Joel Kinnaman has defended the pacing of AMC crime drama The Killing.
The actor, who plays Detective Stephen Holder in the series, told New York Magazine that the show's relaxed pace allows it to properly examine character.
Kinnaman said: "This show is trying to tell a story about these people. I think for an American audience, when you compare it to Law & Order and [shows that are] packaged and the pacing is high, I think there's a bit of insecure patience."
He continued: "You're not allowed to dive into depths and linger on everything [because] you're afraid they'll change the channel."
Kinnaman's co-star Eric Laden (Jamie Wright) previously insisted that television viewers have a sufficient attention span to follow The Killing's multiple plot threads.
"I hold audiences to a much higher standard," he said. "I know that we're not competing for CSI's audience or Criminal Minds' audience."