Those Who Kill recap (March 3): Chloë Sevigny and James D’Arcy delve into morally gray areas in their edgy new crime thriller Those Who Kill airing Mondays on A&E beginning March 3. TV is on a gruesomely dark killing spree of late with series like The Blacklist, The Following and The Returned. Now A&E jumps into the serial killer genre with its 10-episode thriller Those Who Kill.
Based on the Danish crime series of the same name (you’ll recall The Killing was also a Danish TV translation and success), this series is set in Pittsburgh and follows the work of homicide detective Catherine Jensen (played by Big Love’s Chloë Sevigny). Jensen is known for overstepping procedures to track down serial killers; her real obsession, however, is finding the truth behind her brother’s disappearance.
Jensen enlists the help of forensic psychologist Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy, Hitchcock) against her boss’ wishes. While well-intentioned, both characters have disturbingly troubled pasts that both hamper and help in solving cases. Catherine “seemed endlessly fascinating,” says Sevigny. “She’s so complex, and she’s in so much pain. She’s just trying to find her way out of this darkness, by any means necessary, which includes, you know, manipulating James’ character as best as she can.”
For D’Arcy, the morally gray areas these characters live within was a thrilling opportunity. “Both my character and Chloë’s character, they really dance on the edge of some very difficult moral subjects and sanity,” he says. “Obviously, the backdrop to our show features some quite heinous people, but I think as human beings the very vast majority of us never go there — but I think we’re all capable of some very dark thoughts on occasion. What I really like about the show is that this explores it, from our perspective. Hopefully the big mystery of the show is us, in terms of what our reactions are at any given moment
In episode one, the serial killer they are hunting is Buffalo Bill-like scary (The Silence of the Lambs). In one scene he says, “I think being afraid comes from not knowing what’s coming next.” Yeah! The same can be said of this series with a few really intense scenes. At one point (like when Schaeffer took a really, really long time to free Catherine from that coffin box) you don’t know if you can trust him or if he’s equally as disturbing as the people they track. You know there’s far more to this guy than what meets the eye, but then learn that Catherine’s equally as complex (she’s been locked in a box before).
“In the pilot something happens that you’re really not expecting to happen and the rest of the show is a dance of that mystery as we kind of see these two characters get deeper in and kind of unravel, and from Thomas’ perspective all with the best intentions,” D’Arcy shares.
Whatever it is, we’re hooked. And finding who killed Catherine’s brother is just the beginning to this thriller.