‘The Killing’ Finale: AMC Admits to Mismanaging Expectations

by | July 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM | The Killing

'The Killing' (Photo: AMC)

'The Killing' (Photo: AMC)

It’s not exactly a mea culpa, but Joel Stillerman, AMC’s svp of original programming, production and digital content, admits the network mismanaged expectations about the controversial season finale of “The Killing.”

“The major takeaway for us starts with the headline for everyone who’s frustrated – we hear you,” Stillerman said at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday. “If we could do it differently, we would take a different approach on the marketing [of the show]. It was never meant to intentionally mislead anybody,” Stillerman said of the open-ended season finale which caused a groundswell of backlash over neglecting to reveal the killer of teenager Rosie Larsen.

“We definitely didn’t manage expectations the way we should have,” Stillerman said. “Our goal was to create a brilliant piece of character-based storytelling and try and do something a little different than has been done in that way.

“I think we’re incredibly proud of the show as a whole” he continued. “We always hear feedback of all kinds and appreciate that…Obviously it built to a bit of a crescendo at the end.”

As for the identity of Rosie’s killer, Stillerman promises we will “definitively” find out who was responsible for her death in Season 2.

Despite the outcry over Season 1, Stillerman has confidence in the “incredible vision” of executive producer and creator Veena Sud. He also sees the drama continuing past Season 2, and expanding to involve broader stories around the investigation of other crimes.

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