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'The Killing' Synopsis and Essential Information


Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman
Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/Courtesy of AMC


An intense crime drama centered on the murder of a teenage girl, Rosie Larsen. As the series slowly unfolds (each episode represents one day in the life of this investigation), everyone becomes a suspect at some point and everyone has a secret to hide.

Series Premiere:

April 3, 2011


When the show failed to reveal Rosie Larsen's killer at the end of the season one, that was the beginning of the end. Despite the amazing acting, viewers know how to hold a major grudge. All in all, 26 episodes were produced and all aired in primetime.

'The Killing' Cast:

  • Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden
  • Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder
  • Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond
  • Michelle Forbes as Mitch Larsen
  • Brent Sexton as Stanley Larsen
  • Kristin Lehman as Gwen Eaton
  • Eric Ladin as Jamie Dempsey


The series is based on the wildly popular Danish series Forbrydelsen.


"Who Killed Rosie Larsen?"

Executive Producer Veena Sud Explains...:

Series E.P./Showrunner and writer Veena Sud describes this very different type of crime drama as: "slow-burn storytelling in a sense that every moment that we don't have to prettify or gloss over or make something necessarily easy to digest, that we're able to go to all sorts of places that are honest, and dark, and beautiful and tragic, in a way that is how a story should be told."

'The Killing' Extras:

Three Stories Come Together:

The Detectives
Naturally, where there is a crime drama, there are the people trying to solve the murder. Homicide detective Sarah Linden (who was just about to leave the department and move to California with her son to get married) is drawn into the case on her last day of work and partners up with her replacement, former undercover narcotics cop Stephen Holder. As the case begins to unfold, the two cops investigate every possible angle and leave no stone unturned.

The Larsen Family
Mitch and Stan Larsen are Rosie's grieving parents. This hardworking, blue collar family tries to give their kids a better life than they had growing up and are determined to get out of their bad neighborhood and move to the suburbs... but will their secrets tear them apart?

The Congressman
Seattle City Councilman Darren Richmond is running for mayor, but the murder of Rosie Larsen puts his campaign in jeopardy when the young girl's body is found in the trunk of one of Richmond's campaign vehicles. Slowly, secrets about the councilman come out thanks to someone very close to him. Is he being set up to look like the killer or will he turn out to be the killer himself?
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