The Killing is a suuuuuuper slow burn telling the story of a Seattle detective, Sarah Linden (played by Mireille Enos), whose last case in the city is of a disturbing murder of a young teenager named Rosie Larsen. The question “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” becomes the tagline for the show and the format of the hour-long crime drama almost always ends on a cliffhanger, making you want to watch more.
Although this show only lasted two seasons before AMC cancelled it, two seasons was all it needed to bring things to a close. While it’s not the first time Vancouver’s stood in for Seattle, this was probably one of the first shows I’ve seen that didn’t try to hide Vancouver as well as other productions have. Let’s take a look, shall we?
While this looks like just another highway, this is actually the highway leading up to UBC. Notice the Tacoma sign.
Mayoral candidate Darren Richmond (played by Billy Campbell) has his offices at the new Vancouver Convention Centre and it overlooks Gastown, the Vancouver shipping yards and crab park.
In this image, you can actually see a green street sign in the background,. If you look closely, it says Cambie. In some episodes, you can actually catch a Vancouver Whitecaps banner on streetlamps. Yep, this is really Seattle.
You can watch the AMC version of The Killing on DVD and Blu-ray, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you could purchase the original Dutch version. The stories are somewhat the same but also slightly different. Unlike the North American iteration of the show, the Dutch version actually goes past the original case to show what happens to the lead detective later on.
Many special thanks goes to @Gloomybb for providing me with screenshots!!