The season finale ended with Catherine (Chloe Sevigny) going after her stepfather (Bruce Davison), who she suspected of molesting young boys, including one at his home at the time. Catherine ran into the house with a gun followed by her forensic profiler colleague (James D'Arcy). Shots rang out and the episode and series ended.
Turns out, nobody died.
"The young boy was staying at the house that night and he was accidentally injured in the shooting," Morgan said Wednesday night at a BBC America party. "The judge knew that they were onto him and they knew that he knew that they were onto him so for several episodes it would have been him messing with them by trying to destroy their lives."
Morgan said he shot that scene multiple ways at 4:30 a.m. on a cold Pittsburgh morning last December. His preferred version had Catherine emerging from the house alone but A&E executives preferred the more ambiguous ending.
For viewers upset by the cliffhanger, Morgan said he wasn't pleased with it either but the show was locked in January, two months before "Those Who Kill" debuted to disastrous ratings that sealed its fate. For his new series, BBC America's "Intruders," Morgan said his "Kill" experience led him to a more concrete ending.
"I don't want to do that to people," he said of the possibility of an unresolved cliffhanger.
His "Intruders" experience seems quite different from his "Those Who Kill" experience so far. "Intruders" (10 p.m. Aug. 23) follows mysterious goings-on in the Pacific Northwest. Morgan said BBC America executives have encouraged the production to have a lived-in look of messy homes.
"They kept hammering to make it look real," he said. But on "Those Who Kill" it was different. "I'd get, 'Don't put her in a leather jacket. We want people to like her.' Why would people not like her because she was in a leather jacket? 'We want her to look like a cop.' She's a cop who's very damaged and Chloe is a whole different -- they just did not understand that."
Morgan described the reaction -- or lack of reaction -- to "Those Who Kill" as humiliating. Viewers simply didn’t show up for the low-rated premiere episode.
"They put out the 'Those Who Kill' trailer online -- and I'm new to the internet marketing on all this -- and it got, like, 300 views. I'm like, that seems low but what do I know? After six months of playing it's up to 31,000. When BBC America released our 'Intruders' trailer on 'Orphan Black,' we had a million views in three days. I went aww, somebody at A&E should have known we weren’t getting [the attention we needed] and fixed it but I didn’t know that at the time. I should have been happy for 'Intruders' but I had a pit in my stomach because I thought so much of Chloe and I wanted that [to work].
"I love that city, too," he said of Pittsburgh. "We were just at dinner over there watching the Pirates play the Cardinals. I love that city. I'll miss it."