I truly enjoyed the first two seasons of this detective drama. However, I agree with the masses and thought the story was too drawn out. Believe me - I loved Twin Peaks. But just as Laura Palmer's murder overstayed its welcome, Rosie Larsen's death lasted a season too long.
Luckily, AMC developed some really cool characters: Detectives Linden and Holder (played by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman). Unlike TNT's "last-named-shows" (i.e. Rizzoli & Isles, King & Maxwell, Franklin & Bash), The Killing is a title with true character development happening in a single overarching case. Despite complaints from critics, AMC had the guts to throw their awesome duo into a different situation rather than just canning the show.
So with a light drizzle outside and a Cup of Joe in my hands, I thoroughly enjoyed the Season 3 premiere. From what I've seen so far, here's a couple of reasons why I think this season will be successful:
- Linden's obsession: Like many detective characters, obsession can be their downfall. This season presented how Linden is building herself back up to a "normal" life. But as we've learned in seasons past, Linden is obsessed with justifying the victim. With a series of murders paired with a M.O. familiar to her back story, this provides the perfect setup of getting Linden back into the game (or quite possibly her demise).
- No son: I liked the "little man," but it helps having him live in Chicago with his father. This way Linden doesn't have to worry about her son and can focus on the case at hand in Seattle.
- A Serial Killer Story: This story is dark (including the imagery). Previous seasons lingered on conspiracies involving the Rosie Larsen case. This time, it involves a series of murders involving child prostitutes. Yes, this is pretty dark subject matter, but it's intriguing and even has a Seven vibe.