The season 2 finale of The Killing will solve the murder finally. Showrunner Veena Sud has assured fans you will know the killer tonight. After the poorly thought out bait & switch of last season where they sold the idea of "solving Rosies murder" in season 1, only to not, they made it very clear, they wont try the same thing twice.
The suspect pool is plenty, and few at the same time. In the 23 weeks (25 episodes) prior that we have sat thru watching the investigation come together, learning the characters & their secrets. We the collective fanbase have all put the clues, pieces & outright red herrings together & summarized a literal series of novels on why "so & so had to have killed her", there has been 12 suspects (Jamie, Gwen, Bennett, Amber, Belko, Terry, Darren, Janek, Alexi, Michael, Nicole, Lesley) who the public have considered the #1 top suspect on AMC's well thought out website app "suspect tracker" where you can see week by week who the publc thinks is her killer http://suspecttracker.amctv.com/breakdown.php .
So the public has essentially suspected a dozen people "had to have done it" at 1 point or another thru the shows run. This is of course assuming the final choice WONT be someone that the writers havent pointed the heat at for weeks, or even all season. I've still heard people think Tom Drexler or Belko (yes, the same Belko who died earlier this season) are the killer. With the way The Killing has written the story, frankly, these theories arent impossible still.
Going into tonights finale, on the AMC suspect tracker, here are the current leaders voted by the public.
JAMIE WRIGHT 28% (5X #1 suspect on the tracker... including season 1 week 1, season 2 wk 1, and the last 2 wks, has been top 3 18X..incl last 16 wks in a row)
TERY MAREK 13% (1X #1 suspect on the tracker... 1st became a top 3 suspect in S1 W5, #1 in S1 W9, has been in the top 3 8X)
GWEN EATON 10% (2X #1 suspect on the tracker... S1 W2 was #1, S1 finale was leader, has been in top 3 7X)
NICOLE JACKSON 7% (1X #1 suspect on the tracker... S2 W6 was #1, has been top 3 2X)
DARREN RICHMOND 6% (1X #1 suspect on the tracker... S1 W11 was #1, has been top 3 3X, has not been this high on the tracker SINCE he was #1 in S1W11)
SENATOR EATON 5% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 4th on tracker)
MICHAEL AMES 5% (2X #1 suspect on the tracker... S2 W4 & 5 was #1, has been top 3 3X)
BENJAMIN ABANI 3% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has been top 3 3X)
TOM DREXLER 3% (0x #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 4th on tracker)
RICK FELDER 2% (0x #1 suspect on the tracker... has been top 3 4x)
LESLEY ADAMS 2% (3x #1 suspect on the tracker... S2 W7,8 & 9 was #1, has been top 3 4X)
SALLY AMES 2% (0x #1 suspect on the tracker... has bever been higher than 8th on tracker)
STAN LARSEN 2% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 9th on tracker)
RUTH YITANES 2% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has been top 3 1X)
STEPHERN HOLDER 1% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has been top 3 1X)
BELKO ROYCE 1% (3X #1 suspect on the tracker... S1 W6,7 & 8 was #1, has been top 3 5X)
STERLING FITCH 0.9% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 7th on tracker)
JASPER AMES 0.9% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 7th on tracker)
ROBERTA DRAYS 0.8% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 6th on tracker)
ALEXI GIFFORDS 0.8% (1X #1 suspect on the tracker... S2 W3 was #1, has been top 3 1X)
GIL SLOANE 0.7% (0X #1 suspect on the tracker... has never been higher than 16th on tracker)
BENNETT AHMED 0.5% (2X #1 suspect on the tracker... S1 W3 & 4 was #1, has been top 3 5X)
AMBER AHMED 0.4% (1X #1 suspect on the tracker... S1 W5 was #1, has been top 3 1X)
Of course, everyone wants to know everyone elses picks. So here goes my top 3.
1- Terry. It saddens me to say it, but she makes the most sense. Linden suspected from the way the body was placed & put in the trunk that it might be someone she knew & who had an emotional attachment to Rosie (like her aunt). Terry has connections to several prominent players in the story, and many people have suggested she showed emotions such as guilt or remorse when she saw the photos of Rosie from the murder scene in Stans desk in a recent episode. I have tried denying she could be it for so long that it makes sense she is. This season shes been a very prominent character, moved from the background to the forefront & she was 1 of the 1st people AMC signed on for season 2. Of course, if she is the killer, the bigger question is WHO put her up to it?
2- Nicole. She has lots to gain & lose. She was clearly on the 10th floor. Shes physically capable of running down someone thru the woods if needed. She is prone to violence & has convinced another person in the past to take the fall for a murder she is suspected of.. and is willing to do whatever is needed to cover up her tracks. (also - she is relatively new to my top 3 list... 3 wks ago, I didnt consider her)
2- Janek. A hired thug. Janek will kill for a price... or protection from city officials. His racket clearly needs to have people of influence protecting him. Its not unreasonable he owed a person of note a favour & was called in to handle it & asked to make it look like someone else did it. The question has always been "WHO killed Rosie" not "WHY". Janek may have been the killer.... with someone else pulling the strings to call on him to do it.
The tracker leader contenders - why I didnt pick them
JAMIE - Even though Jamie has statistically been the most likely suspect to the public, I just am not buying it. Yes, he might know who did. he may have even ok'ed it. I am just simply not convinced. He has been the ultimate red herring several times & with the way this show has been done, its absurd to assume they havent sold us a lie 1 more time.
GWEN - Although the crime sort of seems like a womans type of murder (not bloody & violent like a shooting/stabbing) I sincerely buy her alibi of being with Richmond out of town at the time. I think she didnt know exactly how long Darren might be gone, so it would be illogical of her to get up, leave & go all the way to the casino for a meeting/hunt down/murder. The ONLY scenario where she COULD be a suspect, is if Darren is also involved in it & they left together.... but since we know Darren was on his suicide attempt at that time, this to me, counts out Gwen.
DARREN - The suicide attempt aside (which is pretty much as solid of an alibi as anyone has), he just doesnt fit to me. Jamie was clearly at the casino without his knowledge, he practically spit in the face of the idea of working with Nicole on anything. If he were involved, he likely would be far more willing to work with someone who knows his secret. Plus, lets face it, everyone HOPES its not him. The shining beacon of hope for Seattle... of course, Harvey Dent comes to mind.
In the end, I think whoever they put in as Rosie Larsen's killer will likely just be a "hired gun" & the person who actually hatched the plan, gave out the order, will be someone different. Lesley Adams, or Senator Eaton, maybe even Jamie?
The question has always been WHO Killed Rosie Larsen. Not WHY did they kill Rosie Larsen. To me, after 2 seasons, the why is as big as the who to me. I hope we have the answer to both questions in the season 2 finale. The answer will be revealed tonight on AMC.
Below I have attached some photos I have taken of the cast in the few interactions I have had with them (including some of Brent Sexton filming the scene where Stan finds Rosie's backpack on his front step)