Big bummer for fans of The Killing. After three seasons, AMC has given the axe to the crime drama starring Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (John Holder), according to Deadline Hollywood.
The show ends on a strong note, having recently finished out a very powerful season, which followed an investigation into serial murders of young Seattle prostitutes and street kids. The Killing’s third and final season itself almost didn’t happen; AMC had shelved the show but resurrected it six months later.
The first two seasons of The Killing followed the investigation of the murder of a teenage girl, with a promotional campaign reminiscent of the 1990s series Twin Peaks (also set in the Pacific Northwest). While the show initially met strong reviews, viewers and critics became frustrated when the first season finale did not reveal the answer to the question “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” after seeming to promise they would. The Larsen mystery wrapped at the end of Season 2.
With Rosie’s death resolved, Linden and Holder found themselves seeking a killer of not one but several girls. The final season also featured a story line involving a man detective Linden put on death row years ago (portrayed stunningly by Peter Sarsgaard), whose guilt she begins to question when she notices similarities between that case and the new killings. It was a compelling season, but sadly will be the last.