Improbable? Index: The Killing Season 4 Episode 3 – The Good Soldier

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

The Killing takes coincidences to a new height – or low point, depending on how you look at it.

“Too Long, Didn’t Watch” Episode Recap

Kyle and Joan Allen’s headmistress character are bonding by spending quality time together, like when they discuss the nature of grief at Kyle’s family’s funeral. Thankfully, this episode was light on the boarding school torment Kyle suffers constantly, but the ominous music played during the final shot of Kyle being watched through his dorm window let’s us know that it’s probably going to make a comeback in the next episode.

Reddick continues investigating Skinner’s disappearance. He recruits a junkie informant because… oh yeah, no valid reason is given other than Reddick is clutching at straws.

Linden and Holder are turning into hot messes: Linden forgets to pick up her visiting son from the airport and is becoming more erratic/stupid in her behavior. Holder, a recovering addict, gets drunk and starts using again. He goes to an NA meeting where he confesses that he killed someone before degrading all the attendees. Reddick’s informant is sitting three rows behind Holder so you know this is going to be coincidence 183 that moves the plot forward.

Is that possible?

One of Kyle’s classmates had a sexual relationship with Kyle’s mom when the classmate attended another high school that Kyle’s mom taught tennis at.  That student was Jerkface McUntuckedShirt from the first episode, who Holder questioned at the boarding school and who has been making Kyle’s life a living hell.  In The Killing’s version of Seattle, there must be about 200 residents.   That’s the only explanation for why so many characters are linked to each other.

That seems unlikely…

Linden kept Skinner’s phone, even though she assured Holder that she’d dumped it, and texted Skinner’s daughter for that phone as Skinner to say that he decided on an impromptu vacation.  At the end of the episode, Linden decides that she must get rid of the phone by throwing it into the lake while standing directly in front of Skinner’s cabin.  Skinner’s wife, who said in a previous episode that she hasn’t been to their cabin in years, is standing in the window of the cabin and sees Linden throw the phone.

Are you kidding me with this?

Linden has lost one of the two shell casings from Skinner’s murder.  Instead of tearing apart her house to find the second casing, she does laundry.  “What about the first shell casing?” you’re asking.  Linden keeps it on her dining room table along with enough clutter that would make this casing easy to lose as well.  With intelligence like this, it’s a wonder Linden was able to obtain a driver’s license, much less a detective’s shield.


Linden picks Kyle up from school, drives him to his house, and forces him to walk through the house, which has not been cleaned up since the murders.  Kyle is so traumatized that he runs outside and vomits into the pool.  Linden drags him back inside for more psychological scarring.  However, after Kyle washes his face in the bathroom, he’s all better and ready to calmly speak with Linden about his family life.  Who wouldn’t be willing to open up about their horrific childhood after suffering an emotional breakdown in the midst of a blood-soaked crime scene?

Even assuming that Kyle never tells anyone what Linden did, people will at least know that she took a student off of school grounds without permission since Kyle was with a classmate when Linden showed up at his school.  But is Linden disciplined or even told not to do this again?  Of course not!  The scene is never addressed again.  This is The Killing!  Stop trying to apply logic here.


I’m beginning to look like Red Forman from That 70’s Show when I watch The Killing, what with all the annoyed sighing and eye rolling.

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