Like you, I am as obsessed with BBC America’s Killing Eve as Villanelle and Eve are with each other. With only two episodes left in season two and a confirmed return for season three, it’s only natural to start wondering how this series will play out. Will MI5 agent Eve Polastri (played by Sandra Oh) ultimately capture assassin for hire Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer)? Will Eve and Villanelle torch the mysterious Twelve and disappear into the sunset? Will Villanelle kill Eve, or vice versa? Anything is possible when it comes to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s (Fleabag) lauded adaptation of the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings. And I do mean anything.
In a recent article published by The Hollywood Reporter executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle says the inevitable end of Killing Eve has not yet been mapped.
Now, on one hand I find this surprising and on the other I think this is to be expected. Killing Eve is a character driven show, equal parts comedy and spy thriller. It’s irreverent and unpredictable, just like the two main characters. While I believe someone (Waller-Bridge) must have some idea of where this delightful romp is headed, it is also true that Phoebe Waller-Bridge has taken a big step back this season. Season two has been in the capable hands of showrunner Emerald Fennell. Season three will be helmed by Suzanne Heathcote (Fear The Walking Dead). It’s plausible that every season will find a new showrunner and lead writer, meaning the voice and tone and dynamic will vary ever so slightly. Who knows where those perspectives will ultimately lead?
The largest hint to the series trajectory now and has always been the title itself, but when Sally Woodward Gentle was asked if the title should be taken literally and Eve must die, she stated: “Who knows? It is called Killing Eve but also Eve is all women, so what does that mean? Who knows?” And I, for one, am here for it.
Woodward Gentle’s answer is perhaps a more broad interpretation of my own lingering suspicions, formed in season one. Killing Eve need not mean Eve must die. Killing Eve could mean the murder of an ideal. In the biblical sense, Eve is all women, all womankind. In the show Eve is a deeply relatable character trying to reconcile what she might be and what she might want with what she already has. Season two has dealt heavily with the lives we build, the masks we wear, and the choices we make for ourselves. We believe the right choice (the right partner, the right job), the responsible choice will make us happy. But what happens when the life we’ve constructed no longer appeals to us? Or another course simply appeals to us more? What does that make us? What do we become?
With such big questions blowing in the wind, is it any wonder that the series end has yet to be determined? How can the showrunners choose a course before Eve decides what she really wants? And who are we to rush the magic?
Killing Eve airs on BBC America and AMC Sundays at 8pm. Please join me in sending a belated congratulations to Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, and the rest of the cast and crew for their three BAFTA wins.