Leaving aside for now my reaction against morbidity on television......
The Killing is such an interesting watch. The sound is in perfect sympathy with the visual style. There's a sort of throaty compressed quality, almost no music, lots of abstract aural tones to directly convey emotions. The sound feels sort of grungy, but normally is easy to "read" against a sparse background.
There is something very seductive about Holder's street slang mumblings, often barely understandable, very expressive. This is partly the content, the writing, the character, the photography helping to create how that feels. But it's also, obviously the sound rec and mix.
Does anyone know anything about how they are recording or mixing sound for this show?