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The Killing

Seasons: 3
Episodes: 40
User ratings: 21,861
Average rating: 8.4

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Police detective Sarah Lund investigates difficult cases with personal and political consequences.

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Season 1

Season 2

Season 3


Episodes details table

Episode #1.1
Monday, November 3. Police detective Sarah Lund is about to leave her job in Copenhagen to move to Sweden. Troels Hartmann is gaining ground in his efforts to lead his party to power at city hall. Theis and Pernille Birk Larsen are the happy parents of three children. The discovery of the blood-stained belongings of a young girl prompts a police investigation that will change the lives of all involved.
User ratings: 331
Average rating: 8.1
Episode #1.2
Monday, November 3-Tuesday, November 4. Nanna's parents identify her body, and details of her sufferings are uncovered. Lund keeps postponing her departure, and tension arises between her and her new partner as they investigate the connection to city hall and a known criminal identified as the driver of the car Nanna was found in. Hartmann is faced with the choice of cooperating with the police or protecting his political future.
User ratings: 259
Average rating: 7.9
Episode #1.3
Tuesday, November 4-Wednesday, November 5: Lund and Meyer track down the driver, who ends up injured in the hospital, but also supplies an alibi. They refocus their investigation on Nanna's school. When the story of the connection to his campaign breaks, Hartmann finds himself in media turmoil. The Birk Larsens try to cope with their loss as they arrange the funeral.
User ratings: 236
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #1.4
Wednesday, November 5-Thursday, November 6: The police investigate the crime scene they have found at Nanna's school and suspect her classmates Oliver and Jeppe of wrongdoing. Sarah Lund's fiancé shows up in Copenhagen, and she promises to leave for Sweden without delay. Meanwhile, Hartmann learns that a trusted employee has sent a suspicious email.
User ratings: 224
Average rating: 7.9
Episode #1.5
Thursday, November 6-Friday, November 7. Hartmann has won a new political ally, but is drawn into the murder case again when the police uncover new information which turns their suspicions towards teachers at Nanna's school. Theis Birk Larsen is troubled by the financial strain of the house he bought before Nanna's death. He begins to grow weary over the lack of progress in the case and seeks his own sources of information.
User ratings: 224
Average rating: 7.9
Episode #1.6
Friday, November 7-Saturday, November 8: Lund and Meyer investigate teacher Raman al Kemal's actions on the night of the murder. Hartmann learns of foul play at city hall, and his campaign is put under pressure when his opponent reveals Hartmann's ties with the suspect in a TV debate. On the day of Nanna's funeral, Lund is finally on her way to Sweden, and the appearance of one particular guest makes Nanna's father offer him a ride home.
User ratings: 222
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #1.7
Saturday, November 8-Sunday, November 9. Lund decides to stay in town to continue the investigation even though it puts her relationship with Bengt under strain. Rama is questioned as the main suspect. When Hartmann chooses not to suspend him, it puts his political position under threat.
User ratings: 220
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #1.8
Sunday, November 9-Monday, November 10. The police locate the place where Nanna was killed, and Rama is charged with the crime. Hartmann is fighting for his political life, but ends up making a tough choice. Meanwhile, Bengt is in a car accident on his way to Sweden, but tries to help Lund from his hospital bed. When the evidence is cast into doubt, Rama is released, but someone has other ideas.
User ratings: 217
Average rating: 8.1
Episode #1.9
Monday, November 10-Tuesday, November 11. Theis Birk Larsen's brutal punishment of Rama is interrupted by the police, and Theis is arrested. Lund and Meyer refocus their investigation on the car used by the murderer, knowing that if they do not make progress they might be taken off the case. As it becomes known that Rama is no longer a suspect, Hartmann shakes things up at city hall and relaunches his campaign.
User ratings: 216
Average rating: 8.2
Episode #1.10
Tuesday, November 11-Wednesday, November 12. Bengt leaves for Stockholm. Lund and Meyer are hindered in their investigation by a secretive boss, but Lund continues inquiries and is dismissed for her sins. Hartmann strikes a deal with higher powers in order to secure his bid for mayor, and a public debate is the scene of a change in political fortunes. Theis is released from prison, new secrets are uncovered about Nanna's last months, and in a last bid to forward the investigation, Lund unlocks the door to a new piece in the puzzle.
User ratings: 213
Average rating: 8.3
Episode #1.11
Sarah and Jan know who they are looking for but are puzzled by their superiors' reactions.
User ratings: 202
Average rating: 8.2
Episode #1.12
Sarah and Jan interrogate Troels, whose private information opens a new can of worms.
User ratings: 204
Average rating: 8.1
Episode #1.13
The spotlight of the police and media is now trained on Troels Hartmann, and he feels his political career is crumbling. Meanwhile strange things are going on at the town hall with fatal consequences.
User ratings: 199
Average rating: 8.2
Episode #1.14
Troels's political opponent Bremer wastes no time in taking advantage of his discomfort.
User ratings: 195
Average rating: 8.2
Episode #1.15
Sarah has walked into a life-threatening situation.
User ratings: 194
Average rating: 8.4
Episode #1.16
Sarah won't get on board when her superiors insist that Nanna's murder has been solved.
User ratings: 192
Average rating: 8.2
Episode #1.17
Sarah and Jan are convinced there's a link between Nanna's murder and an unsolved case.
User ratings: 192
Average rating: 8.2
Episode #1.18
Sarah and Jan check out a warehouse to look for evidence but something unexpected happens.
User ratings: 206
Average rating: 8.5
Episode #1.19
The hunt for a missing suspect takes an unexpected turn.
User ratings: 205
Average rating: 8.5
Episode #1.20
Having been taken off the case, will Sarah succeed in nailing Nanna's murderer?
User ratings: 231
Average rating: 8.5
Episode #2.1
Monday, November 14-Tuesday, November 15. Ten days after lawyer Anne Dragsholm was found dead at a WWII memorial, the police have her husband in custody for her murder. But the chief of investigation calls on Sarah Lund, who has transferred away from the crime squad, to return to Copenhagen to look over the case. Meanwhile, a young politician is made minister of justice after his predecessor is incapacitated, and a convict seeks parole from a detention facility to be with his wife and child.
User ratings: 197
Average rating: 7.7
Episode #2.2
Tuesday, November 15-Wednesday, November 16. Sarah Lund officially joins the investigation into the murders of Anne Dragsholm and soldier Allan Myg Poulsen, who was found butchered in a warehouse. A published video of the captive Dragsholm suggests the assassinations are acts of terrorism, and the police look into links with Islamic extremists. At Parliament the case puts new minister Buch's terrorism legislation in jeopardy when the government's right-wing partners demand a tighter grip on extremism. Prisoner Jens Peter Raben takes matters into his own hands after being denied parole.
User ratings: 175
Average rating: 7.7
Episode #2.3
Wednesday, November 16-Thursday, November 17. While intelligence services insist that the investigation should focus on possible terrorism links, Raben's escape strengthens Lund's interest in his links with the victims. Raben himself seeks information from other old army buddies. Buch is hit by the revelation of a secret memo about the Dragsholm murder, and the actions of the former minister come into question.
User ratings: 168
Average rating: 7.8
Episode #2.4
Thursday, November 17-Friday, November 18. The murder of another former soldier, David Grüner, prompts inquiries into his and Raben's army squad and a particular event during the group's Afghanistan mission a few years before. Lund and Strange track down one of the remaining members in a remote Swedish island. Buch is under pressure from above to cave to the right wing's demands about banning Islamic organisations, but new information about former minister Monberg's relationship with one of the victims makes him weary of acting too hastily.
User ratings: 163
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #2.5
Friday, November 18-Saturday, November 19. The police investigation comes under fire after soldier Lisbeth Thomsen was killed by a bomb planted in her boat, but Brix keeps Lund and Strange on the case. They try to learn the truth about the Afghanistan mission and pay a visit to the mother of a fallen soldier who may be connected to the case. Buch causes scandal when he interrupts his own press conference, and the prime minister wants him to come up with answers. Raben remains on the run, but seeks help from his former comrade the chaplain.
User ratings: 163
Average rating: 7.8
Episode #2.6
Saturday, November 19-Sunday, November 20. Lund demands that the grave of the dead soldier Per K. Møller be dug up, but her theory that the coffin is empty is proven wrong. She is suspended from the investigation and takes time to attend her mother's wedding until developments bring her back into action. Buch brings his assistant Karina Munk back after she resigned, despite permanent secretary Plough's objections. They pay a visit to former minister Monberg, who has gained consciousness at the hospital, to find out what he knows about the ongoing case.
User ratings: 165
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #2.7
Sunday, November 20-Monday, November 21. After finding the chaplain assaulted in his church Sarah Lund chases the offender, but ends up battered in an alley. She is brought back in charge of the investigation. Monberg has taken his own life shortly after his confrontation with Buch. Buch comes about a previously unknown medical report and decides to challenge his colleague the minister of defense over his secrecy. Raben continues his rogue investigation and tracks down a former soldier who he believes to be responsible for the Afghanistan incident.
User ratings: 160
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #2.8
Monday, November 21-Tuesday, November 22. Jens Peter Raben has been shot by Strange during an escalated situation where Raben seemed to recognize Strange. Raben survives, and Lund finally has the chance to interrogate him. She finds herself investigating her partner's past in the military, but also uncovers a soldier's video diary that leads to a new suspect. At the barracks Colonel Jarnvig begins to consider the possibility that Raben's version of events in Afghanistan might be true. And after a week in the job Buch faces forced resignation, but finds help from an unexpected source.
User ratings: 159
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #2.9
Tuesday, November 22-Wednesday, November 23. Thomas Buch has refused to resign and calls a party meeting to challenge the authority of the prime minister. He finds an unexpected ally in the minister of defense. Lund and Strange head to Afghanistan to seek out Frederik Holst, a doctor with a grudge against Raben and his squad. They also decide to visit the house where a family was allegedly killed while the Danish soldiers were there. Back in Copenhagen, Brix organizes a search of the army barracks and finds a locker full of incriminating objects.
User ratings: 157
Average rating: 8.1
Episode #2.10
Thursday, November 24. Lund and Strange return from Afghanistan with their findings, though Brix has become convinced of the guilt of officer Bilal, who has run away with Louise Raben as his hostage. Buch has been held overnight by the police, but returns determined to bring down the government he is part of. Secrets are uncovered at the ministry and in the military, revealing a conspiracy to conceal vital information. Lund puts together some pieces of her own, and it comes to a lethal confrontation with the killer.
User ratings: 172
Average rating: 8.3
Episode #3.1
Body parts are found at Copenhagen dock only hours before a visit by the prime minister.
User ratings: 201
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #3.2
The police try to track down the kidnapper of Robert Zeuthen's daughter Emilie.
User ratings: 170
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #3.3
It becomes clear that Emilie Zeuthen's kidnapper will stop at nothing to recover his debt.
User ratings: 163
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #3.4
Another failed attempt to capture their man leaves Borch and Lund with a dilemma - should they obey the perpetrator's instructions or take action in spite of his directives, thereby risking Emilie's life?
User ratings: 155
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #3.5
The kidnapper continues to insist that he's seeking to recover a debt. If Lund is to save Emilie's life, it will be up to her to find out what the debt is and how it should be repaid.
User ratings: 151
Average rating: 8.1
Episode #3.6
In Jutland, Borch and Lund make an eerie discovery and find themselves in danger.
User ratings: 155
Average rating: 8.1
Episode #3.7
A new element turns out to play a role of great significance in the investigation.
User ratings: 145
Average rating: 8.1
Episode #3.8
A suspect is taken in for examination as the police try to find out about the notebook.
User ratings: 139
Average rating: 8.3
Episode #3.9
Sarah Lund is held back in her attempts to make headway with the investigation.
User ratings: 135
Average rating: 8.3
Episode #3.10
It's election day and the Prime Minister has everything to gain but Emilie's fate remains uncertain.
User ratings: 197
Average rating: 8.7
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