Stars: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Liam James, Billy Campbell
Premiere Date: June 2
The good news: Rosie Larsen won't be the driving force behind The Killing's almost-didn't-happen third season. Wisely, series creator Veena Sud is sending detectives Linden (Mirielle Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) into an all-new, hopefully Rosie-free case, one that takes place a year after Seattle's crime-solving odd couple finally found out who killed the teenage girl after two seasons' worth of teasing the show's audience with an actual resolution.
This year, Linden's no longer on the force, but Holder's work on a case revolving around a series of murders and a runaway girl pulls her back in—as does a mysterious death row inmate played A-grade actor Peter Sarsgaard.
The even better news: Sud promises that the killer will be revealed this season. Reassuring, for sure. If The Killing can recapture the powerful bleakness and dark intrigue of its first season's earlier episodes, a series that kicked off with great potential could atone for its previous storytelling follies and give AMC a worthy life-is-bad placeholder before Breaking Bad gloriously returns in August. —MB