Sustained Suspense Adds Impact to AMC’s “The Killing”

AMC’s whodunit series, “The Killing,” has me hooked.

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Although the 13-episode series tackles one crime only, its solid writing, skilled acting and moody setting brings me back on Sunday nights.

As the drama unfolds, new clues are uncovered and the list of potential suspects grows.

Each week, lead detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and partner Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) advance their investigation into the murder of high-school student Rosie Larsen, whose body was found in the trunk of a politician’s campaign car. Along the way, we meet Rosie’s family and  friends. We follow a mayoral race in Seattle. Possible motives are revealed as the spotlight shifts among players.

Red herring?
In episode No. 7 we learn more about high-school teacher Bennet Ahmed (Brandon Jay McLaren.) His relationship with Rosie appears to be far more intense than anyone, including Rosie’s parents, knew.

He also had access to mayoral candidate Darren Richmond’s (Billy Campbell) campaign cars. What is Mr. Ahmed hiding and why is he not entirely forthcoming with the detectives?

At the just-over-half-way point in the series, I can’t wait to see what new clues the detectives will discover. Have we already met the killer or is it someone still to be introduced?

This AMC series offers lessons in creatively sustaining the viewer’s interest level. How do you use suspenseful storytelling to increase the audience’s interest level when you’re communicating?


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