Improbable? Index: The Killing Season 4 Episode 2 – Unraveling

The Killing (Screen: Netflix)
The Killing (Screen: Netflix)

In the second episode of the final season of The Killing, the writers test the audience’s memory to see if we still remember that this show used to be based on complex plots and not coincidences.

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Holder and Linden put two new suspects in their crosshairs, suspects who will undoubtedly be innocent of the murders. We learn that the son who was shot in the first episode, Kyle, didn’t fit in at his school before the shooting, and his classmates are not going to cut him any slack now. Joan Allen’s character describing adolescent males as “vicious animals” is the most convincing and believable line of dialogue so far this season.

Holder’s old partner and fellow detective, Reddick, begins questioning where Skinner, Linden’s ex-lover/ex-partner and last season’s killer, has disappeared to. Reddick also begins to suspect that Skinner may somehow be involved in last season’s serial murders because coincidence is the mother of all investigations.

What the…

While reviewing some evidence, an officer walks into Linden’s office and literally tosses a gun on her desk.  He informs her that this is her replacement gun after her last one was stolen, which it wasn’t – she got rid of it after shooting Skinner.  Linden signs a form and the officer tells her, “Try and be more careful next time.”  Apparently, law enforcement personnel lose their weapons all the time in The Killing universe so there’s no need to even ask a single question before throwing a new gun at someone.

You’re kidding, right?

One of the two new suspects, a young woman, breaks into Kyle’s military school dorm room at night and has a cryptic conversation with him that not even Kyle follows.  She ends their interaction by kissing him and telling him, “They got what they deserved.”  Given last week’s uninterrupted conversation that Holder had with a student in broad daylight, I guess a 20-something woman wandering around a high school boys’ dorm at night isn’t outside the realm of possibility in The Killing.

This is getting ridiculous

Reddick knocks over a box of papers from last season’s case because the actor never learned convincing blocking at acting school.  The very first piece of paper he picks up is an enlarged photo of a woman’s ring, which was missing from one of the murder victims and assumed to be a trophy last season’s killer had taken.  There’s no reason that this ring should stand out or carry any significance at this point, but it does for some reason and his detective-spidey sense is tingling now.


When Skinner’s daughter appears at the police station looking for her missing father, she’s wearing the ring Reddick saw in the photo of a few minutes earlier.  Thank God she was clutching her backpack straps so unnaturally high throughout the entire scene or he wouldn’t have seen her wearing that ring.  This interaction inspires him to review all the material from last season’s string of murders – the murders that Reddick helped “solve,” close, and that a man was executed for.  Rather than asking the daughter where she got the ring or considering that more than one of these rings was ever manufactured, Reddick goes straight to reopening the old case.


If CinemaSins were to do an “Everything Wrong with…” video for the last season of The Killing, I’ve got a feeling that the video would be at least an hour.

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