes of this season and in understanding Linden is that she so desperately doesn’t want to mess up her son’s life as she felt her life young life was messed up.  Linden leaves family situations (using anger as an excuse if she has to) to get away because she doesn’t want to be a bad influence.  Holder feels the same way about his son to be.  Since Holder was an addict he doesn’t want to be a bad example either.  Linden and Holder understand this about each other even when they are putting down this fault in the other person.

Sarah says goodbye to Jack at the airport in a nice scene where she tells him that he was the best part of her life.  Linden confronts Holder about his confession at the drug rehab meeting.  She no longer trusts Holder to keep their secret.  Finally Kyle gets tortured again by the cadets and heads off to tell Raynes.  But while there he finds the murder weapon hidden in her trophy case.  He points it at her (I was thinking it’s probably not loaded), and she tries to explain that she did what she did to protect him.  But he runs out and into the woods.

In a scene that is reminiscent from Season 1,  Kyle is running through the woods while being chased with someone with a flashlight.  It is the cadets Lincoln and AJ, they want to kill him (despite Raynes orders not to).  They discover his location behind and tree.  The screen goes dark and a gun shot is heard.

 

Highlights:

  • The entire episode was a highlight.

  • If there was one thing I wanted more from, it was the scene revealing Callie (from last season) was one of the victims found in the lake.  Holder was pretty tough on Callie’s mom for wanting to see her one last time and to ask her daughter (posthumously) for her forgiveness for being a bad mother.  You would think of all people he would have some sympathy for her.  But I guess he feels parents shouldn’t make serious mistakes like she did.

  • What is Linden going to do now?  She has resigned herself to the fact she won’t see Jack again.  Her own emotions have led her to this dilemma, since she couldn’t let go of the Skinner’s phone when she had the chance early on.

  • My last working theory on the case:  Col Raynes knew Mr. Stansberry.  Perhaps when Kyle said that Mrs Stansberry treated him as outside the family, she was being serious.  Kyle is not an offspring of both Stansberry’s.  Col Raynes’ is likely interested in Kyle be because she had an affair with Mr. Stansberry which produced baby Kyle.  I am thinking she didn’t kill the Stansberry’s for just personal reasons.  She was likely worried that the Stansberry’s would revoke their support of the academy because of the way the cadets abused Kyle.  And of course Raynes would take the blame for not being able to control the cadets.

Big question:  Okay, we found the gun in Raynes possession.  So in the next and final episode I really want to know how Linden and Holder will end up after the case.  Will Linden just disappear?   I think she wants to solve the case first.  Will Holder rat on Linden to save his own family?  One more episode to go.

The Killing – Last Season Episode 4.4

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These recaps will SPOIL everything from the Killing up to the latest episode reviewed.

The Killing Season 4 Episode 4 – Dream Baby Dream

Recap: In this fourth episode of the last season, we learn about Lincoln’s relationship with the Stansberry’s and the Col. Raynes and Kyle learn to dance.

This episode opens with a dream sequence as Kyle’s sister shows up in his room.  She wants to know if the monster’s are gone (it’s something Kyle would tell her to help her calm down).  But then blood drips from her head as a reminder to him that his sister is dead.  Kyle goes to talk to the Colonel but finds her practicing her dancing (it’s something she does to help her cope with something she lost).  Kyle confesses his fears to her and they end up dancing.

Linden and Holder talk to the manager at the tennis club where Mrs. Stansberry was an instructor.  There was an incident with her and a young student which turns out to be none other than Lincoln.  During his dismissal they found a gun in his locker, the same gun associated with the Stansberry murder’s.  When questioned, Lincoln says he has lots of guns at his mom’s house and they should go see for themselves.  But it was all just a trick to get them to see how messed up his home life was.  The detectives think he tossed the gun in Puget Sound, but it turns out the gun does exist (or something that looks like it).  The next night the gun shows up in Tyler’s room along with a map of his house, with a note that says finish the job.  The Colonel doesn’t believe him and locks him in his room.  Somebody moved the gun (maybe Lincoln, but it could be AJ Fielding – he is the Colonel’s right hand man).

Holder won’t tell Linden that he is back using again, but he insists she let him out the car.  He goes into a church that he used to visit when he came clean.  He liked listening to the nuns there as it would keep him calm.  He said a quick prayer also, but he didn’t mention it to Linden.  When he asks her about her faith she says she doesn’t believe in Heaven or Angels, but she does believe in Hell and they are living in it.  Linden’s guilt is making her crazy things.  The people who really care about her including her son are trying to figure out what’s wrong with her, but she just pushes them away.  In desperation, Jack her son, finds Linden’s birth mom’s phone number and calls her so they can all meet together.  Linden is caught by surprise when she sees her mom there.  But Linden hasn’t forgotten about her.  She saw her mom once in a market with her kids.  Her mom says she didn’t want to give Linden up for foster care, instead she couldn’t keep her (meaning that circumstances would have been worse if she did).  Linden hears about how she was a happy girl when she was young (at 4 years old she loved parades).

The last two big reveals are first that they found a tooth at the bathroom between the academy and the Stansberry house.  They need to do a DNA check on that.  But they also see a burgundy Corolla on the surveillance tapes.  After doing a check they discover it belongs to the Col. Raynes.  And the second reveal is that Reddick has traced Holder at the Lake House (by cell phone records) the night of Skinner’s disappearance.  The police dredge the lake and find the victim’s bodies and Skinner’s car with his dead body inside.

Highlights:

  • Holder apologizing to Linden in her car (in the Seattle rain, of course).  And her calling him a 1-900 rock star.

  • Jack’s sad admission that his dad (and step mother) no longer want him around, and his confession that Sarah Linden is his only family.  That is why he called his grandmother for the meeting.

  • Who is trying to blame Kyle for the murders?  Now that Col. Raynes is implicated what does she have to do with all this?

  • My latest  working theory on the case:  Col Raynes knew Mr. Stansberry.  Perhaps when Kyle said that Mrs Stansberry treated him as outside the family, she was being serious.  Is Kyle not an offspring of both Stansberry’s?  Could Col Raynes’ interest in Kyle be because she had an affair with Mr. Stansberry which produced baby Kyle?  Did she try to wipe out the family out of hatred for what they had (a perfect famly life) while she was single and alone?  And what about AJ her assistant?  Is it possible he somehow helped her with the crime?  This show loves to hide suspects in plain sight and not reveal their back story until the end.

Big question:  I asked this after the first episode.  Where is the gun that shot the family?  I could see Linden and Holder searching for it (probably without a warrant) at the academy… The gun did show up at the academy, but who put it in Kyle’s room?

The Killing – Last Season Episode 4.3

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These recaps will SPOIL everything from the Killing up to the latest episode reviewed.

The Killing Season 4 Episode 3 – The Good Soldier

Recap: Crimes are difficult to hide.  In this third episode of the last season, we find out that Reddick is a smart cop after all and Linden and Holder begin to reach the breaking point.

Sure enough Linden is stalking Skinner’s daughter.  I thought she might want to talk to her, but instead she follows her and nearly knocks her off her bike.  Was she trying to hurt her?  Things are getting darker indeed.  So dark in fact, that Linden takes Kyle back to his house to visit the crime scene (she thinks he may be protecting Kat who was staying the beach house the night of the murders).  She basically rubs his nose in the crime, but again, Kyle confesses under great duress that he remembers nothing from that night.

Reddick goes to Skinner’s wife and finds out that Holder talked to her about going up to the lake house, but Holder denies it.  When Holder tells this to Linden she takes drastic action and sends a fake text to Skinner’s daughter using the man’s phone, which she was supposed to dispose of along with the rest of the evidence.  She still can’t find one of the shell’s from the gun.  Both characters are meet up with family, but the guilt is too great for Holder and he snaps at his sister.  This leads him to start using again.  When he attends his rehab meeting to talk about it he accuses God of checking out on him.  But Linden did suggest to him that they confess.  I mean they did catch the killer, so that has to be worth something.

Back at the academy.  Lincoln sees Kyle talking to Kat and tells the Colonel about it.  She lets the cops know.  She also invites Kyle over to her house where they have dinner and a heart to heart about growing up with demanding fathers.  She says she is happy now because the academy focused her thoughts on something other than her loss.  What was it?  A boyfriend, her father, maybe even a baby she lost?  Lincoln sees him leave the Colonel’s house and in the next to last scene it is revealed that Lincoln was the “troubled boy” accused of having an affair with Mrs. Stansberry.

Highlights:

  • The scene in the bathroom where Linden tells Holder that she sent the text saying Skinner was in Wyoming.

  • Seeing the snitch at the back of the rehab meeting.  Next up, he will tell Reddick about what Holder was confessing.

  • Mrs. Skinner looking out the window as Linden throws a phone into the lake.  Why was she there?

  • My latest  working theory on the case:  Lincoln may have set up Kyle to take the fall and shot Mrs. Stansberry and then the rest of the family.  Or is it possible Kyle and Lincoln planned the whole thing?

Big question:  Will Reddick confront Linden and Holder and will this lead them to take drastic action?

The Killing – Last Season Episode 4.2

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These recaps will SPOIL everything from the Killing up to the latest episode reviewed.

The Killing Season 4 Episode 2 – Unraveling

Recap: As is usually the case, things are not as clear-cut as they first appear.  In this second episode of the last season, we find out some secret things about Kyle Stansberry’s family.

After talking to the Stansberry’s neighbor, Linden and Holder realize that the house lights were not on during the shooting, it was the beach house lights that were on.  The neighbor is an artist and as such likes to look at the wildlife and such outside.  However the wild life he is interested in is mostly inside the Stansberry’s house.  Seems that he has been taking pictures of the oldest daughter through her window and that she knows about it and has actually kept some the pictures.  After they investigate the beach house they find women’s clothes hidden in a backpack that belong to a known felon who was nearly charged for assaulting Mr. Stansberry.

Linden is still trying to deal with the guilt of killing her partner.  His daughter is frantically looking for him.  So detective Reddick offers to help her.  He has figured out that Linden was the last person to have spoken to him and that here phone was working (when she told him it wasn’t).  When he confronts Linden she barks at him that she had the affair and any further questions can be directed at her ex (now dead) partner.  Linden makes a decision at the end of the episode to go visit the daughter at her house.  Meanwhile Holder is trying to keep Linden in check while he shops for baby stuff.  And Kyle tries to get the cadets on his side by lying about their hazing to the headmaster.  Tyler also has a secret meeting with the felon who has returned to find out if Kyle is okay after being shot.  The have a close relationship and she is not at all unhappy that the Stansberry’s are dead.

Highlights:

  • Listening to the artist explain how pain and suffering are more revealing of reality than happiness.  This sounds like a main them of the show!

  • Holder stealing the donuts and coffee from Reddick, and his addiction to Capt Crunchberry.

  • Linden’s decision to go see Skinner’s daughter.  What is she going to say, or do to her?

  • My latest  working theory on the case:  Kat Newton, who is Kyle’s friend or girlfriend was inside the house on multiple occasions.  Was she there to see Tyler or Mr. Stansberry?  Or was she a friend of the daughter?  Could she have somehow helped the killer?

Big question:  Where is the gun that shot the family?  I could see Linden and Holder searching for it (probably without a warrant) at the academy.  That question was not answered this week, it may take a while to find it if ever.

The Killing – Last Season Episode 4.1

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These recaps will SPOIL everything from the Killing up to the latest episode reviewed.

The Killing Season 4 Episode 1 – Blood in the Water

Recap: Holder and Linden discuss their alibi story.  Linden is very conflicted;  she wants to close the case so that the victim’s families can know where the bodies of the deceased are (they are in the lake near the killer’s cabin).  But she knows she shot the killer not in self-defense but in anger.  (If you are still reading, you can still watch Season 3 and catch up on what happened, otherwise SPOILERS for season 3).  But Linden’s relationship with the Killer would make her the prime suspect.  Plus they would throw her out of the police force for not catching him sooner and missing all the clues that led to his guilt. So Linden and Holder cover their tracks as best they can by washing out the blood, and then lying to the cops and to the young boy who saw the killer.  But there is one thing left to cover up and that is the murder weapon and bullet shells.  Linden can’t seem to part with them.  She has unresolved feelings about the person she trusted and also what she did to end his life.  To make matters worse she feels like she may be pregnant from their relationship.  She takes drastic measures which she obviously hates to end any chance for pregnancy.  Holder tries to talk to her, but she won’t discuss any of this due to her shame.  Poor Linden, as usual things in her personal life are the pits.

Now a new case is starting.  An entire family is shot in their beautiful home.  Holder and Linden investigate.  The primary suspect is the youngest boy in the family.  He was away at a military academy but was found in the home with his prints on the gun that he apparently used to kill himself after shooting them.  But there are some problems.  The young man was not dead, the bullet only grazed his head.  Also they find the ballistics don’t match.  The young man has forgotten what happened at the home that night.  He also misses his sister.  The leads don’t seem to point to him being the killer.  Even the will that was left did not leave him any money until he turns 35 years old.  The focus is on the military academy now.  Did someone there have a motive to kill the family?  We meet the officer in charge.  She knows the family well.  She seems to have had a personal relationship with the father.  But there is no evidence (yet) that they were having an affair.  Holder talks to another cadet who seems to think that the young suspect was a nobody (i.e. he had no friends at the academy).  As this episode ends.  Linden is trying to find the bullet casings so she can dispose of them.  She thinks Holder is at her door, but it turns out to be the daughter of the man she shot.  The daughter has no idea her father is (and now was) a murderer.  She saw him last leaving with Linden.  She asks her where her father is but Linden lies and says she doesn’t know.  The episode ends with the daughter pleading for her dad to come out of the house and talk to her.

Highlights:

  • The heart-breaking Linden scenes.  She felt like her life had turned around only to find that the man she trusted had lied to her all along.  She has to push his memories from her head but each time it leads her to great remorse.

  • The heart warming Holder scene.  When Holder asks the super nice Jewel Staite to marry him she agrees after he tells her he wants to be a good man and help her carry her child (but we knew he was a good man, and Jewel tells him so).

  • The awesomely creepy and sad vibe from the cinematography and music.

  • Joan Allen from the Bourne movies plays the military academy superintendent.

My working theory on the case:  They are leading me to think the young man was setup to take the fall for the murder of his family.  Either that is the case or he is extremely brave for allowing someone (or even himself) to shoot him in the head but only to make a grazing wound.  So conceivably he could have been given some sleeping pills and was removed from his barracks and placed at the house.  That is why he would not remember how he got there.

Big question:  Where is the gun that shot the family?  I could see Linden and Holder searching for it (probably without a warrant) at the academy.

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