The Killing Review – A Suspenseful, Gripping, Murder Mystery

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The Killing, a Topic original series, presents an intriguing, contemporary, murder investigation, the two detectives united in finding the killer, a local politician caught in the middle, and a growing suspect pool all with hidden agendas.


The series opens with a lone female running through a thick wooded area. Panicked, she is hoping to escape what is following her. She hides behind a tree as we see in the shadows a man is gaining on her. Overhead a plane takes off and we understand she is some distance from anyone.


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Detective Sarah Lund, played by Sofie Gråbøl, who we understand is leaving Denmark today to move to Sweden with her boyfriend. It is her last day on the job and she get the call. The scene is tense as she makes her way through a darkened warehouse, the lights flicker and then go out, a blood trail, she continues forward and we see a bloody sheet, she pulls it down and we see she was pranked by her squad. The "victim" a blow up accompanies her to the farewell party given in her honor.

Packing her office, her replacement, Lennart Brix, played by Morten Suurballe, quickly moves in, replacing her neat office with his stuff, and on top of it he is a smoker. The two are polar opposites.

Just as she is ready to leave the office with her stuff, bidding the work and world goodbye, the chief comes in with a call. Personal possessions found near a wooden area, lead investigators to believe a crime has been committed. Detective Lund agrees to accompany Detective Brix to the scene and that's it. She'll be on her way.

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Before the day ends, the detectives discover a Jane Doe, brutally murdered which launches an extended police investigation. Detective Sarah Lund is supposed to leave for a new life in Sweden but can't bring herself to leave the case behind.

Life comes to a halt, a full stop for the parents, Theis, played by Bjarne Henriksen, and Pernille played by Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, who struggle to cope with their loss. Suddenly everything spiraled into a dark abyss of loss and sorrow.

A local politician, Troels Hartmann, played by Lars Mikkelsen, is campaigning to be mayor of Copenhagen but struggles when links are revealed between city hall and the murder. With its own backstory the politician is being circumvented and undermined in his own campaign by those closest to him.

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Over a time, span of twenty days, the suspect pool grows and the odds of finding the killer continue to look hopeless. Even when Lennart Brix rushes in believing he has the right suspect cornered, he is forced to release as the evidence just isn't strong enough. Soon, connections close to the information source release the name of a possible suspect and the possibility of justice or vengeance becomes very real.

An intriguing story of murder, politics, and law enforcement and methodical, logical and systematic, detective work, as the two, despite their differences, work together searching every lead, believing that justice will prevail.

Two more seasons follow about a series of killings of soldiers and the abduction of an industrial magnate's daughter.

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The Killing is part of Topic's Summer of Suspense along with additional Swedish/Danish series, The Bridge, Follow The Money. Winner of twelve international awards including BAFTA TV's Best International Award and nominated for International Emmy Awards for a drama series.

Suspenseful and dynamic, The Killing is streaming on Topic. A riveting murder mystery. See it.


Country: Denmark.

Language: Danish.

Runtime: 8 episodes, 54minutes each.

Director: Kristoffer Nyholm and Fabian Wullenweber.

Cast: Sofie Gråbøl, Morten Suurballe, Lars Mikkelsen, Bjarne Henriksen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Marie Askehave, Anne Marie Helger, Søren Malling, Marie Askehave, Kasper Leth Hansen, Jonas Leth Hansen, Eske Forsting Hansen. 

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