There are so many good episodes of The Killing, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Six Minutes" the best, or is "Reckoning" your favorite episode of The Killing? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Killing are, let's rank every The Killing episode from best to worst.
Based on the Danish TV series Forbrydesen (meaning "The Crime"), The Killing was an AMC crime drama set in Seattle, Washington, that followed the cases of homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kennaman). The Killing faced cancellation after its first two seasons and then again after season three, where it was officially taken off AMC's slate. Netflix stepped in, however, and gave The Killing one more season of six episodes, released for streaming on August 1, 2014.
Vote up your favorite episodes of The Killing, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one The Killing episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.
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Six Minutes Season 3 Episode 10: Sarah deals with the consequences of her past mistakes; Holder wrestles with personal demons; and Seward tells the truth.
Eden Season 4 Episode 6: Holder faces a painful choice alone and Sarah finds the monster. Colonel Rayne finds herself cornered and Kyle goes home. Everyone confronts the painful consequences. Sarah finds something she thought she lost.
Donnie or Marie Season 2 Episode 12: Sarah and Holder have the killer within reach while the Richmond campaign prepares for Election Day and the Larsen family attempts to regain a sense of normalcy.
Dream Baby Dream Season 4 Episode 4: The investigation leads Sarah and Holder deeper into the world of Seattle's most privileged. Kyle eschews a St. George's tradition and becomes afraid that his life is in danger. Sarah impulsively burns a bridge.
What I Know Season 2 Episode 13: Sarah and Holder close the case while Richmond sets out on a bold new path and the Larsen family gains closure from an unsuspected source.
Reckoning Season 3 Episode 9: The hunt for the pornographer leads to an alarming revelation, and Holder seeks someone to blame. Meanwhile, Twitch and Lyric find their dream home.
Beau Soleil Season 1 Episode 12: The police connect Rosie to a suspicious website. The waterfront project is halted. Stan faces his demons while Mitch learns secrets she never knew about Rosie.
Sayonara, Hiawatha Season 2 Episode 9: Richmond attempts to help the investigation as Sarah tracks down Rosie's key. Stan realizes his son is in trouble and Mitch reaches her destination.
From Up Here Season 3 Episode 11: Sarah and Holder pick up a new case.
The Good Soldier Season 4 Episode 3: The Detectives start digging up Stansbury family secrets after their bodies are buried. Kyle finds a kindred spirit in Colonel Rayne. Sarah makes a bold play to cover her tracks and says goodbye while Holder goes off the rails.
Truth Asunder Season 4 Episode 5: Sarah makes the investigation personal when people from the past resurface, leaving Holder to wonder who he can trust. Colonel Rayne flexes her political connections as Kyle learns the truth about St. George's Military Academy. Reddick uses his leverage.
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.
Orpheus Descending Season 1 Episode 13: The police connect a new piece of evidence to the campaign car and to Rosie the night of her murder. Stan and Mitch reflect on the past as the future of their family hangs in the balance.
Stonewalled Season 1 Episode 8: Sarah and Holder evade the FBI and unearth new evidence.
Blood in the Water Season 4 Episode 1: Picking up where Season 3 left off... As the detectives follow through with a difficult decision, Sarah is haunted, and two words change Holder's life.
Numb Season 2 Episode 3: Holder falls from grace while Sarah tracks down Rosie's backpack. Richmond confronts the truth about his situation and Stan gets in deeper with the mob while Mitch resurfaces.
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 wakes up in the hospital. AMC Original.
Scared and Running Season 3 Episode 5: Bullet bloodhounds for Sarah and Holder, racing to find a victim on the run before someone else does. Seward is an unkind host to surprise visitors.
Hope Kills Season 3 Episode 7: Sarah and Holder get a break in the case. Seward fights against his own mortality. Bullet takes on the role of the protector.
Unraveling Season 4 Episode 2: Sarah and Holder develop opposing theories on the case, but find it helpful to look at the Stansbury mansion from a different perspective. As Kyle re-acclimates to St. George's and the cadets close ranks, Colonel Rayne asserts her dominance.
What You Have Left Season 1 Episode 6: Sarah and Holder question a suspect's family and neighbors.
I'll Let You Know When I Get There Season 1 Episode 10: The cops regroup while Richmond goes up in the polls. Stan faces consequences for his ill-thought out actions, leaving Mitch alone to keep the family afloat.
Keylela Season 2 Episode 7: The investigation returns to the casino while tension erupts at the Larsen house and Stan meets Richmond face to face for the first time to make an uneasy alliance.
The Jungle Season 3 Episode 1: Holder catches an unsettling case.
A Soundless Echo Season 1 Episode 4: Sarah and Holder pressure Jasper for answers and interview a new suspect.
Undertow Season 1 Episode 9: The police are stymied while trying to make an arrest, leading to a shocking realization. Richmond contemplates dropping out of the race. Fed up with the police, the Larsens take action.