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The Killing Casts Peter Sarsgaard as Season 3's Villain

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There's a new big bad in town!

Peter Sarsgaard is set to take on the role of a death row inmate in The Killing's third season, AMC confirms to E! News.

 In his first major TV role, Sarsgaard, who is known for his work in films such as Shattered Glass, An Education and Green Lantern, will play Tom Seward, a lifelong convict who has been in and out of jail for violent crimes since he was 10; Tom feels the need to dominate every interaction he has so he never appears weak.

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Sarsgaard joins returning stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman for the series' revived third season, which will focus on a new mystery as the premiere will pick up a year after the season two finale and the end of the Rosie Larsen case. Though Linden (Enos) is no longer a detective, she's drawn back into the game when ex-partner Holder's (Kinnaman) search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that has a connection to one of her previous murder investigations.

Season three is set to begin filming on Feb. 25 in Vancouver, Canada, and will be 13 episodes.

Though The Killing was originally canceled after its season two finale, AMC had a change of heart and officially announced the series would return in January. "We're so pleased to welcome back The Killing for another season, "AMC's president Charlie Collier said in a statement.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the casting.

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