The Killing shoots scenes on their FINAL day of filming for season 4 with Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos - Possibly with the series finale final scene
THIS POST CONTAINS A BREIF DESCRIPTION AND PHOTOS FROM FILMING OF THE FINAL SCENES SHOT FOR SEASON 4 OF "THE KILLING" THAT WILL AIR AUGUST 1, 2014 ON NETFLIX. If you have not watched the episode yet and do not want to see or read potential spoilers. Do Not Continue.
The last day of filming for the fan driven 4th & final season of the former AMC crime-drama that is now finding its 3rd life at Netflix, the online TV & movie service, The Killing was on April 28, 2014 on a quiet side street/alley in New Westminster, BC, Canada.
As it happened, I stumbled across them that day & was not even aware they were wrapping that day as MOST production lists had May 1, 2014 down as their final day.
When my buddy & I got there, they had already been filming for awhile & were just in the middle of a short break. We managed to get autographs from both Joel Kinnaman & Mireille Enos quickly after getting there. This gave me time to concentrate then on getting some photos, and after Joel told us it was the final day, I pretty much knew where I was going to be till the end of their filming. Right there.
Unlike most sets for The Killing, we were actually greeted with some resistence. I have learned from experiences in the past, if a generally easy show is suddenly being less receptive, its usually they want to stop you from seeing something notable. Our 2 biggest non-fans included 1 guy who followed 1 of us around for most of his time there, while the other was a VERY anti-photographer psycho who kept repeating the date of the death of Diana. Not once or twice, but 30+ times he rambled off this date while my buddy & I were busy talking with a more level headed crew member & a City of New West Cop about where we could & couldnt stand. Eventually cooler heads prevailed, and we were allowed to do what we wanted to do there with minimal resistance.
With this being the final day of shooting, both Mirelle and Joel spent a lot of time out, interacting with the crew and each other in between takes.
Between scenes, the crew were walking around to each other & getting autographs from each other in a yearbook style book that they all got.
Mireille spent the better part of an hour signing these books for the crew as she sat inside the car, while Joel did it standing in the middle of the street. I've never seen a production make a yearbook before. it actually was pretty cool. I never got a really great look inside it, but from a distance I could see it seemed that all the crew seemed to have pictures in it, and the cover was all black with "The Killing" across the front in red lettering.
The scene(s) they shot seemed to have Stephen Holder (Robobcop star - Joel Kinnaman) coming out of a Community Centre that he is seen locking up (Is Holder running a Community Centre now?) as he comes out, he walks over to Sarah Linden (former Emmy and Golden Globe nominated - Mireille Enos) & the two share a hug, then chat for what seemed like FOREVER by filming standards. Then Linden walks off screen. That was the end of that scene.
There was then another scene where the two start off in a hug. This leads to Holder walking back towards the CC, while Linden gets into a car & drives away.
Finally 1 more scene is done with the pair. Again Holder coming out of the CC & walks over to where Linden is waiting in her car. She gets out, the two embrace again (I really cant tell from my blurry night time photo...but did they kiss? I hope not. Never considered them a couple that way.), before Linden gets into the drivers seat, Holder in the passenger seat (she is his ride after all) & they drive off. This was the final scene they would ever shoot, and it felt like the final scene as well with the use of a crane operated camera which would imply shooting them driving away together at the end. Filming doesnt always shoot scenes in order (in fact, rarely) so just because it was the last scene shot does not mean it was the last scene. However, this particular last shot DID feel like the last scene.
Mireille, who was pregnant with her 2nd child on set, was dressed a little different than the Linden we usually see. If she was wearing 1 of her countless sweaters, you could not tell under the bright blue scarf that she was wearing over the front of her jacket which really did minimize how pregnant she looked, and surely that was the concept for the wardrobe idea.
Joel was dressed more like the traditional season 1 and 2 Stephen Holder we all are used to, and not the season 3 "working up to detective" look we saw last season.
When filming ended, the director made several statements. Starting with it was with sadness, and pleasure to announce Joel was wrapped for the final time, then he made the same announcement for Mireille, then moments later stated the same of the season & the series to a round of cheers from the crew & cast who by them had congrugated in the middle of the small side street they were using. He then thanked a few people including the cast, and Veena Sud who was in attendance. Many of them stood around chatting and sharing stories after wrapping. There was about 6 or 8 people left when Joel finally left, Mireille left shortly after that & that was IT. The Killing was officially done for me too... at least till August 1st.
I want to say thanks to AMC for giving the show a spot in their line up originally and giving us all a taste of this incredible show. I want to thank Veena Sud, who although I have been critical of how she and AMC pitched the show to fans during season 1, still managed to draw me back in again and again. Of course, a massive thanks to the people at Netflix, the online streaming service that will bring us the 4th season later this week. I am personally renewing my Netflix account that has been dead since after the Arrested Development revival just to watch The Killing (and I will be checking out Orange Is The New Black & Hemlock Grove while I am at it). Thanks to the crew that worked on it day & night for parts of 4 years, even those of you I might have disagreed with from time to time. Of course, thanks to the incredible fans that not once, but twice dragged The Killing out of the canceled bin and into production of more episodes. I don't think I have seen such a successful job anywhere else yet.
Lastly, a huge thanks to the awesome cast the show has had from the get go. Season 1 and 2 had amazing performances from Billy Campbell, Kristin Lehman, Michelle forbes, Brent Sexton, Brendan Sexton III, Jamie Anne Allman, Eric Ladin, Kacey Rohl, Tom Butler, Liam James, Evan Bird, Seth Isaac Johnson, Patrick Gilmore, Katie Findlay, Brandon Jay McLaren and others.
Season 3 of course brought us a new cast, and again, outstanding work by Elias Koteas, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Gregg Henry, Amy Seimetz, Ben Cotton, Julia Sarah Stone, Max Fowler, Aaron Douglas, Hugh Dillon, Ryan Robbins, Rowan Longworth, Laine MacNeil, Cate Sproule and of course Peter Saarsgaard (who got absolutely ROBBED of an Emmy nomination this year) plus many more.
Of course, CAN NOT FORGET the 2 staples of the show, for all 4 seasons. Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.
The season 4 cast sure has a lot to live up to. Hoping that Joan Allen, Sterling Beaumon, Levi Meaden, Jordan Burtchett and others can stand up to the incredible job their past alum have put forth.
The Killing 4th & Final season will air on Netflix with all 6 of the final season episodes TOMORROW August 1, 2014
Here is, the final shot I got of anyone on The Killing set. Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress for her role as Sarah Linden, Mireille Enos waving good bye to me.
The Killing cast on set for season 4 - My 1st look at Mireille, Joel & Gregg at set for episode 1 in February
Back from the dead is a term used on TV a lot. Referring to characters, careers & even occasionally, shows.
Back from the dead more than once. A lot less often. Maybe if you are referring to a character on the CW sci-fi show "Supernatural" it might be more common place, but for the general TV viewing world, it just doesnt happen too often, and certainly not with TV shows.....till now.
After season 2 of the AMC crime-drama "The Killing" the station announced its cancellation, ending a short, but spectacular show & leaving its die hard fans eager for more. A few months passed, and a deal, championed by online streaming provider Netflix, brought the series back from the dead. A 3rd season of the show was done, and again, at the end of its run, which again, left fans clamouring for more, AMC killed it yet again.
Cue mid-November. I was on the phone with a buddy when he told me a piece of news that sincerely shocked me. Netflix has picked up "The Killing" and will air a 6 episode final season to wrap up what many fans considered, too big of a cliffhanger to let it go.
I strongly supported & championed the fan groups who worked hard to get it back. I love the show, and wanted to see it wrap up properly. But I warned them "dont expect to get it". I was certain with 1 revival already under its belt, a 2nd summoning from the dead was practically impossible. I hoped I was wrong, and am glad I am.
TV Guide article on the return of The Killing on Netflix for season 4
Finally back, The Killing started its production for the 4th & final season in late February. I managed to catch up to them early in shooting & although I didnt get to see any of the actual filming, I did get a few photos of Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos ) & Stephen Holder ( Joel Kinnaman ) as they signed for my buddy who I introduced to the show near the end of filming for season 3 & became a fan of it afterwards. Also there was Carl Reddick ( Gregg Henry) [who I foolishly called Clark Gregg after JUST finishing a convo with my buddy about Agents of Shield], as well as a dark haired girl that I never found the name of, but was cast of some type.
Season 4 will be focused on wrapping up the loose ends & solving a murder at an all boys military academy outside Seattle.
No release date for the 6 episode season has been announced yet, but I would guess mid-late summer.
You can find old episodes of The Killing from the 1st three seasons on the site of their new producer, NETFLIX.
THIS POST CONTAINTS NOTABLE SPOILERS FROM LAST NIGHTS FINALE OF AMC'S "THE KILLING". Do not read if you have yet to watch the episode & don't want any spoilers.
So last night the season 3 finale of the AMC crime-drama "The Killing" was on. We finally got to the bottom of who was the Pied Piper, the person killing street kids & Trisha Seward.
In the end, Linden got her man......LITERALLY!
After going thru an assortment of Seattle's seediest people & Pastor Mike, the finale lead us down 1 more rabbit hole in Reddick before we came across the guilty mass murderer, Lieutenant James Skinner.
For weeks, many had the killer narrowed down to "either a cop or a corrections officer" and while that was a broad net to cast, since that entailed 1/2 the suspects, it made sense & in the end, was accurate.
As usual, the acting in last nights finale was stellar. The scene where Linden finally pieces together its Skinner, wow. You could almost literally read it going thru her mind, her processing the details, there was the shock, denial, confusion and eventually absolute certainty that the man she had been sleeping with was also the killer of at 21 (or more, he admitted there was more they would never find) girls.
The show was not with out flaws for me. I was a bit disappointed we didn't get our "Larsen family watching a video Rosie made" moment of closure for anyone. Danette, Kallie's mom, still doesn't know where her daughter is, although we all know now she is certainly dead as Skinners daughter had her ring. That was the only thing of note I thought was missing that season 2 had. If the writers really appreciate their fans, they will slip in 2 minutes into the season 4 (yes, I am cautiously optimistic it will happen) premiere to tie this loose end up. Get that woman her closure.
I also wasn't a fan of the IA scenes with Holder. I doubt if Skinner put in a complaint only an hour earlier they would have already come in & grabbed him without even talking to Reddick about it first. That felt unbelievable to me. But it gave Holder a chance to be his clever smart ass self. His trick to get Reddick back to the station by claiming there was a bomb in his car, brilliant. I laughed at his ability to think outside the box. It also helped advance the storyline when Holder realized Skinner was the killer, and managed to coerce Reddick to go look for Adrian while he tried to track down Linden & Skinner.
Of course there was some redemption. The Keystone Cop turned out to actually be a capable officer in the end. Carl Reddick, after making everyone hate him all season comes thru in the finale & finds missing Adrian Seward alive & well ( at least physically.). He even manage da couple great wisecrack remarks.
I felt some confusion as well. The Twitch & Lyric scenes left me unsure where that would lead. Twitch seemed willing to finally put his past behind him as we see him throw away a bag of drugs. Yet the last we see of Lyric, who seemed to be getting her life together as she now had an actual job, was smiling at a guy who clearly was looking to pick up a prostitute.
I thought it was interesting that this season ended with Linden making a massive error in judgment. I liked it. The reason, I just think its good to have cops with human emotion. They don't always make the right decisions. They too can be overwhelmed by emotions. She did, and it will be interesting to see how that's dealt with between now & season 4.
Season 3 of The Killing was, in my mind, even better than seasons 1 & 2. Although I felt the actual finale episode was a tad imperfect, the overall season was pretty much flawless to me. I REALLLLLLY hope whatever deal Netflix has with AMC to produce more episodes of The Killing already has a season 4 in there.
Below is an assortment of photos I took this season on the set of The Killing....Of course there was some Linden & Holder pics. But I also managed to catch Bullet, Adrian, Reddick & Skinner on set over the season. Including a few from the finale.
You can find all my photos from this season here http://canadagraphs.weebly.com/6/category/the%20killing/1.html
The Killing Season 3 Finale is less than 2 weeks away - My LAST SET of pics from their set - 2nd to last day of filming.
THIS BLOG POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR AN EPISODE OF SEASON 3 OF "THE KILLING". Please do not continue reading or viewing photos if you do not want any spoilers prior to the episode airing.
On August 4th, the 3rd season of the hit crime drama "The Killing" will wrap up with a 2 hour season finale & we will find out who the street kid serial killer is.
Of course, till then, lots of speculation on who is, or isnt the killer. Everyone (myself included) has theories on who it is, and why this person or that person cant be the killer.
On the 2nd to last day of filming for the season I caught up to them filming on a quiet street in the Queens Park area of New Westminster for scenes at the Skinner family house.
On this particular day there was 2 cast members on set. Elias Koteas ( James Skinner) & Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden). I chatted with a few people that day, including the people who owned the house they were filming in & a couple fans who had been there earlier & on the prior filming day before the weekend.
I was told 2 things about the set that I didnt get to see myself.
1- A scene earlier that day was done where Linden was sitting in her car with her gun drawn (never quite got the details if someone was in the car with her, or if she was pointing it at someone outside.)
2- The previous filming day, Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) was on set, and had a scene with Linden where they are knocking on Skinners door.
Notably absent from the set, were Skinners wife & daughter... which I thought was odd since it was their house.
What does all this mean for the finale? Who knows. This could possibly be an innocuous moment between Linden & Skinner after the case was wrapped. It could be a monumental moment that is vital to telling us who the killer is. Really, it could be anything else in between. We will just have to wait to see.
On the set the day I was there, both Elias & Mireille stopped to sign autographs for those who asked while they were there.
The Killing cast & crew have always been great with fans & regulars. Really hoping this was not my last encounter with them.
Below are the pics from that day. My buddy joked with me, after not having seen Mireille in a few hours of being there he was really only waiting around to see what colour sweater he had this time.. Must say, if The Killing ever has a wardrobe sale here, there will be a sizable section devoted to hoodies & sweaters.
The Killing can be seen on Sunday night, on AMC. Season finale is August 4th.
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