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'The Killing': Never mind who killed Rosie Larsen

June 20, 2011 |  4:30 pm

Killing The season finale of AMC's "The Killing" left many fans (and recappers) cross-eyed and panting with rage. As the L.A. Times' Mary McNamara writes in today's Critic's Notebook, the intense outrage over the finale seemed out of whack — more appropriate for "a cultural phenomenon like 'Lost' or 'The Sopranos' that had disappointed or confused its viewers with a strange or inconclusive ending" than for the first season of such a quiet series.

"'The Killing' was neither cultural phenomenon, nor was it, despite what you might read on the blogosphere, a crime against the art form and humanity," McNamara argues. "Creator Veena Sud promised an anti-police procedural, and that is what she delivered, dismissing, sometimes brilliantly, sometimes regrettably, the most basic conventions of murder on TV."

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Photo: Mireille Enos and Stephen Kinnaman in "The Killing." Credit: Chris Large/AMC.