The stories of detectives Holder and Linden will not be continued, following AMC’s decision not to move forward with The Killing Season 4 – officially cancelling the show for the second time.
Some viewers (myself included) felt there was scope for the story to unfold into a fourth chapter in wake of the shocking conclusion to Season 3. Mireille Enos also stated her hope for continuation. But ultimately, the third (and now final) season did what it set out to do: tell a largely self-contained, serialized case that was resolved over the course of 13 episodes.
In other words, while The Killing Season 4 would have been nice – and certainly could have built on the strong storytelling of Season 3 – the show didn’t end with the kind of cliffhanger that made the serial killer investigation feel unresolved. In many ways, a good level of balance was achieved – plot closure with room to wonder what might happen next, particularly where Linden’s character is concerned. If this is the end, The Killing goes out on the kind of high that seemed impossible this time last year.
Of course, last season’s ratings seem to be the driving factor behind the decision, with the season ending level vs Season 2 – which led to the show’s initial cancellation. Had the ratings been crazy, Season 4 would probably be happening, so there’s obviously a business decision there, which isn’t at all surprising.
On the decision not to move forward with The Killing Season 4, AMC said in a statement to Deadline:
“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.”
The Killing producers, Fox Television Studios, added:
“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 3 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 3’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.”
It seems unlikely that the show will survive the Cancellation Dragon for a second time, particularly with AMC investing a lot of hope in Line of Sight and other new projects, but we’ll of course keep you informed should the biggest-plot-twist-yet happen. Either way, The Killing re-enters Seriable heaven somewhat redeemed.