The Killing (season 4)

The fourth and final season of the American crime drama television series The Killing Consists of six episodes and it Was released Netflix on August 1, 2014. [1] Netflix picked up the series after-It was Canceled by AMC in 2013.


The season features detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder handling the fallout of their actions from the previous season while investigating the murder of a survivor is a member of an all-boys military academy. [2] [3]


Main cast

  • Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden
  • Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder
  • Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick
  • Tyler Ross as Kyle Stansbury, a member of the all-boys military academy and survivor of a massacre
  • Sterling Beaumon as Lincoln Knopf
  • Levi Meaden as AJ Fielding
  • Liam James as Jack Linden, Sarah’s Sound
  • Amy Seimetz as Danette Leeds
  • Billy Campbell as Darren Richmond

Special guest star

  • Joan Allen as Colonel Margaret Rayne, headmaster of the all-boys military academy

Guest stars

  • Jewel Staite as Caroline Swift, Holder’s girlfriend and District Attorney
  • Frances Fisher as Gena Geddes, Sarah’s mother
  • Annie Corley as Regi Darnell, Sarah’s social worker and mother figure
  • Marin Ireland as Liz Holder, Stephen’s sister
  • Patti Smith as Female Doctor


See also: List of The Killing episodes
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title Directed by Written by Original release date Prod. 
39 1 “Blood in the Water” Nicole Kassell Veena South August 1, 2014 BDH401
Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder James Skinner, the serial killer who was also their boss and her lover. Holder plans a cover-up – he links to Carl Reddick about their whereabouts at the time; She tells Adrian Seward that Joe Mills killed his mother. While Reddick must officially close the serial killer box, Holder and Linden investigate the murders of the Stansbury family and a survivor, Kyle, his suspected murder victim. Holder and Linden question Colonel Margaret Rayne, the superintendent of Kyle’s military academy, who believes Kyle is incapable of violence. It also revealed that Holder’s girlfriend, District Attorney Caroline Swift, is pregnant.
40 2 “Unraveling” Lodge Kerrigan Dan Nowak August 1, 2014 BDH402
Linden becomes more unnerved when she learns that Kyle was shot in the same position as was Skinner when she shot Skinner. At the academy, Kyle is bullied by Lincoln Knopf and others. When the detectives question Kyle about his sister, Phoebe, he says she was an exhibitionist, and he had told his parents. Phoebe had punished Kyle for this by cutting his piano wires. Linden, knowing about family dysfunction, believes Kyle; Holder holds him accountable for the murders. Holder and Linden learn about fingerprints in the Stansbury house belonging to Katrina Nelson, who had assaulted the father. They seek to question Kyle about her but are stopped by Rayne, who threatens Linden with a formal complaint. Later, Katrina tells Kyle that his family “got what they deserved”. When Reddick questions Linden about Skinner, She admits they had an affair but he asked Skinner about anything more. She then stakes out the Skinner house, watching his daughter, Bethany, who still unknowingly has a ring from one of the victims.
41 3 “The Good Soldier” Ed Bianchi Nicole Yorkin & Dawn Prestwich August 1, 2014 BDH403
Linden’s slipping sanity forces her to suggest to Holder that they turn themselves into. He mentions Caroline’s pregnancy as he will never lose and suggests Linden move on. When Knopf tells Rayne about Katrina’s visit to Kyle, Rayne tries to get Linden involved. Linden then questions Katrina, who gives more insight on the Stansburys and admits to staying in the family house the night of the murders. Linden then takes Kyle back to the family home to jog her memory of what happened. He admits to hating his father enough to kill him but does not confess to anything. The detectives discover Kyle’s mother, Linda, had been fired from her teaching job for having an affair with Knopf. Holder becomes unnerved when Reddick learns he skinner’s wife about the lake house. Reddick even calls him and Linden in when Bethany receives a text from her father. Holder knows Linden still has Skinner’s phone. Nearly He confess to the group At His Narcotics Anonymous meeting, Where Reddick HAS informing year. Linden goes to the lake to dump the phone, as Skinner’s wife watches nearby.
42 4 “Dream Baby Dream” Gregory Middleton Sean Whitesell August 1, 2014 BDH404
The detectives question Knopf, who admits to having a gun at his parents’ house. However, Holder gets so rude with the mother that she threatens to file a report. Linden asks Holder if he is abusing drugs. At the academy, Kyle must bear a form of initiation from Knopf and his superior, AJ Fielding. At home, Linden finds that her social worker and mother figure, Regi Darnell, has cooked dinner, although Linden planned to cook for her son, Jack. Feeling out of control, Linden argues with Regi. Holder later apologizes to Linden. They question Kyle about an injury his mother once received. He replies he broke her wrist when she wanted to become sexual with him. Rayne breaks up the questioning, and the detectives spotted a car that had the Stansbury frequented home and was up the road from it on the murders; The car belongs to Rayne. Kyle keeps finding his home with Xs drawn on it and gun. A note is attached, telling him to “Finish what [he] started.” Reddick gathers all the clues that lead him to the lake. Holder calls Linden to also get her there. Red bags containing bodies, and Skinner’s car, are being pulled from the lake.
43 5 “Truth Asunder” Coky Giedroyc Dan Nowak August 1, 2014 BDH405
As Skinner’s body is being looked over, Linden, believing Reddick only has circumstantial evidence , coaches Holder to stay strong and on the same page as her. Holder then sees Kallie Leeds’ body in the morgue. Reddick offers her theory to Linden, to which she says he has not arrested her yet. Holder confessed at the NA meeting. At the academy, Knopf tells Kyle to search Fielding’s room. There, he finds a map similar to those being left for him. Rayne gives her alibi for the night of the murders, and Linden talks with her about the deaths of a man and his son that led to Rayne’s military discharge. Linden visits her mother to ask if she should take care of Jack should something happen to her. They reminisce about Linden ‘ S childhood before she was placed in foster care and achieved a form of reconciliation. Linden then sends Jack on an airplane to live with his father. Reddick offers Holder a deal, by saying Linden was spotted at the lake, which led to the dredging. At the academy, Kyle notices similarities for Family Day preparations with the murders. He mentions this to Knopf, who, in turn, tells Fielding at Rayne’s house. The three plot to learn all that Kyle remembers. The cadets try to bully Kyle, but he wants to get help from Rayne. Seeing that she could be a part of it, he flees again, while being shot by the cadets. At the academy, Kyle notices similarities for Family Day preparations with the murders. He mentions this to Knopf, who, in turn, tells Fielding at Rayne’s house. The three plot to learn all that Kyle remembers. The cadets try to bully Kyle, but he wants to get help from Rayne. Seeing that she could be a part of it, he flees again, while being shot by the cadets. At the academy, Kyle notices similarities for Family Day preparations with the murders. He mentions this to Knopf, who, in turn, tells Fielding at Rayne’s house. The three plot to learn all that Kyle remembers. The cadets try to bully Kyle, but he wants to get help from Rayne. Seeing that she could be a part of it, he flees again, while being shot by the cadets.
44 6 “Eden” Jonathan Demme Veena South August 1, 2014 BDH406
Holder tells Caroline that he must make a choice – “between me or her.” She knows he means Linden and says only their unborn daughter matters now. Linden gets called and finds Kyle, who’s been shot by the cadet search party. He identified Fielding, Knopf, and Rayne as the murderers. Meanwhile, Knopf suggests killing Rayne, but she mentions cleaning up after them when they stole her the night of the murders. As the detectives arrives, Knopf and Fielding are shot. Rayne confesses, and Linden finds evidence that Kyle was Rayne’s that she gave away 17 years previously. Linden wants to arrest Rayne for all the murders, but Holder wants Kyle for the Stansburys’. Frantic, Linden points her gun at Holder, thinking he has worked against her, even with Reddick’s investigation. She takes Kyle to his family home, Where he becomes aware of committing the murders. Fielding and Knopf were there that night, but left, and Kyle killed his family. At the station, Linden confesses to Reddick having killed Skinner and absolves Holder. Mayor Darren Richmond arrives to squelch the confession. Skinner’s death was ruled a suicide, and no killer cop will tarnish another cop’s or Richmond’s image.

Five years later: Holder and Caroline are divorced, with joint custody of their daughter, Kalia. Linden has been traveling, now that Jack is in college. She apologizes to Holder for not believing in him, as he was her real friend. She calls Seattle a “city of the dead”, intent on leaving it. He hugs her to try to get her to stay with him, but she drives away. However, she later returns to him.

Development and production

AMC , the network qui broadcast the first three seasons, the series Canceled after-ict second season, and revived it for a third, [4] [5] Ultimately canceling it again partner after the third season in September 2013. [6]HOWEVER, in November 2013, Netflix , partnering with Fox Television Studios (the production company for The Killing ), announced it had picked up the series for a fourth and final season consisting of six episodes. [7]Series developer and executive producer Veena South returned as showrunner , with Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin returning as writers and executive producers. [8] Because they have airing on Netflix, episodes in the fourth season have a longer running time of approximately 55-59 minutes compared to 43 minutes when the series aired on AMC with commercials, and characters are able to use stronger profanity. [9]


Cast members Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman return as detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder, respectively. [8] New series regulars for the fourth season include Joan Allen as Margaret Rayne, the head of an all-boys military academy. [10] In February 2014, Sterling Beaumon , Levi Meaden, and Tyler Ross were cast as Lincoln Knopf, AJ Fielding, and Cameron Stanton, respectively; Playing teens connected to the military academy. [11] Gregg Henry , who had a recurring role in the third season as Detective Carl Reddick, was promoted to series regular for the fourth season. [12] The season also introduces Sarah Linden ‘ S mother, played by Frances Fisher , who abandoned her daughter when Sarah was young. [2] [13]

Promotional video

In July 2014, an official 90-second trailer was released showing the Linden and Holder attempts to cover up the skins at the end of the previous year’s military academy. [14]

Critical reception

The fourth season scored 53 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 14 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. [15] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes has a 44% review rating based on 18 reviews. The website consensus reads: ” The Killing succumbs to silliness in its fourth season, straying into distractingly overwrought territory”. [16]

Home media releases

The fourth season of the Killing was released on DVD on August 4, 2015, exclusively through Amazon’s CreateSpace manufacture-on-demand program. [17]


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  2. ^ Jump up to:b Slezak, Michael (December 13, 2013). ” The Killing : Season 4 Promises Military-School Mystery, More Linden’s … Mother?” . TVLine . Retrieved February 6, 2014 .
  3. Jump up^ Bibel, Sara (June 26, 2014). “Netflix Releases First Image of Joan Allen from ‘The Killing ‘ ” (Press release). TV by the Numbers . Retrieved June 27, 2014 .
  4. Jump up^ Ng, Philiana (July 27, 2012). “AMC Cancels ‘The Killing ‘ ” . The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved July 27, 2012 .
  5. Jump up^ “AMC and Fox Television Studios Partner on” The Killing “Season Three” . The Futon Critic. January 15, 2013 . Retrieved January 15, 2013 .
  6. Jump up^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 10, 2013). ” ‘ The Killing’ Canceled by AMC After Season 3″ . . Retrieved September 10, 2013 .
  7. Jump up^ Ausiello, Michael (November 15, 2013). ” The Killing Lives! Netflix Orders 6-Episode Final Season of AMC’s Canceled Drama” . TVLine . Retrieved November 15, 2013 .
  8. ^ Jump up to:b Andreeva, Nellie (November 15, 2013). ” ‘ The Killing’ Cheats Death A Second Time With 6-Final Episode Season On Netflix” . . Retrieved November 28, 2013 .
  9. Jump up^ Rudolph, Ileane (June 20, 2014). “Exclusive: The Killing’s Veena South on Moving to Netflix, and Why You Should Binge Seasons 1-3” . TV Guide . Retrieved June 21, 2014 .
  10. Jump up^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 16, 2014). “Joan Allen Joins’ The Killing’s Final Season” . . Retrieved February 4,2014 .
  11. Jump up^ ” ‘ The Killing’ Adds Tyler Ross, Sterling Beaumon & Levi Meaden” . February 5, 2014 . Retrieved February 6, 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 12, 2014). “Gregg Henry Upped To Regular On ‘The Killing’, Sarah-Jane Potts Joins ‘Gracepoint ‘ “. . Retrieved February 13, 2014 .
  13. Jump up^ Ausiello, Michael (March 31, 2014). ” The Killing Final Season Exclusive: Linden’s Mother Cast – Look Who Landed the Pivotal Role” . TVLine . Retrieved March 31, 2014 .
  14. Jump up^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 2, 2014). “Netflix Releases Trailer for Fourth Season of ‘The Killing’ (Video)” (Press release). TV by the Numbers . Retrieved July 3, 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ “The Killing: Season 4” . Metacritic . Retrieved August 11,2014 .
  16. Jump up^ “The Killing: Season 4 (2014)” . Rotten Tomatoes . Retrieved August 11, 2014 .
  17. Jump up^ Lambert, David (June 19, 2015). “The Killing – Fox Announces a Release Date, Art for ‘The Complete 4th Season ‘ ” . . Retrieved June 20, 2015 .

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