The Killing Review: Hope Kills (Season 3, Episode 7)


Holder is a phenomenal character, but he’s just a bit too passionate about his job, which is one of the many traits he shares with Linden. His obsession grows to a whole new level in Hope Kills, as he starts pointing fingers without any solid evidence. Not only is his hunch wrong, but he’s attempting to get results the wrong way. When he shoves a fellow cop into a wall, you can tell he’s out of control and slowly turning into his former partner. Linden recognizes this erratic behavior, and advises him to take it down a notch. Yeah, like that’s going to happen.

Oh, and Linden may or may not be rekindling her relationship with Skinner soon, even though he’s married, and her superior. The attraction between them is undeniable, but seriously, is it really the time to start courting each other? Right in the middle of an investigation? In Skinner’s office, no less? But we know this is definitely not the same Linden who tirelessly worked on the Rosie Larsen case. Perhaps this time she’s doing a finer police work due to the fact that she barely has any personal issues to take care of, therefore I sincerely hope that’s done for. An ex-boyfriend of hers demands answers about their seemingly abrupt break-up, but she swiftly tells him off.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — Amy Seimetz is another marvelous addition to the cast. Neglectful mother Danette Leeds continues the search for her daughter, but to no avail. It’s still unbelievable how long it took for her to become preoccupied with her daughter’s disappearance, but we still root for her all the way. I’ve a hunch that she’s the one who will eventually find Kallie, whether’s she’s dead or alive. Lyric also made an appearance at Pastor Mike’s house, and subsequently went missing, which is the first time the character has been relevant to the overall story.

All in all, it was a decent episode. Not the season’s best, but definitely in the top half. What did you think about Hope Kills? How do you expect the rest of The Killing‘s third season will pan out? Please let us know in the comments below.