It was announced last month that Netflix has commissioned a fourth season of The Killing. While the first and second seasons centered around the murder of a teenager Rosie Larsen and the third season focused on a serial killer of runaways, the fourth appears to center around a killing at a private school. Casting details have leaked. From the article:

* Linden’s mother. a woman described in her mid-50s or 60s, with a “startling” physical resemblance to her daughter (Mireille Enos). Since giving Linden up for adoption, she 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.

* 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.

* 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”?

* 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.”

Netflix ordered a shortened six episode (instead of their usual 12) fourth and final season. Both stars Mireille Enos (World War Z) and Joel Kinnaman (Robocop reboot) and showrunner Veena Sud will return. AMC will not be involved in the production.

Source: TV Line

About The Author


I'm a movie and food buff with favorite genres of action, drama, the classics, and sci-fi. My favorite director is Alfred Hitchcock, and I've obsessively watched some favorite movies hundreds of times.

  • 80sRobot

    Interesting premise, nothing I would have predicted the show to do. They were originally stating this would be the final season, but I hold out speculation/hope that if this season does well for Netflix, then they will try to buy a season 5. (Enos and Kinnaman are contracted for five seasons, which is the industry SAG maximum for TV series. That’s how Netflix has been able to un-cancel this series twice already.)

    • Tikkanen

      Nice, didn’t realize that about SAG contracts. Like Community, I’ll hold out hope for six seasons and a movie!

      • 80sRobot

        Yeah this is why many cable series end after 5 seasons. Or why it’s not unusual to see changes to a series starting in its 6th season (shooting location, new cast members, producers), if the actor has the clout to request such changes in order to be enticed to return. An actor signed as a series lead (their names in the opening credits) cannot be signed for more than five consecutive seasons. After that, the actor can leave or negotiate for more seasons, but they cannot be contracted for more than 2 consecutive seasons from that point forward.

        But, reconsidering my original post above, maybe Enos and Kinnaman were actually signed to four (which could explain why Netflix and Fox Television referred to this as the final season). Netflix was able to un-cancel the series twice by negotiating with Fox Television to produce a new season just before the talent hold on the two were about to expire. However, if they are indeed held to five seasons, then Netflix and Fox TV could bring them back for one more season.

  • Can You Fly Bobby

    Wish is was more than 6 hours, but I’ll take what we can get!

  • Xiphos

    Well that’s some good news I missed the memo about the The Killing getting picked up by Netflix.

  • Puck Propaganda

    The Adventures of Linden and Holder should run forever. FOREVER.

  • Tikkanen

    Unhappy that season 4 will be shortened, but glad at least there is one.

    • CaneTheSutter

      its better than the (second!) cancellation it had