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Killing Star Mireille Enos Defends Controversial Finale: 'It Was Really Smart Storytelling'

Not everyone’s grumbling about the lack of closure in the season finale of The Killing. Leading lady Mireille Enos (Sarah) brushed off the backlash to Sunday’s Season 1 send-off, which concluded without Rosie Larsen’s real killer being identified.

“I thought it was awesome,” Enos told TVLine at Monday’s inaugural Critics Choice Awards, where she was a nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. “I know there’s lots of controversy about it, but I think a cliffhanger is really smart storytelling. It means audiences will come back [for Season 2].

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“I think there was too much story to wrap up,” she added. “To solve [the murder] in one episode, it would have felt rushed. If there’s anything that’s been true about this season, [it’s that] we’ve taken our time. That continued to be true through the finale. I think the payoff next season is going to be really worth it.”

Enos’ Killing co-star Michelle Forbes, a supporting actress nominee at Monday’s Critics Choice Awards, was more sympathetic to viewers’ frustration level. “I think we have very savvy audiences,” she conceded. “They know their TV well. If you’re going to make a risky move, you have to on some level accept criticisms that are out there.”

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And what if viewers choose to retaliate next season with their remotes? “Television is a democracy,” she shrugged. “You can watch if you want. If it’s appealing to you, you can watch it. And if it’s not, you don’t have to.”

Meanwhile, the woman at the center of the firestorm, showrunner Veena Sud, maintains that she never promised the whodunit would be wrapped up in Season 1. “We asked the question, ‘Who killed Rosie Larsen?’ But we never said, ‘Tune in and by the end of 13 episodes you’ll find out who did it.'”

However, Sud is making such a promise about Season 2. “I want to assure [the fans],” she says, “that they will find out who killed Rosie Larsen in Season 2.” (Reporting by Vlada Gelman)