AMC Sets ‘The Killing’ Season 3 Premiere Date

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 19th, 2013 at 11:36 am,

The Killing Season 3 Premiere AMC Sets The Killing Season 3 Premiere Date

Much has already been written about the strange life and undeath of The Killing. After a precipitous drop in ratings during its second season, the show was cancelled by AMC – only to have its showrunners begin shopping around for a new home for the critically-acclaimed crime drama.

After much speculation as to the show’s fate, The Killing eventually earned an order of ten new episodes from AMC, thanks in part to a co-financing deal with Netflix. The series’ cast and crew apparently wasted no time in getting these episodes into production, as The Killing‘s season 3 premiere is only a little over two months away.

The revival of The Killing now has a definitive premiere date: June 2nd, 2013. In addition, we now have an idea of where the series will head after solving the murder case that consumed its first two seasons.

The new season will apparently pick up a year after the close of season 2. Shaken by the details of the Rosie Larsen case, Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) has retired from police work. When her ex-partner Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) contacts her for information regarding a grisly series of murders, Linden finds herself being drawn back into the life of a homicide detective.

Since the end of The Killing‘s last aired season, headlining stars Enos and Kinnaman have gone on to higher-profile roles in World War Z and RoboCop, respectively. Nonetheless, the pair are some of the few actors returning for The Killing‘s third season. Befitting a new era and new cases, the show has added new cast members in the form of Elias Koteas (Let Me In), Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine), and Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color).

The Killing Enos AMC Sets The Killing Season 3 Premiere Date

This new premiere date means that season 3 of The Killing will (at least partially) run alongside the return of Breaking Bad and freshman series Low Winter Sun – meaning that the summer of 2013 will officially be Crime Drama Season for AMC. One wonders if the network will actually craft advertising to capitalize on the confluence.

Given the huge falloff in public interest in The Killing‘s second season, series creator Veena Sud (Cold Case) needs to make a strong and immediate case for the show’s return come June. In this sense, not being anchored by the Rosie Larsen case may end up being a huge boon – now the series can start reconstructing its identity free of the baggage of previous seasons. With any luck, The Killing may just start attracting audiences back to its grim, blood-spattered version of Seattle – especially since the new case will be solved in a single season.


The Killing will begin airing on AMC on June 2nd, 2013.

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  1. regardless of the 1st two seasons trying to solve the Larsen murder, the chemistry between Holder and Linden is just unmatched. I will definitely give season 3 a watch. Summer on AMC looks to be great. Sad to see Breaking Bad end soon too. An all time favorite!

  2. I got into this show recently on Netflix and its pretty enjoyable. The chemistry between Lindon and Holder is definitely a high mark. The show is good, but I do think the Larson case was drug out a little bit. Hope to see the return do well though. I need something to watch after Breaking Bad ends this year.

  3. I actually gave up on season 2 when it was airing but went back and finished it when it hit Netflix. I still don’t think it’s a “great” show but it’s a lot better than most cop shows that we see so I’ll give season 3 a shot.
    Also, I like that we’ll have a pretty full summer schedule this year.

  4. I liked the show but hated how they dragged the Rosie Larsen case out two seasons. I am also disappointed that Veena Sud is still the show’s lead writer, given how terribly she handled the first two seasons, especially the finale of season 1. Cliffhanger endings work on network TV when there’s two or three months between seasons, but you shouldn’t have one when there is an entire year between seasons. AMC President Chuck Collier and Sud will gripe that the public’s attention span isn’t that long. While that is true, that wasn’t the problem with the first two seasons of the Killing. A year is a long time and lot can happen. My wife gave birth to our first child and bought a house in the ‘burbs in that year. People generally don’t care anymore after a year.

    I just hope Collier and the woman who must have had to blow him several times in order to get her job back, Veena Sud, have learned this lesson.

  5. I just finished watching the first two seasons on Netflix. I loved the show! I didn’t care that it took 2 seasons to reveal the killer and wrap things up. I am sure that is due in large part to the fact that I could watch it continually and not have to wait for a year to watch season 2. That being said, the acting is fantastic, the chemistry between Linden and Holder is awesome and the twists and turns were exciting. I like that the format is different from other crime dramas. It’s like watching a movie one hour at a time. I was hooked right from the beginning and watch both seasons in 4 days! I am definitely glad it is coming back and will most definitely be watching!

  6. Just finished watching The Killing on netflicks……so good!
    We watched the first and second season every day for two Weeks and got so into it we couldn’t wait for the next episode!
    It is like finishing a great book…you miss it and don’t know when you are going to find another that lives up to the last one.
    The best detective drama we’ve seen in a long time..Lyndon and Holder are the BEST! Please come back soon
    Canadian Fans and a Brit too!

    Itis like

  7. Just saw the premiere. At times it WS an almost unbearably slow burn, with Enos’ Linden character moping around with a contemplative look on her face, wondering if she should do what we all know she is going to do, and hat’s get back into police work. Kinnemen and Enos, however, are still great at what they do, and are still the big draws.

    The biggest problem is Veena Sud, who really doesn’t know the difference between plot/character development and tedious, irrelevant time wasters. Also, if you haven’t seen it, wait or it on Netflix. Inhe premiere, you continuously get 5 irrelevant minutes of he show followed by literally five minutes of commercials. All very frustrating…

  8. I just recently got into this show. I think the show, although took too long on the Larsen case, is an okay show. Is it the show that will take over Breaking Bad? I doubt it but I consider it a lot better than other cop shows out there. I hope they make this series last

  9. AMC The Killing is the best series I’ve ever seen!! I can’t wait for season 3 to start .

  10. Just finished up season 3 and I have to say I thought season 3 was the best, very engaging. Love the two leads, I’m ready for a season 4.

    I agree about the Larsen murder being drug out too long, season 3 was a definite improvement in my opinion.