The very end of last season brought us Holder in cahoots with corrupt forces to nab Richmond as Rosie's killer, via a doctored photograph. Holder is sure that Richmond is the killer, and just wants to move the process along and Linden out of town by closing the case. Linden's on a plane waiting to take off, and gets a call that the photograph was taken when the cameras on the bridge were down. And Richmond, before the police have a chance to arrest him, gets shot by Belko.
This season begins with Linden and Jack leaving the plane - she knows the photo's fake, and is determined to find a real solution to the case - only to learn on a television screen at the airport that Richmond was shot. Jack thinks he was killed, but he's still alive, barely. Holder's in a car with Lt. Gil Sloane (the shady cop in someone's pocket who's working to frame Richmond), when Holder gets a call about Richmond's shooting. Gil could care less.
But Holder cares, and these first two hours tell the fascinating, painful story of Holder starting to move from the dark side back to the honest light of finding Rosie's killer. The real killer, or someone in contact with him (or her), leaves Rosie's bag in front of the Larson home. Holder brings it in for analysis, finds his boss Lt. Oakes' approach suspicious - Oakes doesn't want the bag assigned to the usual forensics man - and Holder gives Stu (Oakes' forensics guy) a bogus bag for analysis. When the report comes back with Rosie's prints, Holder has his proof that his department is up to no good on this. It will be a while before Linden can in any way trust and work with him again, but the wheels are in motion for Holder's redemption.
Linden, for her part, finally finds where Richmond was after he left Gwen on the night of Rosie's murder - he was trying to commit suicide in the water. He didn't succeed, decided to live, but didn't want word to get out about this, lest it ruin his campaign (who's going to vote for someone who tried to commit suicide?). We find out now, in the hospital, that he'll live, but he'll be paralyzed for life. Seeking office from a wheelchair could actually make him a more appealing candidate. If he decides to continue the campaign, he'll have the loyal and brilliant Jamie Wright at his side, who puts in another heroic performance tonight.
And so the second season is off and running - even better, I'd say, then the first season at this point - with screws turning and daggers flying in all kinds of directions.
See also The Killing on AMC and The Killing 1.3: Early Suspects ... The Killing 1.5: Memorable Moments ... The Killing 1.6: The Teacher ... The Killing 1.8: The Teacher, Again ... The Killing 1.9: The Teacher as Victim, Again ... The Killing 1.10: Running Out of Suspects ... The Killing 1.11: Rosie's Missing - from the Story ... The Killing 1.12: Is Orpheus the Killer? ... The Killing 1.13: Stretching Television
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