The Killing Recap: The Kidnapping
The Killing Recap: The Kidnapping
Just when you think things can’t get any darker on Season 3 of The Killing — Kallie’s still missing, Seward’s execution is closing in, Holder’s still rocking that hideous gray hoodie — more clouds float in to block the last few rays of light.
This week’s installment, “Try,” finds Linden contemplating an untimely demise, Seward collapsing under the weight of his fate and Bullet foolishly putting herself in harm’s way. Let’s break down the good, the bad and the especially bleak:
THE KIDNAPPING | Last week we left off with Pastor Mike in the back of Linden’s car, holding a knife to her throat and demanding that she drive away from the train station where his blood-stained vehicle was being examined by the Seattle P.D.
“Try” picks up right where we left off, with Linden’s police colleagues just a stone’s throw away, but the threat of death prompting her to give up her gun and her phone, fasten her seatbelt and drive in the opposite direction. (Show of hands: Who’d have just hit the gas, headed directly for that sea of blue uniforms and figured it was better than ending up in a dark, quiet place with a possible serial killer?) Slick detective that Linden is, though, she tells Pastor Mike she doesn’t have a radio, then leaves said device wedged against her thigh and transmitting (she hopes) to Holder or anyone back at the station via an open channel.
As they take a tour of Seattle’s depressing after-hours streets, Linden keeps the conversation flowing. “You treat me like I’m some kind of pervert,” Pastor Mike growls in a voice that, to be honest, sounds a little like a pervy prank phone call. Then later, as Linden reveals she grew up as a foster kid, he shares a chilling thought: “That’s what they taught you, I suppose: Humanize yourself so your abductor won’t kill you. It won’t work.”
And yet, the whole time, there’s the sense that Mike is not the Pied Piper. Linden moves him along to the subject of the kids he saves at the Beacon, the “human garbage” he’s helped his whole career. Mike says he never meant to hurt the girl in Tempe, AZ, the one who he’d been accused of kidnapping, prompting him to change his name to a false identity. “Was she your first?” Linden asks, but Mike finally stops playing cryptic and starts hinting at the truth we already know: “I listened to her beg, scream for me to let her out,” he tells Linden, adding that the girl was throwing up and crying for three days “You were detoxing her?” Linden asks. “And no one believed me,” Mike responds.
I’m not sure what Mike’s motivation is — or even if he has one. Even when he makes Linden drive her car into a desolate, dirty parking garage, he doesn’t seem like he wants to harm her. Maybe he’s just buying time till his whole house of well-intentioned cards comes crashing down? “I’m having a cigarette,” says our protagonist, hedging her bets just in case. And then, as the scenic drive continues, Linden feels the need to confess: She let her son go, she didn’t lose him, she tells Mike, recalling when Jack was young and used to delight in hiding under her covers till she’d find him. “I didn’t know how to tell him: This is all I’ve got,” adds the defeated single mom, verbalizing her emotional limitations. At the same time, though, she’s smart enough to make reference to a friend of hers (Holder) who’d once lost hope — and how she found him standing on the median of a bridge. Holder, having discovered Linden’s radio feed on an open channel, realizes the car is near the Biltmore Pier.