The BEST Episodes of The Killing (2011)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 1, 2022

Network: AMC

From writer, executive producer and series showrunner Veena Sud (Cold Case), The Killing is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation. The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim's grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they've moved on, their past isn't done with them.

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What I Know

#1 - What I Know

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 17, 2012

Sarah and Holder's investigation comes to a close. Meanwhile, Richmond sets out on a bold new course; and a surprise source helps bring closure to the Larsens.

star 8.57
1,936 votes
Directors: Patty Jenkins
Writers: Dan Nowak, Veena Sud

#2 - Eden

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 1, 2014

Linden and Holder are confronted with the shocking truth behind the Stansbury murders.

star 8.34
1,220 votes
Directors: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Veena Sud
The Road to Hamelin

#3 - The Road to Hamelin

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 4, 2013

In the Season 3 finale, Sarah risks her life when someone dear to her goes missing; and Holder's past is used against him.

star 8.16
1,062 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin
Orpheus Descending

#4 - Orpheus Descending

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 19, 2011

The identification of the mysterious Orpheus provides a vital connection to the case. Mitch and Stan reflect on the past while contemplating their family's future.

star 8.08
2,136 votes
Directors: Brad Anderson
Writers: Nic Pizzolatto, Veena Sud

#5 - Bulldog

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 3, 2012

A return to the casino winds up sending Sarah and Holder on the run, while Stan and Richmond face life-altering decisions.

star 8.07
1,809 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Jeremy Doner

#6 - Reckoning

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 21, 2013

The hunt for a pornographer leads to a shocking revelation; Holder looks for a scapegoat; Twitch and Lyric find their dream home.

star 8.07
1,518 votes
Directors: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Dan Nowak
Donnie or Marie

#7 - Donnie or Marie

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 10, 2012

Sarah and Holder close in on the murderer. Meanwhile, the Richmond campaign preps for the election; and the Larsens seek to get their lives back in order.

star 8.06
1,901 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Aaron Zelman, Wendy Riss
Beau Soleil

#8 - Beau Soleil

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 12, 2011

The police connect Rosie to a suspicious website. Stan faces his demons while Mitch learns secrets she never knew about Rosie.

star 8.05
2,042 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Jeremy Doner, Soo Hugh
Truth Asunder

#9 - Truth Asunder

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 1, 2014

New information about the family murders surfaces. Meanwhile, Holder's loyalty is put to the test.

star 8.05
1,197 votes
Directors: Coky Giedroyc
Writers: Dan Nowak
From Up Here

#10 - From Up Here

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 4, 2013

Sarah seeks peace in the case's aftermath; the detectives pick up an unnerving new assignment; Lyric is tempted by her old life; Danette says good-bye.

star 8.01
1,533 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Eliza Clark

#11 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 3, 2011

On her last day of work, homicide detective Sarah Linden is drawn into a new case about the disappearance of a teenage girl, Rosie Larsen. Mitch and Stan Larsen frantically try to track down their daughter when they learn she did not show up at school. City Councilman Darren Richmond prepares for an important forum with the Mayor as the election nears.

star 8.00
2,727 votes
Directors: Patty Jenkins
Writers: Veena Cabreros Sud
Sayonara Hiawatha

#12 - Sayonara Hiawatha

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 20, 2012

Richmond lends support to the investigation; Sarah tries to track down Rosie's key; and Stan deals with his troubled son.

star 7.98
1,846 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin
Dream Baby Dream

#13 - Dream Baby Dream

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 1, 2014

Linden and Holder focus their investigation on a new suspect, and a tip from an informant leads Reddick to a shocking discovery.

star 7.97
1,185 votes
Writers: Sean Whitesell

#14 - Try

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 14, 2013

Sarah goes missing; Bullet makes a choice to save Lyric; a dark secret is learned.

star 7.97
1,517 votes
Directors: Lodge Kerrigan
Writers: Aaron Slavick, Nic Sheff
Hope Kills

#15 - Hope Kills

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 7, 2013

Holder and Linden get a break in the case; Seward clashes with death; Bullet becomes a protector.

star 7.89
1,462 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Brett Conrad
The Good Soldier

#16 - The Good Soldier

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 1, 2014

Reddick digs deeper as Linden and Holder struggle to keep their investigation from going cold.

star 7.89
1,190 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin
Six Minutes

#17 - Six Minutes

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 28, 2013

Sarah copes with the consequences of past mistakes; Holder wrestles personal demons; Seward is truthful.

star 7.86
1,581 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Veena Sud
Scared and Running

#18 - Scared and Running

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 23, 2013

Bullet races to find a victim on the run before someone else does; Seward is discourteous to surprise visitors.

star 7.86
1,449 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Coleman Herbert

#19 - Keylela

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 6, 2012

The investigation refocuses on the casino; Stan has an uneasy face-to-face with Richmond; tension grips the Larsen house.

star 7.86
1,957 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Dan Nowak
72 Hours

#20 - 72 Hours

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 27, 2012

Sarah teeters on the edge. Stan attempts to make amends. Richmond receives an unexpected boost in the mayoral race.

star 7.81
1,715 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Eliza Clark

#21 - Undertow

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 22, 2011

The police are thwarted in their efforts to arrest Bennet. Richmond thinks long and hard about removing himself from the Mayor's race. Mitch and Stan have had it with the police.

star 7.80
1,932 votes
Writers: Dan Nowak
The Cage

#22 - The Cage

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 3, 2011

The investigation into Rosie’s killer begins as Sarah and Holder question the missing girl’s parents, Stan and Mitch, as well as Rosie’s friends and City Councilman Richmond. Rosie’s school becomes a potential murder site when Sarah and Holder uncover shocking evidence on campus. Heartbroken and grief-stricken, Mitch and Stan face the aftermath of losing their daughter.

star 7.79
1,981 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Veena Cabreros Sud
El Diablo

#23 - El Diablo

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 10, 2011

Councilman Richmond suspects a leak within his team; Sarah tracks down a witness and is led to a suspect.

star 7.75
2,373 votes
Writers: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin
A Soundless Echo

#24 - A Soundless Echo

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 17, 2011

The Larsens plan their daughter's funeral; Rosie's friend unveils surprises about her life.

star 7.75
2,119 votes
Writers: Soo Hugh
Head Shots

#25 - Head Shots

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 16, 2013

The task force shuts down a business; Sarah and Holder unite in their pursuit of "the voice"; Seward is offered motivation to comply with orders.

star 7.74
1,478 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin
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