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.)