For a show that is entitled “The Killing,” it is pretty darn ironic that this in particular is a program that just cannot be killed off. This is a show that AMC has canceled twice now, and to an extent, Netflix has been there to bail the out both times. While last year the streaming service chose to merely help out in the production, they have taken it a step even further this year and are making the final six episodes of the series exclusively.
Obviously, the sad news here is that this is being made with the full assumption that this will be the end of the series, but what an ending it is getting. The show generated great reviews for season 3, which we feel like contained some of the best storytelling for the entire series. Not only that, but we continue to question why AMC canceled it, given that “Low Winter Sun” bombed and “Breaking Bad” is now over. With “Mad Men” only airing seven episodes in 2014, you cannot just rely on zombies to carry the rest of the load.
Well, it’s AMC’s loss at this point, as Linden and Holder’s story will get a shot to have closure elsewhere. Just take a look at what David Madden of Fox TV (the studio behind the show) had to say about this new pickup, which they fought hard for even after getting canceled this past time:
“It’s a true testament to Veena Sud, and the stellar cast led so compellingly by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, that fans remained so passionate about the show. We’re gratified that our partners at Netflix recognized this, and are giving us the opportunity to complete the story in a way that will be satisfying to our loyal audience.”
We don’t expect “The Killing” to be the success online of either “House of Cards” or “Arrested Development.” It’s a dark, often-depressing show that really holds nothing back. But, it is also a show that manages to do everything that it does at a mostly-high quality, and the only thing it ever really did wrong in the first place was surprise viewers who felt like the Rosie Larsen case was going to be resolved in a single season. While we don’t necessarily think that we necessarily needed to have closure for our main characters, we’re happy even to just a get a six-episode mystery to wrap up the characters’ journey.
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