The other compelling scene in the show depicts just the opposite - the searing depravity itself, in the form of Tom Seward, who has a razor on his person courtesy of it being secreted to him in a bar of soap. Leaving aside for now the question who gave him the loaded bar - this will no doubt be an important part of the plot in future episodes - we find Seward in his cell, taunting prison guard Becker (played by Hugh Dillon, who was superb in Flashpoint) to get close enough so Seward can cut his face or throat. This Seward is one creepy tough customer. We saw him last week pound the priest's head through the cell, so we know what Seward is capable of. Becker is called away at the last moment and saved - this time - but we've been treated to a great moment of Hitchcockian suspense (knowing a bomb is ticking on a bus, much better than than the sugar-slap of a surprise explosion).
Whatever Seward's guilt or innocence of the crimes under investigation - including the one he's on death row for - he is certainly a darkly, deeply charismatic character, and a couplet and antithesis in many ways of the guy released from death row on the brilliant new series Rectify. After Becker leaves the scene, we find Seward choking on the razor, getting lacerated by it, and discovered by the prison guards. Suicide attempt, accident, or some deliberate move to escape?
Like so many other things on The Killing, it remains a tantalizing mystery for now, with Peter Sarsgaard as Seward a fabulous addition to the tip-top cast.
See also The Killing 3.1-2: Poe Poetic Po-po
See also The Killing Season Two Premiere ... The Killing 2.2: Holder ... The Killing 2.11: Circling Back ... The Killing Season 2 Finale
And see also The Killing on AMC and The Killing 1.3: Early Suspects ... The Killing 1.5: Memorable Moments ... The Killing 1.6: The Teacher ... The Killing 1.8: The Teacher, Again ...The Killing 1.9: The Teacher as Victim, Again ... The Killing 1.10: Running Out of Suspects ... The Killing 1.11: Rosie's Missing - from the Story ... The Killing 1.12: Is Orpheus the Killer? ... The Killing 1.13: Stretching Television