"The Killing" coming back for a third season?

Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) and Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) - The Killing - Season 2, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Carole Segal/AMC Carole Segal

"The Killing" may be coming back to life after all.

AMC declined to renew the drama earlier this year, but there's now a chance that it might return for a third season. According to Deadline, the show's producer, Fox TV Studios, has been in talks with the network and Netflix to bring it back from the dead.

If the deal goes through, Deadline reports, the season would first air on AMC and then move over to the online streaming service.

"The Killing" stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman were already locked into contracts for a third season, making the show's renewal an easy pitch for buyers. Showrunner Veena Sud's season three pitch is also said to be strong, according to Deadline.

"The Killing" debuted in 2011 and opened to strong ratings, but when the show, which centered around a murder investigation, didn't reveal the killer's identity in the finale, as had been expected, fans were infuriated. The mystery was solved at the end of the second season, but the show's ratings never recovered.

The potential Netflix deal resembles that of NBC's critically acclaimed drama "Friday Night Lights," which in the face of cancellation partnered with DirectTV.

  • Camille Mann