While politician Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) was revealed to have a sleazy, prostitute-soliciting side and was arrested for Rosie’s killing, it was soon uncovered that the evidence against him was faulty — the result of some framework on the part of Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman). Holder’s good cop-bad cop split personality further pushed the former addict towards his dark side, and audiences were left wondering not only whether the real killer would ever be found, but also if there was anyone trustworthy enough to get the job done.
To begin with, Richmond gets nearly assassinated by one of Stan Larsen’s (Brent Sexton) vindictive employees, and while he survives the shootout, the injury leaves him paralyzed.
- Prior to Campbell’s emancipation, Holder, thinking somehow he is in the right, switches out Rosie’s bloody backpack with his own so that forensic testing won’t identify her blood on the parcel. Hence, the killer will not be presumed free. Forensics, nevertheless, does a little tampering of its own and identifies her blood anyway.
- Richmond may be cleared from the investigation, but he’s forever linked to the Larsens, and his PR and campaign strategists launch a mighty effort to steer this attention in a positive direction. The pressure eventually gets to Jamie (Eric Laden) however, and a fight breaks out between him and the mayor’s right-hand man.
- The already tumultuous relationship between Holder and Linden immediately gets rockier when Linden realizes Richmond was framed by her own associate. The closing scene shows Linden barring Holder from her apartment, a symbolic foreshadowing of their forthcoming dual.
- Remember Stan’s shady past? Well, now he’s not afraid to use it, hiring a hitman to avenge the death of his daughter as the premiere draws to a close.
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