The Killing

10 Worst Episodes of The Killing

The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 02, 2023.

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The Killing - S1E2

#10 - The Cage (Season 1 - Episode 2)

The investigation into Rosie’s killer begins as Sarah and Holder question the missing girl’s parents, Stan and Mitch, as well as Rosie’s friends and City Councilman Richmond. Rosie’s school becomes a potential murder site when Sarah and Holder uncover shocking evidence on campus. Heartbroken and grief-stricken, Mitch and Stan face the aftermath of losing their daughter.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 860 votes.

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#9 - The Good Soldier (Season 4 - Episode 3)


Reddick digs deeper as Linden and Holder struggle to keep their investigation from going cold.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 736 votes.

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#8 - What You Have Left (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Sarah and Holder intensify their investigation on a suspect's family and friends. Gwen and Richmond disagree over strategy for the next debate with the mayor. Meanwhile, Rosie's funeral takes place and Stan concentrates on his own investigation into her death.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 796 votes.

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#7 - Pilot (Season 1 - Episode 1)


On her last day of work, homicide detective Sarah Linden is drawn into a new case about the disappearance of a teenage girl, Rosie Larsen. Mitch and Stan Larsen frantically try to track down their daughter when they learn she did not show up at school. City Councilman Darren Richmond prepares for an important forum with the Mayor as the election nears.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 1160 votes.

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#6 - Stonewalled (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Sarah and Holder evade the FBI and unearth new evidence. Mitch endangers the boys, prompting Stan to take matters into his own hands. Richmond tries to climb back in the race.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 778 votes.

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#5 - Vengeance (Season 1 - Episode 7)


Mitch questions the validity of the police investigation while Richmond has to deal with a negative ad. It's discovered that Rosie was at Bennett's apartment the night she died.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 791 votes.

The Killing - S3E1

#4 - The Jungle (Season 3 - Episode 1)

Sarah makes a grim discovery in regards to her past; Holder catches an unsettling case; Seward shows his true colors.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 880 votes.

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#3 - Blood in the Water (Season 4 - Episode 1)


While covering up Lt. Skinner's sudden disappearance, Linden and Holder are assigned a new case: the brutal murder of an entire family with ties to a military academy.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 821 votes.

The Killing - S1E5

#2 - Super 8 (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Rosie's teacher provides Sarah and Holder with a new piece of evidence. Richmond's campaign team plans a new anti-crime television commercial. Mitch continues to struggle with the loss of her daughter, while Stan becomes more determined to find Rosie's killer, and asks his colleague Belko for help.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 809 votes.

The Killing - S1E11

#1 - Missing (Season 1 - Episode 11)


Sarah and Holder discover more on Rosie, but the investigation gets stalled when they have to set out on a search for Jack.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 791 votes.

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