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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 19, 2011 at 2:53 PM

“The Killing”: Whodunit?

So, Sunday night’s episode of “The Killing” brought us a brand new suspect, enough rain to fill Green Lake (really, producers, a little mist could go a long way; we’re not drowning every day here in Seattle), and a juicy hour of my newest addiction. Today I succumbed and visited www.amctv.com to see the “suspect breakdown,” in which viewers can vote from a long list (19 characters!) of suspects. Currently, Rosie’s English teacher Bennet Ahmed is the top suspect — but most likely only because the spotlight was on him at the end of the episode — followed by Gwen, the political advisor. Me, I’m leaning toward the politician, Darren Richmond, who just seems like he’s covering something up. Or maybe the high school principal, who currently has zero percent of the votes but I think she seems a bit suspicious. Like I said, it’s kind of addictive.
So far nothing’s been announced about a second season, though executive producer Veena Sud told Entertainment Weekly that she’s thinking about it. (“The Killing” is based on the Danish procedural series “Forbrydelsen,” but Sud said her series unfolds a little differently and ultimately has a different killer.) She explains in the interview why we never see flashbacks of Rosie — ” The only time we’ll see the dead girl alive is in photographs or in the real things you would have if someone passed away” — and hints at her thoughts for Season 2:

I can’t say without giving it away. But the great pleasure of writing The Killing is to get to take all the tropes and cliches and formulas and either riff off of them or throw them out the window. That is the mindset I’ve had from the very beginning. There is no formula. There is no endpoint. Let’s see where this story takes us. If I don’t know the end, then no one else will guess it. Having said that, there’s a deeply satisfying and shocking ending to this story.

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