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Everyone seems to be well aware that April 1 marks the return of HBO's Game of Thrones. And while the popular fantasy series is busy asking 'are you House Stark, Lannister or Targaryen,' another April fools return only has one question on its mind. Who killed Rosie Larsen? That's right, The Killing's mystery remains unsolved and the case continues on AMC in less than two weeks. Okay, so maybe people aren't as exciting for the return of the moody and slow burning police procedural as they are about the seeing some dragons and dire wolves but it's about time AMC started advertising the second season of one of the most talked about shows last year.
And while it wasn't always 'talked about' in the best light, The Killing opened to critical acclaim before (oh, so) slowly frustrating most of its viewers and initial defenders into submission, it will be very interesting to see how Veena Sud and the other writers responded to the criticism and where they took the series after its controversial finale. Here are the first two trailers for the return of The Killing and they both seem to stress the same second season message, it's just the beginning.
The trailers quickly address some of the first season finale's hanging questions and conflicts making it seem like Sud and company were listening to complaints regarding the often slow and unrevealing narrative. The spots are mostly framed from the point of view of protagonist Detective Linden (Mireille Enos) and show her realize that her new partner Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman) has been lying to her which lead to the mis-apprehension of Billy Campbell's mayoral candidate Darren Richmond.
Despite the initial disappointment, I rewatched the series since its DVD and Blu release last week (reviewed by Rich) and there is actually a lot to like about the first season of the atmospheric investigation show even if the narrative struggled to stay compelling in the second half. Let's hope the second season fares better and remember, "be careful what you uncover."
The Killing returns with a two hour premiere on Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on AMC. The show is adapted from an award-winning Danish series of the same name (well, Forbrydelsen) and stars Mireille Enos, Billy Campbell, and Joel Kinnaman.