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Bloodletting in The Streets of Twitter: AMC's "The Killing" Finale

6/20/2011 7:23 PM

Ouch. Blood is running in the streets of Twitter over the frustrating, exasperating season one finale of AMC’s The Killing.

I had a bad, bad feeling early on.  The series made me nervous for reasons I couldn’t quite pinpoint, but I feared it might go the way of Lost or (since it’s a mystery set in the Pacific Northwest revolving around the murder of a lovely young woman) Twin Peaks  - a plot maze of twists and turns, complexity for complexity’s sake, and audience-dissing red herrings.

My worst fears have been realized.

I don’t know if Twin Peaks is responsible for this sorry television habit of “betraying viewers” - as Maureen Ryan accused the network and The Killing producers of doing -  but I clearly recall Twin Peaks was the first show I adored initially, and then ended up hating with equal passion after the writers simply went off a very self-indulgent cliff.

(Remember how Killer Bob reversed time and brought Cooper back to life?  Head in hands.)

Then came Alias.  and Lost.

Anyway - here’s a smattering of some of today’s chatter:

Jeff Greenwald: “The [The Killing] finale was just the last in a long, frustrating, and soggy line of cheap fake-outs, preposterous 180s, and colossal storytelling disappointments.”

Please click on the next link to the most furious post I’ve ever read coming from Maureen Ryan.   Says Ryan: “It was a jaw-dropping instance of a show not just squandering its promise, but betraying its viewers.  The tone-deaf arrogance of the writers and executives responsible for ‘The Killing’ is simply astonishing.  And depressing, if you’re a fan of quality television.”

Whew!

Some Twitter snapshots:

@marymcnamara
#GameofThrones finale most energetic ep of season but RT @moryan #TheKilling’s Sunday ep is the worst season finale ever

@moryan
2 mo’ #TheKilling links: Greenwald’s funny spot-on review & @Memles’ look at AMC’s branding issues.

@TVMoJoe
Killing finale ratings: 2.3 million viewers (2.1M in the key demo of “Viewers Throwing Things at their TV Set While Flipping the Bird”)

@BastardMachine
Other critics have nitpicked the numerous plot/motivation/character flaws. I held out until the end, giving benefit of the doubt. Mistake.

@BastardMachine
Did “The Killing” just kill itself? My Hollywood Reporter take on the finale.

@Variety_StuartL
2.3 million viewers for season finale of ‘The Killing.’ Or actually 2 million who watched last night, and 300K who will tune in next year.

@LATshowtracker
‘The Killing’ recap: One of the most frustrating finales in TV history

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