The Killing's Big Season 4 Mystery Revealed: A Military School, an Authoritarian and a Murder

New details on what's ahead for the drama that just won't stay dead after being resuurected by Netflix for a shortened final season

By Chris Harnick Dec 13, 2013 9:10 PMTags
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The Killing just won't stay dead—unlike some of its characters! The canceled-revived-canceled-and-then-revived-again series is coming back for a fourth and final season thanks to Netflix. Along for the ride with Linden and Holder will be many new faces. Spoilerphobes, you've been warned!

Season four of the recently revived drama will focus largely on an all-boys military academy based just outside of Seattle. How does it come into Detectives Sarah Linden's (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder's (Joel Kinnaman) sights? Why, a murder of course!

Linden will go head-to-head with the school's headmistress, who is described as a military veteran—she was dishonorably discharged—and a stickler for discipline. The school is her life and a family legacy, and she'll do anything to defend it and her charges.

The character, currently named Margaret O'Neal, will be the season's big nemesis and a series regular.

The Killing is also on the hunt for series regulars to fill out the military academy's ranks. There's Cameron Stanton, the black sheep of a wealthy family who forms a bond with Sarah, and A.J Fielding, a manipulative student at the academy who's considered the leader of the boy's school. Then there's Lincoln, a troubled, angry boy who ended up at the school after allegedly trying to sexually assault his female teacher.

Casting for the roles is happening now.

The Killing ran for three seasons on AMC, but there won't be another comeback in its future. When Netflix announced the new season, it made sure to say this would be the final, six-episode season.

"The rich, serialized storytelling in The Killing thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder proper send off," Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, said in a statement. "We are looking forward to offering fans—both existing and new—a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand viewing."