Saturday, 1 December 2012

THE KILLING wasn't killed

Saturday, 1 December 2012
In shock news, AMC are expected to announce that their remake of Denmark's crime drama The Killing is coming back for a third season, despite being axed in the summer. This is partly because Netflix have decided to help with the licensing costs, but perhaps encouraged by the fact AMC's Hell on Wheels is in limbo because the Western lost its producers.

Seeing as the Rosie Larsen mystery was finally solved, obviously the third season will find Seattle cops Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holden (Joel Kinnaman) tackling a brand new case. It's not yet known if the show will adapt the Danish version's second series, or create a brand new storyline of their own. The latter is probably preferable. Showrunner Veena Sud, executive producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin have apparently started work this week, aiming for a late-May premiere, but AMC and Fox TV (who make the show) haven't made anything official yet.

What do you make of this surprise? Does The Killing deserve a third chance, having hopefully learned some valuable lessons? I really loved the production and some of the performances, but the storyline and manner in which it was dragged out is what killed it for me. I only lasted a handful of episodes into season 2. Hopefully the third season will tell a contained story. If this is assured, I may give it a look next summer.

[source: Variety]