Brent Sexton - The Killing
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Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched the final episode of AMC's The Killing, read no further.
There were many suspects in the murder of Rosie Larsen during the two seasons of AMC's crime drama The Killing, but in the end, it turned out to be Terry Marek, the party-girl sister of Rosie's mom, Mitch. She sealed the teenager's fate by sending the car in which she was trapped into the lake.
"I started crying because I was so sad for Terry," says Jamie Anne Allman who portrays Marek. "I didn't expect it after episode 12, in which they insinuated that Jamie Wright was the killer. I had no idea at that point."
On the night she died, Larsen had witnessed a meeting between Wright (Eric Ladin), a campaign manager, Wapi Eagle Casino manager Nicole Jackson (Claudia Ferri) and property developer Michael Ames (Barclay Hope). The trio had been conspiring to help Wright's mayoral candidate, Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell), win the election. He noticed her presence on the 10th floor of the casino and confronted her.
After a struggle in which Larsen hit her head, Wright put Larsen in his car and drove her to the woods, where he chased and viciously beat her. He then placed her in the trunk but didn't have the nerve to push the car into the water.
Allman says Marek did it to save her relationship with Ames, who'd been asked by Wright to help dispose of Larsen's body.
Wright was heard telling Ames, "I tried to kill her." But ultimately, says Allman, Marek killed the girl in the trunk and "she didn't even know it was her niece Rosie. Terry is the killer."
With that said, Marek acknowledges Terry wasn't the only person responsible for Larsen's death. "Wright and Marek didn't know each other. They didn't talk to each other. They didn't plan it. Terry went and made a decision at a moment when no one knew what she was going to do. There were two separate acts by two separate people."
Ladin thinks most people will be satisfied with the ending.
"You can't please everyone," he says, "but what it will do is breed conversation, and that's good. That's what they want. It should be satisfying in that it explains what happens to her. And it's also important to think about (the fact) that it's not always clear. It's not always one person with a smoking gun. Often times many things lead to the death of someone. It's not always clean. And that's what we've explored throughout this whole series."
Both seasons of The Killing have been rampant with suspects and red herrings.
Richmond was a suspect, as was his adviser/lover Gwen Eaton (Kristin Lehman). Other possibilities: Larsen family friend Belko Royce (Brendon Sexton III), Rosie's ex-boyfriend Jasper (Richard Harmon), crime boss Janek Kovarsky (Don Thompson), casino manager Jackson and teacher Bennet Ahmed (Brandon Jay McLaren). And then there was Alexi Giffords (Tyler Johnston), a young man whose father was killed by Rosie's dad, Stan (Brent Sexton).
Based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen and set in Seattle, the series premiered in April 2011. Each episode represented a 24-hour period in the investigation of Rosie Larsen's murder.
The story tracked detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) as they plodded through the evidence and attempted to cross suspects off their very long list. The Killing also focused heavily on the grieving that tore apart the Larsen family. Another element was a highly charged mayoral campaign and what, if any, connection it had to Rosie's death.
But The Killing's ending differed radically from that of Forbrydelsen, in which the character Vagn Skaerbaek (The Killing's Belko Royce character), was found to be the killer.
By Carol Memmott