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. I AGREE!.. they DEFINITELY NEED TO KEEP THIS SERIOUS GOING!.. I never understood the thought process of these people who cut & continue these shows. . ;/ if it is a GREAT SERIES (like Terra Nova ) they cancel it in a HEARTBEAT!, BUT! If it is a mindless/pointless series leading No where, they keep it going till the bitter end. But if it requires having to use your Brain to actually pay attention and Follow details then they cut it!.. WHY?!.. I myself LOVE the killing series and think that they should take the Advise from US! the CONSUMERS WHO PAY TO WATCH IT & REALLY ENJOY IT and Continue to make this series!!.. just a little 411 to EVERY ONE INVOLVED in cutting/ keeping TV shows: there ARE people out there who DO ENJOY this show along with MANY OTHER that have been canceled. Quit cutting shows that people REALLY ENJOY!.. you guys could REALLY TAKE ADVICE from that old saying: if you build it they WILL COME, well guess what? !.. IF you Continue to run this TV series people WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH IT!.. QUIT DOING AWAY WITH SHOW THAT MAKE YOU USE MORE THAN JUST 1% OF YOUR BRAIN!.. There are ENOUGH shows out there that are like this!.. keep The Killing GOING AND FOR THE BUTT HEAD who CUT TERRA NOVA BRING IT BACK AS WELL!!..

    • (2nd try!) Please, Netflix, make more seasons of THE KILLING. I have so loved this whole show, and now my whole family is hooked! There are so many people I know that also love this show!

  2. Please make more I loved it and want more of Holder and Linden!

  3. Was told about the show from a friend…..just finished watching all the seasons….Love this show….make more episodes….