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The Killing has been brought back to life, but not on the outlet we had expected. AMC has decided to revive the crime drama for a third season after opting not to renew series over the summer.
Variety has the news, which comes not long after it was announced that Netflix was planning to resurrect the series. Fans have been complaining about the loss of The Killing, and it’s that continued interest that kept the show alive. It’s unclear whether Netflix will be involved in some way, though Variety reports that production on The Killing is expected to begin in a few months and the season will “likely launch in late May.” Showrunner Veena Sud and executive producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin are reportedly in the writers’ room now working on scripts.
Based on the Danish miniseries Forbrydelsen, The Killing tied together three distinct stories centered around the homicide of a young girl named Rosie Larsen: the detectives assigned to the case, the victim’s parents and the city’s politicians. While the first season debuted to 4.7 million viewers before eventually settling into an average of 2.2 million, a last-minute plot twist angered and alienated a lot of fans. As a result, perhaps, Season 2 never regained momentum and the ratings dipped to a series-low 1.59 million.