Episode 10: I’ll Let You Know When I Get There

Posted on May 31, 2011

Rosie Larsen was killed by her Aunt Terri.

A ludicrous (yet admirably bold) assertion, amirite? Truth be told, we’re not going to stand by it as a deduction, but with the not-so-revealing reveal that Belko is a world-class creep who is frighteningly obsessed with Rosie and her family (and suffering from Norman Batesism, i.e., stereotypical TV “crazy person” markers like bedwetting and a sexual mother), we can add him to the list that includes Bennet, the teacher who had an (at the very least) inappropriately close relationship with her, and those two douchebags at school (whose names we can’t be bothered to look up), who shot a fake video making her look like a drunken slut (not even considering that what it really looked like was a rape), and we see that there’s a pattern of really creepy men in Rosie’s life, none of whom killed her, no matter how creepy their obsessions got. So, using the reasoning that the killer must be the exact opposite of all the red herrings thrown our way, the killer must be a loving female instead of an obsessed, creepy male. Who does that leave, since Mitch doesn’t seem likely? Terri. You have to admit she’s been acting increasingly odd with each appearance. And she sure managed to point the finger at Belko (without actually pointing it) as soon as the cops started asking questions.

But Richmond is looking weirder and weirder with each episode too, and they have yet to present any real reason why we’re spending so damn much time on this character and the people in his orbit. The story, such as it is, slows down considerably every time Billy Campbell’s hangdog face lopes its way through a scene. If we really want to make a prediction, the best we can say is all our Nancy Drew instincts are telling us it’s either Terri or Darren Richmond who’s the killer. We won’t bank on it, though. At the rate they’re going with the wild tangents, we’re expecting aliens to enter the story briefly, serve as a distraction, and then fly off, revealing the real killer.

As for the story this week, we pretty much got confirmation that everything having to do with Bennet was a massive red herring and had pretty much nothing to do with the murder. The minute these two bumbling (and not in the loveable way) detectives decided to mount an actual investigation based on actual leads, the story started moving again. Granted, we have to buy the jaw-droppingly stupid coincidence of the two t-shirts and that’s probably a bridge too far for us. In fact, it felt like a bit of an insult; a Scooby Doo-esque twist that immediately felt nonsensical and threw the entire rest of the story into doubt. We simply don’t trust that the writers of this mystery are acting in good faith by throwing so many red herrings at the audience and all but winking at them when they’re revealed to be dead ends. Whoops! That’s NOT Rosie’s shirt, which means all of this is pointless! Gotcha!

Part of the reason the audience is so easily misled by red herrings is because the two cops involved in the case are almost comically bad at their jobs, which could be an interesting angle except we don’t think it was the writers’ intention to make Linden and Holder look so painfully inept. There’s been too much focus on their personal shit, which is, frankly, not as riveting as the writers seem to think. A cop with relationship issues and a cop with substance abuse issues stopped being original somewhere around the Starsky & Hutch era. We should be invested in the fact that Linden is clearly losing her grip but it’s just so hard to care because we can’t help thinking everyone would be better off if she wasn’t on the case at all.

And now we’re supposed to wonder about Richmond and that Lewinsky-esque encounter with Rosie in the crowd. And we do wonder; mainly because he’s always been suspicious. But to be perfectly honest, they could start throwing heavy hints that one of her adorable little brothers killed her and we’d just shrug and say “We’ll see.” They’ve violated the rules of murder mysteries by veering wildly off one too many times and while we’re in it to the end to see how it wraps, we’re quite a bit less engaged than we were weeks ago when the show first started. We can’t recall a show blowing its initial goodwill so quickly before.


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  • What’s the deal with the police captain or whatever (Linden and Holder’s superior)?  He sucks.

    Also, I did have to laugh at myself when, after the credits, we’re told “There are only 3 episodes left!” and I was like…”ugh, STILL 3 episodes left??”

  • Genevieve Dieudonne

     i know you are not blogging about it, but are you still watching game of thrones?

  • And we’re supposed to believe they wouldn’t have checked Rosie’s phone records to know every single person she called on the night of her death?  Gimme a break!  At this point, I care more about who is January Jones baby daddy than I do who killed Rosie Larson.  

    • I think they checked the phone records in an early episode and found a call made to a disposable cell…

  • Anonymous

    On the nose as usual.  Either we’re supposed to dislike all the characters, or the writers somehow do not grasp that ineptitude is not an endearing trait.  Blundering cops, bumbling politician, clueless would-be criminals…  I’m sticking to the end just to laugh at what will undoubtedly be a WTF reveal that will not provide satisfaction to those who actively tried to solve this thing through clues.

  • Anonymous

    I hear ya, I’m just in it to see who did it also. It has to be whoever is tied to the boatride, why was she on that ferry so late at nite? I’m leaning toward the girlfriend/campaign manager of the guy running for mayor. Like you said, there has to be a reason they’re making us suffer thru watching that subplot. Maybe Rosie saw something on that boatride, or snuck into the car for a ride and saw something that would ruin him so the girl killed her? They haven’t shown us anything to know who else had access to those cars. It’s so godawful, but I will follow it to the end. Worst part of the show “Hi I’ve just bludgeoned someone to near death and drove home with my hands all bloody, do you happen to have a towel?” It could be anyone, they never showed us anything about her so we could even make an educated guess.

  • Lori B

    As always, everything you said.  But Holder is at least trying to learn (and Joel Kinnamon remains my reason for watching).  Linden is, as you say, “comically bad at (her) job” — which is why we burst out laughing when, after eating half the donut, she sucked her finger clean — and then touched the evidence bag with that hand. 

    Casino?  Twin Peaks much?  This started off too close to Twin Peaks and it’s ending up that way too.  Perhaps it will turn out Leeland Palmer got loose and killed Rosie?

  • Anonymous

    My taste must suck, because I still really like this show. I came to the same conclusion about auntie when they were grilling the suspect and then did a quick edit to auntie with the boys. Plus, there’s a lot of unexamined territory with her and her drinking, her dalliances with Mercer Island Joe (or whatever his name is), etc.  I was very surprised (in a good way) when Stan turned himself in to the police. Not what I expected, and it makes him a more interesting character. It occured to me, what if the title “The Killing” isn’t about Rosie at all, but is about the killing of Bennet? (Assuming he does not make it.) About how the trauma of loss and inept police work join together with irrational suspicion to create a perfect storm for killing another human being?

  • vmcdanie

    This was the best episode in weeks. I’m aware it wasn’t really that great but finally-FINALLY-we get to see them actually investigating who killed Rosie again. We even saw her. Remember Rosie? I saw more of her in the online ads than the actual show. And since her family are kind of assholes, I’m having even more trouble caring about her fate except in the most generic of ways.

    It confirmed my suspicion that this would have been a better show with fewer episodes. They clearly didn’t have enough real story to stretch.

    There are a few things still working for this show (Holder being the main thing) and much more that isn’t. They are in a real pickle with the political campaign. It consistently brings the show to a muted pause. It clearly has none but manufactured bearing on the rest of the story. But now that we’ve sat through it, we’ll be pissed if it isn’t related to Rosie’s disappearance. But since it obviously doesn’t tie in and nobody gives a shit about it, we’ll be pissed if it didn’t and we sat through it anyways.

    At least (in episode, what, 10?) they finally put that stupid fiance in Sonoma storyline to bed. Not only has the show burned through goodwill quickly, it’s burned through goodwill for most of the main characters quickly. So far, so fast Linden.

  • I agree that the duplicate t-shirts were a bit too much.  It would have been so much simpler (and far less irritating) for the shirt to have been a donation made by Rosie to Bennett.  Rosie wouldn’t need to have known her clothes were going to a girl being illegally smuggled out of the country.  Bennett could have simply told her his mosque was doing a clothing drive, and asked Rosie for a donation.  We already know he brought her along to some of his charity work and that he crosses student-teacher boundaries, so it would have made sense for him to get supplies for the girl he was smuggling from Rosie. 

  • Kim

    I do watch every week but after the second or third episode I renamed it “The Killing…Time Until Breaking Bad & Mad Men Come Back.”

  • I stopped watching and I’m proud of myself!!! Even tho I have a crush on Joel Kinnamen….

  • Definitely Aunt Terri. We find out Belko didn’t do it, then they show Aunt Terri telling the kiddos, “Sometimes people do what they think is right and it turns out it’s wrong” (or however she said it). 

  • Joshau Norton

    After a very promising start, this show has squandered much of its potential and is now something of an ill-conceived mess. I wouldn’t exactly label it as ‘bad’, but it’s pretty much thrown away its potential and what’s left is mostly amateurish and cliched.

    With the Bennet story-line hogging half the series, and while this latest revelation may have served the show’s desire to be politically relevant, I can’t help but feel that our time has been wasted. As it is, the show lacks any dramatic weight or urgency and it’s hard to remain sufficiently invested in the characters.

    It’s obvious that the writers are trying to use the actual killing more as an underlying theme on how diverse parts of the community are affected by it than a crime to be solved. But they’ve failed miserably at that that goal. The whole political subplot feels like it’s been grafted on from another script. They clearly made choices regarding the amount of time that we’d see Rosie, preferring to have her character alluded to and mourned, rather than having us get to know her.  But to me, the choice to keep Rosie at arm’s length from the audience has hurt the show, as the references to her have tended to be ham-handed and completely predictable.

  • A couple of thoughts:

    • Aunt Terri is an interesting idea, but what does she have to do with the campaign? There must be payoff on that storyline.

    • My prediction is the MAYOR, who is trying to hurt the campaign by having the dead girl show up in the trunk. Maybe he paid off Teri to lure her out to the woods…

    • I actually liked last night’s episode. At least there was movement on the plot and we took a break from misery porn.

    • I think Linden’s fiance is written as too much of a douche — it’s only been 10 days, not really a big deal, is it? So the wedding is postponed, deal with it — Linden has a job that has forced things to be pushed back. Couldn’t the fiance take the son to Sonoma with him and leave her in peace (without the guilt trip) to finish off her important work? Imagine if the tables were turned and it was HIS job as a cop and HER waiting to get married in Sonoma…

    • Anonymous

      “Linden has a job that has forced things to be pushed back.”

      Except Linden had technically already quit that job by the first episode. The fiance had every right to expect her to show up for the wedding as planned. That’s where the show started off ridiculous. As high profile as the investigation of Rosie’s murder was from Day 1, no Lieutenant or Captain would have assigned a detective who’d already quit to the case. 

      • MilaXX

        Or that every week Linden swear to sweet baby Jesus that she is catching the next plane to Seattle or where ever it is she’s supposed to be starting a new life. Really who quits a job with plans and plane tickets to relocate and post pones it over and over again? Between the way she treats her fiancee and the way she neglects her kid, if anyone is a bit of a douche it’s Linden.

        • I understand about Linden being a jerk. She absolutely should resign and get on that airplane with her wayward kid. But given that she is deeply involved in this case, I would expect a little compassion and support from the fiance.

          • MilaXX

            I think he has been pretty understanding and patient for a long time. Coming down to meet her, hanging with the kids, etc… It was the party that she swore she was going to make come hell or high water that seemed to be when he got truly annoyed. Don’t forget the fact that he’s seen this behavior from her before and can is probably seeing the telltale signs of Linden becoming overly involved in the case again. I think he’s deservedly pissed and likely more than a little concerned. Linden is not only being a jerk, she’s being pretty self destructive as well.

  • Anonymous

    You know, I have watched the show from the beginning, read the recaps here (and enjoyed them, thanks), complained about how dark the show is visually, to the point that I am wondering if there is something wrong with my tv. Finally, today, I logged on to the AMC show site, and discovered their really interactive message board, with all the potential killers, and discussion threads on each. I don’t think this show was intended to just be a straight ahead murder story, but an interactive exercise. It looks like fun, maybe, (although who has time for even more blogging, messaging…..aargh!!), and might help explain how such a mesmerizing first few episodes came to seem gimmicky and all over the board. A couple of people over there alluded to the original Danish show. I’ll see it through to the end, and hope it makes all these weeks worthwhile!

    • Joshau Norton

      I think you’re right about it being thought out as an “interactive” experience. One bored day at work I went rummaging around Rosie’s bedroom. I’m still not sure what we’re supposed to get from that, but she posted several vlogs on her laptop where she’s talking about esoteric thoughts so you do get to see her a little more in depth. There’s a news feed to a local paper where one of the stories is about a string of thunderstorms and rainy weather that’s due to hit Seattle, so that would explain all the darkness and rain. There was also a strange picture hidden in a stack of vinyl LP’s.
      It was OK, but the show iteself didn’t really inspire me to go digging any further.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, that dark rainy Seattle weather…..My husband and I, watching the show in our dark, rainy Oregon weather, keep thinking ‘for God’s sake turn on a light!!’ No WONDER they all act so depressed!

  • Anonymous

    Oh guys, I reluctantly agree with you.  It’s lost me but I’m watching anyway.  I’m taking bets on Sarah’s being the killer at this point.  Or maybe it’s Sarah’s good-as-dumping-her fiance, who did it just to make her crazy because somehow he’s totally twisted, notwithstanding that so far he has been good as gold?  oy. 

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the killer turns out to be Jack. God knows Linden can’t be bothered to care what that kid is up to 24/7. And I have to disagree with Richmond as the killer. Too obvious. But maybe his girlfriend? Jealous because Darren got the hots for Rosie?

  • MilaXX

    Rosie Larsen was killed by her Aunt Terri
    Yup I think so too. The only connections with Richmond I can think of is either Rosie was having an affair with him or Aunt Terri was and Rosie found out.

    I don’t mind if a show moves slowly it the script is tight like Breaking Bad or The Wire. The red herrings the show throws our way make no sense. I also can’t tell if the show is too padded to expand on the original or if there’s not enough info like Linden’s whack a do past or the whole political piece. it just feels like there is something missing. every episode feels like the writer’s want us panting for more and instead we’re left feeling like, “That’s it?”

    • The Wire had lots of subplots but you could always see how they related to the main storyline, so it was more like you were getting the plot from different perspectives, which was great.  I feel like this show is just soooo slow and soooo boring, ugh.

    • I would bet on Terri being involved with Rosie’s murder, simply because they’ve almost gone out of their way not to cast suspicion on her yet. Linden was too distracted with the Belko lead while she was questioning Terri at the house, so she’s overlooking Terri. And I can’t remember, but did they ever show Terri revealing her alibi for that night? 

      The other thing that makes me think it’s Terri is that link between her and the rich douchebag kid’s dad – there was that weird exchange between them at Rosie’s wake that hasn’t been explained yet. He could have been having an affair with Rosie (remember those expensive shoes she had), and if Terri was in love with him or something that could be her motive for killing Rosie.

      The problem with this theory would be the mystery of how Rosie ended up in the campaign car, though… Haven’t worked that out yet. 🙂

      • Yeah, there has to be a link to the campaign after devoting so much airtime to it.

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Well, clearly in a 2hr movie, the killer would be Aunt Terri. She’s the only thing scotch-taping that family together, so she must be the baddie. But, given we have 3 eps to wrap this puppy up,and it would be really obnoxious for the story to all of the sudden become taut, balanced & fast paced in the last lap. So I’m going to put out an even more ridiculous theory: It’s all a headgame in the mind of a crazy Linden. She’s holed up in a mental facility somewhere and is trying to solve a fictional crime. She was driven mad by this previous crime her boss & fiance have been alluding to. The whole oddness of the wedding scenario (why does she keep acting like she’s hopping on a plane every night, why is her son not in school somewhere, why is she working a job she officially left), the seemingly random facts that get more random (secret houses, casinos, Polish mobs, lakefront developments, dead wives, female genital mutilation) is never meant to tie together. It looks like Linden starts to become more stressed out in the next ep- I think as she tries to put her mind back together by creating this story.

  • If everyone is so sick of the slowness of this show there are TONS of one hour whodunit procedurals to be watched on television. Just let the show run it’s course. Maybe AMC will can it, maybe they won’t but you can’t say this show is completely like every other procedural on television

  • Anonymous

    Before the AMC version aired, I recall saying to my friend that “all AMC has to do is copy Forbrydelsen shot for shot and they will have a hit on their hands…” As others have said on the board, the original is absolutely amazing. I did not leave my house until I tore through all the dvds on series one! Sadly this isnt the case with The Killing-I remember seeing Mireille Enos in the first episode so obviously apeing the Danish actress Sofie Grabol and thought “oh no!” When Enos has her “concerned face” on she looks constipated! Grabol plays it will chilling intelligence and razor sharp instincts that manifest on her face. Which I guess sums up the difference between the shows!

    • Lattis

      I am going to have to see the Danish version of this. I have a question . . . did the Danish show have an overarching ‘theme’ or was it strictly a who-done-it murder mystery? Recently, I tore through the Stieg Larsson books and movies. They are very moralistic in their way, so when the bad guy gets his due I felt catharsis. 

      In this mystery, it seems like the writers are not telling a story with any other intent than toying with the viewer by throwing out one red herring after another and hoping that we’ll stick around just because we are OCD enough to finish what we started. And that is exactly how I feel watching this: like I am bound and determined to see it through to the end so I can see how the mystery is solved, but I don’t give a flying fuck about any character anymore . . . including Linden and Holder both of whom I originally liked a lot. 

      The entire campaign scene . . . don’t get me started. Richmond! Did you ever see such a sorry ass, sad sack, sob sister? I have cut him all the slack I possibly can. 

      And I am just taking for granted that the murderer is someone who has a connection to the family very tangentially, maybe through the aunt . . . someone the show will focus on in the briefest time frame possible to wind this up. And up to that point, it will be RED HERRING CITY. Because the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. And this show has shown nothing but contempt for the viewer.

      • Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood

        I agree about the contempt for the viewer.  Did they think that American audiences are so stupid that we have to have everything spelled out for us?  That we wouldn’t pick up on Belco being a weirdo just by his mannerisms, but that he must also have an overly-sexualized mother, be a former bed-wetter AND have a creepy photo montage, on his ceiling, no less?

        What happened to inferring and letting us draw conclusions?

        • I agree, we’re slammed over the head with everything. No nuance whatsoever.

  • Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood

    The fact that Stan both beat Bennet up AND turned himself in, due to guilt, makes me rule him out.  The mom and Aunt Terry I rule out, because from the opening murder scene, I really think the killer must be a guy.  Maybe that makes me sexist, but I can’t imagine the mom or Terry strong enough to kill Rosie in that way.   If she had been found in her own home, shot or poisoned or whathaveyou, then that would be more plausible.   

    But maybe some of the other speculation is correct, and maybe something one of them did set this all in motion? 

    I’m really hoping that the last episode will tie everything together, will make it all make sense in a way that we all feel like “DUH?! I should have NOTICED that.”

    I wonder about the loose ends, things like Stan meeting the man in the diner, about Jasper’s friend’s (and fellow fake-rapist) mention of something like “that’s all you’ve got?  And what’s up with Aunt Terry and her gushing over Jasper’s dad?


  • Anonymous

    My most recent guess is that Rosie was killed by Richmond’s douchy little campaign manager. But like your guess, this has absolutely nothing to do with clues they’ve given us. It’s just that a) there has to be a reason they’ve wasted so much of our time on the Richmond campaign and b) they built up Richmond as a suspect this episode just enough to make me think he’s another red herring.

    Pretty disappointing when all of our guesses are based not on the plot but on the single question: how stupid do the writers think the audience is?

  • Anonymous

    My most recent guess is that Rosie was killed by Richmond’s douchy little campaign manager. But like your guess, this has absolutely nothing to do with clues they’ve given us. It’s just that a) there has to be a reason they’ve wasted so much of our time on the Richmond campaign and b) they built up Richmond as a suspect this episode just enough to make me think he’s another red herring.

    Pretty disappointing when all of our guesses are based not on the plot but on the single question: how stupid do the writers think the audience is?

  • Anonymous

    See, I HATED the Bennett arc and thought the show went off the rails for awhile there, but this week it felt right back on track for me. For what it’s worth, I still think it’s either Jasper’s father (who we’re led to believe was having an affair with Terri) or  billionaire Tom. “It’s all about the waterfront.”

  • Anonymous

    See, I HATED the Bennett arc and thought the show went off the rails for awhile there, but this week it felt right back on track for me. For what it’s worth, I still think it’s either Jasper’s father (who we’re led to believe was having an affair with Terri) or  billionaire Tom. “It’s all about the waterfront.”

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t the casino lead just scream Twin Peaks? Only to me? Uh?

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t the casino lead just scream Twin Peaks? Only to me? Uh?