The Killing Will Finally Reveal Who Killed Rosie This Weekend; Should You Care?

The last time we checked in on AMC's The Killing was right after its Season 2 premiere. At the time, the show's writers had seemingly learned nothing from the harsh beating they took from critics and fans alike following an open-ended Season 1 finale. But did anything change over the course of Season 2? And now that we're headed into the Season 2 finale, should you bother tuning in this weekend for what might also be the series finale? We've secretly been keeping up with the show all season, and thus we've compiled a handy FAQ to help you decide.


Have they solved the Rosie Larsen murder case yet?

Nope! We're still going strong...and getting close to learning the answer. As Detective Holder told Duck Phillips from Mad Men a few episodes ago: "This goes all the way to the top. This goes all the way to City Hall." (Unfortunately the show's dialogue has not improved.) And AMC's official synopsis for the Season 2 finale, "What I Know," promises to finally deliver the information we expected a year ago: "Sarah and Holder close the case while Richmond sets out on a bold new path. Meanwhile, the Larsen family gains closure from an unsuspected source."


Since the show is only now going to reveal Rosie's killer, will it be around next season?

It's quite obvious at this point that future of The Killing is very much up in the air. After Season 1 wrapped, showrunner Veena Sud tried to calm the masses by promising in interviews that the Rosie Larsen case would be solved and a new case introduced during Season 2. Yet here we are with Rosie's case slated to conclude in the Season 2 finale, and not a hint of a future case to speak of. Without a doubt, The Killing's writers have chosen to put all their eggs in finishing the Rosie Larsen saga and hoping you enjoyed it. So why not tune in?


Has the show improved at all in Season 2?

Well, a little bit. Despite the painfully long wait—25 episodes and counting without an answer to "Who Killed Rosie Larsen?"—Season 2 eventually re-discovered the forward momentum the show completely abandoned in the second half of Season 1. Detective Sarah Linden made the obvious decision to put her life in Northern California on hold to stay in Seattle and continue her investigation. New evidence was quickly uncovered and when one suspect seemed particularly promising, the show did not linger long before revealing the dead end.

This was in stark contrast to the multiple Season 1 episodes spent on red-herring suspects like Rosie's teacher Bennet Ahmed. He definitely had nothing to do with Rosie's murder. So on behalf of Sud, sorry about that multiple-episode arc that ended with Bennet's brutal beating by Stan Larsen. Characterization!



How are Linden and Holder doing these days? Are they still kind of a mess?

In a word, yes. From the beginning, The Killing was a show about the investigation of a murder. But the development of its detectives has been its biggest failure. Each held deep secrets that were only partially revealed in Season 1. For Linden, it was mental instability that began during the investigation of a previously unsolved child murder case. For Holder, it was a drug addiction that nearly cost him his relationship with his family, not to mention his life. But as each backstory was further explored this season, I was left with a strong feeling of...so what? While both characters' shortcomings have led to some bad police work (and even worse parenting), they haven't generated much in the way of audience sympathy.

Don't get me wrong, I like both Linden and Holder. After a full season of awkwardness and a few episodes of distrust, they developed a great chemistry as partners. Despite the apparent importance of stretching out the reveal of these personal demons, they were rarely discussed out loud. Holder nearly went back to drugs, but didn't. Linden was actually forced against her will into a brief stay in a mental institution (yes, really) and did seem a little nutty even after her release to continue to investigate the case despite being suspended from the police. The bottom line is that neither character's backstory truly mattered to the investigation.


Do we even care who killed Rosie at this point?

Look, I know Season 1 was quite cruel to Rosie's reputation. According to the early clues she'd been spending a lot of time hanging out in a shady sex/drug dens in the school basement. Later she was whoring herself out at the Indian casino via an online prostitution service. But no more! It turns out that Rosie was just a maid at the casino (How her parents didn't know where she worked, we'll never know). Plus all the angst toward her parents was somewhat justified by their keeping secrets from her about her real father. Stan raised her as his own, but learning the truth must have changed everything for Rosie.

Linden and Holden have surmised this season that Rosie, set on running away, intended to cap off her final night in Seattle by "saying goodbye" to the city from the tenth floor of the casino, which offered a particularly scenic view. Instead it seems she witnessed a conversation between some political heavy-hitters on that tenth floor, and her unfortunate, wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time situation quickly led to her death in the name of a cover-up. In last week's episode we even got a new glimpse of Rosie, riding the casino elevator up at 1:02am on the night of her murder, a smile on her face. For a character who's been kept mostly off screen, it was a surprisingly touching moment.


Catch me up a little bit; what do I need to know if I'm going to watch the finale just to find out whodunit?

Let's do this bullet-point style:

– Much of the season's investigation focused on the Indian casino run by Chief Nicole Jackson. The casino was Rosie's last known whereabouts and Chief Jackson and her girlfriend/evil henchlady made it clear that no investigation will take place on the reservation grounds by beating Detective Holder unconscious and leaving him for dead (it's cool, Detective Linden found him and he was somehow recovered roughly two episodes later).

– Last season's great political hope, mayoral-candidate-turned-murder-suspect Darren Richmond was shot at point-blank range and is now paralyzed from the waist down. He decided, however, to continue his campaign and has often cited a man named Ted Wright—the grandfather of his campaign manager Jamie Wright, who was able to persevere after an amputation that resulted from a factory accident—as inspiration for his staying in the race.

– Detectives Linden and Holder discover that Jamie Wright made a deal with real-estate developer Michael Ames to torpedo Seattle Mayor Leslie Adams' waterfront project. This would help Richmond win the election as Adams has focused his entire campaign on the waterfront plans.

– Michael Ames needed Jamie to push papers through the city to get his own real-estate company off the ground in order to separate from his wife and run away with Terry, Mitch Larsen's sister.

– Prior to Rosie's death, a text message was sent from her phone to Michael Ames, threatening to reveal his affair with Terry. Ames' son Jasper took the blame, but we've since learned that Rosie's final phone call may have been to reveal that she had been seen in the casino by Michael Ames.

– Ames had mobster Janek Kovarsky (Stan Larsen's former boss) send one of this thugs to plant Native American bones on the construction site to ensure the project would be halted.

– This elaborate bone-planting plan was apparently hatched at the Indian casino, on the tenth floor. Linden and Holder have tape of the individuals who attended the meeting, where Michael Ames met with Chief Jackson...and Jamie Wright, who really stared at the security camera in a creepy way so that it was clear the writers want us to believe he's the killer.

– Rosie Larsen just happened to be on the casino's tenth floor, which was closed for renovations. Linden believes Rosie was saying goodbye to the city before she ran away for good and just happened to witness this confidential meeting. Wrong place, wrong time.

– Without the waterfront project, the mayor's re-election campaign was doomed. So he had a doctored photo of Darren Richmond created to frame him for the murder of Rosie Larsen, which would eliminate his only roadblock to re-election. But the mayor, it seems, had nothing to do with Rosie's murder.

Got all that? Okay, one last twist:

– At the end of last week's episode, Darren Richmond received a strange phone call on election night, summoning him to an unknown location where an old man had something to tell him. "If you are who you say you are, prove it," Richmond said. Moments later, Jamie arrived on the scene...but what does it MEAN? We only recently learned that Jamie still lives with his grandfather, who he's described to Richmond as an amputee who persevered to earn back everything he had lost. Richmond has used that story repeatedly on the campaign trail. Proving what exactly? I'm not sure. But in the final scene last week, Richmond asked, "Why did you lie to me Jamie?"


Who do you think is going to be the killer?

Here are our suspects:


L to R: Jamie Wright, Chief Jackson, Michael Ames, Gwen Eaton.

Jamie Wright: Suddenly, and unexpectedly, our top suspect, despite being the only person to stay and care for Richmond while he recovered from his shooting. If Jamie was involved in Rosie's killing for political gain, only to see Richmond unable to run for mayor, his motivation to make sure Richmond's rehab went well makes a lot of sense.

But more importantly, Holder discovered that Jamie went to the gym at 4:37am on the night Rosie was murdered. And the security guard who let him in said Jamie didn't have his keycard. The show has worked very hard in the last few episodes to have all signs point to Jamie. Which certainly means it wasn't him, right?

Chief Jackson: A political power player sitting atop a casino-gaming throne. An accomplice in the cover-up of Rosie's death? Certainly. But a killer? Unlikely. When surveillance video surfaced that showed Sarah Linden leaving the casino having pocketed importance evidence—a keycard from City Hall—Jackson hopped on the phone to call a mystery person and announce, "They've got your keycard." Doesn't seem like our killer.

Michael Ames: He's the real-estate developer who apparently was at the center of a political scandal in order to run away with his mistress, and Mitch Larsen's sister, Terry. I'm afraid he may really be our killer, which would be a bit boring. Ames' awful son Jasper knew Rosie and is creepy. And Ames has plenty of reason to dislike Rosie if he believed the blackmailing text message really came from her.

The writers could of course really throw us for a loop and make Terry, Rosie's aunt, the killer. After all, the events of the night of Rosie's death prevented Ames from running away with her. Last week Terry happened to see the photos of Rosie's body hidden in a stolen police file in Stan's desk, but she reacted in horror, as you'd expect a relative to. Let's call her the wildcard suspect.

Gwen Eaton: Daughter of Senator Charles Widmore (I can't think of Alan Dale as anyone else at this point). The other Richmond campaign staff member the show has pointed us toward as a suspect, but she didn't attend the all-important casino meeting. She's a cutthroat political mind, but considering she helped Linden and Holder get their warrant to search the casino where a keycard leading to Richmond's offices was found (greatly narrowing down the suspect list), she'd be a pretty dumb murderer. Yet she did drive the car in which Rosie's body was found on the night of the murder. And that car did make it to the casino on the same night...



All told, it's entirely possible that The Killing is about to flip the script again and reveal a completely unexpected killer. As Linden recently pointed out, Rosie died alive. Men tend to be violent killers, whereas women often use poison or other non-violent means. Rosie's death is consistent with the latter. So where does this leave us? I'll take Gwen as my top choice. With Aunt Terry as the wildcard backup.



Did you watch any of The Killing's second season? If so, what are your predictions for the finale? If you started the season but ultimately didn't stick with it, what made you finally throw in the towel?

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Aunt Terry?? weird... but for this show, who knows? She did jump right in to help.

As far as next season, when she was in the institution, during therapy she mentioned the last case that made her go gaga. she said she doesn't think the convicted man is the real killer. it was an offhand remark but I figured they were going to focus on that case in season 3. It would give Linden much more depth to see her finally close such an important case. And maybe we learn more about her and Holder.

AMC! NO MORE TWO-SEASON ARCS!! murder mystery shows are not mean to be that way.
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coming back online to the forums straight from china just to say.. SPOT ON with the wildcard call, loved the show, very sad about not getting my holder fix now! borgias finale was also amazing.
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Mitch....not Midge
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Whoops, fixed!
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Yes, still watching, of course, this is a great show- why wouldn't people still care who killed Rosie? I can still here the complaints, "Oh wahhhaaa, they didn't solve case in first season, we were duped" Really? Who said they would solve case in first 13 episodes? Be happy good quality TV like this was on for another 13 episodes-those who abandoned the show missed a great second season, filled with quality acting and writing. Those who have a problem with the way the first season ended and left the show, I say good riddance. Suggestion-go check you brain at the door and tune into some reality TV garbage
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Seriously, why are you still watching this drek?
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haven't seen any of this show but it sounds an awful lot like twin peaks to me.
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Trust me. It's nothing like it. There was a good show in there somewhere, but went off on boring tangents you really did not care about plus was set in a dreary, constant rainy setting that I think helped turned off a lot of viewers when all we wanted was to find Rosie's killer, which is why I've stuck with it. Imagine a Law and Order episode that dragged one simple case out on and on just to get to the point or killer.
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I always thought it was the aunt who killed rosie or at least had some part in it
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The Danish original of this show was some of the best television in not just a "foreign" language but ANY language. It's up there with the best tv ever made. To have butchered a show which is such a home run is unforgiveable. Everyone involved in this show should be thrown out of Hollywood.



I strongly advise everyone (including fans of the US version) to get the original. There is a different killer and they DO reveal it at the end of season 1. It's a nail biting thriller.
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Wasn't it obvious from the start that it had to be someone involved the Richmond campaign, as it was one of his cars? It was Gwen's card at the scene, but Jamie on the camera footage...thus, perhaps they conspired together to protect Darren's best interests...
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Hell yeah I'm interesting in watching this show beyound this season the Killing is a razor sharp show with intriging Charaters and a long running mystery that has only been tryed once before but The Killing doe's it so much better. I hope that Chief Jackson is the next victim but because she is just so Evil.
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I really don't understand the dislike for this show. The only thing I can come up with is that it caught the eye of a bunch of procedural police show fans and they just happen to be the vocal minority. A lot of us like not knowing who the Killer is within the first ten minutes. Also, and apparently this is a hard concept to grasp for some, those of us who really like the show and the characters were actually quite content to see it go on for another 12 or 13 episodes.

See, if it had been completely wrapped up with a pretty little bow at the end of the first season and then went on to a completely new case for the second season it wouldn't have been able to accommodate all the twist and turns (and yes false leads) that it has. It may not be a Breaking Bad or even a Boardwalk Empire, but it's certainly far closer to these types of shows in quality than it is to shows like Hawaii 5-0 or Castle.
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The show is slow and for reality TV addicts, I'm sure it's meaningless. However, the acting is superb, showing humanity in a light rarely attempted, let alone achieved on TV. It's grim and gritty, but who can't empathize with Stan and his sister-in-law? It's almost too real to see a man driven to such pain. The detectives are deeply flawed - as are we all. Compare Body of Proof and see how lame and plastic that premise is.



Whether they can sustain the series in another investigation is questionable. I'm game! But Linden really needs to get a life or have a serious long term breakdown, then get one. I don't see a viable way to make this happen without the actress herself taking a few months to make a movie.



The show deserves a lot of credit: acting, cinema-like ambiance, biting realism, sound track and music. I hope they make it!
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I must admit I am addicted to this show. The main characters are flawed but isn't that normal?

I do hope that they start another murder case, as this one has me thinking. I only wish that is was not in Seattle, as it seems so depressing, but I guess that is the point.

My guess as to who did the "Killing"......Chief Jackson with Aunt Terry as my back up.

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The American remake of "The Killing" is such a pale imitation of the original Danish show. The BBC has broadcast the Danish originals with English subtitles, and I encourage you to seek out this version, as well as the equally good (but shorter) second series. And a third series will follow. Look beyond your borders, America.
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I care since i haven't indured it all this time not to know who it was. It seems like we're supposed to believe it was either Jamie or Chief Jackson so i guess it's neither of them.
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I don't like that they think they had to wait for the finale to reveal the identity of the killer. I would have preferred if they had revealed it a few episodes ago, and made the rest of the season about investigating the cover up.
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I never understood all the fuss about the fact that the identity of the killer wasn't revealed in the season 1 finale. I didn't think it was at all obvious that they would reveal it then, and I wasn't particularly surprised or irritated when they didn't. (It was however pretty annoying that they made Holder look like the worst kind of traitor scumbag).



I think I prefer season 2 over season 1. In season 1, there was just too much stalling in each episode, just so that they could reveal a new piece of seemingly important information right at the end of the episode. That got annoying pretty fast.
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maybe it's because you didn't quite follow the news. Makers of the show promised that Rosie Larsen case will be solved in season one, and season two will be about another case. This is why people were pissed off.



Whole season 1 was advertised with a phrase "Who killed Rosie Larsen?".
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I didn't know that. I haven't been reading interviews and stuff.
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I have loved this show from the get go, it's noir feel has captivated the mysterious for me. I actually don't care who killed Rosie Larsen, I kind of would love the investigation to go on. I like all the twists and turns and feel too many shows these days have a beginning and an end in one episode, very unbelievable. Real life a crime sometimes takes months and years to solve, not day 28. :) So for me I will be sad to find out the culprit but I hope Linden and Holder have another tough investigation.
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Sorry folks but I love this show flaws and all. I watch to be entertained, which I am. I am not watching to later have a final exam as to the veracity of what was shown. When you think of all the programs on tv that suck, I'm willing to overlook things to watch a gem like The Killing. I enjoyed all the red herrings and flawed characters. I want Linden & Holder to come back for season 3. If you don't like don't watch. But don't spoil it for the rest of us.
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My biggest issue with the suspect list is they all seem too obvious. Many think it is Terry because of sheer anger because she wanted to run off with Ames, but it's almost too obvious in itself. It's not the little brother because seriously come on really? LOL!!! It's not Mitch and it's obviously not Stan. Jamie is too much of a perfectionist to get his own hands dirty, but crazier things have happened. Richmond is too weak to be the killer. Gwen definitely has motive and means, but even she has no political gain for Rosie's murder. Ames could be the killer. He has motive and opportunity. Chief Jackson is just creepy and definitely a sociopath with psychopathic tendencies. However; she seemed almost scared they found the key card. So that alone makes me think she didn't kill Rosie. But it is possible. We know the head of security didn't do it. She only follows the orders of Jackson and Jackson didn't order Rosie's murder. She seems like the type that would have done it herself to make sure the job was done correctly. So who could it really be? Could Rosie of killed herself and had help planning it? Maybe in another universe right? But weirder things have happened. The show has been extremely slow and dry at some points in both seasons and could probably have been summed up in one season, but has been an interesting show to say the least. Who would of thought it was all about some waterfront project and a high school girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time? It could be Jamie's grandfather. He could have done the dirty work because Jamie wanted to keep his hands clean. He's old and not so careful and could have dropped the key card while trying to dispose of her body. The blood on the key card could be someone else's blood and not Rosie's. If I was a betting man I would say there were more than one killer. I think it was a two or three man job. It could have been Jamie, Gwen, Ames, and Chief Jackson all together. But that is only if I were a betting man. But why throw in a new suspect in last weeks episode? Why Jamie's grandfather? I guess we will find out tomorrow night.
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maybe Gwen eaton killed rosie and jamie was there to help :)
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That theory is wrong. How do I know that? Because that's exactly what the previous episode made it look like.
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i'm gonna watch the final episode, and i hope there will be new case for Linden and Holder,
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Oh, and I believe that Terry killed Rosie.
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I thought season 1 was better than season 2. The Larsen case has really dragged on at times and I've not been a fan of some of the decisions the writers have made in season 2. For example, Richmond recovers from a paralyzing gunshot wound after a few days, The whole conspiracy/cover-up angle, Stan's not Rosie's dad, David Rainer having no clue Rosie was dead, etc.



That being said I do still enjoy the show and I think they would really benefit from a fresh start and a new case.
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I care. Second season was contantly progressing towards this big reveal. I enjoyed watching it.
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THANK YOU to the network for closing out this show! Although it's not near the top of my Favs list, it did keep me interested enough to continue watching it, mostly because of Det Lindon.



They're focusing too hard on Jaime and Gwen, and have made us despise Chief Jackson so she's too obvious too, IMO. I'll go out on a limb and guess the murderer will be her mother.
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I agree with you about Gwen, Jamie, and the Chief, but Rosie's mother cannot be the killer. Not only was she camping with the rest of the family the entire weekend, but she is one of the only characters not listed on the AMC Suspect Tracker. AMC is giving away $10,000 to someone who correctly picks the killer, so if someone is not on the list they're not the killer.



I think the killer is someone Rosie knew personally and I'm guessing Terry with Belko as my second choice.
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I've watched it faithfully from the beginning but i can completely understand that its not everyones cup of tea. I'm really enjoying it and more so this season. I don't doubt it will be cancelled after tomorrows finally, not enough care about it which personally is a shame. I pegged Jamie as the killer a while back but something tells me its going to have one helluva twist at the end we won't expect, so i have no idea and i like it that way its more interesting

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I'm with you. I care about this show and it saddens me that it might not be back because so many people wanted a show just like evey other show. Kudos to Veena Sud and all who work The Killing.
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I don't care enough to watch it, but I care enough to let you guys tell me in a couple days. Once I started FF'ing through 80% of the episode from my DVR, it was time to call it. I don't care about these people, but I guess I can get one last shrug in.



Just name the killer in the post, not the title, yeah?
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The second season is better than the second half of the first, for sure, and Holder makes it all happen, but seriously... enough of this "Tune in next week to find out who killed Rosie Larsen" crap; that's three weeks in a row. Not only is it NOT making me care less who killed her, it's giving me the idea that the end is going to be so anti-climactic that she won't be the only casualty. I can't see this show, decent as it is, going on for another season.
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Back in the day when I still watched this show I thought it was going to be Rick Felder. I have no idea why but he just gave off a vibe. I have no idea if he is still on the show or not .
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ya me too! look at my comment like 2 below yours! but yeah hes still on the show, but very occasionally.
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I've enjoyed the 2nd season more than the first. I actually enjoy the slower pace of the show, and would most likely watch a 3rd season to see where it would go. I hope though that Rosie's killer turns out to be someone we already dislike...
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I kind of hope they don't reveal the killer in the finale. Last season it was infuriating, but this season it would be hilarious.



My prediction is that everything thus far has been a red herring, and the killer is Stan's son Tom. He's a weenie who kills birds and clearly resents his family, and probably freaked out when he found out Rosie was leaving. He probably didn't mean to put the car in the lake though, he's just a kid and can't drive.
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For some reason, and I have no idea why, I've had some weird hunch that it's Linden's ex husband or whoever he is. Not sure why, but he just creeps me out and he seems like the kind of character that the show would use to pull a twist on us.
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i guess he's her fiance right?
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What do you mean "what does it MEAN?" in regards to the Richmond end of last episode twist? I thought it was pretty clear that they're aiming for a Wag The Dog type situation: grandfather ain't a battler, is gonna want something to keep quiet.
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Yep, but does it really matter if he got that story incorrect? I would assume it would have to tie into Rosie's murder to matter to the storyline at this point. Keep in mind the polls have already closed and the votes are being tallied.
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Fair point, and thanks for the response. Guess we'll know tonight!
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he lied to Richmond about his whereabouts at the night Rosie Larsen was killed.
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I'm thinking the killer might be a surprise name, one that has been on the show, but hasn't yet been the suspect. I understand that might be hard, since most of the main characters have been suspects. Lately, all the signs have been pointing towards Jamie. Even the promos for the finale are about him, so I'm thinking it's probably not him. And Gwen's name has been up in the air too, so her being the murderer would also not be a surprise. But how about Gwen's father, big hotshot politician with a lot to lose?
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I've always suspected the mother for some strange reason.
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I've still got the last 2 episodes on my DVR so I figure I'll just do a marathon viewing sometime Monday night. Or late Sunday if I can stay awake
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I've been watching all of the 2nd season and while I feel it's gotten better since the 1st, it's still been kinda boring. If the upcoming season finale is a bit stupid, I'm inclined to stop watching it (if it's renewed).



The last episode really pointed a lot of fingers at Jamie -- as much as I like twists, I like smart twists -- so with all these clues pointing toward him, it's going to take something very logical for me to accept it if they intend to reveal Jamie wasn't involved.



Also, I hate Mitch Larsen. How dare they make me hate a grieving mother.
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Couldn't agree more on Mitch. She used to be a very sympathetic character, but her arc this season made her come off as nothing but selfish.
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