Joel Kinnaman knew he ‘wasn’t a bad guy’ on ‘The Killing’ [Video]

In the much-discussed and debated first season finale of “The Killing” last June, many viewers were left wondering if Detective Stephen Holder was actually one of the people responsible for the death of Rosie Larsen. In a video chat with Gold Derby, actor Joel Kinnaman said, “I knew I wasn’t a bad guy. There were a lot of viewers that, of course, got very concerned because it looked like I was some kind of participant in a cover-up. But actually Holder is a guy that cuts corners, and in this case he became a victim of his trusts. It was a big thing for Holder, a devastating loss of trust.”

The AMC drama is based on the original Danish series “Forbrydelsen” and features Kinnaman as a new detective in the Seattle homicide department brought over from another unit. He is partnered with seasoned veteran Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos), and they hit the ground running with the murder investigation of a teenaged girl. The case was not solved by the end of the first season, but producers have promised results by the end of this spring.

Kinnaman added, “The first season was very much about raising questions. The second season is all about answers, like everything is tying together. Every lead coming up in the second season is also tying back to stuff they kept talking about in the first season. From this point, it’s sort of a downhill race to the end. The way they have scripted that is going to be very rewarding to the viewers who have stuck with the show.”

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The freshman outing of the program did well with Emmy nominations, picking up nods for Enos as Best Drama Actress, Michelle Forbes as Best Drama Supporting Actress, and for the directing and writing of the pilot episode. Kinnaman will once again be on the ballot contending for Best Drama Supporting Actor.

His film career is also blooming. He had a cameo in David Fincher‘s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” this past December, which sets up a much bigger role for the second and third films in the series later on. Kinnaman’s biggest upcoming role is in the relaunch of the “RoboCop” franchise, in which he will play the title character.

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