Is anyone really surprised by this?
Entertainment Weekly has posted that AMC has announced that they will not be renewing The Killing for a third season. Based on the popular Swedish show of the same name, the show started off really well: premiere episode was watched by 2.7 million and it got great reviews. But the first season ended without any real satisfaction.
Even though I enjoyed most of season 1 and I do like the show’s starts Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, I decided that my Sunday nights were way too valuable to devote to a show that just dangled red herring after red herring and never got anywhere, so I didn’t watch the second season. And considering only 1.8 million people watched the second season premiere, too many other people felt the exact same way I did. Even the second season finale didn’t garner huge numbers, with only 1.4 million viewers.
EW quotes AMC’s 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.”
That’s all very nice and good but clearly the show just didn’t click. Compare the tepid response to The Killing to the cultural juggernauts of Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad. The Killing just never measured up.
If Fox really wants to shop it around, good luck but really….no. Just let it die.
I leave you with Vulture’s compilation of The Killing’s best moments in chewing.