AMC’s emotional crime thriller The Killing closed out its first season with more questions than answers – chief among them, viewers still don’t know who Rosie Larsen’s killer is. According to AMC executive Joel Stillerman, we won’t be left wanting for another year: Rosie’s murderer will be identified in the upcoming Season 2.

Stillerman seemed almost apologetic at the Television Critics Association press tour, where AMC presented previews for upcoming shows and took questions from entertainment reporters.

The Head of Original Programming was quick to laud the writers and actors on the celebrated series, but admitted that the expectations of viewers were mishandled.

For everybody who was frustrated, we hear you… It was never intentionally meant to mislead anybody. Our goal was to create a brilliant piece of character-based story telling… I can say definitively, you will find out who killed Rosie Larsen in season two.

It’s worth noting that The Killing is based on a Danish series that gained outstanding popularity in the UK. Although, unlike the US version, the identity of the murderer was revealed at the end of the first season (though the season was actually 20 episodes). Even though the Dutch version of The Killing has continued with seasons 2 and 3, each one brings a new case, with only a few select faces remaining from the previous season.

While there’s no getting around the fact that the season finale last month left many viewers disappointed, the show is still a hit with the critics. The Killing has secured no less than six Emmy nominations: Outstanding Lead Actress for Mireille Enos, Outstanding  Supporting Actress for Michelle Forbes, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing for the pilot episode, and Outstanding Casting and Outstanding Editing in the Drama category. The awards will air on September 18th, with no lack of competition for The Killing.

AMC finally renewed The Killing in June, after continuing strong viewership across first thirteen episodes. The finale netted 2.3 million viewers – very strong for a somber cable show. The new season hasn’t been scheduled yet, but will probably take its original mid-season slot next spring. Those not caught up on the series can catch encore episodes Sunday nights at midnight.

The Killing returns to AMC in 2012.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter