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'Killing' star Joel Kinnaman asks why fans and the media have been so harsh

July 13, 2011 |  5:06 pm


Many fans remain irate over last month's open-ended finale  of "The Killing," which left key questions unanswered about the Rosie Larsen murder investigation. As the AMC show stands poised for a windfall when Emmy nominations are announced Thursday morning, one of its cast members says he remains perplexed about the reaction to the Season 1 capper.

"There were a couple of people who came up to me so disturbed. And I was like, 'You realize it's not your daughter that was murdered?' " Joel Kinnaman, who plays unorthodox homicide detective Stephen Holder on the series, told Show Tracker. "People expect closure and when they don't get it, there's going to be frustration. I anticipated some of that. But not to this extent."

Kinnaman, speaking on the set of a new film he is shooting, said he was equally flummoxed by the harsh media reaction (our Show Tracker called it "one of the most frustrating finales in TV history") particularly given constraints not faced by the Scandinavian original. "I thought more journalists would pick up on the fact that the Danish original was a season of 20 one-hour episodes, and it was obvious we couldn't do as much in 13 44-minute episodes," he said.

Veena Sud's crime drama  has been renewed for a second season. But while Web and Twitter have been overflowing with disgusted fans saying they'll forsake the show, Kinnaman said he believes talk of mass desertions has been overplayed. "Maybe some people are so ... off where they say they're not going to watch it," Kinnaman said. "But two episodes in they're going to listen to the people who are tuning in and come back."

And in any event, he said, almost convincingly, he didn't mind the reaction; after all, at least it showed people were paying attention. "If you're not going to be loved," he said, "you want to be hated."


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-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Joel Kinnaman as Holder in "The Killing." Credit: AMC