The Killing revived by AMC for third season
Story by Jack Foley
THE Killing is making a comeback.
According to Variety, showrunner Veena Sud and executive producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin have gone back to the writing room to pen a new set of episodes with a view to launching the new season in late May.
The move by AMC – which has yet to be officially confirmed by the cable company – is a remarkable turnaround for The Killing given that hopes of a revival had looked to be lying solely with Netflix.
But interest from fans, as well as from Netflix, persuaded AMC that there was life in the show yet and they look to have revived it themselves.
It is not yet clear who will be coming back from the original two seasons, but AMC will be keen to keep series leads Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman despite the fact that both have made strides into the movie industry of late – Enos with the forthcoming Gangster Squad and the Brad Pitt blockbuster World War Z and Kinnaman in the title role of Robocop.
Billy Campbell, who ended season two as the newly elected mayor of Seattle, could also be due a comeback.
But it’s good news that the show has been saved given the quality of the drama, which was based on the Danish series of the same name.
The Killing was cancelled after two seasons following weak second season viewing figures that many blamed on the first run’s decision not to tie up the main case involving the murder of a high school girl, Rosie Larsen.
But the quality of the drama, and the performances underpinning it, more than makes it worth a third shot, especially with the prospect of an all-new case.