The Killing fans wondering who killed Rosie Larson are going to have to wait until season 2, but executive producer Veena Sud plans to give you plenty of other reasons to stick around.
When Sud launched the acclaimed crime drama based on a Danish series, her goal was to create a world that broke the rules of traditional crime dramas. The show would have “slow burn storytelling” and avoid being formulaic.
“I loved the length of the original series how they took their time to go through all the twists and turns,” she says of the 20-episode Forbrydelsen, which was originally intended to serve as a stand-alone mini-series rather continue beyond one season.
When she started work on the 13-episode AMC version, Sud hoped to continue the Larson case into season 2. At the TCA press tour, she made sure critics were aware it was possible the Larson case would continue. “We’re going to organically follow the story, and whether or not it gets solved at the end of the season is a mystery,” she said in January, though the decision wasn’t officially made until about halfway through production on the season.
“Certainly we’re not going to make this show about a murder a week,” Sud tells EW, “but aren’t we just repeating the formula, only waiting longer, if we do one murder a season? We wanted to do what we think is right and surprising. Maybe some people will be disappointed in it, just as some were disappointed in the series finales of Sopranos and Lost, and other people were absolutely thrilled.”
Sud also points out that only 13 days have passed in the show’s story since this high-profile murder investigation started. Though she won’t give any spoilers (including whether Sarah Linden’s next case is based on season 2 of Forbrydelsen, which jumped forward two years and centered around the murder of a female attorney), Sud does promise the Larson case will be solved next season. Sources say the likely plan is to launch a new mystery near the start the season and have the two cases overlap before switching over entirely to the next case — thus avoiding a full-fledged storyline stop and restart.
Asked what sort of feedback she’s received from people in Seattle, Sud says, “Some say the show definitely captures the essence of the city in its darkest times in November, which is when this season takes place. Others say, ‘My god, it doesn’t rain that much in Seattle!’”
Will there be more or less rain in season 2? “Rain was definitely part of the story, we wrote it right into the script and spent a lot of time talking about it,” she says. “Part of the production is we have these rain machines that are just not into nuance — they don’t mist rain, they just pour it. It’s like a one-dial type of rain. The aspiration is to be true to true to the Pacific Northwest in November, which is rainy, but if we can do some finagling so it would just rain a little bit instead of a big downpour every second, that would be wonderful.”