Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Killing (finally) set for big reveal Sunday

Fans of AMC’s ‘The Killing’ have been asking the same question for two full seasons now: Who killed Rosie Larsen?

That answer is being revealed in the season two finale Sunday night.

What fans should be asking is whether or not the reveal will be worth the wait.

‘The Killing’ is one of those shows you’re going to either love or hate.

It’s got deliberate (read: slow) pacing, which is wrapped around interesting and flawed characters.

‘The Killing’ alienated a huge part of their fan base at the end of the first season when they didn’t reveal who killed Rosie Larsen.

While show runners never said they would tell viewers who the killer was – the advertising AMC used to promote the finale seemed to promise just the opposite. When the killer wasn’t revealed, fans balked.

Then, when show stars and producers essentially told fans to “get over it” – fans reacted how fans will react when they feel they’re being talked down to, they tuned out.

When it premiered for its second season in April, ‘The Killing’ had significantly lower numbers. Season one averaged a .6 in the demo and 2.17 million viewers. The season two premiere had a .5 demo and 1.80 million viewers. Ratings fell as low as 1.31 million viewers before rebounding back to 1.84 million last week.

As for the quality of the AMC show, it really hasn’t dipped. I would say it’s more like it hit a plateau. I’ve kind of moved beyond caring who killed Rosie Larsen -- and from what I can tell so have a lot of other fans.

As in real life, the characters on ‘The Killing’ have certain issues. The problem is, most of them aren’t even likeable anymore. If the show was somehow funny, think ‘Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ and had characters like this it would be one thing. The problem is, there aren’t any laughs to be found in ‘The Killing.’

Right now, fingers are being pointed in a definite direction as to who the killer is – I don’t want to ruin it for those that are behind in their viewing. If I had to guess, though, this is just another red herring. We’ve had so many at this point, they’ve lost all meaning.

No decision has been made about the future of ‘The Killing.’ That actually speaks volumes in my opinion, though. I don't think it won’t get a season three.

AMC has a lot of successes under their belt, so they can afford to jettison ‘The Killing.’

Ultimately, I think that ‘The Killing’ had some of the best caliber actors in television – but it could never build and then sustain momentum.

In the grand scheme of things, I might lament saying goodbye to ‘The Killing’ but I’m not sure I’ll really miss it.

What do you think? Is this the end for ‘The Killing’?


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