In a move that defies its very title, The Killing has been resuscitated one final time...by Netflix.
The drama, created by Veena Sud, has been given a six-episode order to wrap up with the series and both stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will be returning. The series was cancelled not once, but twice by AMC, who finally pulled the plug after the third season aired earlier this year.
Netflix Vice President of Original Content for Netflix said in a press release, "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...we are looking forward to offering fans - both existing and new - a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand viewing.”
David Madden, President, Fox Television Studios, 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."
Netflix, with over 40 million subscribers to date, is currently streaming the first three seasons of The Killing so there's plenty of time to catch up before the fourth and final season airs. No airdate for the final six episodes has been given at this time.
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