After two long seasons, AMC's moody murder mystery drama The Killing
concluded the Rosie Larsen case. But the show's season 2 finale left one very big mystery: Will there be a season 3? Season 2 Finale Review: Rosie's Killer Revealed>>
The Larsen case was closed, the killer was caught and there was a sense of closure, in a way. The Larsen family watched Rosie's student film, Mayor Darren Richmond turned to the dark side and united with Michael Ames and Chief Jackson and Sarah Linden got her badge back.
But then, in the final scene, after Holder received a call of a fresh murder victim near the Seattle airport, Linden stepped out of his car and shut the door, seemingly retiring from the force.
The question for AMC is whether or not to continue The Killing
for season 3. Ratings for the second season were down and many fans and critics abandoned the show after it didn't reveal the killer at the end of season 1.
The end of the Rosie Larsen case could easily spell the end of the series, and if The Killing
never returns, it would feel complete. But if AMC wants to keep it around (which it might since Breaking Bad
and Mad Men
are coming to an end within two years), there could be ways for The Killing
The show could easily create a new murder mystery (one that would hopefully be solved by the end of a single season) for Linden and Holder (or just Holder) to investigate. Theoretically the show could find a way to keep Billy Campbell as the mayor involved in some capacity.
Heck, the show might even find a way to bring Stan Larsen back into it. One of the more random and seemingly pointless subplots involved the killing of mob boss Janek Kovarsky. Maybe his death creates a power vacuum and Stan gets dragged back into his life of crime.
But if The Killing
was smart, it would probably keep the returning cast very small. The Rosie Larsen case is done and any references to it should be sparse if the show continues. Veronica Mars
might be the right show to base the future on. Season 2 created a new mystery, but some elements of the original case remained (Aaron Echolls' murder trial).
This is all assuming AMC renews the show, which it probably shouldn't. The Killing
was all about the murder of Rosie Larsen, and that story got wrapped up with a neat little bow. There's nothing left to say about the story, and it would be hard for the show to move past that murder and into a new story.(Image courtesy of AMC)