The Killing cast on set for season 4 - My 1st look at Mireille, Joel & Gregg at set for episode 1 in February
Back from the dead is a term used on TV a lot. Referring to characters, careers & even occasionally, shows.
Back from the dead more than once. A lot less often. Maybe if you are referring to a character on the CW sci-fi show "Supernatural" it might be more common place, but for the general TV viewing world, it just doesnt happen too often, and certainly not with TV shows.....till now.
After season 2 of the AMC crime-drama "The Killing" the station announced its cancellation, ending a short, but spectacular show & leaving its die hard fans eager for more. A few months passed, and a deal, championed by online streaming provider Netflix, brought the series back from the dead. A 3rd season of the show was done, and again, at the end of its run, which again, left fans clamouring for more, AMC killed it yet again.
Cue mid-November. I was on the phone with a buddy when he told me a piece of news that sincerely shocked me. Netflix has picked up "The Killing" and will air a 6 episode final season to wrap up what many fans considered, too big of a cliffhanger to let it go.
I strongly supported & championed the fan groups who worked hard to get it back. I love the show, and wanted to see it wrap up properly. But I warned them "dont expect to get it". I was certain with 1 revival already under its belt, a 2nd summoning from the dead was practically impossible. I hoped I was wrong, and am glad I am.
TV Guide article on the return of The Killing on Netflix for season 4
Finally back, The Killing started its production for the 4th & final season in late February. I managed to catch up to them early in shooting & although I didnt get to see any of the actual filming, I did get a few photos of Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos ) & Stephen Holder ( Joel Kinnaman ) as they signed for my buddy who I introduced to the show near the end of filming for season 3 & became a fan of it afterwards. Also there was Carl Reddick ( Gregg Henry) [who I foolishly called Clark Gregg after JUST finishing a convo with my buddy about Agents of Shield], as well as a dark haired girl that I never found the name of, but was cast of some type.
Season 4 will be focused on wrapping up the loose ends & solving a murder at an all boys military academy outside Seattle.
No release date for the 6 episode season has been announced yet, but I would guess mid-late summer.
You can find old episodes of The Killing from the 1st three seasons on the site of their new producer, NETFLIX.
THIS POST CONTAINTS NOTABLE SPOILERS FROM LAST NIGHTS FINALE OF AMC'S "THE KILLING". Do not read if you have yet to watch the episode & don't want any spoilers.
So last night the season 3 finale of the AMC crime-drama "The Killing" was on. We finally got to the bottom of who was the Pied Piper, the person killing street kids & Trisha Seward.
In the end, Linden got her man......LITERALLY!
After going thru an assortment of Seattle's seediest people & Pastor Mike, the finale lead us down 1 more rabbit hole in Reddick before we came across the guilty mass murderer, Lieutenant James Skinner.
For weeks, many had the killer narrowed down to "either a cop or a corrections officer" and while that was a broad net to cast, since that entailed 1/2 the suspects, it made sense & in the end, was accurate.
As usual, the acting in last nights finale was stellar. The scene where Linden finally pieces together its Skinner, wow. You could almost literally read it going thru her mind, her processing the details, there was the shock, denial, confusion and eventually absolute certainty that the man she had been sleeping with was also the killer of at 21 (or more, he admitted there was more they would never find) girls.
The show was not with out flaws for me. I was a bit disappointed we didn't get our "Larsen family watching a video Rosie made" moment of closure for anyone. Danette, Kallie's mom, still doesn't know where her daughter is, although we all know now she is certainly dead as Skinners daughter had her ring. That was the only thing of note I thought was missing that season 2 had. If the writers really appreciate their fans, they will slip in 2 minutes into the season 4 (yes, I am cautiously optimistic it will happen) premiere to tie this loose end up. Get that woman her closure.
I also wasn't a fan of the IA scenes with Holder. I doubt if Skinner put in a complaint only an hour earlier they would have already come in & grabbed him without even talking to Reddick about it first. That felt unbelievable to me. But it gave Holder a chance to be his clever smart ass self. His trick to get Reddick back to the station by claiming there was a bomb in his car, brilliant. I laughed at his ability to think outside the box. It also helped advance the storyline when Holder realized Skinner was the killer, and managed to coerce Reddick to go look for Adrian while he tried to track down Linden & Skinner.
Of course there was some redemption. The Keystone Cop turned out to actually be a capable officer in the end. Carl Reddick, after making everyone hate him all season comes thru in the finale & finds missing Adrian Seward alive & well ( at least physically.). He even manage da couple great wisecrack remarks.
I felt some confusion as well. The Twitch & Lyric scenes left me unsure where that would lead. Twitch seemed willing to finally put his past behind him as we see him throw away a bag of drugs. Yet the last we see of Lyric, who seemed to be getting her life together as she now had an actual job, was smiling at a guy who clearly was looking to pick up a prostitute.
I thought it was interesting that this season ended with Linden making a massive error in judgment. I liked it. The reason, I just think its good to have cops with human emotion. They don't always make the right decisions. They too can be overwhelmed by emotions. She did, and it will be interesting to see how that's dealt with between now & season 4.
Season 3 of The Killing was, in my mind, even better than seasons 1 & 2. Although I felt the actual finale episode was a tad imperfect, the overall season was pretty much flawless to me. I REALLLLLLY hope whatever deal Netflix has with AMC to produce more episodes of The Killing already has a season 4 in there.
Below is an assortment of photos I took this season on the set of The Killing....Of course there was some Linden & Holder pics. But I also managed to catch Bullet, Adrian, Reddick & Skinner on set over the season. Including a few from the finale.
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