June 21st, 2011
03:06 PM ET
Whether you loved “The Killing’s” finale or hated it, quite a few of you tuned in to Sunday’s episode.
The AMC show pulled in 2.3 million with the first season ender, a “solid” turnout, as the Hollywood Reporter put it. It’s up from the penultimate episode, which was viewed by 1.8 million, but still not quite as large as the season’s premiere, watched by 2.72 million.
Judging by the strong reaction to the loose ends left untied, it’ll be interesting to see how many will return for season 2. Some of you have coined it as a brilliant ending, while others seem to have the same view as TV critic Alan Sepinwall, who has already said he won't watch another season of the crime drama.
But he did sit down with "Killing" executive producer Veena Sud to get her take on the finale.
The showrunner says in the interview that her team didn’t necessarily plan to keep viewers on edge until season 2 kicks off, and claims that the finale was more organic than that.
“We knew from the very beginning we didn't want to do a formula cop show. In the original Danish series, as you might be aware, the investigation lasted for 20 episodes,” she says, adding that an answer to the question “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” was never promised.
“We never said you'll get closure at the end of season 1. We said from the very beginning this is the anti-cop cop show. It's a show where nothing is what it seems, so throw out expectations," she says. "We will not tie up this show in a bow. There are plenty of shows that do that, in 45 minutes or whatever amount of time, where that is expected and the audience can rest assured that at the end of blank, they will be happy and they can walk away from their TV satisfied. This is not that show."
She also reminded viewers that each episode counts as one day, and that "For the most part, most high-profile investigations don't get solved in 13 days."
Whether that one-episode-equals-one-day outlook will continue into season 2 remains to be seen, as Sud opted not to talk about that or the casting for the upcoming season. What she did say, though, is that season 2 would bring a resolution of some sort to the current case and another case would be opened, although she couldn't say at what point in the story those events would happen.
"The show itself is a real invitation to try something really new," Sud tells Sepinwall. "And I know that some people may not be so happy that we didn't tie it up in a bow at the end of the season, but we never promised that, and we're trying to do something different here."
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