File this in the “Wake me up, I must be dreaming” category. Believe it or not, despite being canceled (twice) by AMC, ‘The Killing’ is coming back for one more final season, thanks to the folks over at Netflix.
Of course, Netflix was one of the big reasons that AMC decided to bring the series back for Season 3 last year after initially announcing its cancelation at the end of Season 2. At the time, the network inked a deal that would allow Netflix to be the exclusive streaming home for that third season starting 90 days after it aired on AMC. This time, however, AMC isn’t involved at all, and fans won’t be able to see the new season anywhere other than Netflix. The episodes will still be produced by Fox Television Studios, but are likely to carry the “Netflix Original Series” logo when they first air on the streaming service (which costs $7.99 per month).
Those expecting a full season’s worth of episodes will be disappointed to hear that the plan is only to film six, which will serve as a final season to the series and wrap up the Linden/Holder storyline. As you may recall, the show ended with a bit of a cliffhanger at Season 3’s conclusion. Despite the limited run, early word is that the two detectives will investigate a brand new case.
This is the second time that ‘The Killing’ has been saved from cancelation at the last minute. At least this time around, everyone seems to have a plan to wrap up the characters’ stories. That’s what fans expected the conclusion to Season 3 to provide – only to be given an ending with a lot of unanswered questions for the Linden character.
Stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will both return, as will show-runner Veena Sud, but there’s no word yet about whether we’ll see any other familiar faces, nor who else might be cast for Season 4. Like other series exclusive to Netflix, it’s highly likely that all six episodes will be available at once – allowing viewers to watch the investigation unfold at their own pace. (I’ll probably binge-watch them all in one sitting.)
Netflix has not yet announced when the series will air, but expect to see Linden and Holder back in action at some point in 2014.
So, what’s your take on this resurrection? Are you happy to see the show back, or do you think this series should have been abandoned long ago?
[via The Hollywood Reporter]