"What You Have Left" Review
“What You Have Left” focuses mostly on the actual investigation, and the second half of the episode is filled with interesting twists. The beginning of “What You Have Left” is pretty slow moving and feels like a continuation of last week’s episode. Bennet continues to be the prime suspect as each clue only reinforces the notion that he killed Rosie.
The Larsen family has a smaller role this week, but it’s an important moment for the show: Rosie’s funeral. The actual mass wasn’t shown much on screen. Instead, we get to look at the drama unfold before and after the funeral. There were some really nice moments here; her bother killing the bug by Rosie’s grave is especially upsetting once you give it some thought. I also like how Stan refused to let his friend help move those crates, yet he allows his son to help carry the coffin. It was a dark and revealing moment that worked quite well.
We also find out that Stan was involved with the Irish Mafia and had gambling problems. This is an important (though suspected) revelation, especially towards the end of “What You Have Left.” As the case continues to unravel, we learn that Bennet’s wife helped carry Rosie’s body into a car. Of course, this is how it’s revealed, and I’m certain it’ll end up more complicated. We’re left wondering if the killer is Bennet or his wife, though I have a feeling it’ll be neither.
The end of “What You Have Left” grows more and more dire, as Bennet allows a furious Stan to drive him home. It all plays out effectively, with Bennet at Stan’s mercy... he doesn’t even have his cell phone! Sarah driving the route, looking particularly desperate was a nice conclusion for this episode. I have a feeling she’ll be missing that red eye flight. Her son is going to be super rich after that bet!
Darren Richmond’s story-arc is essentially about trying to do the noble thing... and how in politics, the line between right and wrong is often blurred. It’s a tough line to walk, and I like how Richmond is displayed as an idealist. He’s likable and really wants to do the right thing... even if it costs him the election.
His debate with the mayor was a great conclusion to this episode, as Darren takes the fall to protect Bennet (who at this point cannot look any more guilty). I really liked his side of the debate, and it reminds me how good Billy Campbell is at delivering speeches; this was very reminiscent of his role as Jordan Collier on The 4400.
Once more, my favorite part of The Killing lies in the possibilities for next week’s story. With Stan virtually holding Bennet hostage, it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. And with next week’s story titled “Vengeance,” I can only wonder what might happen.