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The Best Episodes of The Killing 

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Updated March 14, 2018 70 votes 132 voters 44 items

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.

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Six Minutes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Eden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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The Cage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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El Diablo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Season 1 Episode 3: City Councilman Richmond suspects a leak in his own team, causing a shakeup in his campaign.
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A Soundless Echo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Season 1 Episode 4: Sarah and Holder pressure Jasper for answers and interview a new suspect.
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Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Season 1 Episode 5: Rosie's teacher provides Sarah and Holder with a new piece of evidence.
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What You Have Left is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Season 1 Episode 6: Sarah and Holder question a suspect's family and neighbors.
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Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Season 1 Episode 7: The police learn more about Rosie's whereabouts the night of her death.
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Stonewalled is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Season 1 Episode 8: Sarah and Holder evade the FBI and unearth new evidence.
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Undertow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.
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I'll Let You Know When I... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Missing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Beau Soleil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Orpheus Descending is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Reflections is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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My Lucky Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Numb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Ogi Jun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Ghosts of the Past is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Openings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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Keylela is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
Season 2 Episode 8: Sarah makes a difficult decision.
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Sayonara, Hiawatha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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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72 Hours is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Killing
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.