The Killing: Season 4 Promises Military-School Mystery, Plus Linden's… Mother?

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The KillingGet ready for How We Met Linden’s Mother — laugh track not included.

Yes indeed, The Killing – which was canceled by AMC, but got a second lease on life last when Netflix ordered a six-episode final season – is looking to cast the role of its lead detective’s mother, a woman described as being in her mid-50s or 60s, with a “startling” physical resemblance to her daughter (played by Mirielle Enos).

Fans of the gritty Seattle-set crime drama know that Sarah Linden was abandoned by her mom as a girl — and subsequently grew up in the foster-care system. According to a casting notice, we’ll learn that the woman has since been living in a completely different world, and that Sarah will find her mother happy, well-mannered and well put-together, having “built a stable life” with a new, middle-class family.

The role is only expected to span “two great scenes,” but will find the estranged mom proving “unexpectedly insightful” about her girl — despite all the years that have passed without seeing one another.

Additional casting notices for Season 4 — including a quartet of series regulars and one guest star — shed some light on the mystery that Linden and her most excellent partner Holder (Joel Kinnaman) will investigate. The series regulars include:

* Linden’s Season 4 nemesis — Margaret O’Neal, a (possibly androgynous) woman from a long line of military types who’s in her mid-40s or 50s and is “the head of an all-boys military academy based outside of Seattle.” Dishonorably discharged from the military “due to her involvement in a questionable incident during one of her tours in the Gulf,” Margaret prides herself on a rigid exterior of strength and discipline, but has “a deeply buried maternal instinct, one she has projected instead onto the troubled academy boys she is charged with molding into men.” O’Neal inherited her job from her father, and her grandfather before him, and it’s all she’s got to hold onto. In other words, don’t look for her to be too cooperative in helping Linden and Holder determine her school’s role in this season’s murder investigation.

* Cameron Stanton, the 16- or 17-year-old “black sheep of his wealthy, well-connected family.” This gentle soul will forge a bond with Linden — perhaps because she sympathizes with his struggle to survive in the “viciously competitive, dog-eat-dog world of Seattle’s best and brightest” and then later in the violent and cruel environment of an academy populated by “troubled boys desperate to please their alpha dads.”

* A.J. Fielding, Cameron’s “charismatic, over-achieving, attractive” classmate, a kid who’s viewed as a leader and a success story, but with a manipulative penchant for taking weaklings under his wing. “There’s a price to his friendship and protection,” according to the outline for Season 4.

* A third academy student, Lincoln, enlisted at the academy “after allegedly attempting to sexually assault a female teacher at his former high school.” He’s described as “a troubled boy” who wears his anger, instability and deeply felt misogyny on his sleeve. “He not only chafes under the rule of academy administrator [Margaret O’Neal] but is openly hostile to any of the weaker and smaller male cadets, anything or anyone perceived as even remotely feminine is to be derided and destroyed.” Did someone say “prime suspect”?

* Finally, producers are looking to cast a pretty female in her mid-20s for a three-episode arc. Kat is described as a smart “girl from the street, dealt a tough hand,” but “surprisingly succeeding at bettering her life” — despite a suspicious view of wealthy do-gooders. She’ll bond with Cameron as a result of their status as “outsiders and lonely souls.”

Excited about these casting notices for The Killing‘s miracle season? Stressed about a Linden family reunion? Sound off in the comments?

Comments (43)

  • Wait— is this real life? Is this the first time anyone is hearing about it? I swear I read this 3 times and I still don’t believe that it’s really happening. Yay Netflix!

    Comment by Rae – December 13, 2013 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So they’re just going to go investigate another crime? Didn’t Linden commit a pretty blatant murder at the end of last season? I assumed the whole season would be dealing with that, not just hey, here’s another mystery.

    Comment by Jason Castleman (@lethargicj) – December 13, 2013 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Holder lies to protect Linden and without any other witnesses to what actually happened, Linden gets away with it. Holder and Linden will probably have issues with each other about the coverup, I doubt that it gets completely dropped in season 4 but it won’t be the focus of the 6 episode season.

      Comment by johnhelvete – December 13, 2013 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So glad this show is getting one more season. Thank you Netflix!!

    Comment by enri – December 13, 2013 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Netflix Rocks! Thanks for your vision.

      Comment by bigrin – March 9, 2014 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Me too. I wish it could go on longer. Hey netflix I would likecto see more of the Deadwood series, couldyou do something about this too.

        Comment by Monalisa – March 22, 2014 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Melissa Leo for Mom? She’d need to age up – I think she’s in her early 50′s.

    Comment by Annie – December 13, 2013 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I miss Bullet.

    Comment by Roni – December 13, 2013 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me too. Bullet & Ray were my favorite characters from Season 3.

      Comment by Jon Snow – December 13, 2013 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the role of Lincoln should be played by Sam Underwood (Zach Hamilton from Dexter) he keeps showing up everywhere (Dexter, Homeland, The Following) as is so why not ‘The Killing’ as well? lol

    I know It’ll never happen but if they could cast Lyndsy Fonseca (who’s in her mid-20s) as Kat this would be the best Season of TK ever!

    Comment by Dan – December 13, 2013 04:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad they announced the names and info about new characters. Can’t wait for season 4 next year.

    Comment by Joey – December 13, 2013 04:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad to hear we will get an ending. Cast Lolita Davidovich as Linden’s mother. She can play crazy messed up like a charm (when she left Linden), and then clean up to play the “I got it together now” mother. I look forward to watching.

    Comment by monieet – December 13, 2013 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s a really good pick.

      Comment by lazuli – December 15, 2013 10:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Good call, but JULIENNE Moore seems to fit the bill…strong resemblence

      Comment by rich – March 23, 2014 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But this doesn’t sound like an ending. Yes Netflix has stated that these six episodes will be the last but shouldn’t season 4 be centered around Sarah killing Skinner and the ramifications of that act? I love that we’re getting more episodes but do right by the series. It just seems strange to introduce new characters and a new case and have everything wrap up in 6 episodes… Am I alone in thinking that this may not actually be the end and that Netflix just may be trying to decide if this is a series worth investing in?

    Comment by JenniefromPDot – December 13, 2013 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve never seen an episode of The Killing but I think this is the perfect series for Netflix to get behind. Cult following..multiple seasons production..talented actors. I hope the fans get more than a 6 episode final season.

    Comment by Jared – December 13, 2013 07:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Bullet” now appears on the CW’s show, Arrow. She has the same hair cut and attitude :)

    Comment by CocoPuff (@sukie3n) – December 13, 2013 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Killing is superbly written,directed and followed through with the talents of Kinnaman and Enos. Congrats to Netflix for realizing talent and good fortune in front of them.

      Comment by Kathy – February 26, 2014 02:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Get Tilda Swinton for the nemesis part, that description basically screams her name already ! Marcia Cross for mom ! I know, only a 14 year age gap, but the character abandoned her child so she could have been easily a teen mom…and nobody plays damaged behind a perfect facade better than her…well, almost nobody. Julianne Moore would be just as great, perfect even, she definitely has the Linden look (height, complexion, hair) down. I only dare to pitch two in demand feature actresses because it is just six episodes and a final season so it can’t possibly be that big of a time commitment especially the mom part.

    Comment by mantua – December 14, 2013 03:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hello………… Sissy Spacek! Can they afford her?

    Comment by Tammy – December 14, 2013 06:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would say no, but now that the final Season is on Netflix, it could be possible. I mean, if they can afford Kevin Spacey AND Robin Wright for ‘House of Cards’ I’m sure they could afford her for like an episode or two right?

      Comment by Dan – December 14, 2013 06:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sissy would be great, I was trying to figure who Linden resembled (besides myself), but with acting ability

      Comment by Sue Baranti – March 2, 2014 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cast Sigourney Weaver in the mom’s role and let her win that long overdue Emmy.

    Comment by Yolanda – December 14, 2013 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Are you kidding me they are doing another season with teen victims and suspects?!

    Comment by cj – December 14, 2013 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can wait!!! Watched the WHOLE thing on netflix….had never even heard of it b4…we were looking for something that had a few seasons…we HATE regular tv, and this was right up our alley!!! Cant wait for an actual ending of the storieS…wooohooo!!!

    Comment by Kat – December 14, 2013 11:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Frankly Netflix should give The killing an entire season because the last season finale really left off many stories to be dealt into. The Holder and Linden r/p should develop more this season and I don’t think 6 Episodes are going to help and that too with such a new casting line up for the show.

    Comment by moviefreak92 – December 15, 2013 12:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so excited for season 4– go Netflix! I just saw season 3 in a couple of days; I was really into seasons 1-2 but when season 3 aired I was too busy. I’m glad I caught up and I can’t wait for Netflix to do its magic and attract more fans and possibly extend the series to more than just 6 epis. :) I also miss Bullet, what a great character!
    Side note–>Did anyone else notice how awesome it was that Holder’s girlfriend is played by an actress from Firefly/Serenity and Holder’s tattoo reads ‘Serenity?’ I know browncoats out there (Firefly fans) like me must’ve enjoyed that! They definitely did that on purpose (the scene where they discuss the tat)

    Comment by HolderFan – December 16, 2013 09:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Noticed and heeled out over the “firefly” reference.

      Comment by Mary – December 22, 2013 07:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Geeked out* not heeled. Auto correct.

        Comment by Mary – December 22, 2013 07:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They also brought in Greg Henry who had a role in the Firefly series… Awesome character actor.

      Comment by Amwatcher – January 2, 2014 04:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yaaayyyy!! I’d like to think we all had a part in getting this show picked up by Netflix, given all of our protests!! I’ll take any story, any way it comes, I’m just so excited that we’ll be getting more!! Yeah, Netflix! You ROCK!!!

    Comment by Jennifer Raymond – December 17, 2013 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yea!!! This is a great series…. good for Netflix!

    Comment by Mary King – January 11, 2014 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want to see Linden and Holder end up together (romantically speaking), anyone else feel that way?

    Comment by Janie – January 12, 2014 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Feel the same. bu-uut sometimes i think – it’s impossible…
      whatever! 4 seasons, bitches!

      Comment by Lisbeth – January 23, 2014 02:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • All I’ve been hoping for since the beginning was for Linden and Holder to end up together…I mean he ATTEMPTED a kiss and I was so sad when she turned away from it. Well if she doesn’t want him then I certainly will take him ;)

      Comment by Laura – February 7, 2014 09:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome show. Looks like I will need to subscribe to NetFlix.

    Comment by Christopher – January 20, 2014 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When is the airing suppose to be for season 4 ?

    Comment by Kb – January 30, 2014 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Announced February 12, 2014 Mireille Enos (Linden) is pregnant! “It is unclear how or if Enos’s pregnancy will affect production…”

    Comment by Mandy – February 17, 2014 06:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sissy would be great, I was trying to figure who Linden resembled (besides myself), but with acting ability…Hubby & I watched all 3 seasons in last couple of months great show..just watched last episode today and hoping more to come…love the series…thankfully we like the same type of shows, so both of us will be watching web site to see if there is a season 4

    Comment by Sue Baranti – March 2, 2014 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Love Love this show it just kills me that there will only be one more season to watch wish Netflix would keep it going

    Comment by Judy Fallon – March 7, 2014 07:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show!

    Comment by Margaret – March 12, 2014 09:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My husband and I started watching this on Netflix and we were so bummed when we found out it ended in 3. Whatttt????? But then I heard Netflix was bringing it back. We love, love this show. Thanks so much. Oh and 6 episodes will never suffice, just keep it rolling, because you want need to worry, we WILL watch. Thanksss

    Comment by Allison – March 14, 2014 12:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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