I knew it! I knew it, I knew it! It’s always been my hope that “The Killing” would get yet another reprieve, and the show that won’t die is returning to Netflix for six episodes. I couldn’t be happier.
Based on a Danish series “Forbrydelsen,” the crime drama ran for two seasons on AMC before getting canceled in July of 2012. Then in January 2013, the network and production company – Fox Television Studios – cut a deal to bring the show back for a third season, this time with Seattle detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) working on a new case involving a string of murders.
Netflix negotiated to stream the new episodes exclusively three months after they aired – a deal that no doubt helped with production costs.
In September, AMC canceled the show – AGAIN! But yesterday, Netflix announced its intentions for the show to continue in a final (I’m still hoping for more) six-episode run that will serve as its conclusion. The episodes will be available only from Netflix, which also has the first three seasons available.
“The rich, serialized storytelling in ‘The Killing’ thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder a proper send off,” said the company’s Cindy Holland. “We are looking forward to offering fans — both existing and new — a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand viewing.”
Fox TV Studios’ David Madden added, “It’s a true testament to ‘The Killing’ creator Veena Sud and the stellar cast led so compellingly by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman that fans remained so passionate about the show. We’re gratified that our partners at Netflix recognized this, and are giving us the opportunity to complete the story in a way that will be satisfying to our loyal audience.”
But really?! Only six more episodes? I say we flood the new Netflix episodes with viewers, which will make it impossible for them to say no to even more episodes.