AMC Cancels ‘The Killing’

Detectives Linden and Holder are forced into early retirement.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

In retrospect, it's a good thing that we learned who killed Rosie Larsen in the second season finale of "The Killing." Because there won't be a third season.

AMC has officially canceled "The Killing" after a two year run on the network. In the announcement, AMC states that “after much deliberation, we’ve come to the difficult decision not to renew ‘The Killing’ for a third season. AMC is incredibly proud of the show and is fortunate to have worked with such a talented team on this project, from showrunner Veena Sud and our terrific partners at Fox Television Studios to the talented, dedicated crew and exceptional cast.”
Based upon the Danish TV series, "Forbrydelsen," AMC's "The Killing" drew rave reviews upon its debut in 2011 thanks to a very stylish and moody pilot as well as great performances by Mireille Enos as Detective Sarah Linden and Joel Kinnaman's Stephen Holder. The downfall of the series began during the later episodes of the first season; which fans and critics alike decried as filler material. In the first season finale, many viewers were outraged that Rosie's true killer remained unrevealed.
Showrunner Veena Sud received a considerable amount of ugly criticism from anonymous fans that included racist and sexist remarks. For the second season, Sud and her writing team doubled down on their creative choices and announced ahead of the premiere that Rosie's killer would not be revealed until the second season finale.
However, the backlash against "The Killing" manifested itself as significantly lower ratings during the second season. The final episode drew only 1.45 million viewers; which may have been the tipping point for the series' fate.
At the very least, "The Killing" elevated the careers of Kinnaman and Enos, who will appear in the upcoming Robocop remake and World War Z, respectively.
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