From writer, executive producer and series showrunner Veena Sud (Cold Case), The Killing is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation.The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim's grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they've moved on, their past isn't done with them.
On her last day of work, homicide detective Sarah Linden is drawn into a new case about the disappearance of a teenage girl, Rosie Larsen. Mitch and Stan Larsen frantically try to track down their daughter when they learn she did not show up at school. City Councilman Darren Richmond prepares for an important forum with the Mayor as the election nears.
Councilman Richmond suspects a leak within his team; Sarah tracks down a witness and is led to a suspect.
The Larsens plan their daughter's funeral; Rosie's friend unveils surprises about her life.
Rosie's teacher provides Sarah and Holder with a new piece of evidence. Richmond's campaign team plans a new anti-crime television commercial. Mitch continues to struggle with the loss of her daughter, while Stan becomes more determined to find Rosie's killer, and asks his colleague Belko for help.
Sarah and Holder intensify their investigation on a suspect's family and friends. Gwen and Richmond disagree over strategy for the next debate with the mayor. Meanwhile, Rosie's funeral takes place and Stan concentrates on his own investigation into her death.
Mitch questions the validity of the police investigation while Richmond has to deal with a negative ad. It's discovered that Rosie was at Bennett's apartment the night she died.
Sarah and Holder evade the FBI and unearth new evidence. Mitch endangers the boys, prompting Stan to take matters into his own hands. Richmond tries to climb back in the race.
The police are thwarted in their efforts to arrest Bennet. Richmond thinks long and hard about removing himself from the Mayor's race. Mitch and Stan have had it with the police.
Richmond rises in the polls; a surprising individual turns himself in.
The police connect Rosie to a suspicious website. Stan faces his demons while Mitch learns secrets she never knew about Rosie.
The identification of the mysterious Orpheus provides a vital connection to the case. Mitch and Stan reflect on the past while contemplating their family's future.
While covering up Lt. Skinner's sudden disappearance, Linden and Holder are assigned a new case: the brutal murder of an entire family with ties to a military academy.
Questioning a neighbor leads to a revelation about one of the murder victims.
Reddick digs deeper as Linden and Holder struggle to keep their investigation from going cold.
Linden and Holder focus their investigation on a new suspect, and a tip from an informant leads Reddick to a shocking discovery.
New information about the family murders surfaces. Meanwhile, Holder's loyalty is put to the test.
Linden and Holder are confronted with the shocking truth behind the Stansbury murders.
In the aftermath of the shooting at City Hall and Linden's discovery that the photo leading to Councilman Darren Richmond's arrest was forged, Sarah returns to Seattle to investigate a possible cover up and wonders if she can trust her partner.
Sarah hunts down Rosie's backpack as Holder falls from grace. Mitch re-emerges while Stan continues to entangle himself with the mob. Richmond faces up to his situation.
Sarah and Holder identify the mystery man with the tattoo while Jamie attempts to enlist Gwen's help and Stan learns his past may have come back to haunt him.
Sarah receives a message from the dead that may shed light on the identity of Rosie's killer. Meanwhile, Mitch befriends a young runaway; and Richmond has grave doubts about his future in politics.
Sarah zeros in on a Larsen-family secret; Stan comes to grips with some past indiscretions; and Mitch takes in a runaway girl. Meanwhile, the Richmond campaign entertains a surprise visitor.
The investigation refocuses on the casino; Stan has an uneasy face-to-face with Richmond; tension grips the Larsen house.
Richmond lends support to the investigation; Sarah tries to track down Rosie's key; and Stan deals with his troubled son.
Sarah teeters on the edge. Stan attempts to make amends. Richmond receives an unexpected boost in the mayoral race.
A return to the casino winds up sending Sarah and Holder on the run, while Stan and Richmond face life-altering decisions.
Sarah and Holder close in on the murderer. Meanwhile, the Richmond campaign preps for the election; and the Larsens seek to get their lives back in order.
Sarah and Holder's investigation comes to a close. Meanwhile, Richmond sets out on a bold new course; and a surprise source helps bring closure to the Larsens.
Sarah makes a grim discovery in regards to her past; Holder catches an unsettling case; Seward shows his true colors.
Sarah has her own reasons to join the task force; Holder finds a new street informant; Seward strokes an old rivalry.
The task force shuts down a business; Sarah and Holder unite in their pursuit of "the voice"; Seward is offered motivation to comply with orders.
Bullet races to find a victim on the run before someone else does; Seward is discourteous to surprise visitors.
Linden and Holder catch up to the latest victim; Seward faces his past; Bullet struggles with the truth while in the jungle.
Holder and Linden get a break in the case; Seward clashes with death; Bullet becomes a protector.
Sarah goes missing; Bullet makes a choice to save Lyric; a dark secret is learned.
The hunt for a pornographer leads to a shocking revelation; Holder looks for a scapegoat; Twitch and Lyric find their dream home.
Sarah copes with the consequences of past mistakes; Holder wrestles personal demons; Seward is truthful.
Sarah seeks peace in the case's aftermath; the detectives pick up an unnerving new assignment; Lyric is tempted by her old life; Danette says good-bye.