AMC Cancels ‘The Killing’ (Again); Season 4 Not Happening

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The Killing Canceled Season 4 AMC Cancels The Killing (Again); Season 4 Not Happening

The Killing is going to be one of those head-scratcher cases (no pun) in pantheon of TV series. The murder-mysery procedural was a good draw for AMC’s budding lineup of critically-acclaimed TV lineup, but it left the fanbase in a very strange place by ending things on a season 1 finale cliffhanger, after a late-game decision to extend the series into a second season. That second season turned out to be quality viewing – but the sacrifice was a considerable portion of the audience, who didn’t re-invest in the mystery of “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” (4.7 million viewers for the season 1 premiere; 2.5 million for the season 2 premiere).

AMC then promptly canceled the The Killing – that is, until a joint deal with Netflix saved the show. With season 3 offering a brand new mystery, The Killing saw a slight uptick in interest (1.8 million for the season 3 premiere – up from the 1.4 million season 2 finale numbers), but clearly it never reclaimed the clout it initially had, and is now being put out to pasture for good.

Deadline dropped the exclusive that The Killing has been killed again (these jokes are going to keep coming), pointing to the fact that, overall, season 3 held consistent with the season 2 ratings lows. Reportedly, Fox TV Studios might shop the show around to another network, but there is little leverage or incentive for anyone else to give it yet another extension on its warranty. There’s also the fact that stars Mireille Enos (World War Z) and Joel Kinnaman (Robocop) are seeing career bumps right now, so the need (or pull) for them to return to a flailing show is not strong. 

The Killing Series Finale Ending Canceled AMC Cancels The Killing (Again); Season 4 Not Happening

Fans know that The Killing was an adaptation of the Danish TV series Forbrydelsenbut while that series told its initial story in a longer (complete) seasonal arc, AMC’s version  fell into the trap of modern American TV strategy by trying to milk better home video sales by breaking up storylines across multiple seasonal sets (see also: Breaking BadEntourage, Battlestar Galactica….). The result: the loss of momentum, of viewers, and what could’ve been high-quality  procedural mystery drama for cable TV.

How do you feel about the news of The Killing’s second death? (Given the ratings, we’re not expecting a whole lot of grieving fans…)


You can currently catch The Killing streaming on Netflix.

Source: Deadline

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  1. just like the Original I could not make it past the first 2 episodes, its long, drawn out, slow and extremely boring, imagine taking a run of the mill crime drama and making an episode 19 hours long and then you get The Killing, save yourself and stay clear, if you want a good crime drama just watch the new True Detective series or Hannibal, this and the original sucked!!!!

  2. @Asashii

    I agree with you on True Detective and Hannibal both being very good, but i also love The Killing. The first few episodes of the first season were a bit slow, although i could easily say the exact same thing about True Detective. Sometimes shows require you to watch more than 2 episodes to see their true potential, and The Killing, just like True Detective, is one of those shows.

    Too bad you grew impatient with this one… it’s a great show!

  3. Im extremely disappointed…. Its the first crime drama that caught my attention and kept my attention. Ive spent time like this online hoping it would return…..i have NEVER done that…. Not for ANY show

  4. @R~
    Sucks it got canceled by AMC, but the good news is that it’ll still be back for a six-episode 4th and final season on Netflix. So at least they’re going to give it a proper ending where they tie up all loose ends, especially after the way last season ended. I’m excited to see the final season!

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