Talk about nine lives!

Here’s the preview for The Killing, the jet black drama series that returns to AMC on Sunday June 2nd for it’s third season.

Hmm, but wasn’t The Killing cancelled by the network last July? Well yes it was, but thanks to the increased clout of Netflix, a co-production deal was struck, and The Killing is back!

The murder mystery drama has certainly been through quite a journey these last couple of years. Launched with big hoopla in the summer of 2011, The Killing was a reasonable hit for the upscale network – though more on the scale of Mad Men than The Walking Dead of course. The show followed mismatched detectives Linden and Holder as they investigated the grisly murder or Rosie Larsen in a constantly rain soaked Seattle. The Killing was atmospheric, gritty, full of twists and turns and often it has to be said, very slow.

I liked season 1 – and so did many of the critics – but then came THAT finale, and the show’s fatal mistake. They didn’t resolve the murder. And the viewer backlash was immense as audiences realized they’d have to sit through another 12 episodes to find out who actually killed Rosie!

I sat season 2 out and so did many others. I just didn’t want to commit any more time to the show, especially as its time off air had sapped the mystery of its momentum. Many others clearly felt the same way. Ratings fell – and AMC reluctantly passed on a season 3.

But now The Killing has another chance. But will audiences come back? Big question…

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The new season revolves around the search for a runaway girl which soon leads to a gruesome trail of murders – and a new mystery. None of the old cast are back aside from Linden, Holder and Linden’s son. And producers promise the story will be resolved by season’s end.

So will I be coming back? Honestly, probably not. I liked The Killing season 1, but I didn’t love it. And to be honest I’m a bit tired of grisly murder series at the moment. I love American Horror Story and am a fan of The Following – but I passed on Bates Motel and Hannibal, not wanting to get into more serial killer series.

I also think it’s going to be really hard for The Killing to get audiences to give the show a second shot. Once you lose a viewer it’s hard to get them back. It’s a lesson Revenge is going to learn the hard way in the Fall. Restoring buzz is very tricky in these hugely competitive TV times. When viewers are done, they’re done. But that said, The Killing doesn’t need huge audiences to succeed on AMC. It’s a pedigree network that is very much about the look of its show, critical reviews and audience feedback. And there’s a strong chance the new Killing will succeed on all these fronts.

But what do you think? Will you be checking out the new Killing? Or are you out for good? Comment away…