The Killing (2011–2014)
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Ghosts of the Past 

Holder and Linden learn that Alexi Giffords' father was killed by Stan Larsen when Stan was still doing muscle work for Janek. They arrest him but Lt. Carlson gives them only 8 hours to get... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mireille Enos ... Sarah Linden
Billy Campbell ... Darren Richmond
Joel Kinnaman ... Stephen Holder
Michelle Forbes ... Mitch Larsen
Brent Sexton ... Stan Larsen
Kristin Lehman ... Gwen Eaton (credit only)
Eric Ladin ... Jamie Wright
Jamie Anne Allman ... Terry Marek
Liam James ... Jack Linden
Brendan Sexton III ... Belko Royce
Mark Moses ... Lt. Erik Carlson
Tyler Johnston ... Alexi Giffords
Tahmoh Penikett ... Greg Linden
Katie Findlay ... Rosie Larsen (voice)
Randal Edwards Randal Edwards ... Ray


Holder and Linden learn that Alexi Giffords' father was killed by Stan Larsen when Stan was still doing muscle work for Janek. They arrest him but Lt. Carlson gives them only 8 hours to get a confession. Alexi denies any involvement in Rosie's death but the police realize Rosie was in trouble having found a voice mail message from her saying 'I saw him again'. Alexi says Rosie had also learned a family secret. Mitch has yet to contact anyone in the family and her parents are worried. They're also openly questioning whether Stan is fit to take care of the boys. Mitch gets to know the teenage girl from the motel and buys her lunch. Darren Richmond decides to drop out of the race for mayor, much to Jamie's consternation. At the end of a long day, Sarah gets back to the motel to find her ex-husband there waiting for her. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

22 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Although credited, Kristin Lehman (Gwen Easton) does not appear in this episode. See more »


References Falling Down (1993) See more »


Main Title Theme
Written by Richard File and Wendy Fowler
Performed by We Fell To Earth
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Stan's Complex Existence
21 January 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

More discoveries. Stan is the center of this episode, even though he isn't on screen that much. Sarah and Stephen go to Alexi's home and arrest him. As they interrogate him, he is not forthcoming until they play back a phone call made by her. It's apparent that the two of them did not have an adversarial relationship. Unfortunately, before he can give them some more information, he is released to his lawyer and brought back to Janek's. Cut to Mitch, who is staying in a hotel near the water. While in a diner, she befriends a street girl, talking to her about her past and consoling her. She is streetwise and probably a prostitute. Meanwhile, Jamie is told by Richmond that he is to call off the campaign. He tells Jamie to get out and leave him alone. His depression is so thick you can taste it. Alexi enters the picture on his own, hiding in Holder's car. He has news to share outside the police station. Terry continues to take care of the boys who are getting more and more despondent. Stan gets bad news from his lawyer. He is now desperate and sad. Terry is there. As is always the case in this series, some startling news is presented at the close. This is a pretty pithy episode and now we need another suspect. If there's a criticism, it's that this is endless.

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