By Lanford Beard
Updated July 02, 2014 at 06:11 PM EDT
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When The Killing wrapped its third season, Det. Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) put herself and her partner Holder (Joel Kinnaman) in a compromising, life-altering dilemma after she gunned down their boss—not to mention Linden’s former lover—Skinner, who just happened to be a serial killer.

At the opening of the series’ fourth and final season, the partners face the immediate aftermath of Linden’s impulsive decision. “I can only imagine it will be very hard on the relationship,” Enos told EW after the season-three finale. “There’s nothing more toxic than a secret. If they cover it up together and have this shared secret, I imagine it would drive a major wedge in their friendship.”

The first trailer for season four shows exactly that—a harried, paranoid cover-up that destabilizes Linden and Holder even as they embark upon a new investigation involving the brutal murder of a family potentially committed by Cameron Stansbury, a student at a military academy headed up by Emmy-nominated actress Joan Allen. Naturally, questions about the innocence of the young cadet (Tyler Ross) force Linden to consider how her actions have shattered her own self-perception and robbed Skinner’s victims’ families of justice.

Cameron insists, “I’m not a monster!” But is Linden? Watch the trailer below.

The final season of The Killing premieres Aug. 1 on Netflix.

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