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The Best Episodes of The Killing

Every episode of The Killing ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Killing!

The Killing is an American crime drama television series based upon the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.


Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Killing" is "Six Minutes", rated 9.2/10 from 1808 user votes. It was directed by Nicole Kassell and written by Veena Sud. "Six Minutes" aired on 7/28/2013 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "What I Know".

  • Six Minutes
    9.2/10 1,808 votes

    #1 - Six Minutes

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-07-28

    Sarah copes with the consequences of past mistakes; Holder wrestles personal demons; Seward is truthful.

    Director: Nicole Kassell

    Writer: Veena Sud

  • What I Know
    9.1/10 2,001 votes

    #2 - What I Know

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2012-06-17

    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.

    Director: Patty Jenkins

    Writer: Dan Nowak, Veena Sud

  • Eden
    9.0/10 1,864 votes

    #3 - Eden

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-08-01

    Linden and Holder are confronted with the shocking truth behind the Stansbury murders.

    Director: Jonathan Demme

    Writer: Veena Sud

  • Reckoning
    8.7/10 1,191 votes

    #4 - Reckoning

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-07-21

    The hunt for a pornographer leads to a shocking revelation; Holder looks for a scapegoat; Twitch and Lyric find their dream home.

    Director: Jonathan Demme

    Writer: Dan Nowak

  • The Road to Hamelin
    8.7/10 1,329 votes

    #5 - The Road to Hamelin

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2013-08-04

    In the Season 3 finale, Sarah risks her life when someone dear to her goes missing; and Holder's past is used against him.

    Director: Daniel Attias

    Writer: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin

  • Beau Soleil
    8.6/10 1,453 votes

    #6 - Beau Soleil

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2011-06-12

    The police connect Rosie to a suspicious website. Stan faces his demons while Mitch learns secrets she never knew about Rosie.

    Director: Keith Gordon

    Writer: Jeremy Doner, Soo Hugh

  • Donnie or Marie
    8.6/10 1,174 votes

    #7 - Donnie or Marie

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2012-06-10

    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.

    Director: Keith Gordon

    Writer: Aaron Zelman, Wendy Riss

  • Try
    8.5/10 1,059 votes

    #8 - Try

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2013-07-14

    Sarah goes missing; Bullet makes a choice to save Lyric; a dark secret is learned.

    Director: Lodge Kerrigan

    Writer: Nic Sheff, Aaron Slavik

  • From Up Here
    8.5/10 1,045 votes

    #9 - From Up Here

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2013-08-04

    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.

    Director: Phil Abraham

    Writer: Eliza Clark

  • Dream Baby Dream
    8.5/10 1,056 votes

    #10 - Dream Baby Dream

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2014-08-01

    Linden and Holder focus their investigation on a new suspect, and a tip from an informant leads Reddick to a shocking discovery.

    Director: Gregory Middleton

    Writer: Sean Whitesell

  • Orpheus Descending
    8.4/10 1,547 votes

    #11 - Orpheus Descending

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-06-19

    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.

    Director: Brad Anderson

    Writer: Nic Pizzolatto, Veena Sud

  • Bulldog
    8.4/10 1,126 votes

    #12 - Bulldog

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2012-06-03

    A return to the casino winds up sending Sarah and Holder on the run, while Stan and Richmond face life-altering decisions.

    Director: Ed Bianchi

    Writer: Jeremy Doner

  • Truth Asunder
    8.4/10 1,058 votes

    #13 - Truth Asunder

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-08-01

    New information about the family murders surfaces. Meanwhile, Holder's loyalty is put to the test.

    Director: Coky Giedroyc

    Writer: Dan Nowak

  • Unraveling
    8.3/10 1,085 votes

    #14 - Unraveling

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2014-08-01

    Questioning a neighbor leads to a revelation about one of the murder victims.

    Director: Lodge Kerrigan

    Writer: Dan Nowak

  • The Good Soldier
    8.3/10 1,032 votes

    #15 - The Good Soldier

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-08-01

    Reddick digs deeper as Linden and Holder struggle to keep their investigation from going cold.

    Director: Ed Bianchi

    Writer: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin

  • Sayonara Hiawatha
    8.2/10 1,099 votes

    #16 - Sayonara Hiawatha

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2012-05-20

    Richmond lends support to the investigation; Sarah tries to track down Rosie's key; and Stan deals with his troubled son.

    Director: Phil Abraham

    Writer: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin

  • That You Fear the Most
    8.2/10 1,176 votes

    #17 - That You Fear the Most

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2013-06-02

    Sarah makes a grim discovery in regards to her past; Holder catches an unsettling case; Seward shows his true colors.

    Director: Lodge Kerrigan

    Writer: Dan Nowak

  • Blood in the Water
    8.2/10 1,206 votes

    #18 - Blood in the Water

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-08-01

    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.

    Director: Nicole Kassell

    Writer: Veena Sud

  • Pilot
    8.1/10 2,161 votes

    #19 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2011-04-03

    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.

    Director: Patty Jenkins

    Writer: N/A

  • Undertow
    8.1/10 1,321 votes

    #20 - Undertow

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2011-05-22

    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.

    Director: Agnieszka Holland

    Writer: Dan Nowak

  • Scared and Running
    8.1/10 1,009 votes

    #21 - Scared and Running

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2013-06-23

    Bullet races to find a victim on the run before someone else does; Seward is discourteous to surprise visitors.

    Director: Daniel Attias

    Writer: Herbert Coleman

  • I'll Let You Know When I Get There
    8.0/10 1,314 votes

    #22 - I'll Let You Know When I Get There

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-05-29

    Richmond rises in the polls; a surprising individual turns himself in.

    Director: Ed Bianchi

    Writer: Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin

  • Reflections
    8.0/10 1,267 votes

    #23 - Reflections

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-04-01

    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.

    Director: Agnieszka Holland

    Writer: Veena Sud

  • Keylela
    8.0/10 1,093 votes

    #24 - Keylela

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2012-05-06

    The investigation refocuses on the casino; Stan has an uneasy face-to-face with Richmond; tension grips the Larsen house.

    Director: Nicole Kassell

    Writer: Dan Nowak

  • Off the Reservation
    8.0/10 1,091 votes

    #25 - Off the Reservation

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2012-05-13

    Holder disappears and a desperate Sarah goes looking for him; Stan decides to take matters into his own hands; and Richmond returns to City Hall.

    Director: Veena Sud

    Writer: Nathaniel Halpern