'The Killing' killer: 'I just started to cry'

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After an excruciatingly long wait, fans of AMC’s The Killing finally found out on Sunday who killed Rosie Larsen. Did the cast member who played the murderer know from day one that he/she was responsible for the teenager’s death?

But first, a spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched the second season finale and don’t want to know who the killer was, don’t go to the jump. How could you, Auntie Terry?

It was Mitch’s sad sister Terry — not Darren’s aide Jamie — who was responsible for drowning Rosie on that fateful night. Remarkably, actress Jamie Anne Allman, who has portrayed Terry Marek from the start, didn’t learn about her tragic role in the murder until two hours before the drama’s table read earlier this year. “[Executive producer] Veena Sud called me,” the actress recalled to EW. “I had no idea why she was calling. I actually thought I was in trouble. She was like, ‘Yeah, well, Terry is the killer.’ I was in shock, and then I just started to cry. I felt like such a nerd. I felt so bad for Terry.”

To prepare for the gut-wrenching scene, Allman recalls holing herself up in her bedroom and watching murder confessions that she found on You Tube. “I wasn’t allowed to tell anybody,” Allman recalls during the drama’s shoot in Canada earlier this year. “I lived with a family in Canada and my roommates would come in and say, ‘Jamie, are you okay? It’s really heavy in here.'”

Now that it’s over, Allman would like to go back and watch the previous 25 episodes to see how effectively the writers teed up the finale. (Sud told Allman that she knew Terry was the killer from the beginning).  “It will be a nice little adventure for myself,” admits Allman, though she’s not sure whether it would have made any difference knowing her character’s fate. “There is no use looking back and going, ‘Oh, there is one scene I wish I would have known that I was the killer.’ I do wish there was a scene that showed the moment when Terry found out Rosie was in the trunk. I wish that was in there.”

Allman also has another wish — that fans would cut Sud some slack. “I think she did a really good job,” the actress said. “As I have said a thousand times about the backlash, I feel like everyone is entitled to their opinions, and she handled it the best way she knew how at that time. Some people liked it and some didn’t. What I really thought was amazing was how AMC decided to stick by it no matter what.”

At this point, it’s unclear how long AMC will continue to stick with The Killing. The network isn’t saying whether it will return for a third season, but Allman doesn’t see why not. “They have a whole other crime idea set up and in place,” the actress told EW. “It should be exciting. And Mireille Enos (Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Holder) are such an amazing pair. They have great chemistry.”

What’s next for Allman? Comedy, believe it or not. The actress, whose breakout role was that as a prostitute informant on The Shield, has a hankering to do standup. “Comedy is my forte. It’s so weird,” she said. “I’ve been doing drama all these years. I started doing open mic nights. It’s the most terrifying thing I have ever done in my life.”

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