I hope you all noticed, above and beyond the plot resolution and the various interesting character moments and twisty-turnys, that it finally stopped raining.
I am not the only writer who is saying this whole thing went on too long, robbing even the best moments of the power they often deserved, and this little bit of symbolic mucking about with the weather is a perfect example of that. If it had rained for, say, six days, or even ten, while they searched for the killer, then a sunny resolution would have been lovely. But 25 days of rain? That would have been the lead news story every night, ahead of the murder or the mayoral race. It’s ludicrous!
And that’s the resolution in a nutshell. It’s elegant, it ties everything together, the actors sold the hell out of it, affording us some stunning and cathartic performances, but at some point you’re going to remember the teacher, and that Stan isn’t Rosie’s biological father, and oh, yeah Janek, and Alexi, and Jasper, and that skater kid, and and and and. Too many red herrings to fill too many episodes.
So, if you didn’t watch and want me to lay it out for you, here’s who killed Rosie: Her aunt Terry.
Jamie (Darren Richmond’s campaign manager), Michael Ames (construction company owner, Terry’s former lover, Jasper’s father) and Nicole (Indian tribe chief and casino chief) colluded on a plot that would destroy Mayor Adams’s bid for reelection in exchange for Indian rights to build on the waterfront. Adams’s entire campaign hinged on waterfront development, so planting Indian bones on Ames’s construction site could destroy the campaign and give the Indians rights to the land.
The three met to discuss it on the tenth floor of the casino, but after Nicole and Ames left, Jamie discovered that Rosie was hiding there (in preparation for running away). He believed she’d heard everything, and perhaps filmed it. He grabbed her and knocked her unconscious. Thinking her dead (not breathing? Really?) he stuffed her in the car but she got away, he chased her through the woods, knocked her out, put her in the trunk, and called Ames to help him get rid of her.
Ames arrived with Terry and she listened to him argue with Jamie. Ames said, rather than kill the nameless girl in the trunk, he’d go back to his wife, so Terry pushed the car into the lake, not knowing it was her own niece.
It’s a neat package of tied-up loose ends; the construction stuff, the mob connection (Janek’s thug hid the bones on the site), the casino, and the whole thing. And it’s a package that gives us some powerhouse scenes, two stunning confessions, and a lovely family moment with Rosie’s film–which had nothing to do with dirty politics–serving as closure for the remaining Larsens.
But then you think about it. There was nothing sinister on the tenth floor of that casino, no reason to bar people from going there. It was just a construction site that they just happened to use for one conversation. There was no reason to use a major mob boss for a simple B&E, any thug or employee of Ames’s could have done it. Why was Rosie at one point said to be a Beau Soleil girl? Why was that then so easily dismissed? Why were the Beau Soleil records burned by Janek?
It really doesn’t tie everything together, just enough of it to create a neat bit of drama. There was way too much bandied about in two season for it ever to all tie together.
Finally, Sarah gets out of the car at the end and walks away. Except if there’s a Season 3 she’ll be back, so it’s as empty as Dirty Harry quitting at the end of the first movie and then coming back for more. And more. And more.