'The Killing' Recap: Red Herrings Everywhere?

This week's episode of The Killing was titled "The Soundless Echo," which doesn't make a lot of sense until you realize it's the final line in a Beryl Markham quote in one of the love letters found in Rosie's bedroom, written by her ... high school teacher?

But more on that in a minute.

Episode 4 was full of revelations big and small, and it's frustrating not to know which of these bubbling secrets are most meaningful to the case. On the one hand, the show seems to teach us that every small piece of information is there for a reason—Sterling's nosebleed in episode 1, for instance—on the other, we've been duped by one red herring, and I suspect there are more to come.

Let's run through some of this episode's biggest eyebrow-raisers:


The cage video. It turns out it was Sterling in the cage video, not Rosie, and the action depicted was sad, creepy, consensual sex, and the blood was from Sterling's nose, and now everyone thinks Sterling is a slut because "no means yes"? WTF.

Stan's murky background.
First we learn that Rosie's dad bought a house without telling anyone. Then his employee insinuates that Stan used to be involved in some unsavory wiseguy work back in the day, with the comment that the associate could "take care of" Richmond like they used to ("I don't do that anymore," Stan says, frowningly). Finally, there's a weird scene with Stan taking money from a guy who refers to himself as family, which Stan vehemently denies, and what's that all about?

The political secrets deepen.
Richmond secretly took $50,000 from a slimy billionaire to finance his campaign. Also, he knows that Jamie the campaign manager was set up, and they're trying to prove that the mayor did it. Also also, Gwen's dad is a senator.

Holder and Linden's past.
Kris the junkie accuses Holder of having the "itch" like him. Linden's creepy fiancee Rick whines to Linden about how it's not happening again, is it, the chasing after a dead girl thing? So: Holder was a drug addict and Linden has a history of being obsessed with young-girl murder cases and by the way what's the significance of that drawing from Linden's office?

Bennet was involved with Rosie.
Or so we're led to believe by the letters illuminated in Rosie's globe (worst hiding place ever), and the youth center Rosie apparently skipped school to visit, which is festooned with Richmond campaign propaganda and a big old smoking gun photo of Bennet. I wonder about this revelation, though. The last episode had us firmly believing in Kris and Jasper's guilt, and I think the Bennet story might be a similar distraction.

One final observation: Rosie's body is found with her favorite butterfly necklace. But in the video of Rosie at the dance, she isn't wearing a necklace. WHAT DOES IT MEEAAAAAAN?

What did you think about this week's episode? Who's your top suspect at this point?

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