The Killing centers on the murder of Seattle teenager Rosie Larsen, and how the mysterious circumstances around her death affect the community at large, the two detectives working the case, Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), and the broken Larsen family. The show sets up a number of intriguing suspects, all of whom may have motive, opportunity, or just may seem suspicious enough to have committed this heinous act. I was thoroughly compelled throughout the first season, as well as the Season 2 premiere, and I asked Mireille Enos if she has the same kind of reaction when reading the script for each episode, as fans do while watching the show.
"Absolutely. We're riveted, we can't wait. We're really annoying, sending (series creator) Veena (Sud) texts saying, 'When does Episode 12 come out?' She's like, 'Give me a minute. I'm writing as fast as I can.' I had been told that in Episode 10 there was neat information that was going to be revealed for Sarah, so around Episode 7 I was like, 'So, when is 10 going to be ready? Can I read the next three, please?'"
While there are things I can't/shouldn't/won't spoil that are revealed in this Season 2 premiere, I will say that Sarah doesn't trust anyone anymore, not even her fellow cops.
"The second season is fierce. A lot of Season 2 is about stripping away Sarah's sense of comfort, the little comfort she has, and asking the question, 'How far will she go, against how many obstacles will she battle?' Putting an enemy figure in the police force, was really important."
As you could likely surmise from the Season 1 finale, Sarah and Holder don't exactly start out Season 2 on the best of terms.
"You definitely watch them go on a roller-coaster to get back to trust. It's not an easy road. Nothing is easy on this show!"
Speaking of Holder, I got to speak with Joel Kinnaman as well, who talked about the dynamic of having practically every character on the show as a suspect.
"It plants a lot of different seeds of grey zones in every person's morale. I really like that, because that's something that life has. Life takes place in the grey zone, not in the black and white. That's one of my favorite things about this show, and one of the things that makes me most proud of it, that it takes place in the grey zone. It forces the viewer, themselves, to take a moral stand. Do I like this person? Do I not? Can I accept these actions. I think it's important to tell stories in that manner."
Holder's back story and the coarse relationship with his family was touched upon slightly in Season 1, but we get much more in Season 2, when we get to meet his sister and her son.
"We are going to meet his family, Liz and Davy, his sister and nephew. They turn out to be spitting images of Sarah and (her son) Jack (Liam James), so we understand his infatuation with Sarah and Jack. That's his image of a family. He hasn't been allowed to meet his real family, because of his addiction problems, so we really see that Jack and Sarah, in Holder's world, became sort of a substitution for that."
As Mireille Enos said earlier, there is a new, "enemy figure" at the police station this season, and while I don't think I should reveal who that is, or who is playing him, expect some memorable scenes between this new character and Holder this season.
"There is some head-butting, and it takes a couple of very interesting turns. They have a couple of big scenes."
Series creator Veena Sud elaborated more on the morality of The Killing, and how it accurately reflects real life.
"The overall operation of The Killing is everyone is black and white, everyone is good at some times, and everyone is bad at some times. You never know. It's better to show the depth of human nature, instead of definitely good or definitely bad."
Brent Sexton, who plays Rosie's father Stan Larsen, told me on the red carpet that Stan just needs some closure, which may come through the law... or other means.
"Stan wants resolution, whatever the guy can do. He tries to do it legally, but then, are they really helping him or not? The guy just wants resolution, and sometimes you make bad choices."
Jamie Anne Allman plays Terri, the sister of Michelle Forbes' Mitch Larsen and aunt of the deceased Rosie Larsen. Without giving too much away, this Season 2 premiere gives us a few hints about Terri's past, and Jamie Anne Allman told me we'd learn a lot more about her character by season's end.
"Yeah, you're going to find out more about her relationship with Michael Ames (Barclay Hope), the guy from the funeral that gave her that crystal, and how she deals with heartbreak, in the midst of being put under a lot of pressure. She basically has to take on the mother role, and she crosses a lot of lines and boundaries to be able to deal with those things."
Viewers of my favorite show of all time, The Shield, may remember Jamie Anne Allman as the drug-addled prostitute Connie Riesler from the first two seasons. I had to bring up the show, much to her delight ("I'm so glad you're bringing up The Shield!!"), and I asked her if the experiences on each show is comparable at all.
"No, because Terri, I feel, is very vulnerable, but she covers up what she's going through with humor, and tries to be funny, even though she's not, sometimes. Connie wasn't like that. She didn't cover anything up at all. She was just there, and what you see is what you get."
Kristin Lehman's Gwen Eaton, Darren Richmond's lover and campaign adviser, is really not in the best of places at the end of this two-hour episode. I asked her, simply, if it gets better for Gwen.
"That is such a good question, because I kept asking our producers. I would get on the phone and say, 'Could you tell me there's hope for her?' Yes, it does get better, but it's slow and painful."
That about wraps it up from the red carpet premiere of The Killing, which kicks off Season 2 Sunday, April 1 at 8 PM ET on AMC with the two-hour premiere Episode 2.01: Reflections and Episode 4.02: My Lucky Day.
The Killing episode 2.1, "Reflections" stars Mireille Enos, Billy Campbell, Joel Kinnaman, Michelle Forbes, Brent Sexton, Kristin Lehman, Eric Ladin, Brendan Sexton III and is directed by Agnieszka Holland.