The Best Episodes of The Killing (2011)

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2018

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.

What I Know

#1 - What I Know

Season 2 - Episode 13

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 8.54
790 votes
Directors: Patty Jenkins
Writers: Veena Sud, Dan Nowak
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Eden

#2 - Eden

Season 4 - Episode 6

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

star 8.41
780 votes
Directors: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Veena Sud
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Six Minutes

#3 - Six Minutes

Season 3 - Episode 10

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

star 8.29
817 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Veena Sud
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Beau Soleil

#4 - Beau Soleil

Season 1 - Episode 12

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

star 8.29
774 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Jeremy Doner, Soo Hugh
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The Road to Hamelin

#5 - The Road to Hamelin

Season 3 - Episode 12

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 8.25
635 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin
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Orpheus Descending

#6 - Orpheus Descending

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.24
780 votes
Directors: Brad Anderson
Writers: Veena Sud, Nic Pizzolatto
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Bulldog

#7 - Bulldog

Season 2 - Episode 11

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

star 8.19
722 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Jeremy Doner
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Try

#8 - Try

Season 3 - Episode 8

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

star 8.18
788 votes
Directors: Lodge Kerrigan
Writers: Nic Sheff, Aaron Slavick
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Donnie or Marie

#9 - Donnie or Marie

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 8.17
737 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Wendy Riss, Aaron Zelman
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Reckoning

#10 - Reckoning

Season 3 - Episode 9

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

star 8.14
788 votes
Directors: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Dan Nowak
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From Up Here

#11 - From Up Here

Season 3 - Episode 11

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 8.11
774 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Eliza Clark
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Sayonara Hiawatha

#12 - Sayonara Hiawatha

Season 2 - Episode 9

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

star 8.11
736 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin
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Truth Asunder

#13 - Truth Asunder

Season 4 - Episode 5

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

star 8.08
711 votes
Directors: Coky Giedroyc
Writers: Dan Nowak
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Dream Baby Dream

#14 - Dream Baby Dream

Season 4 - Episode 4

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

star 8.05
707 votes
Writers: Sean Whitesell
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Reflections

#15 - Reflections

Season 2 - Episode 1

In the aftermath of the shooting at City Hall and Linden's discovery that the photo leading to Councilman Darren Richmond's arrest was forged, Sarah returns to Seattle to investigate a possible cover up and wonders if she can trust her partner.

star 8.03
774 votes
Writers: Veena Sud
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Hope Kills

#16 - Hope Kills

Season 3 - Episode 7

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

star 8.03
784 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Brett Conrad
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Scared and Running

#17 - Scared and Running

Season 3 - Episode 5

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

star 7.99
792 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Coleman Herbert
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Undertow

#18 - Undertow

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 7.98
746 votes
Writers: Dan Nowak
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Keylela

#19 - Keylela

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 7.98
707 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Dan Nowak
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My Lucky Day

#20 - My Lucky Day

Season 2 - Episode 2

An ominous discovery is made at the Larsen house while Sarah travels to Tacoma to learn Councilman Richmond's dark secret. Meanwhile, Richmond is forced to come to grips with the fallout from the attack at City Hall.

star 7.97
644 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin
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72 Hours

#21 - 72 Hours

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 7.96
714 votes
Directors: Nicole Kassell
Writers: Eliza Clark
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Ogi Jun

#22 - Ogi Jun

Season 2 - Episode 4

Sarah and Holder identify the mystery man with the tattoo while Jamie attempts to enlist Gwen's help and Stan learns his past may have come back to haunt him.

star 7.95
711 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Jeremy Doner
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Ghosts of the Past

#23 - Ghosts of the Past

Season 2 - Episode 5

Sarah receives a message from the dead that may shed light on the identity of Rosie's killer. Meanwhile, Mitch befriends a young runaway; and Richmond has grave doubts about his future in politics.

star 7.94
715 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Wendy Riss
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I'll Let You Know When I Get There

#24 - I'll Let You Know When I Get There

Season 1 - Episode 10

Richmond rises in the polls; a surprising individual turns himself in.

star 7.94
751 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Dawn Prestwich
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Eminent Domain

#25 - Eminent Domain

Season 3 - Episode 6

Linden and Holder catch up to the latest victim; Seward faces his past; Bullet struggles with the truth while in the jungle.

star 7.91
771 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: David Wiener
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