When the first season of The Killing aired, the show’s stars and cast were thrilled and excited.
“We just loved the story and wanted to tell it,” said Katey Sagal, who played Mary Jo Kopechne, one of the most compelling leads in television history.
“I thought, This is going to be one of those shows that everybody’s going to go, ‘Whoa, this is really going to make people care.’
And we’re gonna make people cry.”
That was exactly how the story was told.
The Killing was a series of murders, and every episode was an attempt to put an end to them.
It was a crime drama about how, in the middle of the night, people do things like commit crimes and get away with it.
“It was a weird and wonderful time, because I think the people were really passionate about it,” Sagal continued.
“It was like we had an opportunity to tell a story that wasn’t just about people, that was about people and what they were doing.
It felt like it was just a story we could tell, and it was about how we could put it out there and it could be shared.
And I think that’s what was so amazing about it.
I think we were just so focused on making this story as unique as we possibly could.”
The series was initially filmed in the UK and Australia, and after two seasons, it was sent to syndication in the US, Canada, and Europe.
The cast and crew were also heavily influenced by American crime dramas, like The Wire, The Sopranos, and The Wire: Redemption.
“This was something we wanted to make sure we did right, because if we did something wrong, it would have been a really bad mistake,” Sagar said.
“And we had this idea of, ‘How do we not get in trouble for it?’
So we made sure we were not in trouble at all.”
Sagal, a former police officer, says the first time she saw the first episodes, she felt sick.
“There was something so weird and creepy and scary about the whole premise,” she said.
“The thing about serial killers is, they’re so obsessed with themselves, and that obsession really drives them to do terrible things,” said Sagal’s husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard.
“They’re very selfish, they hate their own lives.
And they have a sense of humor about it all.”
The Killing was initially intended to be a series that would last seven episodes, but the show went on to be picked up for a third season.
Sagal credits the new season for pushing her character’s story forward, and also for her acting career.
“I’m a very introverted person,” Sagel said.
“[I] am very, very aware of what I’m doing and I feel very comfortable doing it.”
She said she’s not afraid to tell stories about herself and her character, but also knows that her story is not hers alone.
“As long as I can be myself, I’ll do it,” she explained.
“But if I’m going to let the audience and the people who watch the show and see my work, I need to have a bit of respect for them.”
The season finale of The Kill, Season 3, is a haunting look at the ways in which the world has changed in the past decade.
Sagel played Mary Kopeichne, who’s a single mother living in an upscale, all-white neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.
She’s the daughter of a police officer who’s been on the job for 40 years.
She was killed by her husband, and her daughter, Mary Jo, is the sole survivor.
“The thing that strikes you most about it is how this person is so vulnerable and vulnerable and still the person she is,” Sagals said.
Sagals’ character was the first one to die.
“In the first three episodes, we’re seeing her struggle with her life, dealing with her grief, and she struggles to find herself,” Sagall said.
The first season also included a flashback to the beginning of the series.
“A lot of that was me being a little bit emotional about it and being a bit scared and feeling vulnerable and unsure,” Sagalt said.
Sagall continued, “But then, in season four, she’s found her way out of it.
And that’s really what the episode does is gives her the closure that she needed.
And so that’s one of my favorite things about it.”
Sagar said she felt a little pressure from the producers of the show to do justice to the character.
“To be honest, I was so nervous about that,” she recalled.
“Especially because it was in a different genre, and I felt that was such a challenge.
I felt like I was the only one who could write this story