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The Killing: A Guide To Making A Crime Classic
The show's creator, Søren Sveistrup on the ingredients for his cult TV show

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4. The Family

The Killing - Emilie And Robert Zeuthen

Key to the success of the show is its focus on more than just the procedural aspect of murder investigations. The three seasons have touchingly evoked the ramifications of crime across a broad strata of society from normal working class parents (season 1), military wives (season 2), and the leaders of big business (season 3).

“It was just a new way of looking at it: instead of just having the parents being questioned by the police one time, have them as main characters. That was actually because I did some research and I got very disillusioned because I experienced that many parents had to live through a tragedy like that. They go nuts, they lose themselves, they lose each other, their family gets destroyed and eventually perhaps the father takes his own life. I thought, ‘Okay, let me try to invent the best parents in the world and let’s see if they can make it, see if they can get over the revenge thought and move on in spite on this tragedy.’ You could say it was a human experiment for all the characters.”

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