The Killing

I want more of The Killing and thankfully, streaming media provider, Netflix, understands that. A deal has been struck between Netflix and News Corp.’s Fox Television Studios, which means the all new third season of AMC’s hit crime drama can be streamed by Netflix subscribers just three months after the season finale airs on television.

Season 3 almost never happened, but it is in production at last, and scheduled to premiere on AMC later this year. We here at Boomtron have been working tirelessly to bring you up to the minute reports on The Killing‘s casting news.

Now THR reveals the details of the accord that has finally been struck between the moody cop series and Netflix. “The deal makes Netflix the exclusive subscription television service for The Killing season three,” the company said.

This agreement wasn’t reached overnight. It was earlier this year when AMC and Fox Television Studios said they would indeed be bringing back The Killing for a third season. I was none to pleased when it looked like the show had been cancelled, but it has been a long wait for fans like me to get to these more positive developments.

AMC had canceled The Killing after two “critically acclaimed” seasons. The move made little sense to me, but the title murder had been solved.

Netflix turned out to be highly agreeable to paying whatever the cost in order to obtain the last season, season 2, early. This probably sweetened negotiations. I’m glad of that, too, as I’m watching season 2 on Netflix now, savoring each episode.

“Our agreement with Netflix played an extremely significant part in the studio’s strategy that enabled us to bring The Killing back for a third season,” said David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios. “We are delighted to be in business with Netflix to deliver season three, as well as past seasons of The Killing, to a broader audience worldwide.”

“We’re excited to see The Killing back on TV and we’re especially proud to bring season three to our members so soon after it premieres on AMC,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix. “The Killing is a terrific serialized drama and we know our members love these high-quality shows.”

Netflix members are accustomed to wait times. When I want my fix of Dexter or Justified, I have to wait until those shows have aired their finales on TV before I can order discs for my queue. Even then, episodes are not available for instant streaming. Streaming The Killing offers more instant gratification.

For season three of the rich, gloomy drama, Veena Sud stays on as showrunner. Our starring cops are Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden and Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder. Linden is uncanny good, the best kind of dogged homicide detective there is; but she’s also an orphan and an embattled single mom who doesn’t spend enough time with her teenaged son. Holder, on the other hand, is fresh meat when it comes to homicide. He’s young and likeable, but also has a past, which included drug abuse. I’m eager to see the next chapter for this mismatched pair.