By the end of Season 1 of The Killing many of the viewers of the popular mystery drama were left unsatisfied and many fans riled against it. I have yet to see all of the show (although I am catching up) but I don’t share the common view that a murder mystery has to be solved and the drama be complete with a happy resolution by the end of its first season. However, due to what I presume is the backlash from fans, one of the AMC executives has confirmed we will discover who the culprit is in the show’s second season.
Joel Stillerman confirmed this at a recent television conference and addressed the response from fans:
For everybody who was frustrated, we hear you. We would have taken a different approach to managing the expectations about what was going to happen. It was never intentionally meant to mislead anybody. Our goal was to create a brilliant piece of character-based story telling and to try to do something [different]. We think we got there but we definitely didn’t manage expectations the way they should have been managed.
I can say definitively. You will find out who killed Rosie Larsen in season two.
Unless they have changed the narrative of the original series, those who have seen the Danish original will already know who the killer is. Having seen the original version, I’ll tell you that it is a revelation worth waiting for, although I can imagine a lot of people may have already guessed it.
It’s a relief to see an executive admit that they may have got something wrong, and that the decisions they made story wise were not wholly successful. However, like Stillerman said, what was important about that first season was the characters and that has been reflected in the multiple Emmy nominations that the show received for acting and writing. Although it has been renewed, no start date has been set but it will likely debut next year in the same Spring slot that it took this year.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter