The Killing creator Veena Sud says the detective drama could continue into a fifth season, but under a new writer.
While Sud remains adamant that the upcoming fourth season on Netflix is the final chapter in Detective Linden’s story as she sees it, she tells TVLine that the story could potentially continue under a different vision:
The way we end the season will make it the final season. It’s the way I’ve wanted to end the story from the very beginning. There’s an image that I knew would be one of the final images of Sarah Linden from the very start. From Day 1. I just feel extremely, extraordinarily grateful and lucky to have this final season to end this story the way I wanted to from the very beginning. So, unless another writer wants to come in and continue to tell the story, it will be the final season.
As for whether Season 4 has any plot attachment to the previous seasons (the Rosie Larson case from Seasons 1 and 2, and the serial killings from Season 3), Sud says the arc of the final season is more emotional and “symbolic” of Linden’s journey:
No. This final case is more symbolic of Linden’s journey and the question that [she’s been asking] her entire life as a cop, which is, “Who is the bad guy?” Her ethic for her whole entire life as a cop has been the world has to be black and white. There has to be good guys, there has to be bad guys. There has to be a clear vision of justice in this world. And clearly there is not. Clearly there is a monster in all of us.
The fourth and ‘final’ season of The Killing streams August 1 on Netflix.