The Killing creator Veena Sud has elaborated on why there can’t possibly be a fifth season.
Having previously stated that Season 4 really is the end point in the story of detectives Linden and Holder (at least under her stewardship), Sud remains firm in her stance and assured THR that the ending doesn’t leave the story anywhere to go – even if Netflix wants more:
The way I end the season, there is no possibility of us continuing the story of Linden and Holder. This is the end game and this is how it was envisioned from the beginning — that it will end this way. I believe there is no more story to tell after this. We truly end their story at the end of this season, so no, I don’t think there’s any more to tell.
Sud says plotting the final season on Netflix afforded certain creative freedoms not found on traditional platforms, and vowed to answer all the remaining questions:
There was a quest for all of us to answer all the unanswered questions. So creatively, there’s an expansiveness in being on a platform that doesn’t have commercial breaks and you can use language that cops would really actually use on the street. But also, this being our last season, is the final movement of this opera and it’s the biggest movement and the most dramatic for all the characters because as you saw from the end of season three, Linden and Holder are in the center of this storm because of what they did in the woods. So this season is a bullet train rushing to the end.
Read the full interview @THR.
The Killing: The Final Season drops 12:01 a.m. PT Friday on Netflix