Netflix has informed us that The Killing: Season 3 will become available for streaming in the U.S. on Friday, November 1st. As promised, that's about three months after the last episode first aired.
Back in May, ahead of the Season 3 premiere, news came out that Netflix would stream episodes in the UK and Ireland the day after they premiered int he U.S. on AMC, pretty much like they did with Breaking Bad. This was the result of a deal, which would also bring the season to Netflix just three months after the last episode aired, which is a great deal sooner than Netflix usually gets TV show seasons.
In fact, it was the deal with Netflix that enabled the season to even be created. AMC had initially decided to cancel the show after the second season, but Fox Television Studios made a deal with Netflix in March, which would see Netflix become the exclusive subscription-based streamer of the series. The money from that deal was what made the third season possible.
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said earlier this year, “We’re thrilled to be bringing Season 3 of The Killing exclusively to our members in the UK and Ireland. The Killing is an incredibly gripping fan favorite so we wanted to make each new episode available as soon as possible.”
Netflix will no doubt be watching view numbers for The Killing closely. Is it possible that Netflix itself could even revive the series once again? It is, after all, doubling its investment in original content, and they cared enough about this show to get it this far. It's not like they haven't brought back canceled shows from the dead in the past. It's only a thought, but doesn't seem outside of the realm of possibility if the views are there.