AMC Renews The Killing for an Open-and-Shut Third Season

By Tim Surette

Jan 15, 2013

AMC just can't quit The Killing. Despite canceling the crime drama after a not-great second season that itself followed a Season 1 finale that nearly started World War III, the show has somehow found its way back onto AMC's schedule. Season 3 will consist of 12 episodes, and production on the show starts in late February, putting it on track for a summer or fall release.

The new round brings back all the key components: Stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) will return, and the heavily criticized Veena Sud reclaims her role as executive producer and showrunner. But Sud has learned from her critics, and Season 3 will feature an all-new case that AMC promises will be wrapped up (or "resolved," in the network's words) by the time the finale ends, according to its press release. The setup will find Stephen working on a murder that ties into an old case Sarah worked, bringing her back into the fold.

As for the Netflix involvement that started the series' resurrection in the first place, negotiations are still ongoing. But any chance of Netflix getting first-run rights is gone.

I'm so over The Killing. How about you?

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  • rye06p Jan 20, 2013

    I was utterly baffled by the choice of not wrapping up the first case in the first season, so I couldn't help but feel smug when they were cancelled because they had it coming. But I do think the show has the ability to make a comeback if it can recreate the buzz it had in the first season. I'll check it out again, I just hope Veena Sud has learnt her lesson.

  • maxpower212 Jan 19, 2013

    I still don't really see why people we so upset about the series 1 finale. I think everyone was upset with the red herrings and just needed some closure, but I don't know why the season finale was supposed to be such a huge cutoff point in everyone's mind. I'm glad it's coming back and hopefully they get into Linden's past and mental state more than they did.

  • CreedP Jan 18, 2013

    They lost me after that first-season-finale BS. Not just the non-ending part of it, but the crappy attitudes in quotes afterward. I refused to watch another episode, and was glad it was cancelled. A shame for the actors, though, they were so good...

  • JamesBong420 Jan 17, 2013

    Finally some good news in TV world. Damn I shouldn't have deleted its DVR series recording...

  • ludoTV Jan 16, 2013

    Really happy - I love the Danish version but The Killing is great in its own right and I like the addition of the Holder character with his own personal demons but with a growing partnership with Linden. Splitting one murder mystery over two seasons was a stupid decision but otherwise I loved the series and I will be glad to see what this new season brings....

  • Trexxl Jan 16, 2013

    If they stick with the original scripts it'll be the army unit and Afghanistan story, which will fit neatly into 12 episodes while moving at a much faster pace.

  • buaidhnobas Jan 16, 2013

    So cool. When it ended on that note, and then later I hear the show being canceled, I was like "Well that sucks". Really like the characters. A little slow, but well worth the wait.

  • the_ricksta Jan 16, 2013

    I personally love slow burners and this show sure did burn slow. However, in doing so it got me really invested in the characters.
    Yes, season 2 dragged a little but if you watch them back to back it's damn good stuff!!
    Looking forward to season 3 especially if you know there's going to be closure at the end of it :)

  • peterkent165 Jan 16, 2013

    that news made my day..i loved the Killing,always thought it was one of the best shows at the time.

  • NeoBasch Jan 16, 2013

    I actually loved the second season and thought it was one of the best shows on air last year. The finale to the second second season was perfect in every way and doubled as a series finale, so it would've worked out either way. I'm eagerly looking forward to the season if only because I want to know more about Linden's past which was heavily hinted at throughout Season 2. After all, the show pretty much revolves around Linden and her obsession to solve cases.

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