Series frustrated viewers over two seasons
"The Killing," which led viewers on a search for Rosie Larsen's killer over two frustrating seasons, will not be back for a third, AMC announced Friday.
The Fox Television series from showrunner Veena Sud starred Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnamon as Seattle detectives trying to solve the teenager's murder.
The fakeout ending of its first season — the mayoral candidate who seemed to be Rosie's killer turned out not to be — frustrated viewers to such an extent that AMC promised to solve the mystery by the end of season 2. But by then many viewers had abandoned the dark, moody series.
"After much deliberation, we've come to the difficult decision not to renew ‘The Killing’ for a third season," the network said. "AMC is incredibly proud of the show and is fortunate to have worked with such a talented team on this project, from showrunner Veena Sud and our terrific partners at Fox Television Studios to the talented, dedicated crew and exceptional cast.”
The series first premiered in April 2011 and yielded six Emmy nominations in its first season, including an outstanding writing nomination for Sud, a lead dramatic actress nod for Enos, and a supporting actress nod for Michelle Forbes.
The show's second-season finale — which also proved to be its series finale — left the show with few places to go. It finally, conclusively, solved the mystery of who killed Larsen.
"The Killing," which drew comparisons to "Twin Peaks" because of its Pacific Northwestern setting and focus on a teenage girl's murder, now has another similarity with that ABC classic: Neither show made it to season 3.