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Moment of Goodness

Moments of Goodness: Holder and Linden Partner Up in The Killing 

Photo Credit: Carole Segal/AMC
Photo Credit: Carole Segal/AMC

I am completely aware that this is a dark show, but I have drawn immense joy from having it back on my TV every week. This is nothing to do with the subject matter and everything to do with the magic that is putting Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman in the same room (and the same car). We finally have Linden and Holder on the case together, and I love, love, love that they’ve fallen immediately back into that easy rapport that was so much a part of the first two seasons.

I was a little nervous that Linden was freezing Holder out upon her return, but as soon as she called out his new partner for being hugely under-invested in the fate of the missing and dead girls, Holder switched gears from fast track to old school and fell right back into that camaraderie he hadn’t quite achieved with Reddick. I’ve been completely down with them formally back on the job together now that she has her badge again.

Moment #1 happened last week in “Head Shots,” when Linden bolted outside for a smoke and Holder was right on her heels. The mixed emotions of being busted for the cigarette and relieved that she wasn’t on her own ran across her face and then relaxed when he told her he’d drive. Holder’s familiar smile as she silently walked around to get in on the passenger side was priceless.

Photo Credit: Carole Segal/AMC
Photo Credit: Carole Segal/AMC

Moment #2 happened last night in “Scared and Running,” when Linden took the keys from Holder (which he met with “Just like old times”). With Bullet in tow and giving them just the right amount of lip along with her directions, they headed out to a riverside squat to see if they could find Kallie. The guys gathered on the water’s edge were a daunting crew, and Bullet chided Holder that there was no way they’d talk to him in a suit. He smiled that big, goofy grin of his and got out of the car.

The trunk popped up and Bullet and Linden kept talking and Bullet finally asked Linden what he was doing. A few moments later, the trunk closed and Holder came alongside the car, still smiling, only this time wearing his trademark jeans, hoodie, and jacket and flashing a peace sign at them as he started down the bank. Sitting at home, I also got the goofiest, biggest grin that Holder in a Hoodie was back. Bonus MOG for the sweet way he handled the pit bull, too.

Things took a turn for the awkward later when Linden took Holder up on his offer for a place to crash after their 72-hour shift and she realized she’d stepped on his girlfriend’s Valentine’s Day plans and Holder had forgotten the holiday altogether. I’ve said before that I don’t see Linden and Holder romantically at all, but they are family. And they’re bound in a way that he’s not (yet) with his girlfriend. So we’ll see where that goes now that Linden is fully back in the picture.

We’re already almost halfway through season three. You can catch the next new episode of The Killing Sunday at 9 pm/8c on AMC.

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