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Sunday, November 25, 2012

"What I Know": The Season Finale, and Final Episode of AMC's The Killing

Open: The Larsen household. Flashback to the Larsen weekend away. Mitch is packing, the boys are begging Rosie to come camping with them, but she says next time. Mitch instructs Rosie to go straight to Sterling's house after the dance.  Rosie watches her mother, glances about, smiling- she knows something we don't. She heads downstairs with backpack, staring at Stan, and walks out of the house. The last time she is seen at home. Here, she closes the door as she exits, this episode soon closes the door on her murder.

The election continues to unfold and the results are about to come in. Holder and Linden arrive at the Richmond party looking for Jamie. We left off last week with Jamie and Richmond at Jamie's grandfather's house. Jamie quickly wheels Darren out of the house saying he has a car to take him to the party.. The detectives and Gwen take off to hunt them down.  Jamie takes Darren to the campaign office. "I want to show you something." 
"Why did you lie?"
 Jamie claims his grandfather is a drunk and a liar, there's no need to believe anything he says. Darren asks Jamie

Jamie admits he planted the Indian bones at the waterfront so Darren would approve a casino on the waterfront. 

"What happened to the girl?"
"It was an accident!!"
Rosie, saying her goodbyes to the city, overhears the argument regarding the waterfront casino between Jamie, Chief Jackson and Ames. He turns out the light, and as he's walking away hears a cell phone ring- Rosie's phone. And finds her on the tenth floor, same room as the discussion. Rosie, startled and scared , cannot speak. Rosie drops her camera and Jamie is immediately suspicious. He hits Rosie, she  falls to the ground. He believes she's dead. "She was going to ruin everything. It was an accident." As we all know she was alive when the car went into the water. Jamie takes out a gun, which belongs to Darren.  Jamie continues to tell his side of the story. He thought she was dead, but wasn't. He couldn't let her live after coming so far in the campaign. He chased her through the woods until he reached her and slammed the flashlight on her head multiple times. "I was only thinking of you" he tells Darren. "Everything I've always done has been for you." Anger erupts when Darren tries to leave. Sarah, Holder and Gwen are running up the stairs and tell Jamie to drop the gun. In an amazing shot of who fired the gun, we see within seconds that Holder shoots Jamie after he raised his gun to fire at them. 

And there's forty-five minutes of programming left.
Next day: Jamie's gun was empty. But it doesn't matter, he was a murder suspect who raised his gun.
Back at the station they've got Michael Ames and Chief Jackson in custody. Examining Jamie's phone records they discover a call to Michael Ames at 3:37 AM and they recall the cab....

Richmond is in the campaign office. Gwen joins his side. He's waiting for the cleaners to take care of the glass and the carpets need replacing. Darren works on a speech for the press regarding Jamie's death. 

The camera pans as Richmond enters City Hall. The Mayor walks in recounting his past and mentions that he's from Pigeon Point, Jamie's home town. 'You have the makings of great leader Darren," and the Mayor exits the room. Darren visits his dead wife, Lily, and recognizes that it's 'time to move on.' Linden and Holder head down to the lake where the campaign car was pulled out of the water. Here's where it all began, but has yet to end. Jamie's story ends with a chase in the woods. His story doesn't end with Rosie in the trunk, drowning in the lake. Someone helped him. The detectives get back in the car and head to the Larsen's home.

When they arrive Terry is there, but Stan and Mitch are out. Linden glances around the garage and spots something. A busted tail light on Terry's car. Linden goes upstairs and finds Terry sitting on Rosie's bed. 

"You were there at the lake, weren't you? You picked him up from the ferry that night. Both of you were both going to the airport for that flight to Vegas. And that's when he got the call about a girl in the woods."

"Rosie was nine when I read her the story of the Monarch butterfly. She love it. It was like, like she believed the world could be hers. Everything in it."

"You ... . He was going to leave his wife for you wasn't he?... You were going to have everything."

Stan and Mitch enter the bedroom. They ask them to go downstairs. Terry begins to apologize and Linden tells her not to do this here. She's a wonderful actress and as this scene continues her performance is breathtakingly sad, harkening back the reception following Rosie's funeral when Ames and Terry  see each other; Terry leaves and we next see her in Rosie's bedroom crying, while a record plays.
Flashback: Terry waiting in the car while Jamie and Michael argue over Rosie, and Terry overhears Michael say he's not leaving his wife. Terry gets out of the car -we see expensive shoes reminding us of her profession, reminding of the shoes from season one- and Terry gets into the campaign car, puts it in neutral and the car rolls into the lake. She doesn't know it's Rosie. A heartless gesture for unrequited love as Rosie's screams sink into the water.

 And now, here we see her again. 

"I didn't know. I didn't know it was Rosie."

But when did she know? When did she realize the result of actions was the killing of her own niece? And does this even matter knowing that Terry has the ability to murder?

Linden and Holder separate Stan from Terry as he lunges after her; Holder reminds him the boys are downstairs. Linden holds onto to Terry, and the look on Sarah's face is one of pity as we see her hand reach and caress Terry ever so slightly on her back. Terry runs to Mitch, holds her, screaming and crying that she didn't know. Surprisingly, Mitch lifts her arms in a loose hold around her sister, possibly accepting the anguish rippling through Terry's body. 
Following the commercial break we're back at the station. Holder enters their office, Linden sitting in the dark. She asks for a cigarette, but he's all out. Terry declined a lawyer and is being transported to county in a couple of hours. An officer drops off the Rosie Larsen film. Sarah exits to watch the footage: "What I know" a film by Rosie Larsen. The world is vast... I know I want to see it all. ...Just like you wanted to Mom... I don't know where I'm going, but I'll let you know when I get there.  I know Tommy and Denny Mom and Dad I love you! The film includes family shots, seagulls flying freely above the waterfront symbolic of her impending freedom, yet flying toward heavenly skies forshadowing the outcome of her destination.
Linden and Holder get the call. A body was found and their first up. Linden gets out of the car, perhaps contemplating whether to stay on the job. or say good bye. She's leaving. "Keep in touch. You're my ride, you know." Sarah watches Holder pull away as she looks over at the Larsen's old place. She walks the neighborhood sidewalks, walks away from the job, we think free from the psychology of her own past, her experience as a detective, and since the show has not been renewed, walks off the set.

Chief Jackson enters for a meeting along with Michael Ames. Gwen looks on as Darren closes the door on her. She is shocked at what is happening.  He's just as bad as everyone else.
Stan wakes up that morning to find Mitch packing up Rosie's room. He joins her on the floor, and helps. Later, Stan drives the family to their new home. It's wonderful to see that Mitch has made concessions if not come to understand the need for the whole family to move on from Rosie's demise. There are many touching moments in the scenes with the Larsen family: Stan lingering over Belko's locker if only for a moment; Terry arriving and Mitch feeling the guilt of her last moments with Rosie. The finale was directed by Patty Jenkins, who also directed the pilot. An incredibly powerful season finale with outstanding performances.
I began this entry the night of the finale, but life brought larger things into play, taking precedence  over completing this entry. As time continued and the summer became increasingly busy, I let things go for a bit. You might wonder, why bother posting this now? Well, endings are required for new beginnings; in order for me to continue with other writings on my blog, I had to conclude this one, even though it feels incomplete. With that said, we'll see if a Season Three comes to fruition since Netflix and AMC are in talks. 

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