For a show called “The Killing,” it sure has a lot of life in it.
After airing three seasons on — and twice being canceled by — AMC, the moody, rainy crime drama is getting six more episodes on Netflix. The streaming service says it’s a “final” season, but we’ll believe that sometime around, oh, 2028.
Stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return for the fourth season, as will showrunner Veena Sud and rest of the creative team. Production is scheduled to begin early next year; a premiere date hasn’t been set.
“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,” says Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix. “We are looking forward to offering fans — both existing and new — a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand viewing.”
“The Killing” angered a number of viewers at the conclusion of its first season, when it failed to resolve the murder case it had strongly implied it would. That resolution came in Season 2, after which AMC canceled the show.
The cable channel changed its mind and ordered a third season, which followed a new case. The consensus was that Season 3 was stronger while still plagued with some of the same problems of the first two; AMC canceled it again in September. Ratings for Season 3 were basically even with those for Season 2.