Much has already been written about the strange life and undeath of The Killing. After a precipitous drop in ratings during its second season, the show was cancelled by AMC – only to have its showrunners begin shopping around for a new home for the critically-acclaimed crime drama.
After much speculation as to the show's fate, The Killing eventually earned an order of ten new episodes from AMC, thanks in part to a co-financing deal with Netflix. The series' cast and crew apparently wasted no time in getting these episodes into production, as The Killing's season 3 premiere is only a little over two months away.
The revival of The Killing now has a definitive premiere date: June 2nd, 2013. In addition, we now have an idea of where the series will head after solving the murder case that consumed its first two seasons.
The new season will apparently pick up a year after the close of season 2. Shaken by the details of the Rosie Larsen case, Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) has retired from police work. When her ex-partner Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) contacts her for information regarding a grisly series of murders, Linden finds herself being drawn back into the life of a homicide detective.
Since the end of The Killing's last aired season, headlining stars Enos and Kinnaman have gone on to higher-profile roles in World War Z and RoboCop, respectively. Nonetheless, the pair are some of the few actors returning for The Killing's third season. Befitting a new era and new cases, the show has added new cast members in the form of Elias Koteas (Let Me In), Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine), and Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color).
This new premiere date means that season 3 of The Killing will (at least partially) run alongside the return of Breaking Bad and freshman series Low Winter Sun – meaning that the summer of 2013 will officially be Crime Drama Season for AMC. One wonders if the network will actually craft advertising to capitalize on the confluence.
Given the huge falloff in public interest in The Killing's second season, series creator Veena Sud (Cold Case) needs to make a strong and immediate case for the show's return come June. In this sense, not being anchored by the Rosie Larsen case may end up being a huge boon – now the series can start reconstructing its identity free of the baggage of previous seasons. With any luck, The Killing may just start attracting audiences back to its grim, blood-spattered version of Seattle - especially since the new case will be solved in a single season.
The Killing will begin airing on AMC on June 2nd, 2013.