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Fans of AMC’s moody, atmospheric murder drama The Killing rejoice! The cult favorite, which was plagued by low ratings and complaints about the twists and turns of its second season, is returning to AMC in a few short months. The show, which was as good as dead, is being resurrected by a partnership between AMC and Netflix. New episodes premiere June 2, 2013.
When the last episode of season 2 aired in June 2012, the future of The Killing looked bleak. Ratings were down considerably for a show that premiered in April 2011 with a strong 2.7 million viewers, numbers that placed it second only to The Walking Dead among AMC series premieres. But the second season was less popular with fans, who were frustrated by the red herring at the end of the first season, in which viewers finally found out that high school student Rosie Larsen’s (Katie Findlay) murderer was would-be Seattle Mayor Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell), an unsurprising plot twist that was quickly revealed to be incorrect. Fans and critics alike complained that the second season was meandering, with needless, unexplained twists, and many felt that the Larsen plot dragged on far too long. Ratings reflected this frustration, with the ratings falling to a less-respectable 1.59 million viewers. It was hardly shocking that AMC opted not to renew the series at the end of the second season.
However, in a surprise move, Fox Television Shows announced in November 2012 that they were in talks with Netflix to revive the show (AMC is involved in the deal as well). AMC and Netflix will share production costs associated with the show, and in exchange the show will be aired both on AMC and later on Netflix. The first episode of season 3 will be a special two-hour premiere. We can officially confirm that the members of the Larsen family will not be a part of the season 3 cast, but thankfully partners Det. Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) and former Det. Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) will be returning. We will also be welcoming fantastic new cast members such as Peter Sarsgaard. Look for reviews of each episode on this site beginning June 2013.