When “Killing Eve” hits theaters, in the spring of 2020, Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve (Sandra Oh) have just come together on Tower Bridge, in London – a handy symbol for the scene, like bridges usual.
It’s a bridge that allows two women, whose relationship has been defined by repressed desires, to have an emotionally (and physically) vulnerable conversation. “When I try and think about my future, I just see your face over and over,” Eve told Villanelle as they leaned over the bridge. Near the end of their memorable conversation, the two turned their backs – leaning against each other’s and the moment – and then headed in opposite directions, promising never to look back.
“You’ll be mine forever,” Saoirse Ronan sang in the scene, when the two are dragging their heels. Moments later, Villanelle and Eve, assassin and assassin-obsessed, broke their agreement and turned around, locking eyes with each other in a shared expression of longing and heartbreak.
Almost two years later, we’ll finally find out if that longing gaze leads to anything – a proper kiss without headbutting, maybe? Another murder?
“Killing Eve” returns on Sunday, bringing its trademark blend of wit, murder, opulent costumes and uncanny sexual tension back to BBC America and AMC for its fourth and final season. (First episode airs Sunday on BBC America and Monday on AMC; first two episodes begin Sunday on AMC+.) This is a pre-airing supplement.
What did Eve do?
Over the past three seasons, Eve has gone from being an MI6 agent, as she puts it, “a husband, a house, and a chicken,” to being single and homeless.
Eve loses her job in the Season 2 finale after discovering that her boss, Carolyn (Fiona Shaw), has set up Eve and Villanelle to kill an arms dealer named Aaron. When Eve refused to leave Rome without Villanelle, Carolyn wished her luck and left.
When Eve returned to the UK in Season 3, she got a job in the kitchen of a Korean restaurant. Carolyn’s son, Kenny (Sean Delaney), checked in with Eve after she texted him drunkenly and he mentioned that he was investigating the “Group of Twelve,” a shadowy organization that regulates Coordinate assassins like Villanelle to carry out high-profile murders. He did so, he said, for Bitter Pill, an online publication. He invited her to visit the office.
Kenny wasn’t there when she left, but his phone was on the table. As it turned out, it was because he was busy rushing off the roof to his death. Soon after, Eve began working for the Bitter Pill herself, looking into Kenny’s death and continuing to research Team Twelve.
At the same time, Eve’s obsession with Villanelle eventually ends her marriage to Niko (Owen McDonnell). During the first two seasons, he became increasingly frustrated with Eve’s attention. Towards the end of Season 2, he leaves her after Villanelle kills his friend, colleague, and lover, Gemma (Emma Pierson).
At the beginning of Season 3 – when Niko ignores Eve’s calls and texts – Eve sees Villanelle on the bus and ends up kissing her for the first time. (Shortly after they kissed, Eve rammed Villanelle in the head, who then got off the bus.)
After leaving Eve, Niko moves to a farm in Poland, where one of Villanelle’s former trainers from Team Twelve, Dasha (Harriet Walter), stalks him for the purpose of warding off Eve and Villanelle. , and she stole Niko’s phone to text Eve, convincing her to visit. When Eve arrived, Dasha stabbed him in the throat with a pitchfork, but she hid it so that Eve would suspect Villanelle. Niko survives, but as for his relationship with Eve – stabbing him with a fork – he’s over.
Eve continues to investigate Kenny’s death, but towards the end of the season, she seems to be missing a larger mission. Who is she when she doesn’t have a murder (or a murderer) to haunt?
What about Villanelle?
After killing so many people for Team Twelve, Villanelle decides to work undercover for MI6 at the end of Season 2 to capture an arms dealer named Aaron. Her handler, Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) – on the orders of Eve’s boss – told another hitman working for the Twelve that he could kill Villanelle if she killed Aaron, of course, she did do.
Villanelle killed the assassin with Eve’s help and made it out of Season 2 alive, and at the start of Season 3 she no longer wanted to work with Konstantin or Twelve. Soon after, Dasha shows up and asks her to work again, but Villanelle makes it clear that she wants to move up the ranks in the organization.
In the middle of Season 3, Villanelle travels back to Russia to meet her mother, Tatiana (Evgenia Dodina), who left her at an orphanage decades ago but keeps her brother Pyotr (Rob Feldman). While there, Villanelle meets her stepfather and two stepbrothers – the kid loves Elton John and the older believes the Earth is flat – and spends quality time with the family at a local fair. But later that night, her mother asked Villanelle to leave.
In true Villanelle fashion, she burned down the house, killing everyone but Peter and her young stepbrother, to whom she handed an envelope of cash and a note of encouragement. he went to see Elton John’s farewell tour.
After killing her biological mother, Villanelle struggles to complete the Twelve’s mission. Despite being promoted, she learns from a higher level named Hélène (Camille Cottin) that she is still expected to kill people for them. After nearly getting killed on her next mission, she decides she wants to go out again: At the end of Season 3, she and Konstantin devised a plan to escape Twelve’s web.
As they gather money and passports, Villanelle invites Eve to a boisterous discotheque, and as they dance, she invites Eve to accompany her and Konstantin to Cuba. Eve appears to have been on board, but their escape plan is derailed when one of Konstantin’s bosses, Paul (Steve Pemberton), calls him to say he knows Konstantin has stolen the goods. million dollars from the Group of Twelve. Eve, Villanelle and Konstantin go to Paul’s house to find Eve’s former boss, Carolyn, there, aiming a gun at Paul.
When Carolyn questioned Paul, Konstantin admitted that he had fooled everyone by working for the Russians and British as well as taking orders from Paul. When Carolyn asked Konstantin who was behind her son’s death, he said that he had visited Kenny on Paul’s orders. (Kenny’s death, Konstantin said, was an accident.)
Carolyn shot Paul and let the others go. Given the situation, Eve and Villanelle seemed strangely calm, and they left Paul’s apartment together.
Well, who lives or dies?
While with Dasha on a mission to kill an American man on the golf course, Villanelle suddenly changed gears, attacking Dasha with a golf club. Later, when Eve chases Villanelle, she discovers Dasha – who she believes tried to kill Niko – lying on the grass. Dasha, who seemed to be on the verge of death, confirmed Eve’s suspicions. Eve stepped on Dasha’s chest, pressing against her ribs until she heard a police siren in the distance.
Konstantin, who suffered a heart attack at the end of Season 3, is hospitalized next to Dasha, but as he leaves, he hears of her passing.
About those finals
For those who watched “Killing Eve” in the first place, the end of Season 3 might already feel a bit familiar: Season 1 ends with Eve confessing that she thinks about Villanelle all the time. When she lured Villanelle to bed and the two kissed, Eve stabbed her.
A similar scene plays out in Season 2, ending with Villanelle and Eve’s fight between some Roman ruins, where Villanelle tells Eve, “You’re mine” – then shoots her when Eve disagrees .
Although neither of them were injured when we last saw them, they still face the complicated line between love and obsession on that bridge. This time, each seems more willing to contemplate what their new life will be like without having to end the other’s.
What if Eve accepted her dark impulses? Who would Villanelle be if she weren’t a villain? And can they have a real relationship beyond obsession and longing?
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/arts/television/killing-eve-recap-season-3.html ‘Killing Eve’ is back for one final season. This is where we left off.