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.

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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 watching.so 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!

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