Netflix has resurrected AMC’s cult hit The Killing for a fourth and final season starting August 1, 2014. The series will have its swan song of six episodes, thanks to the streaming media giant that has saved the drama from cancellation for a second time. How will the series end for Detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), and how will the partners deal with the shocking events that culminated in the Season 3 finale? In eight days, the answers will become available to all Netflix subscribers at the touch of a few buttons. Enjoy a Season 4 preview trailer video at the end of the article.
The Killing has cheated death twice since it premiered on AMC in 2011. It quickly became a phenomenon for the cable network with much critical acclaim and a passionate fan base, but suffered enormous backlash upon not revealing Rosie Larsen’s killer at the end of Season 1. This was a promise made to fans early on in the first season. However, producers riding the wave of the show’s success ultimately decided to draw out the reveal of the killer. When the creative forces reneged on their promise, viewers and critics revolted. As a result, ratings dramatically plunged in the second season and the show was cancelled by AMC following the conclusion of Season 2, despite the fact that Rosie Larsen’s killer was finally revealed. After the show’s initial cancellation, Netflix joined forces with AMC to help finance the show and provide Netflix with streaming rights. However, a low-rated third season prompted the cable network to cancel the show a second time. Once more, Netflix stepped in by offering The Killing a shortened, six-episode final run to be offered exclusively on the streaming service.
The series creator and executive producer, Veena Sud, praised the show’s fans and Netflix for their support and dedication to keeping the show alive. Sud remarked, “To come back twice from the dead is pretty extraordinary, and is such a testament to our fans and to all the support that the studio and Netflix has given the show.” The cast found that working with Netflix had other advantages as well. By producing content for streaming versus a broadcast model, the show’s structure was no longer bound by traditional regulations, as well as allowed the characters more liberties and freedoms. For instance, the show was no longer censored in terms of language, suggestive material, and cussing, so Kinnaman’s Holder could talk like the wrong side of the tracks character he was always intended to be, which was a thrilling and welcomed change for the actor. Another benefit of Netflix is that the shows are presented commercial-free and their run times will be closer to an hour long, as opposed to 42 minutes per episode with commercials on AMC.
The newly resurrected fourth and final season of The Killing will once again feature an impressive cast of guest stars including Joan Allen of The Bourne Ultimatum and Face/Off fame, who will play Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of the all-boys military academy where one of the central character’s involved in the crime of the season attended. This season’s backdrop will see Detectives Linden and Holder struggling to manage the fallout from last season’s cliffhanger, during which Linden gunned down Lt. James Skinner (Elias Koteas), the head of the crime task force and her married former lover, after the realization that he was the serial killer they were tracking the entire season. Holder, who was present and aware of the same realization, will help Linden cover up the crime as they are assigned a new case, as well as forced to deal with other personal matters. The central crime involves the murder of the prominent and wealthy Stansbury family, the only survivor of which is a son, Kyle (Tyler Ross), who was gravely wounded during the massacre and attended the military school run by Allen’s Col. Rayne. Moreover, the season will also involve deeper, more personal storylines for both Linden and Holder, as Linden’s backstory is further developed with the introduction of her mother, played by veteran actress Frances Fisher (Titanic). Meanwhile, Holder will be facing impending fatherhood as his girlfriend, Caroline, is revealed to be pregnant.
In addition to Netflix resurrecting The Killing for a six-episode fourth and final season on August 1 (at 12:01 a.m. PST), the streaming media service is also mounting a campaign this summer for viewers to binge watch the show’s first three seasons, which are already available for streaming on Netflix. This introduction will help acquaint viewers who might have missed the show’s original run on AMC. It is also great for those who just want to relive the twists and turns taken by the dynamic duo detective team from the beginning. How will the series end for Detectives Linden and Holder, and how will the partners deal with the shocking events that culminated in the Season 3 finale? The answers will become apparent when the final six episodes become available for streaming on August 1, only on Netflix. Here is a video to whet viewers’ appetites and speculate on how everything will play out as The Killing concludes its run after two resurrections and four drama-filled seasons.
By Leigh Haugh