"The Killilng" - AMC's much-praised-then-much-condemned - series about a pair of Seattle homicide detectives who spent a couple of seasons chasing Rosie Larsen's killer - has been officially dropped by the network.
The statement: “After much deliberation, we've come to the difficult decision not to renew The Killing for a third season.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 cancellation is not entirely unexpected - ratings fell dramatically the second season after a torrrid first, and the series seemed to creatively struggle to wrap a complicated storyline. (Who killed Rosie? Well, kind of everyone - though specifically Billy Campbell's oily campaign manager bore chief responsibility.) The show even sparked a surprisingly vitriolic critical backlash at the end of the first season by ending with a cliff-hanger instead of resolving the murder mystery.
But there were a pair of fine performances here - notably by Mireille Enos (who got an Emmy nomination) and Swedish newcomer Joel Kinnaman who can credit this series for launching his now hot career trajectory.