The Killing (2011–2014)
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Kallie's mother Danette Lutz is still looking for her and returns home to find Joe Mills waiting for her. He beats her and is long gone by the time the police arrive. The police do get a ... See full summary »


Jonathan Demme


Veena Sud (developer), Dan Nowak


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mireille Enos ... Sarah Linden
Joel Kinnaman ... Stephen Holder
Elias Koteas ... James Skinner
Hugh Dillon ... Francis Becker
Amy Seimetz ... Danette Lutz
Bex Taylor-Klaus ... Bullet
Julia Sarah Stone ... Lyric
Max Fowler ... Twitch
Peter Sarsgaard ... Ray Seward
Gregg Henry ... Carl Reddick
Aaron Douglas ... Evan Henderson
Ryan Robbins ... Joe Mills
Jewel Staite ... Caroline Swift
Nicholas Lea ... Dale Daniel Shannon
Sonya Salomaa ... Annie Becker


Kallie's mother Danette Lutz is still looking for her and returns home to find Joe Mills waiting for her. He beats her and is long gone by the time the police arrive. The police do get a break in the case when they learn Mills had a storage locker. Holder and Linden check it out and find that Mills has been living there. They practically wrap up the case when they find trophies belonging to several of the dead girls. They're not prepared for what they find in the trunk of his taxicab. Ray Seward's execution is fast approaching. Linden finally gets permission to interview Seward's son Adrian and he identifies the killer. It doesn't add up however. Twitch and Lyric find a new place to live. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

21 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Joel Kinnaman's character (Stephen Holder) is dating Jewel Staite's character (Caroline Swift). Jewel Staite is known for being on the TV show Firefly (2002), she was the ship's mechanic on Serenity. In The Killing (2011) Holder has the word Serenity tattooed on his chest. See more »


References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


The Killing
Written by Frans Bak
Performed by Frans Bak
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Fatal Mistake
26 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode focuses on Mills. When Danette comes back home after putting leaflets on cars, Mills is there and assaults her. He has ransacked the house looking for money. She calls the police and they locate a storage shed where he has actually been living. They pursue and catch him. The results are startling. But there is a horrible discovery. Ray continues to try to get himself off death row. Linden is torn as to what to do. Adrian supposedly identifies the killer of his mother, but his recollection is wrong. Holder is torn over the results of the investigation and does something that may get him kicked off the police force. As the episode ends, Ray has a weird encounter with another inmate who has been preaching to him, giving him hope.

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