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At the center: Detective Linden, who, when Rosie is reported missing, is just hours from pulling herself from Seattle and her draining job. She means to uproot herself and her young son to Sonoma, Calif., where she will marry her fiance and start a new life.

“We’re going to be really happy in California. It’s going to be great,” she tells her son, unconvincingly.

Series star Enos (perhaps best known from “Big Love,” on which she played the twin compound wives Jodean and Kathy Marquart) has a porcelain-pale face that seems bleached by all the unpleasantness she has witnessed on the job.

Holder, who is supposed to be her replacement, is transferring from Narcotics Undercover work, and not ungrateful for the change.

“You think Homicide’s going to be any different?” Linden challenges him.

“At least you’ve got a bad guy,” Holder says.

“Yeah? Who’s that?”

“Is that why you’re running away? `Cause you don’t know no more?”

But Linden won’t be running away. You can see it on her face.

In an interview from Vancouver, British Columbia, where “The Killing” shoots, creator Sud recalls the difficulty casting Sarah’s role, and her epiphany when Enos arrived to audition.

“There was one moment,” Sud says, “when I literally could see her standing out in the field _ that really green field in the pilot, where Sarah is looking around. I could see her in that scene and it felt so good to be like, `I found Sarah. Here she is!’”

Sud came to “The Killing” after years as a writer and executive producer on the CBS procedural, “Cold Case.” In adapting “The Killing” (originally a hit in Denmark) for an American audience, she says she retained the structure and some of the suspects.

“But this show had to have an impact in a country that is much larger and more violent than Denmark is,” she says. “Why should we care about this girl? Because, we care about her family and the other people in her world. So we get deeper into the characters than the Danish version did.”

Another big change (lest any viewer want to cheat by finding out who did the crime on the Danish original): the perp won’t be the same for this American version.

Sud even hedges when asked if the doer will be revealed by the season finale. When she joined the series, she says, “I knew there was an end point that would be ideal to get to. But since then we’ve been finding organically when the story should end. So, whether it’s this season or the next, or after that, remains to be seen.”

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