Forbrydelsen Vs. The Killing: Week Twelve


We’re baaaack!  With AMC’s recent announcement that they’ve rescued The Killing from the land of the cancelled and have decided to push ahead with shooting a brand new third season, we thought it only fair that we should rescue these old posts from our archives as well.

Over the next few weeks we’ll try to get them all back into circulation.  They start off slow, but three or four weeks into it, you’ll see that we get uber obsessed and start jotting down all of the details from both versions, detective style.  

Whether  you’re a newbie watching from the very start, or if you’re a dedicated fan that just needs a refresh, we’re sure that you find these posts valuable.  Enjoy!

The Killing delivered what was possibly the worst finale in TV history, but I for one am thankful it’s all over.  Does AMC really think they can stretch out Rosie Larsen’s murder for multiple seasons without their viewers feeling frustrated and cheated?  This isn’t the wildly wonderful, whacky and weird Twin Peaks we’re talking about, it’s a straight up police procedural.  Let’s move on to the next case already.  On the flip side, I also watched the final two episodes of Forbrydelsen and it delivered one of the best television endings I’ve ever seen.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the original, or you’ve been avoiding it because of how up and down the remake is, do yourself a favor and get a hold of a copy now.  Seriously, stop reading and go do it.  No?  Okay, then settle in, because I’m about to drop a recap on you for the final time.

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Forbrydelsen Vs. The KillingThe Killing: We open in Richmond’s apartment where Linden has just entered a darkened room to discover that it’s Richmond who owns the Orpheus bockmail account.  He shows up and stands in the doorway acting all creepy.  One would think he’d turn on a light, but I guess he doesn’t know where the switch is.  Anyway, Linden tells him that Orpheus is an interesting screen name.  He asks her if she knows the story and she says no.  Well then what made her think it was all interesting and stuff??  Richmond tells her all about Orpheus.  Rather then doing a recap in a recap I’ll instead point you to the Wikipedia entry if you want to learn more about the tale.  Linden’s phone rings and it’s Holder saying that the hooker indentified Richmond as the crazy john who wanted to drown her.  She tells him she’s with the councilman now and asks if he’s coming.  He replies yes.  She clicks the phone shut.  She tells Richmond she’s leaving, but he still acts creepy and stands in the doorway, partially blocking her exit.  She squeezes around him.  Cut to the opening credit sequence.

Forbrydelsen: I think I pretty much spilled the beans on the whole Hartmann (Richmond) is the killer plot line in last week’s recap.  In episode twelve Lund (Linden) does go over to his house when she suspects him of the crime and the two share a pizza dinner together as she attempts to pump him for more information.  Eventually he receives a phone call from Morten (Jamie) that alerts him to the fact that the police are looking at him as a potential suspect and Hartmann (Richmond) promptly confronts Lund (Linden) about her motives and asks her to leave.

The Killing: Holder meets Linden outside Richmond’s building.  He wants to arrest him on the spot, but Linden convinces him that they need a little thing commonly referred to as “concrete evidence” to do so.  She tells him to make sure that a unit keeps eyes on Richmond and to meet her at impound because she wants to take another look at the campaign car that Rosie drowned in.  Cut to impound where the two detectives give the car a once over and discuss possible murder scenarios involving Richmond.  Linden looks at the gas gauge in the car and then asks Holder if the campaign gave them the fuel records.  He replies, yes, that they gave them up immediately.  She tells him to get them.

Forbrydelsen: In episode nine, after it becomes painfully obvious that Rama (Bennet) is not Rosie’s killer Lund (Linden) and Meyer (Holder) go back to investigate the car.  This is where Lund (Linden) makes the discovery about the gas discrepancy which is the first break that leads the detectives to town hall and eventually Hartmann (Richmond) as a person of interest.

Forbrydelsen Vs. The KillingThe Killing: Terry drops Stan off in front of his house after bailing him out of jail.  He’s not sure if he should go inside, but Terry tells him that Mitch and the boys really need him right now.  He thanks her and she drives away.  Stan then looks up and sees Mitch watching him from a second story window.  He hops in his pickup truck and drives away.

Forbrydelsen: In episode ten Theis (Stan) is eventually informed by his defender that he’s free to go.  He finds his own way home.

The Killing: We’re back at impound as Linden and Holder pour over the campaign’s fuel records.  They discover that when the car was checked into the campaign lot on Wednesday the tank was only half full.  It’s nearly full now which means someone must have filled it up.  The detectives smile at one another as they realize they may be able to break Richmond’s alibi of being in Tacoma during Rosie’s murder with a credit card receipt or high quality 1080p surveillance footage from a gas station security camera.  Holder says he’ll get the uniformed officers to do a sweep of all of the gas stations along the murder route and meet Linden at the station later.

Forbrydelsen: At the end of episode nine Lund (Linden) and Meyer (Holder) find the correct security camera footage of the campaign car being filled up.  It wasn’t Hartmann (Richmond) who did the fueling however, but rather a clerk who works at town hall who was covering for him.

The Killing: Cut to the morning of day thirteen.  We find Stan awakening from a night of sleeping in his truck at the cemetery.  He gets out of the vehicle to stretch and thankfully the camera cuts away before he takes a leak.  We’re now in Rosie’s bedroom where Mitch is looking at some old photo albums and journals that belonged to her as a child.  Her father walks in and tells her that he was the one who gave them to Rosie and that the two girls were so much alike.  According to Mitch’s journal, she had dreams of travelling Europe, but she never quite got there.

Forbrydelsen: Pernille’s (Mitch) parents are in the picture, but there’s no comparison of Pernille (Mitch) to Nanna (Rosie).  At one point Pernille’s (Mitch) mother answers the phone and starts talking to noisy reporters.  Pernille (Mitch) has to physically take the phone from her and hang it up.  The mother just doesn’t get why it’s bad to answer questions for the newspaper.

Forbrydelsen Vs. The KillingThe Killing: Linden and Holder are back at headquarters.  So far both the gas station cameras and tracking down the missing hooker are a bust.  Holder suddenly bursts out, “Man, this math ain’t addin’ up!”  According the paperwork provided by the campaign and car’s odometer, whoever drove the car went one hundred and twenty miles, but the trip to the crime scene and back should only be twenty.  The two wonder where he drove to and conclude that rather than take the ferry back across with Rosie in his trunk, Richmond must have headed north across Desolation Bridge.  Seriously, how hard would it be to use real locations, and if you must make something up, couldn’t you at least make it sound like it could be real?  Anyway, the detectives conclude that driving north and taking the long way back to the park where Rosie was murdered would account for the extra one hundred miles on the odometer.  The two detectives realize there’s a toll booth on the bridge and decide to requisition the blue ray footage from the security cameras.

Forbrydelsen: Nope. There are no casino, or toll bridge, or mileage discrepancies to speak of.  Much like Desolation Bridge, the writers of the American version made these pieces up all on their own.

The Killing: Cut to Richmond celebrating the public reopening of the Seattle All-Stars program.  The press asks him about the rumors circulating about his alleged affairs which he deflects.  Apparently Mayor Adams gave Gwen the stack of photos five minutes before the newspapers got them, because it’s less than twenty-four hours later and the story is front page news.  Jamie screams “Let’s play some hoops!”  Richmond finds Gwen and asks her where she was last night.  She says they should focus on the campaign.  He tells her that he was in a bad way after Lilly died and it wasn’t healthy to have so many affairs, but that it all stopped when he met her.  She tells him to go play basketball.

Forbrydelsen: Hartmann’s (Richmond) similar social program is shut down by Mayor Paol Bremer (Leslie Adams) after Rama (Bennet), who is heavily involved with the program, is accused of the murder.  Hartmann’s (Richmond) affairs, while investigated by the detectives, never become public knowledge.

Forbrydelsen Vs. The KillingThe Killing: Linden has a useless conversation with Lt. Oakes and then takes a phone call which turns out to be Jack.  Apparently he’s with his dad now.  You know, the guy that yesterday afternoon she threatened to file kidnapping charges against if he ever went near her son again.  Time heals all wounds I guess.  Holder slaps a copy of the Seattle Daily Record from October 20th, 2910 on Linden’s desk. Whoa, slow down there future boy!  On the front page is the breaking story about Richmond’s alleged mistresses.  The two detectives then travel to the playground where they track down a woman named Meg who doesn’t want to speak with them.  They apply pressure by telling her that they’ll spill the beans to her husband who is off in the distance looking happy, pushing a swing with his child in it.  She then starts talking.  Apparently her husband can’t read or recognize pictures?  It’s all over the newspapers!  What good is threatening to expose an already exposed relationship going to do?  It does a lot for Linden and Holder for some reason.  Meg admits to sleeping with Richmond, but says that whatever it is they think he’s done they must be wrong.  She tells them she broke off the affair because it was too painful to stay with someone who was carrying so much grief.  Cut to commercial.

Forbrydelsen: In episode eleven the detectives track down one of Faust’s (Orpheus) former lovers.  She is resistant to speak at first because she is married, but eventually comes around.  She is the one who tells them that Faust (Orpheus) is Hartmann (Richmond).  She credits him for saving her marriage because after a very short period of time he broke off their relationship.

The Killing: Stan goes to the hospital where he sees a badly beaten Bennet on life support. Out in the hallway, Stan runs into Bennet’s wife Amber and he helps her retrieve a candy bar from the bottom of a machine.  Apparently Amber doesn’t recognize Stan from the news reports or court hearing stemming from THE BEATING OF HER HUSBAND!  The two have a conversation about children and when asked how many he has, Stan replies three.  Meanwhile, Mitch goes to the beach where she sees her sister and mother flying kites with her two young sons.  They’re having way too much fun without her so she leaves.

Forbrydelsen: In episode nine Theis (Stan) goes to visit a recovering Rama (Bennet) in the hospital to thank him and to ask him why he decided not to press charges.  Rama (Bennet) apologizes and tells Theis (Stan) that he wasn’t exactly honest with him from the start and that he was as much to blame for what happened as Theis (Stan) was.

Forbrydelsen Vs. The KillingThe Killing: Linden and Holder start recanvasing the gas stations on their own after the uniforms turn up nothing, but have  little success.  Linden asks Holder what’s going on with the toll booth footage.  He replies that he’s left several messages, but after the wiretapping incident the district attorney isn’t exactly happy with him.  Linden gives Holder her badge number and tells him to run the request again using her information.  Holder suddenly blurts out, “The math ain’t addin’ up!” and the two discover there may be another gas station which wasn’t on their initial canvas list that could be worth checking out.  I’d attempt to describe Holder’s logic here in choosing the station, but it would be like a dog wearing a hat.  Off our heroes go.  “Yo, trust me Linden, I got this.” Says Holder as they pull away.

Forbrydelsen: Nope.  Thankfully this ridiculousness and the even more absurd bit that follows it are absent from the original show.

The Killing: Gwen arrives at campaign headquarters to find Meg in Darren’s office.  Anyone could be Orpheus with security like this!  The two have a useless conversation and Meg tells Gwen that the police questioned her.  Gwen tells Meg to leave.  Meg tells Gwen that no one can complete with a dead woman.

Forbrydelsen: None of Hartmann’s (Richmond) ex-lovers have a conversation with Rie (Gwen).

Forbrydelsen Vs. The KillingThe Killing: Linden and Holder arrive at the gas station and question the older gentlemen working there who also happened to be working on the night in question.  It turns out the station doesn’t have cameras, but the man heard a girl scream early on Friday morning and then saw a black sedan (presumably the campaign car) speed off.  He tells the detectives that he was in the back of the garage when he heard the scream and that he didn’t report it to the police because the man left money for the gas in the payment box.  Linden realizes that the scream could have come from behind the garage so she goes out back to investigate and finds a giant hole in a fence leading out into the woods.  The detectives now believe that Rosie fled the car and ran three miles north of the gas station, through the woods, to Discovery Park where she was murdered.  Are we seriously supposed to believe that Rosie was so dumb that she wouldn’t circle back to the gas station to see if anyone was working (presumably the old man had at least one light on) or to check for a phone?  Yeah, it makes much more sense that she’d run three miles in pitch black darkness through the woods with no idea where she’s going only to be found once again by the killer with ungodly luck and an awesome sense of direction.  Cut to commercial.

Forbrydelsen: Nope, this show doesn’t treat its audience like they’re a pack of drooling idiots.  There’s no escape from the gas station for Nanna (Rosie).

Forbrydelsen Vs. The KillingThe Killing: Linden and Holder get a team of fourteen policemen, a helicopter, and one dog to canvas the area behind the gas station for clues.  The two theorize that she was wounded and scared and ran through the woods.  Linden finds a fire road and moves the search team over to it.  Thwarted by daylight, the team can’t find any substantial clues until well after dark.  Searching with flashlights they find what looks like one of Rosie’s shoes.  Linden freaks out and starts babbling about how if Rosie had just turned the other way she would have come upon lights and would have made it.  Yeah right, how about if instead of running three miles through the woods in the pitch black she just went back to the gas station?

Forbrydelsen: no. No. NO.  Nanna (Rosie) wasn’t this stupid.

The Killing: Gwen and Jamie have a heart-to-heart.  Gwen tells him she’s going home to take a bath.  Terry confronts Belko as he’s packing his belongings and asks him to stay, telling him that he’s family and that they need him right now.  Belko tells her there’s no family left.  Richmond and Jamie meet and Jamie asks him if he has any skeletons in his closet that he needs to be aware of.  Richmond responds in the negative and tells Jamie to relax.  Stan visits the house he bought with the money he stole from his business and family.

Forbrydelsen: Nope.

Forbrydelsen Vs. The KillingThe Killing: Later that same night Linden, much like Meg before her, simply walks directly into Richmond’s office.  Did I mention that with security like this anyone could be Orpheus?  The two have a heated exchange in which Linden accuses him of the murder and mentions his wife.  Uma Thurman is standing off in the distance and hears the whole exchange.  Oh wait, no, it’s just a shocked and horrified Gwen.  Cut to commercial.

Forbrydelsen: Nope.  Lund (Linden) isn’t stupid enough to let her emotions get to her in such an outward way that would jeopardize the investigation.  She’s deeply dedicated to solving the crime first and foremost.  The case does take its toll on her, but she doesn’t react in such a hostile way towards potential suspects.

The Killing: Out in the parking garage Linden and Gwen have a conversation in which Gwen reveals that Darren was not in Tacoma on the night of the murder.  On that day he got out of bed with her and returned well after dark, soaking wet, as if he was in the water.  Cut the guy some slack, he was probably just submerging a time capsule.  Gwen gives Linden the DVD containing the footage of Rosie and Richmond meeting at a campaign rally six months ago.  Linden shows it to Oakes and Oakes says they still have no concrete proof.  Holder busts in the door and says “The math ain’t addin’ up!”  Okay, he didn’t this time.  Instead he produces a 999 gigapixel picture of Richmond taken at 3am on Saturday morning by the Desolation Bridge security cameras.  Armed with solid evidence the detectives make their way to a political rally being held by Richmond and arrest him.  Jamie says “This is a joke,” But no one laughs.  There is a lot of cheering in the background though.  Back at headquarters Richmond is fingerprinted and Linden tells Holder that he’s a good cop.  Holder tells her to get out of there.  She complies.

Forbrydelsen: It’s Meyer (Holder) who questions Rie (Gwen) at police headquarters and gets her to break Hartmann’s (Richmond) weekend alibi in episode eleven.  This leads to Lund (Linden) having the previously mentioned dinner with Hartmann (Richmond) at his home.

The Killing: In the kitchen of the Larsen home Mitch tells Stan she’s leaving while very loud crickets chirp in the background.  Close the window Stan, I can barely hear you guys!  After Mitch leaves Terry stops by and looks super psyched when Stan tells her that she’s left.

Forbrydelsen: Yeah right.

Forbrydelsen Vs. The KillingThe Killing: Belko, unhappy with the minimal damage his fist did to the rock he attempted to beat up instead of Bennet decides to arm himself with a gun and shoot Richmond.  The episode ends very Ruby/Oswald like, but cuts off before we hear an actual gunshot.

Forbrydelsen: Someone smears some red paint, meant to symbolize blood, on Hartmann’s (Richmond) clothing just before a political debate in episode thirteen, but no one tries to murder him.

The Killing: With the case closed, Linden and Jack board a plane for Sonoma.  Just before take off Linden receives a phone call about her requisition for the security camera footage from Desolation Bridge and it turns out those cameras haven’t worked for a very long time.  It looks as though Holder planted evidence!  This is confirmed as we see him get in the passenger side of a car, but we can’t see who is driving.  Holder says “The photo worked.  He’s going down.”  Even though we can’t see him, we all know that it’s Jack’s father who is driving the car.  Why?  Because it makes no sense at all and therefore would help drag the show out even longer.  Cue the music for the last time this season.  Cut to the montage.  We’re out.

Forbrydelsen: I don’t want to spoil Meyer’s (Holder) character development.  I will say only that he starts out as a questionable fellow, but by the end he’s a guy you’re rooting for.  As far as Lund (Linden) goes, she’s on a plane WAY earlier in Forbrydelsen.  Check the recap of week six for all the details.

That’s it!  What did you think of the finale?  Did the math add up or did this episode leave you feeling as cold as Rosie’s dead body?

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Aaron Westerman is the Manager of Web Architecture for a national human services organization. When he's not busy tearing sites apart and rebuilding them, he spends his ever shrinking free time trying to keep up with his twins, reading works of translated literature, and watching far too many Oscar nominated movies.