As surprised as we were to hear that AMC and Netflix would grant 'The Killing' a third season after all, we were even more taken aback to learn that respected character actor Peter Sarsgaard had signed on for an important convicted killer role in the new episodes beginning June 2. Now, we've gotten our first look at Sarsgaard's enigmatic Ray Seward, but what killer secrets is he hiding about Holder and Linden's new case?

We've still got a ways to go before the June 2 premiere of 'The Killing' season 3, but thus far AMC hasn't been shy about giving fans a new look into the case that follows the infamous Rosie Larsen murders. And while Linden will have to re-join the force to investigate an old case Holder stumbles into, Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Peter Sarsgaard as convicted death row inmate Ray (formerly Tom) Seward.

Described as a lifelong convict born into poverty and crime who has been in and out of prison since childhood, Sarsgaard's Ray Seward maintains a dominant personality and tries to control his interactions to keep people from perceiving him as weak. "Peter brings depth and darkness to the role," said series creator Veena Sud. "Every moment with Ray is a mystery."

In addition to the casting of ‘BSG’ vet Aaron Douglas, ‘Flashpoint’s’ Hugh Dillon and Johnny Ray Gill, ‘The Killing’ season 3 also boasts among its cast Amy Seimetz, Max Fowler and Elias Koteas. The new season of the AMC drama will open up a year after the close of the Rosie Larsen murder, with Linden having left the force until ex-partner Stephen Holder’s search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to Linden’s previous murder investigation.

You can check out the first shot of Peter Sarsgaard's Tom Seward in the photo below, and tell us what you want to see from 'The Killing' season 3 in the comments! Will you tune in for the two-hour June 2 premiere?

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