The Killing's Latest Mystery: Why Hasn't AMC Renewed It For a Second Season?

Forget the Rosie Larsen murder. The unsolved mystery keeping me up nights is when will AMC renew The Killing for a second season?

By AMC standards, the show is a hit. Season to date, the whodunit is hovering around the 2 million viewer mark —  roughly on par with the network’s crown jewel, Mad Men. Yet, with only four episodes left before the finale, a pickup order has yet to come.

What gives?

“Historically, AMC is slow about making those decisions,” reasons The Killing‘s breakout star, Mireille Enos. “But everything is pointing in the direction [of a renewal]. And I know that they’ve been very pleased with the response.

“[Regardless] we’re all just so grateful, because we felt that we were part of something really special, and then to have the response come back and confirm that is really gratifying,” the actress continues. “And it encourages us that there may be the possibility to keep telling this story if there’s a second season.”

Perhaps the delay is the result of creative deliberations over what direction the show might take, were it to continue? After all, it remains unclear if subsequent seasons would follow Enos’ lead detective, Sarah, to different cities or keep her in Seattle. There’s also a possibility that the Rosie murder investigation could carry over.

“I haven’t heard anything one way or the other,” says Enos. “I know [exec producer] Veena [Sud] has several seasons mapped out in her mind, but she hasn’t let us know anything yet.”

The plot thickens.