When Season 2 of “The Killing” premieres on Sunday, April 1, detective Sarah Linden will be confronted with a problem much more complex than merely finding the person who killed Rosie Larsen.
As the two-hour episode unfolds, Linden quickly begins to uncover evidence of what appears to be a vast conspiracy at work. Graver still, is the idea that, “Sarah doesn’t know if she has any allies,” says series star Mireille Enos, who was nominated for an Emmy for her performance as the stoic, resolute homicide detective. “There’s nobody in the world she can trust.”
Naturally, chief among those Linden distrusts is her former partner, Holder (Joel Kinnaman), who was last seen getting into the car of a mystery man after doctoring photos which framed Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) for Rosie’s murder.
The motivations behind Holder’s betrayal will become clearer in the premiere. But whether or not Linden can ever have faith in him again is much murkier. “The journey back [for the two of them] is a slow one,” Enos teases. But it’s also a treacherous climb – and one that will test her sanity.
”This season is about pushing everyone to their limits,” says Enos. For Holder, “he feels like the bottom has fallen out on his life.” For Linden, it’s about how far she’s willing to go – and what she’s willing to give up – to get this case solved.
“Everybody connected to this murder thought that it was a no-brainer,” she says. “Because there’s so many people connected, the deeper and deeper that Sarah goes, the more all of those people start fighting for their lives and playing dirty. And then there are ripple effects of that. People’s sense of self preservation takes them down darker and darker roads.”
Dark enough that Linden could lose sight of her own moral compass? “I think that’s one of the questions of the whole season,” says Enos. “How well will Sarah be able to keep her foothold in reality?”
Also in question is how these paths Linden takes will affect her already tenuous relationship with her son Jack (Liam James). “I think Sarah makes choices as a mother which are very complicated,” she says. “I personally don’t always think it’s the best choices. But looking at her options she just tries to make the best choice possible and sometimes she succeeds and sometimes she fails. And the failures definitely continue to put a strain on her relationship with her son.”
Needless to say, Linden won’t be winning any Mother of the Year awards. “I think she loves Jack with her whole heart. But she makes very bad mothering decisions.” More at fault, says Enos, is Sarah’s failure in creating a support system to help take care of Jack. “She’s just so private and independent and stubborn – to a fault. She doesn’t know how to ask for help,” she says. “But also, she keeps thinking, Give me one more day and I’ll be done and then I’ll make better choices. But then the days turn into weeks, and it just becomes a bad situation.”
That bad situation will only get worse before it gets better. “It’s an uphill battle,” Enos says. “This wasn’t just a random murder. And nobody is innocent in this event.”
Preview Season 2:
The two-hour Season 2 premiere of “The Killing” airs on Sunday, April 1 at 8/7c on AMC.