Well, that was a disappointment

I have faithfully watched every episode of The Killing. Will I watch it next season? Mm, maybe not.

It's a cheat to end the season on a cliffhanger, not when there have only been 10 episodes. Too many coincidences, too many plot twists just thrown in with no warning. Like tonight's revelation that the councilman had numerous affairs - so many that the newspaper could run six or seven photos of his women on the very day the news broke?

It would take several days or weeks for news like that to trickle out. (As we all just saw with Weiner.) How would it have been kept a secret and then suddenly explode wide open? With photos, no less?

And I haven't mentioned how the homicide detective just kept showing up at the would-be mayor's condo and explaining things? Or how she promised the victim's mother that things would be solved that very night? Or how two missing girls in Washington State both own identical pink Grand Canyon T-shirts?

I want a show to be smarter than that.

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I truly enjoyed the atmospherics of the show, and I thought that it got a lot right (especially the father of the murder victim.) I kept stumbling over the legal problems - no one was ever read his rights, no one ever had a search warrant (and warrants weren't mentioned unless the show *wanted* to delay), etc.

I'd identified the killer early on, due to his interaction with the victim's mother in a relatively early episode. I was disappointed in how they played out the story.

Interestingly, I didn't think it ended on a cliffhanger; I thought the identified killer truly was guilty, and I thought the gun in the last scene went off and completed the story. The only "cliff" was what would happen as a consequence to the phone call received on the plane, and I thought that was more of an administrative detail.

My husband, though, agreed with you, that it was hanging all over the place :-)
Even if the councilman is the killer, what was the homicide detective doing driving the assassin to kill him? That's a major cliffhanger.

It seems like the guy had plenty of willing affair partners. Why would he need teenage prostitutes as well?

I don't think he's guilty. But as much as I like the actors, I don't think I care about the plot any more.
I guess that cliff edge is defined by how they decide to spin out the next season - whether it picks up tomorrow, or whether it jumps ahead X weeks/months to a totally different killing.

I suspect that the explanation on "why would he need teenage prostitutes" is that he needed power over his women, and that was one way to get power. But that's skating awfully close to Scott Adams territory ::wry grin::

We debated who was in the car with the detective at the end -- I think it was the reporter/AA sponsor. Mark thought it could be someone else, part of a bigger conspiracy driving the murder of the Councilman.

I'm intrigued enough to see how they play out next season - but it'll have a relatively short leash in my viewing life...
I need to go back and rewatch the end, but I thought the detective drove the crazed shooter...

Definitely doesn't pay to cross that family. You'll end up in a hospital or dead.