AMC reanimates The Killing

Michelle Clancy | 16-01-2013

In a surprise move, AMC Networks has decided to bring back original series The Killing for a third, 12-episode season in the US with a possible assist from Netflix.

According to, AMC is also in talks with Netflix to split the distribution of the series in a "second window" deal that would give the streamer the episodes a few months after their premiere.

Based on the Danish hit series, AMC imported the grittiness of the original murder mystery/crime drama, but some critics said it couldn't replicate the pacing or the top-notch dialogue. American viewers were also outraged by the season one ending, which not only failed to resolve the murder of Rosie Larson, but also featured a twist that compromised a beloved character. After the show failed to recapture ratings momentum in the second season, the studio decided to cancel the show last year.

Veena Sud, creator of the original series, will be back as showrunner, and detectives Sarah Lindin and Stephen Holder (Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, respectively) will reprise their roles.

"To the fans that have supported the series, thank you for doing so," Sud said in a statement. "My team and I will work hard to deliver the best story that we can for season three."