Netflix Picks Up ‘The Killing’ for a Final Season 4

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The Killing just can’t die. AMC’s former one hour murder-mystery drama about Seattle based detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder (Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman) came back from the dead after a post-season 2 cancellation. But when the show didn’t receive the kind of ratings or buzz it did in season 1, the network cut the cord once more. That is, until Netflix got involved. Well, more involved.

The Killing‘s surprising season 3 came as a result of a production deal between AMC, Fox Television Studios (who owns the show), and Netflix that saw new episodes appear on the streaming service just three months after broadcast. That deal reportedly came about after talk of a full-fledged shift over to Netflix, but more than a year later, that is exactly how The Killing will get its six-episode fourth (and final) season.

Here’s Netflix rep Cindy Holland on the decision to rescue The Killing:

“The rich, serialized storytelling in ‘The Killing’ thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder a proper send off. [...] We are looking forward to offering fans – both existing and new – a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand viewing.”

Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing how “perfectly suitedThe Killing is to the on-demand model due to Netflix’ less than revealing ways with regard to ratings, but despite the minimal six-episode commitment, the streaming giant had to have other reasons besides being fans or wanting to provide closure.

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One of those reasons could be that, in this risk averse entertainment era, it may sometimes seem like a safer bet for Netflix to add an established show in a growing genre (The Bridge, FOX’s Broadchurch adaptation) to their brand than it is to develop one from scratch. Often praised as incredibly bold, Netflix is certainly not reckless in the way that they are building their lineup. Their deals with established creators like Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), David Fincher (House of Cards), the Wachowskis (Sense8), Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development), and Marvel prove that they’re always building on solid ground.

Does that mean that fans of other canceled shows should begin to have hope that Netflix might bring their beloved shows back from the dead thanks to the surprising resurrection of The Killing? Not necessarily. But with Netflix, we really never know what makes sense to them until it makes sense to them.


The Killing will return for a six-episode fourth season on Netflix. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further details.

Source: IndieWire

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  1. OMG I love this show. Just started watching it a couple of nights ago and am nearing the end of season one. I am so addicted to it, it keeps you in suspense. I really hope they reconsider and continuing with this show well past the 4th season.

  2. When i first started watching the killing i got addicted on episode 1staying up late night watching despite having anything to do the following day i just finished season 3 and cant wait for more this show needs more episodes and seasons i love it

  3. This show is brilliant why has it been cancelled previously? and why again? Season 3 was better than 1&2. It makes you wonder why some shows work and not others?

  4. Love love love this show. Stayed up all night binge watching season 1&2 because i was hooked and couldnt stop many twists i love it and want more!

  5. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE this show. I really hope it goes past 4 seasons. My aunt & I got hooked & watched all 3 seasons in 4 days. We love Linden & Holder. We don’t want to see it end so soon!!

  6. Binge watched this on netflix, so sad that season 4 wasnt available!! what am I going to do now? please keep this show going!

  7. This is the best show ever way better then the walking dead. They need to continue more then season 4!!!!

  8. I was Totally addicted to this show. Please bring it back!

  9. To watch or not to watch….Im tempted to not watch season 4 so I can have my own ideas of how the series endss…

  10. I have been a loyal viewer of the killing. Why does it have to end. Please bring it back for additiona episodes for season four and have season five.

  11. So happy to see Netflix picked up The Killing for season four. Please continue with this show. Have been watching from the beginning and season four is just as good as the other past episodes. Don’t cancel a great show .

  12. I watch the series over and over. I LOVE it! Thank you Netflix for your excellent taste, until the new Orange Is the new black. Gross. That show is awful . Put the money in bringing a fifth season to The Killing

  13. Loved season 4 of the killing. I want Netflix to bring it back for a 5th season !!!

  14. The Killing is a fantastic series. I loved season 4! If you care about what Netflix viewers think, then perhaps you will, once again, bring back another season. Thanks Netflix for a series well worth watching,

  15. adore this series – just finished s4 and suffering from withdrawal. loved the ending – had been hoping for it all along. need s5!!! my favorite show – hands down!

  16. Thank you, Netflix for saving this show! It was tremendous!! A couple of nights ago I watched episode 3 and couldn’t sleep – I was concerned about Linden and Holder and the ending of the series. lol But, what an ending! I, too, will suffer withdrawal pains, and may need to go back and watch season 3 and 4 again. Linden and Holder will always be the best cop duo on film in my book.

    Keep up the good work!

  17. I thought the first 3 seasons were very well written and extremely interesting. It was so exciting to think we were going to get closure with the 4th season, and we did. However, to my utter shock and dismay, the writers decided to change the characters entirely and go from them speaking almost no profanity to making this show rated R for a ton of strong language! I could hardly stand to watch it. It was completely vile and totally unnecessary! They got through 3 seasons without it and then this! Why???!!! More realistic? Well it’s not realistic to think that characters go from fairly clean language to a total gutter mouth! Holder had been my favorite and I had been so looking foward to his character again. Instead they turned him and other characters into someone totally different from what they had been. What a dirty rotten shame to take a show that almost anyone could watch, and turn it into something it never had been and never needed to be. A show filled with filthy mouthed characters that made me cringe every few seconds or minutes because of the profanity spewing out of their mouths. I was glad it ended when it did. Had there been more episodes, I would have skipped it altogether. Yuck! No more Netflix originals for me!

  18. I agree with Jennifer. The fourth season was very difficult to watch with the constant stream of needless profanity. It is used so frequently that you get the impression the actors are a bunch of pre-pube teenagers trying to out do one another with bad language. My guess is a lot of people tuned out who otherwise would have stayed tuned in. The series may have gone post-four seasons had this radical character change not taken place.

  19. I dont want the show to end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please come back with more seasons! I am totally in love with detective Linden n Holder!

  20. Was really enjoying the show until we got to I think episode 36 or 37 when all language started. Not sure why they think they have to talk like that. Guess I’m old school but will quit watching.

    • This is one of the best shows on Netflix…Please bring it back…Linden and Holder and Billy Campbell. Everyone was rooting for Linden and Holder to become a couple…it still could go on with these great actors…I rarely get so involved that I cannot sleep…riveting show, one of the best!!!!

  21. Could not wait to get home to watch this show, Loved every bit of it…. hopefully you bring it back for season 5……..

  22. Just finished up season 4. Sad it has come to an end & really hoping Netflix will reconsider continuing with more. Love Love Love this show!!!!!!

  23. I just finished all four seasons in less than 2 weeks it was so good!!! I think it should come back for more! Bring it on, bring on a fifth season please!

  24. It can’t end season 4 I’m so involved in the character development and the suspence is killing me totally addicted please bring back more Big fan!

  25. It can’t end season 4 I’m so involved in the character development and the suspence is killing me totally addicted please bring back more Big fan!can’t wait to see more of this amazing cop drama

  26. Would love more seasons of “The Killing”

  27. Wow, what can I say. I (we) just finished watching “The Killing”. I watch alot of movies, series, etc. Remarkable acting, storyline, interest…I could go on and on. Please continue this series! Linden and Holder were great together and the tention, romance,all worked together so well. I would have died if they did not end up together. I want to know more about your writers and will definitely watch this or any other show you write. Amazing!! A definite thumbs up!!! I tell everyone about it!