When AMC's 'The Killing' concluded its first season, fans were outraged that the show didn't wrap up the central mystery that was introduced in the pilot episode: who killed Rosie Larsen? The viewers who stuck with the show were rewarded with an answer during tonight's second season finale. So, if you're one of the people who want to know the identity of the killer and don't want to actually watch the episode (you greedy lot you!), read on…but beware of spoilers!
'The Killing' ended last week with Terry entering a mysterious black car in the middle of the night, and our dearly departed Rosie was afraid of a black car she believed to be following her around. The shadowy male figure inside Terry's black car is revealed to be Terry's married lover Michael Ames, father of Jasper, spoiled brat and former boyfriend of Rosie.
Last week's episode of 'The Killing' introduced a new suspect: Alexi Giffords, the orphaned son of the man Stan Larsen killed to escape the Polish mob. "Ghosts of the Past" is a markedly far better episode than those in recent weeks, providing plot advancement and genuine intrigue.
This week's episode is about the ways in which things haunt our characters. Richmond is coping with his new life of paralysis and Jamie believes he can prove that the mayor set Richmond up to look guilty of killing Rosie. As we saw in a previous episode, Jamie is definitely onto something. Richmond dreams of Belko shooting him again, and it's the first in a line of ghosts that come back to haunt our characters this week.
Mitch and Terry's parents pop in for a visit and suggest that people might be getting the wrong idea about Terry living with Stan while Mitch is away. And they're right. By episode's end, Stan and Terry share a kiss and a loving embrace, which is about as eye-rolling as the episode gets this week.
This week Linden and Holder try to find the owner of the Ogi Jun tattoo, while Richmond copes with his new paralysis, and the Larsen family continues to unravel in Mitch's absence. "Ogi Jun" is a much more basic, procedural episode, but is it a help or a hindrance to the already bumpy show?