At the same time, past viewers of The Killing should know the show has undergone some noticeable tweaking.
Its original format — drawn from the original Danish series that inspired it — called for tracking 12 consecutive days of the investigation, with each episode covering each successive day. That structure has been scrapped.
Another change: The mystery, though it will surely reach in unexpected directions, doesn’t seem likely to swamp the entire Seattle community, as the Rosie Larsen case did. (The mystery of who killed Rosie shed suspicion on at least two dozen characters, including a popular candidate for mayor.) And most of the sizable original cast, which played characters tied intrinsically to the Larsen case, is unsurprisingly gone. In the premiere, the only hold-overs are Annie Corley as Linden’s friend Regi and Liam James as her teenage son, who make brief appearances.
The gloomy mood that prevailed for the first two seasons has been lifted, if ever so slightly. The show’s palette seems a teensy bit brighter. And the rain that seemed to soak every scene so atmospherically before has been scaled back. Indeed, the premiere is one-third over before the action is pounded by a full-out thunderstorm.
One final note: To avert a repeat of the misunderstanding when season 1 ended not with the awaited Big Reveal, but instead a cliffhanger that had viewers howling, the show pledges to solve this new case by the season’s 12th and final episode.
Between now and then, the more The Killing keeps Holder and Linden in the picture and in the same frame — grasping for the truth and pushing each other’s buttons — the more fun this never-say-die show is likely to be.