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Although never really rising to the level of the series premiere, Season 2 did a good job overall of addressing a lot of the problems of Season One. A better flow, and no more red herrings every episode. There was some good suspense any time the action took place at the Wapahoe Reservation, and the characters of Holder and Linden got richer and their bond stronger, though of course Linden’s parenting still left a lot to be desired.
Although the previous couple episodes were better executed, the finale did pretty well with what was a lot of informative flashbacks and resolution. The killer was finally revealed and while that scene was pretty rote, there was a somewhat surprising arrest for Teri, and a manipulative but nonetheless touching goodbye to Rosie Larsen, courtesy of the discovery of the short film she had finished before she died. It was meant to be a loving farewell to her parents before she left to see the world, but at least the “loving farewell” part worked. Of course, it’s hard not to compare this series to AMC’s heavy hitters, Breaking Bad and Mad Men. It just doesn’t have the quality of writing, either in depth or plotting, scoring mainly on atmosphere, good direction and fine acting. Does it all make sense? Not quite. Why Ames or Jamie would have just left Teri around without making sure she could keep her mouth shut is a pretty huge plot hole, and the healing of the Larsen’s isn’t very well-earned. In 26 days, they’ve separated, reunited, bought a home, said goodbye to Rose and Teri, and seemingly cured their son of latent psychopathic tendencies. And Stan hasn’t even had his trial yet—not a great time to buy a house.
Aside from the revelation that Darren Richmond is ultimately just another hollow, opportunistic politician, there were no hints at the possible direction for a third season, if indeed it happens. I’d probably be happy if they just left it at this, having mostly redeemed themselves for Season One and getting to the finish line with some class.