You know that scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where Eric Idle is yelling, "Bring out your dead!" and the one guy is still alive and he's all, "I'm not dead yet!" Well, imagine that scenario, but pretend The Killing is the guy who's attempting to convince the world that he's not dead, that he's getting better, and the world is going, "No you're not. You'll be stone dead in a moment." Basically, what I'm trying to say is: The Killing is back, y'all, and you have Netflix to thank for it.
Yes, it's true: The streaming service is resurrecting the twice-canceled AMC drama for a six-episode fourth and "final" season. AMC won't be involved; the episodes will air exclusively on Netflix.
Let's run down a brief history of the show's life (and death) so far, just for fun:
APRIL 2011: The Killing premieres on AMC to rave critical reviews.
JUNE 2011: After screwing with viewers heads by feeding them multiple red herrings, The Killing's Season 1 finale royally pisses off everyone on the internet by not solving the central mystery of who killed Rosie Larsen.
APRIL 2012: The Killing returns for Season 2, but struggles to earn back the viewers it lost after Season 1.
JUNE 2012: The Killing's extremely convoluted second season wraps up with a finale that finally reveals Rosie's murderer.
JULY 2012: The Killing is canceled by AMC... for the first time.
AUGUST 2012: Rumors begin to swirl that Netflix or DirecTV might want to resurrect the show.
NOVEMBER 2012: Rumors continue to swirl that the show might return, via a partnership between AMC and Netflix.
JANUARY 2013: The Killing is renewed by AMC for a third season. Netflix eventually agrees to pays for some of the production costs in exchange for earlier-than-usual streaming rights.
SEPTEMBER 2013: The Killing is canceled by AMC for the second time in its short life. Fools that we are, we apparently tempted fate with headline, "AMC Cancels The Killing (Maybe) Probably for Good This Time."
NOVEMBER 2013: Netflix saves the show from the grave yet again.
And that's how we got to where we are today, kids. Stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will both return for Season 4, as will the series' writing staff. Production will begin in February 2014.
Welcome back, Stephen Holder, I guess you were just too precious to be locked away forever.
This is probably a stupid question, but are you excited to see one last case? Or would you prefer the The Killing to stay dead?