The Killing Canceled by AMC After Two Seasons

AMC has cancelled its detective drama series The Killing, it was announced on Friday.

The series, which starred Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, and Michelle Forbes, followed the aftermath of the death of Rosie Larsen, a young girl who was found dead in the trunk of a submerged car. The series delved not only into the police investigation, but also into a possible political conspiracy and into the grief experienced by the Larsen family in the aftermath of their daughter's death.

It doesn't exactly take Linden and Holder to find out what killed this series. Despite absolutely fantastic performances by the main cast, the series committed the capital crime of not solving the Larsen murder in the show's first season. Creator and showrunner Veena Sud defended the prolonged mystery as mimicking that of the show's Danish source (the 20-episode first season of Forbrydelsen). When the show returned for a second season, Sud confirmed that the killer would be found in the season 2 finale, thus deflating any tension from the rest of the season. Viewership didn't exactly plummet, but the second season, which ended on June 17, never broke 2 million viewers.

Of course, it's surprisingly easy to defend The Killing. After all, protracting a murder investigation over two seasons is a move that's quite unfamiliar to American audiences used to the hourlong mysteries of CSI. Of course, there were some storytelling mishaps along the way, but ultimately, The Killing deserves at least some applause for its ambition.

The Killing's cancellation is probably for the best, though. Bringing Linden and Holder back to solve another mystery would have felt tacked-on and ultimately unnecessary. The Killing told all the story it needed to tell, and while it wasn't perfect, it was at times great.

It was announced earlier on Friday that AMC would be pursuing a new scripted series based on Annie Jacobsen's book Area 51.

(Thanks to cheekyMcB and @tommyjhansen for corrections.)

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Written by: mcpherson
Jul 27th, 2012, 12:11 pm


Message Posted On Jul 28th, 2012, 3:35 am
Such a shame. Although I agree the first series was dragged on a little I thought the premise of the show and the acting was great. The second series of Forbrydelsen was a fantastic story and I'm so upset we don't get to see how it would of turned out. For sure the pace would have been faster and the story more intriguing. Again the hope of a show that doesn't fit the One maybe Two episode cookie cutter story is dumped.

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Message Posted On Jul 28th, 2012, 1:07 am

Sorry Sam, I usually love your articles, but I think the networks got it right here and I cannot count on one hand the times that it was great. I only continued watching because I hate to quit something I've invested too much time in. This show dragged really badly. The premise was great but most of the time I just wished for the time back that I had wasted, and prayed that maybe the next episode would get it done fpor me. I have no problem stretching out the murder investigation past the alloted on hour, however, this just went on and on and on. I also continued to wonder if there really were such bad mothers out there, so very clueless.


Message Posted On Jul 27th, 2012, 12:43 pm
Several wrong pieces of info there. Forbrydelsen (the Danish original) didn't end after 2 seasons, they are making a third right now. Also the case was solved in the first season which had 20 episodes. The second season of 10 episodes was a different case with some of the same characters from the police force and it too concluded it's case.
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