‘The Killing’ May Return with Season 3 on Netflix & AMC

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The Killing Season 3 Mireille Enos The Killing May Return with Season 3 on Netflix & AMC

In 2011, The Killing entered the already distinguished arena of AMC serial dramas to much anticipation and accolades. The tense, atmospheric murder drama garnered hype and attention during its first season, only to incite a minor audience rebellion when the finale wrapped up without solving the show’s central mystery. Season 2 premiered with greatly reduced ratings before finally revealing the solution to Rosie Larsen’s murder.

With a shrunken audience and seemingly nowhere else to go, it came as no surprise that AMC declined to pay for season 3 of The Killing. However, almost immediately after cancelation, rumors began to fly that Fox TV Studios – the production company behind the show – was shopping season 3 to other networks. After months of gossip and negotiations, it now appears that Netflix is the frontrunner to finance new episodes of The Killing.

According to a report posted on Deadline earlier today, Fox TV Studios is in the final stages of negotiating the premiere of The Killing season 3 on Netflix. Strangely enough, the seriousness of these talks has brought AMC back to the bargaining table, though only in a broadcasting capacity. Though AMC would not pay for the full production of episodes of The Killing, their involvement of the deal will possibly gain the network the privilege of airing the new episodes before they are hosted by Netflix.

A well-received drama in its first season, The Killing starred (and if this deal goes through, will star) Mireille Enos (World War Z) and Joel Kinnaman (the upcoming RoboCop) as homicide detectives tasked with solving the increasingly nebulous murder of a Seattle high school girl. The series is now known almost as much for its controversial first season finale as it was for its highly praised opening episodes.

The Killing Season 3 Joel Kinnaman The Killing May Return with Season 3 on Netflix & AMC

If the current rumors of Netflix’s interest and AMC’s involvement prove true, we may see new episodes of The Killing air on the same network that initially declined them a season 3. Netflix’s share of the deal is unknown as of the moment, but it may end up streaming these new episodes of The Killing shortly after the expiration of AMC’s first-run privilege.

It’s difficult to gauge actual public interest in more episodes of The Killing. That much-diminished audience may evaporate even further now that the show has solved its major mystery. Combined with a lengthy hiatus between the last aired episode and the first theoretical installment of season 3, there may not be much desire at all for a return to the show’s gloomy, blood-soaked interpretation of the Northwest.

All we know is that if the show wants to attract new viewers and pull all the old ones back, it’s going to need to come out swinging something fierce. Fox TV Studios better have a crackerjack outline for The Killing‘s new direction if they want to justify all the effort and expense they’ve gone to reviving the grim mystery series.

As of the moment, season 3 of The Killing has no solid air date. If the deal outlined above is successful, production on new episodes may begin as early as February of 2013.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I actually liked the first two seasons, but I didn’t miss it when the announcement came of its cancellation.

    I mean, where else can the show go? I loved the acting, but its a really depressing show.

  2. I suspect the sudden issues with the expensive Hell on Wheels and whether it will ever go into production again factor into this revival. From what I have seen, The Killing might have a small following, but that core following is educated and extremely loyal to the two main characters. They tune in each week and are totally indifferent to the hate snark of websites. This is a quiet person cult show.

    A year as a filler for AMC while they prepare new series or revive Hell on Wheels, with shared investment risk and low production costs (old cars and hoodies), with two rising star excellent actors already contracted for one more year, with a season already well planned out, and with an existing base of dedicated fans who want to see more of Holder and Linden. It sounds like a plan.

  3. I really enjoyed the first season,and have to still catch up on most of the episodes of the second season.

    This really is a quality show that deserves a second chance,considering how much other crap that’s on TV that doesn’t deserve to be on.

  4. Please bring back! Best show on AMC!

  5. I don’t watch much television but when I do I like the shows on AMC and thought I would give the killing a shot. Well I loved it from day one, when I heard they cancelled The Killing but kept Comic Book Men I was shocked! I mean really ? That is why I do not watch much tv because great shows get cancelled and garbage gets picked up for more seasons…..

    • Totally agree with you, Tyler. I will definitely watch it again if they revive it, but I will be curious as to how they will expand an already solved mystery, unless that’s the kicker, being that they thought they had it solved, but somehow they can work it to be more involved and complicated than first meets the eye. We shall see.

  6. I am so happy they’re considering making a season 3. I loved the first two honestly, despite some of the mess ups in season two. Please bring it back!

  7. I am so happy they’re considering making a season 3. Please bring it back!

  8. I’m delighted to hear this news. The Killing was a fantastic series– start to finish. It was treated abysmally by a bully pack of disengaged critics who were more interested in snarky putdowns than in critically evaluating the actual content. The Killing was a brilliant series, and well deserving of another season. Congratulations to the cast and crew.

  9. i loved The Killing. What a great mini series. Great acting and charachters. loved the ending. want more. please do not cancel this. put it on a network that people will watch more. unfortunately a lot of people don’t have AMC extended cable. The whole Rosie Larsen murder mystery was a great story line. If they missed the Rosie Larsen story, it will be hard to top that i think in order to draw people in. And may not know the background of the characters.

    • I loved The Killing. Acting superb. I only wished that it did not take so long to solve the killing. It would be a good idea to solve a killing that lead to another and so on and so on that probably lead back to a original death. For me to wait two full seasons to find out who actually killed Rosie was way too long and I believe I would have lost interest way before had I not had the luxury of watching it on NetFlix without commercials and back to back episodes.

      I do love the lead detectives. I did yearn for a romantic episode though, i do admit. None did occur. Too bad. It may have happened at a weak moment in Linden’s life. There were so many opportunities to make her more humane which never happened. She became so robotic. The moments when she cracked i.e. losing her son Jack and her breakdown thereafter was a heartbreaker. Tears poured from my face. Why was she not allowed to seek shelter in his arms? She could so easily have rejected him afterwards to keep up her partnership as detectives. That is so part of her character.
      I am a female. This is what was lacking. I am not looking for that quick, sex against the wall; however, a true moment of connection when individuals possibly connect when in pain and allow their vulnerability to show and give them the freedom to be real.
      Great, great show. Great, great performances. Please, please bring it back with the two main detectives and a new fresh story but please please do not let it drag on forever as to whom killed whom for so long. The killing does not have to run for 26 episodes. It can run for three, two, four and interact to make for a wonderful series to keep us hanging on with abated breath.

  10. Love the show . Hope to see the same detectives with different cases .

  11. The only decent US crime show I’ve ever seen. Absolutely fantastic, great acting and atmosphere. It probably won’t come back because people in general have crap taste, can’t believe the trash that people watch. Don’t get me started on Desperate Housewives; let’s watch a bunch of idiots do NOTHING. Great.