The Killing - Series 1 (Part 2)

Published September 20, 2011

It’s taken me a little longer than I had hoped but finally, I have seen the last ten episodes of The Killing. I wrote some brief and quite vague notes about the first ten previously, but now I know how the story ends I can talk in more detail. There are spoilers ahead, so look away now if you have yet to enjoy the drama of The Killing.

The Killing

The mystery is solved and we know it was Vagn. After many twists and turns, and suspect after suspect - some very wide of the mark - Sarah Lund finally got her man. In the first ten episodes, I never would have suspected Vagn. Gradually, he looked to be more and more in the frame but still the story twisted away from him. That moment, when he had been questioned and returned to the workshop was brilliant. Theis and Pernille would not let him take the boys to the toy shop, even though he protested his innocence and they should have known better, the look on his face broke my heart a little bit.

I wonder if the actors knew the end result as they went along, or if they were as much in the dark as we were.

I still don’t completely understand his motivation, but having done it before, Vagn was clearly not quite right anyway. I wish that he hadn’t been killed at the end, that is probably my only disappointment in the whole series. It would have been better for him to go through the justice process, but Theis had some rage to work through. How sad for Pernille to return home to her two boys and the dog that revealed all. Are they going to keep that dog? Won’t it have some bad memories associated with it?

Sarah Lund figured it out before everyone else, but no one would listen to her, because they suspected her of killing her partner. (Can’t believe they killed off Meyer, I really missed him in the last few episodes.) It’s hardly surprising really. She was really going off the rails towards the end, and although we knew that she didn’t do anything wrong, I could totally understand why those around her were suspicious. I hope Bengt steps in and looks after her for a bit.

In my last post, I suspected there was some bigger conspiracy at work, and whilst there were top bods asking them to cover up some of the City Hall shenanigans, it was nowhere near as big as I’d anticipated. I actually preferred the new bloke that was in charge of the investigation - he was stern but fair, and he believed Sarah even though he had to do his job.

The political side of the story also wrapped up nicely. I say nicely, but really it meant a lot of people looking moody and then turning on their smiles when they stepped in front of the camera. I did lose the plot a little with the City Hall stuff - the politics does boggle my mind sometimes. Did Rie not do anything wrong then? Is he going to apologise to her? I still don’t like her, but I felt sorry for her when she was crying. Sometimes I felt sorry for Troels, sometimes I didn’t think he was a particularly nice man, and I’m still not sure where I stand on that matter.

With all the puzzles solved - in as satisfactory a way as you can manage when there have been so many deaths throughout - Sarah Lund walked out of the dark police station and into the daylight. The first time we have seen any proper light for the entire series. If you were in any doubt that this was the end, then a glimpse of blue sky should have convinced you.

However, after the end credits, we were given a glimpse of another murder scene. Sarah Lund is back. With a final “Good to see you” from the boss, we are left to wait for series 2.

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