Originally Posted by Don S
What makes The Killing good IMO is not just the mystery, but the character development. I find the characters to be quite interesting - though not particularly pleasant (no one I would want to hang around). The detectives, the Larson family, etc, all of them are interesting and have been developed nicely over the season + ..
I'm sure this show not for everyone, and yes, the pace is very slow. Not much happens in some shows as some posters have pointed out. All true. But I definitely did not watch the show just to find out "who did it?" even after 1 full season. Would I have liked the show any more if they told us the killer already? No actually. I can watch CSI or the dozen other "who done it" shows if all I want is to guess a killer.
While I agree the case - and the killer - are still the core of the show, what makes it good for me is not that at all, but the characters. Unlikable as they are....
I totally agree with this.
During the hiatus I watched the Danish version (both seasons, two different stories). Without getting into spoiler territory, I am curious about something (which I brought up previously): season 1 of the Danish version was something like 22 episodes shown in two parts over the course of a year, with the killer revealed at the very end.
So I'm wondering if that was AMC's and Sud's plan all along, i.e. to mirror the Danish series, so that what was considered one season there is two here. But given the fact the interval between the two halves was much longer here, I can see why AMC would tease it's audience with the possibility of a reveal at the end of season 1. Unfortunately they apparently shot themselves in the foot doing so. ;-)