After much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew The Killing for a third season. AMC is incredibly proud of the show and is fortunate to have worked with such a talented team on this project, from showrunner Veena Sud and our terrific partners at Fox Television Studios to the talented, dedicated crew and exceptional cast.
Despite initial strong ratings and Emmy nominations for two of its stars, The Killing received backlash from fans and critics when it failed to solve its central murder case by the end of its first season. Soon thereafter, executive producer Sud mentioned that the show would continually diverge from Forbrydelsen, the Danish series on which it was based, but despite the promise of a different direction, ratings continued to dip throughout the series’ run.
The Killing’s second season finale saw a 17 percent decline from its premiere and a harsh decline of 35 percent from the first season’s close.
Late in its freshman year, The Killing received a last-minute renewal for a second season, and perhaps some were hoping that the network would again make a delayed decision to keep the show on for another go-round. Sadly, that isn’t the case, though at the very least, fans can be thankful that the show finally got around to solving its over-arching mystery before its cancellation.
In addition, the series offered a career boost for Enos and co-star Joel Kinnaman, both of who have used the series to transition into film. Kinnaman assumes the lead role in the upcoming Robocop remake, while Enos is featured in the just-delayed Gangster Squad, alongside Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn.
Both films are set for release in 2013.