Perhaps it’s fitting that a dramatic series by the name of ‘The Killing’ seems to find a way to keep returning from the dead. Following its second apparent cancellation, it has been announced the serial mystery will return for a fourth season on Netflix. Warning: some spoilers are ahead, for those who have yet to view the series.
Canceled twice by AMC, with the first time coming during its deflating second season and then again a month after its similarly rated though more regarded third season concluded, ‘The Killing’ will make a comeback on Netflix for a final six episodes.
Netflix looks to continue to pride itself on being an outlet for beloved series in need of revival or continuation. ‘The Killing’ will be the second high profile series to get its start with one network before being dumped and then snagged up by Netflix. Most notably, ‘Arrested Development’ was adopted by the online streaming service, given a fourth season, albeit seven years after it ended.
Here, ‘The Killing’ will be given half a dozen episodes to wrap up the series, presumably though not necessarily without the tighter restrictions of network TV (runtime, censorship, timed act breaks).
For those who haven’t seen any of this crime series (and this may be a slight spoiler), ‘The Killing’ at the end of its first season famously failed to solve the lone murder case that carried the show throughout its 13 episodes, much to the dismay of many viewers.
The second season continued with the same mystery and finally saw it to a resolution. The third season brought back only the two main detectives, Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder, played by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman respectively, in a brand new case.
‘The Killing’ last aired in early August after 12 episodes, but has once again proven resilient. Aside from satisfying fans, this move by Netflix will only give more hope to the likely hopeless who have seen their favorite shows go by the wayside, namely all those fans petitioning to get back ‘Stargate Universe.’