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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of The Killing  

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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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Eden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Six Minutes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Donnie or Marie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Dream Baby Dream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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What I Know is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Beau Soleil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Sayonara, Hiawatha is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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From Up Here is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
From Up Here Season 3 Episode 11: Sarah and Holder pick up a new case.

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The Road to Hamelin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
The Road to Hamelin Season 3 Episode 12: Someone dear to Sarah goes missing.

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The Good Soldier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Truth Asunder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Eminent Domain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Eminent Domain Season 3 Episode 6: Sarah and Holder catch up to the latest victim. Seward comes face to face with his past. Out in the Jungle, Bullet struggles with the truth.

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Head Shots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Head Shots Season 3 Episode 4: The task force shuts down a business and Sarah and Holder unite to seek "the voice." The guards offer Seward motivation to comply with orders.

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Bulldog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Bulldog Season 2 Episode 11: After returning to the casino, Sarah and Holder find themselves on the run while Stan and Richmond must make life-altering decisions that will decide their fate.

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72 Hours is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
72 Hours Season 2 Episode 10: Sarah teeters on the edge while Stan attempts to make amends and Richmond receives an unexpected boost in the mayoral race.

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Try is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Try Season 3 Episode 8: The investigation reaches a fever pitch when Sarah goes missing. Meanwhile, Bullet makes a choice to save Lyric and learns a dark secret.

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Ghosts of the Past is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Orpheus Descending is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Stonewalled is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Stonewalled Season 1 Episode 8: Sarah and Holder evade the FBI and unearth new evidence.

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Blood in the Water is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Numb is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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My Lucky Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Scared and Running is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Hope Kills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Unraveling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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What You Have Left is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
What You Have Left Season 1 Episode 6: Sarah and Holder question a suspect's family and neighbors.

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Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Super 8 Season 1 Episode 5: Rosie's teacher provides Sarah and Holder with a new piece of evidence.

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Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Vengeance Season 1 Episode 7: The police learn more about Rosie's whereabouts the night of her death.

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El Diablo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
El Diablo Season 1 Episode 3: City Councilman Richmond suspects a leak in his own team, causing a shakeup in his campaign.

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The Cage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
The Cage Season 1 Episode 2: The investigation into Rosie's killer begins as Sarah and Holder question her parents, Stan and Mitch, Rosie's friends as well as City Councilman Richmond.

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Openings is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Openings Season 2 Episode 6: Sarah focuses in on a Larsen family secret, Stan faces his past sins, Mitch shelters a runaway girl, and Richmond has a surprise visitor.

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I'll Let You Know When I G... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Keylela is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Off the Reservation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Off the Reservation Season 2 Episode 8: Sarah makes a difficult decision.

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Ogi Jun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.

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Reflections is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Reflections Season 2 Episode 1: In the aftermath of Councilman Richmond being shot, Sarah returns to investigate a possible cover up and wonders who can be trusted.

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Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Seventeen Season 3 Episode 3: Sarah joins the task force with an agenda of her own and Holder finds a new street informant in the Jungle. Meanwhile, Seward stokes an old rivalry.

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Missing is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Missing Season 1 Episode 11: Sarah and Holder discover more on Rosie, but the investigation gets stalled when they have to set out on a search for Jack.

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Pilot Season 1 Episode 1: On her last day of work, homicide detective Sarah Linden is drawn into a new case about the disappearance of a teenage girl, Rosie Larsen.

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That You Fear the Most is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
That You Fear the Most Season 3 Episode 2: Sarah makes a grim discovery in regards to her past.

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The Jungle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
The Jungle Season 3 Episode 1: Holder catches an unsettling case.

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A Soundless Echo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
A Soundless Echo Season 1 Episode 4: Sarah and Holder pressure Jasper for answers and interview a new suspect.

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Undertow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.