The last day of filming for the fan driven 4th & final season of the former AMC crime-drama that is now finding its 3rd life at Netflix, the online TV & movie service, The Killing was on April 28, 2014 on a quiet side street/alley in New Westminster, BC, Canada.
As it happened, I stumbled across them that day & was not even aware they were wrapping that day as MOST production lists had May 1, 2014 down as their final day.
When my buddy & I got there, they had already been filming for awhile & were just in the middle of a short break. We managed to get autographs from both Joel Kinnaman & Mireille Enos quickly after getting there. This gave me time to concentrate then on getting some photos, and after Joel told us it was the final day, I pretty much knew where I was going to be till the end of their filming. Right there.
Unlike most sets for The Killing, we were actually greeted with some resistence. I have learned from experiences in the past, if a generally easy show is suddenly being less receptive, its usually they want to stop you from seeing something notable. Our 2 biggest non-fans included 1 guy who followed 1 of us around for most of his time there, while the other was a VERY anti-photographer psycho who kept repeating the date of the death of Diana. Not once or twice, but 30+ times he rambled off this date while my buddy & I were busy talking with a more level headed crew member & a City of New West Cop about where we could & couldnt stand. Eventually cooler heads prevailed, and we were allowed to do what we wanted to do there with minimal resistance.
With this being the final day of shooting, both Mirelle and Joel spent a lot of time out, interacting with the crew and each other in between takes.
Mireille spent the better part of an hour signing these books for the crew as she sat inside the car, while Joel did it standing in the middle of the street. I've never seen a production make a yearbook before. it actually was pretty cool. I never got a really great look inside it, but from a distance I could see it seemed that all the crew seemed to have pictures in it, and the cover was all black with "The Killing" across the front in red lettering.
There was then another scene where the two start off in a hug. This leads to Holder walking back towards the CC, while Linden gets into a car & drives away.
Finally 1 more scene is done with the pair. Again Holder coming out of the CC & walks over to where Linden is waiting in her car. She gets out, the two embrace again (I really cant tell from my blurry night time photo...but did they kiss? I hope not. Never considered them a couple that way.), before Linden gets into the drivers seat, Holder in the passenger seat (she is his ride after all) & they drive off. This was the final scene they would ever shoot, and it felt like the final scene as well with the use of a crane operated camera which would imply shooting them driving away together at the end. Filming doesnt always shoot scenes in order (in fact, rarely) so just because it was the last scene shot does not mean it was the last scene. However, this particular last shot DID feel like the last scene.
I want to say thanks to AMC for giving the show a spot in their line up originally and giving us all a taste of this incredible show. I want to thank Veena Sud, who although I have been critical of how she and AMC pitched the show to fans during season 1, still managed to draw me back in again and again. Of course, a massive thanks to the people at Netflix, the online streaming service that will bring us the 4th season later this week. I am personally renewing my Netflix account that has been dead since after the Arrested Development revival just to watch The Killing (and I will be checking out Orange Is The New Black & Hemlock Grove while I am at it). Thanks to the crew that worked on it day & night for parts of 4 years, even those of you I might have disagreed with from time to time. Of course, thanks to the incredible fans that not once, but twice dragged The Killing out of the canceled bin and into production of more episodes. I don't think I have seen such a successful job anywhere else yet.
Lastly, a huge thanks to the awesome cast the show has had from the get go. Season 1 and 2 had amazing performances from Billy Campbell, Kristin Lehman, Michelle forbes, Brent Sexton, Brendan Sexton III, Jamie Anne Allman, Eric Ladin, Kacey Rohl, Tom Butler, Liam James, Evan Bird, Seth Isaac Johnson, Patrick Gilmore, Katie Findlay, Brandon Jay McLaren and others.
Season 3 of course brought us a new cast, and again, outstanding work by Elias Koteas, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Gregg Henry, Amy Seimetz, Ben Cotton, Julia Sarah Stone, Max Fowler, Aaron Douglas, Hugh Dillon, Ryan Robbins, Rowan Longworth, Laine MacNeil, Cate Sproule and of course Peter Saarsgaard (who got absolutely ROBBED of an Emmy nomination this year) plus many more.
Of course, CAN NOT FORGET the 2 staples of the show, for all 4 seasons. Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.
The season 4 cast sure has a lot to live up to. Hoping that Joan Allen, Sterling Beaumon, Levi Meaden, Jordan Burtchett and others can stand up to the incredible job their past alum have put forth.
The Killing 4th & Final season will air on Netflix with all 6 of the final season episodes TOMORROW August 1, 2014
Here is, the final shot I got of anyone on The Killing set. Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress for her role as Sarah Linden, Mireille Enos waving good bye to me.