AMC Renews The Killing - But Which Cast Members Will Return?

Better late than never! Less than a week until The Killing closes out its inaugural season, AMC has renewed the mystery drama for a 13-episode second season.

Season to date, the whodunit is attracting around 2 million weekly viewers — roughly on par with the network’s crown jewel, Mad Men.

AMC SVP of original programming Joel Stillerman credits the writers and producers of The Killing with showing “how much room there is to elevate the crime drama…. The suspense of the investigation in each episode, and the emotional intensity of the characters over the season, give this show a visceral quality that makes for incredibly powerful television. A lot of loyal fans made a huge investment in this show this season, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it back.”

It remains unclear what direction the show will take in Season 2, although given what transpired in last night’s penultimate episode it appears as if the Rosie Larsen murder investigation will be wrapped up during the season finale airing Sunday, June 19. “I haven’t heard anything one way or the other,” the show’s leading lady Mireille Enos recently told TVLine. “I know [executive producer] Veena [Sud] has several seasons mapped out in her mind, but she hasn’t let us know anything yet.”

As for who if anyone from the Season 1 cast will return — in the original Danish series Forbrydelsen, the Sarah character was called upon to crack a new mystery — Fox Television Studios president David Madden said in his own statement on the renewal, “We are proud to bring back one of the most extraordinary casts on television to tantalize, scare, mesmerize, and occasionally infuriate the audience… with Veena Sud masterfully at the helm again.” So it sounds as if at least a few major characters will be around for the next big case.

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