AMC’s ‘The Killing’ canceled; season 4 dreams killed off in their own right

The Killing -Very, very sad news to report tonight. After a third season of “The Killing” that we personally found to be a significant improvement, let alone a season with one of our three favorite episodes of any show this year (when Ray Seward’s execution took place, which is only behind the Red Wedding and this past episode of “Breaking Bad”), the journey is over. AMC formally decided to cancel their show today, once again citing low ratings, even in spite of the fact that the finale this year actually improved a marginal amount over the end of season 2.

In a statement to Deadline (who first reported the news), the network had the following to say about making this move:

“We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of The Killing. We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”

Personally, we find it to be a mistake. “Low Winter Sun” is tanking in the ratings despite airing behind “Breaking Bad,” and with this show ending now and “Mad Men” wrapping next year, what else does AMC have save for “Hell on Wheels” and “The Walking Dead”? Plus, this season proved that Veena Sud and her team can produce top-notch drama, even with new characters like Seward.

While Fox Television Studios does not necessarily confirm in their own statement that there is no more hope left for “The Killing” in another home, it doesn’t look good after it took a partnership with Netflix to keep it on the air this year:

“Fox Television Studios is extremely proud of all three seasons of The Killing. We’re especially gratified to have orchestrated a unique deal with AMC for season three that included a bold partnership with Netflix. While we would have loved to produce a fourth season for AMC, FTVS is immensely grateful to everyone involved with this moving series: our brilliant cast, led by Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman and season three’s Peter Sarsgaard, our stellar executive producer, Veena Sud, a remarkable writing and producing team, and a tireless, dedicated crew. Most of all, FTVS thanks the terrific fans of The Killing, who communicated their appreciation for the show throughout its run.”

What’s your reaction to this news, and just how sad are you to see “The Killing” go? Be sure to share some of your thoughts below!

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