Showrunner Veena Sud addressed the series' controversial first season finale in an interview with Written By, saying that she never expected such a backlash.
"Our intent was not to mislead or betray," Sud said. "We talked about it. How could you not?"
Fans and critics alike complained about the lack of a resolution to the show's central murder mystery, which involved the death of local teenager Larsen.
Sud went on to say that the mystery will not be solved until the end of the show's upcoming season.
"For the record, who killed Rosie Larsen will not be revealed until the end of season two," she said.
In September, Mireille Enos defended the show's first season finale, claiming that the strong reaction to the cliffhanger demonstrated that people were invested in the series.
"I thought the controversy was great," she told Digital Spy. "I personally love a cliffhanger - I think it just extends the pleasure of viewing."
The Killing returns to AMC this spring.