Back in July, AMC announced it was canceling ‘The Killing’ after it’s second season was incredibly disappointing. Fans and critics criticized producers for an arc that “routinely saw the narrative spin its wheels”.
Less than a month after that, rumor has it both Netflix and DirecTV were interested in scooping up the show. Now AMC wants back in the game, and wants to team with Netflix to make the third season happen.
AMC has now set a late May 2013 bow for the third season, with development starting imminently. While Netflix’s involvement isn’t yet confirmed — the deal hasn’t been finalized — it does seem as if AMC will be partnering with somebody to help share the costs, which seems to be the reason “The Killing” is coming back at all. As for the storyline, there’s no word yet, however, Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos last we heard were apparently both already signed to return (though Variety suggests this may not be the case, but we can’t really see the show happening without them) while Michelle Forbes and Brent Sexton may not come back. Billy Campbell is also uncertain at the moment.
Either way, “The Killing” really has to come back ferociously and with some purpose if it wants to survive past the third season. As we wrote about season two, “[it] soon turned into an irritating jerk around, resulting in a kind of blue balls for the audience.” Hopefully the writers and showrunner Veena Sud have heard the criticism and are ready to have this show live up to its potential.
I’m so happy to hear this show may not be dead after all. I absolutely LOVED season 1, like many of you, but I agree, season 2 was pretty ridiculous. It just drug on waaaaaaaaay too long, and I don’t think they needed two seasons to finally tell us who killed Rosie Larson. I think it’s an amazing show, and if they could focus on 1 case per season, I think they’d be doing good.
I’m just happy the show is coming back! Time to redeem yourselves!