Billy Campbell Won’t Be Back For ‘The Killing’ Season Three

The Killing co-star Billy Campbell won’t return for the highly-anticipated third season of the acclaimed crime drama, according to Cinema Blend.

Campbell portrayed embattled mayoral candidate Darren Richmond on two seasons of AMC’s acclaimed series. However, the show’s recent resurrection will have to move forward without the actor’s involvement.

Variety reports that co-stars Brent Sexton and Michelle Forbes will also be absent from the third season of The Killing. Given the storyline involving these characters was wrapped up at the end of season two, it makes sense that they wouldn’t be attached to the production.

However, it is likely that series stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return for another go-around. Show creator Veena Sud and executive producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin are currently working on scripts for the upcoming season.

If all goes according to plan, AMC hopes to have the show on the air by late May. Production is rumored to begin in the next few months. It’s also being reported that Netflix may help the cable network produce the show should producers encounter any financial hiccups.

AMC officially described The Killing as follows:

” ‘The Killing ties’ together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim’s grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they’ve moved on, their past isn’t done with them.”

The series was instrumental in launching the careers of its two stars. Enos can be seen next in the Brad Pitt zombie flick World War Z, while Kinnaman is set to tackle the lead role in the troubled RoboCop remake for MGM.

Are you looking forward to another season of The Killing? Are you disappointed that Billy Campbell, Brent Sexton, and Michelle Forbes won’t be returning?