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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
    91
    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
    80
    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
    67
    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
    42
    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
    40
    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
    40
    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: 14 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Aug 2, 2014
    10
    Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman return for a fourth and final season, and their work in these 6 episodes is undoubtedly their best yet. TheMireille 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
  2. Aug 10, 2014
    10
    The fourth season is the best season of this show. It was so gripping I watched all 6 episodes in a row. As someone here said it's mysteryThe fourth season is the best season of this show. It was so gripping I watched all 6 episodes in a row. As someone here said it's mystery drama at its finest! Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2014
    10
    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 complimentsI 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
  4. Aug 3, 2014
    8
    I found the condensed story-line riveting. The main problem with The Killing was the deliberate stretching of the cases. The Rosie Larsen caseI found the condensed story-line riveting. The main problem with The Killing was the deliberate stretching of the cases. The Rosie Larsen case was infamously stretched throughout two seasons, and the Seward case for illogical 13 episodes. This time the story unfolds in six episodes, and the pace is realistic and logical.

    The performances and the atmosphere were mesmerizing as well. The only problem I got was the side-story involving Linden and Holder trying to cover up Skinner's murder. Reddick's investigation seemed silly, the constant emphasis on that blue ring, and the overall illogical plotting that stems from the last season were terrible.

    This show was always more of a psychological study of Linden (and Holder), alongside the people involved in the case, not so much of a whodunit. If it was bold enough and stayed away from shocking endings (like Skinner being last season's killer) and instead focused on emotional story-lines such as Seward's hanging, it would have reached heights none other show ever reached. I am sad to see it go, I am truly grieving...

    I want to hug Linden and help her, and this season has given me some of it.
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  5. Aug 4, 2014
    8
    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 theSeason 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.
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  6. Sep 25, 2014
    6
    I have to admit that I got sucked into this show because of its premise, not because of its quality. The show has been declining over time asI have to admit that I got sucked into this show because of its premise, not because of its quality. The show has been declining over time as it seems to make less and less sense. They are guilty of the typical problem in most horror films, that is, the characters do stupid things so that the story can progress. Plus there are gaping logical errors in the overall story, and the mechanics of how the zombies are supposed to work. I am very attached to the characters and will watch to see what happens, but this is no Breaking Bad or Mad Men. They should have taken inspiration from 28 Days Later and made the zombies fast, dangerous and simple. And focused on making the characters and their dialog more deep and realistic. Expand
  7. Aug 11, 2014
    0
    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 theI 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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