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 liked the first season, took me awhile to get into it, the acting was great, just kinda tired of police drama

  2. love he characters.. I’m in.

  3. I only watched season 2 to see who the killer was and they really lost me in season 3. If it’s just six episodes on Netflix I’ll probably check it out though.

  4. I didn’t begin season 2 because I heard it was cancelled. I have a lot of catching up to do.

  5. I hope Netflix picks up the rest of Strike Back (they have first two seasons, but not #3 or Origins yet).

  6. I actually loved the show and I am happy they will get a chance to close out the series

  7. I guess I should finish season 2…

  8. THANK YOU NETFLIX!!! #closure

  9. Yay! I’m addicted. Love the characters. Love the Seattle location.

  10. My hubby and I get bonding time with each other,in our common love for this
    amazing show! Of course, We’re usually at the edge of our seats though :)

    • Same here. I and my wife love this cuddle time. With the MANY pauses to discuss WTF just happened! Nice

  11. So happy to hear the killing is getting a 4th series. my finance and I just started season 1 a couple ofweeks ago on netflix and have been gripped every since. heres to hoping season 4 gets more than 6 eposodes

  12. One of the most gripping, exquisitely done suspense dramas I’ve seen in while. Excellent scripting and acting deserving of the solid 5 star Netflix rating that it has garnered!

  13. Loved all seasons of The Killing. Sad to hear season 4 is only going to be 6 episodes. My question to you all is…how do I get season 4? Do I have to order thru Netflix and is it only going to work if you have the streaming component on Netflix ?

  14. My husband and I watched all 36 episodes on Net flix. We LOVE it! When is the 4th season starting??

  15. A thought provoking, intelligent series that keeps one in suspense of “whodunnit”. Love the actors. Sorry there are only 6 more episodes until the series ends.

  16. Found this series late, I do that with most series, but am all caught up now. The Killing is great. Will be watching for it. Wish they could keep it going though.

  17. I started watching this on Netflix and got hooked, I wasn’t a fan at first but the more I watched the more I couldn’t wait to get home and put it on. I really hope to see a lot more of the killing but if that is not possible, PLEASE finish the story line in a happy ending for two deserving cops?!!

  18. I had never heard about the show, then Net-flicks recommended it to me because I love the Following, I had watched the opening scene but since it was late I had to turn it off but the next day i kept thinking about it and when i got home put it back on and have watched season 1-2 and just started 3, I’m addicted!! Love the show!! So glad there’s going to be a 4th!! Wish they would keep it going, its an amazing show, can’t believe I have never even heard about it before!!

  19. I’ve watched seasons 1, 2 and 3 but can’t find where season 4 is hiding. Can someone give me an update on when/where/how to access the final episodes?

  20. My husband and I just finished watching seasons 1, 2 and 3. Yes ALL of them in the past few weeks! It was like reading a great book that you just can’t put down. But had to goto bed sometime. This show was Fantastic! I loved the interactions between the characters Linden/Holder. The setting in Seattle was fresh, yes it did rain a lot. I love shows that are gritty but not blood and guts for no reason. This makes you think and really care about the not so perfect people that are the main characters. The ability to watch series on-demand through Netflix is a game changer. I am so off sappy wait-til-next week network tv shows, oh except for Suits. I was so happy to fill the void with this show after watching these other Super series all available via Netflix: The Fall, Luther, Top of the Lake and The Returned. And borrowing from John Luther all I can say is “Now What?”

  21. I loved it I was amazing and I really want a season four don’t let the fans down!!!!!!

  22. I loved season 1 and 2, did not care for season 3, I love these 2 characters. Looking forward to season 4 on Netflix.

  23. I’m an avid viewer of this show. It’s very good, but the tempo and mood of this show would call for you to really give it a chance and hang in there for a while and then it’s addictive!!! I’m sad this is the end bu

  24. I love this show. I hope they bring back more than one season.

  25. My mother and I absolutely love the show!! Fantastic acting and characters !! Thank you soooo much for bringing it back !! Go netflix!! We will continue to subscribe to netflix if they continue with these great choices!!!!

  26. Why does it have to be the final season????

  27. I just finished watching all three seasons in a marathon weekend. I can’t remember the last time I did that for a TV show. I wish they’d keep it and go on with further seasons. But, I’m looking forward to seeing the fourth season in August. Holder’s character is brilliant. He deserves his own show!

  28. I absolutely loved this series !! Especially on netflix… No commercials! The actors were brilliant and the storyline. Really looking forward to season 4

  29. SO happy to hear about this! I absolutely loved this show and was disappointed when it was cancelled, again. At least closure, if not more than 6 episodes. Happy happy.