If you caught last week’s third-season premiere of AMC’s “The Killing,” then you likely felt a slight sense of déjà vu at the beginning of this Sunday’s episode, since it started out at precisely the same spot where we left off: with Linden (Mireille Enos) staring out over a sea of bodies. It isn’t long, however, before she’s joined by no less than two of her former partners, with Skinner (Elias Koteas) taking charge of the investigation while a decidedly annoyed Holder (Joel Kinnaman) snorts, “Looks like you found the Seward file…”
It never really results in any full-fledged in-your-face moments, but from a character development standpoint, it’s particularly interesting to watch the tension inspired by Linden’s decision to return to duty and deeply immerse herself in this new case. Linden and Holden discovered that they only step on each other’s toes when working independently, but to hear Reddick (Gregg Henry) tell it, everyone in the department — with the apparent exception of Holder — knows that Linden and Skinner used to have a thing back in the day. Based on Skinner’s wide-eyed reaction when Linden tells him that his wife knows about their former affair, however, he clearly believed that the whole thing had been successfully kept quiet.
It’s pretty ghastly to see the bruises left on Bullet after Goldie’s attack last episode (and that’s not even touching on the residual psychological damage), but the scrappy young woman gets at least a bit of revenge by telling Holder where to find the limping pimp. Although Bullet’s suspicion that it’s Callie who’s being held hostage in the apartment proves false, the truth is, in its own way, even more disturbing: Reddick estimates that the girl who is in Goldie’s apartment can’t be any older than 12. There are a couple of disconcerting moments amongst teenage girls in this episode, actually, the kind that make you want to hold your daughter close and never let her go. Well, unless you’re Danette Lutz (Amy Seimetz), in which case you just shrug and say, “Hey, I can’t control her. I never could.” Nice cop-out, Mom.
Slice and dice
After stumbling upon a razor blade lodged inside his bar of soap, Ray Seward (Peter Sarsgaard) spent the entire episode ramping up the suspense, coming disconcertingly close to whipping it out and using it on prison guard Francis Becker (Hugh Dillon). Unless it turns out to be some sort of ruse, however, it appears that Becker’s repeated taunts about Seward’s son and his damaged relationship with the boy caused him to turn the blade on himself. It’s a grotesque moment under the best of circumstances, but coming as it does in the wake of Becker’s comments, one can’t help but wonder further about what’s gone on with this father/son relationship that’s yet to be revealed.