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!

    • @staindrocks It’s surprising you found this show good. While the actors give decent performances and prove somewhat interesting, it’s saturated with lazy writing by writers who clearly know very little about good crime drama. Rotating suspicion between different characters and taking nearly two weeks to perform tasks that any real investigation would do the first day forces viewers to suspend disbelief on what is supposed to be a realistic drama. Having an entire episode focus on a minor subplot does not move the show forward, and often makes viewers forget why they’re watching it. Comparing this show to True Detective (season 1) is a long shot to say the least. True Detective is quality, captivating television that is far from predictable. The Killing is lazy, slow-moving, predictable fodder better suited for day time soap operas.

      • Daytime soap operas, now that’s funny… talking about a stretch! Your complaints about the show could be said about almost any police/crime drama ever made, so it just makes your overall assessment less than credible. Rotating suspicion between characters is probably the most common tactic used in any kind of descent crime drama, including True Detective… would you rather they tell you who did it in the first episode? Two weeks to perform tasks that any “real investigation” would do the first day… again, what are you talking about? Can you be more specific? Spending an entire episode on a minor subplot is done on several great shows, but again, you’ll have to be more specific on what “minor subplot” you’re referring to.
        The only thing i agree with you on is that it does move slower than a lot of typical shows, and i really think that’s what all your criticisms boil down to… you don’t like its pace.

        BTW, i don’t agree at all about it being predictable. How exactly do you think it’s predictable, other than knowing that they’ll eventually solve the case?

        • Let me elaborate for you…

          To my point that they took nearly two weeks to perform tasks a real case would have done much sooner, like the first day…how about the fact it wasn’t until day 13 that they took fuel and mileage numbers from the car? This is just one example.

          And yes, rotating suspicion is a common tactic. But there’s a clever, intelligent way to do it, and a lazy, rather trite method. The Killing shifted suspicion to characters so often and to almost every major person with the exception of the girl’s family and Linden. Why don’t they investigate something more interesting? For example, how did the killer leave the crime scene? The never even ask, much less investigate that question. True Detective kept the suspicion to LIKELY persons, not anyone and everyone.

          As for filler sub plots, the suggestion and time spent suggesting Holder was corrupt made absolutely no sense. He was compiling some good evidence and really proving his investigating aptitude in the second half of the first season. Then the writers suggest he’s corrupt by being the author of the photo of Richmond’s car? And yes, I know it was the senator that motivated Holder with money. Nonetheless, it seems the writers have short memories coupled with unoriginal ideas.

          I won’t deny the show is popular since it spanned more than one season, but many bad shows get multiple seasons…thanks to easily amused viewers like yourself. Your only saving grace is you acknowledge the greatness of True Detective. But comparing the two is like comparing the Spin Doctors to Radiohead.

  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!