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  • Summary: The final season of the police drama finds Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) still recovering from what happened at the end of season three as they begin investigating the murder of family connected to a military academy.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Aug 1, 2014
    It took a circuitous route, with two cancellations and a move to Netflix, but it sticks the landing with this affecting, impressive final season.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Aug 1, 2014
    It has woven well-crafted murder dramas and, beyond that, given us wonderfully complex lead characters who go way beyond the light banter, gruff exterior and “will they/won’t they” tease of most TV cop teams.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 6, 2014
    The Killing still has some pulling power, even if the initial thrill of Season 1 is long since gone.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Aug 15, 2014
    Season 4 was a mess well before it got to the parts designed to wrap up the series for good.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 28, 2014
    Despite flashes of what initially made the Danish adaptation so intriguing, this stretch drive can’t escape the feeling of a show ready to be put out of its misery.
  6. Reviewed by: Sarah Huggins
    Aug 1, 2014
    The Season 4 struggle starts somewhat intriguing, but gets repetitive quick.
  7. 40
    The show's not horrible, like the seemingly indestructible Walking Dead, but I wish it had amounted to more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Aug 2, 2014
    I only have to say that The Killing is a great series. I enjoy very much watching Linden and Holder as partners, and Joan Allen compliments them perfectly as part of the cast. I just finished the 3 episode and I think it has been a very good season. It's a shame that it is the last one. I think it could have been longer than 6 episodes...or can we have another season maybe? a movie? please? Expand
  2. Aug 3, 2014
    I absolutely love this show, I have watched from the beginning. I love the way it ended, I am not going to spoil it for anyone, but THANK YOU Veena Sud! It would have love to see the Kiss which I know they filmed. But I am satisfied anyway. I am going to miss this show very much. Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2014
    Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman return for a fourth and final season, and their work in these 6 episodes is undoubtedly their best yet. The supporting cast, Joan Allen and Tyler Ross churn out fine performances as well. As a season, separate from the rest of the series--Season 4 is a solid mystery-drama. As a conclusion to the series as a whole--it's astounding. Expand
  4. Aug 1, 2014
    After 2 cancellations and 2 revivals, The Killing is finally over and it ended on a high note. The season was really good and I'm glad it ended this way. The 2 story lines match perfectly and both are extremely compelling. The acting is again top notch and the story really flows well. The season was intense and chilling just like season 3. I really thought six episodes were too few and there was too much story to tell in that given time, but I was wrong. With only 6 episodes, there is no filler and it worked well. The story did not fell rushed and the series ended great. It is the ending we all wanted. Thank God Netflix saved the show for one more season. We deserved a real ending to the show and Netflix delivered that. Overall The Killing was a really good show that got better as it went along. Expand
  5. Aug 10, 2014
    Great and decent ending! Well done folks. The show may have been a little slow at some points, Linden may have been to much whining at some points, but the ending was good and the showrunners decent enough to give the character at the end some silver lining. Expand
  6. Aug 4, 2014
    Season 4 is worth watching but not as good as the other seasons. FYI you cannot watch season 4 until you watch season 3. A big part of the plot derives directly from season 3 so you won't get what's going on unless you watch season 3 first. Though the best seasons are 1 and 2, which together comprise a single story.

    There are a lot of reasons season 4 isn't as good as prior seasons. The main reason is that the detectives do not piece together clues and finally figure out who did it. The whole solution depends upon a kid who has amnesia and at the very end remembers what happened, conveniently. That is one of the worst kinds of plots there is. Right up there with the main character waking up at the end to discover everything has been a dream (as in that season of the original Dallas where the 'dead' Bobby Ewing suddenly appears in the shower).

    But the story is good despite this major flaw, largely because of the secondary plot the is the fallout from season 3, and ultimately because season 4 ends realistically and well. I was really worried there for awhile, but the part of the story that was following up on season 3 ended just as it would have in real life.
  7. Aug 11, 2014
    I thought it was as so-so as the previous season. The final episode poorly wraps up a once promising story line in a disappointing way and the series itself ends on a rather disappointing low note. Shame to see a great premise get wasted on something so poorly executed. Expand

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