The Cliffs Note version of what’s happened in the first three seasons of Killing Eve. Season one: Eve (Sandra Oh) hunts down a mysterious female assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). In the season finale Eve stabs Villanelle. Season two: Eve and Villanelle continue their cat and mouse game with brief interludes of flirting. In the season finale Villanelle shoots Eve. Season three: Kenny (Sean Stowton), Carolyn’s (Fiona Shaw) son is killed. After surviving an attempt on his life Eve’s husband Nikko (Owen McDonnell) kicks her to the curb. Season three ends with Eve and Villanelle standing on a bridge. And then COVID happened. Hard to film a series that takes place in multiple European cities during a lockdown. Now Killing Eve, is back almost two years after it last aired.
Only two of the series’ final eight episodes of Killing Eve, were made available for this review. It’s hard to properly review a series with only a small taste of the series. We retain the right to change my mind and will likely revisit this review after the series finale. Our chief criticisms of the series have been its slow pacing in the first few episodes and that remains for this go around. It’s worrying that the series doesn’t have a sense of urgency with this final season.
BBC America’s most prestigious season picks up with a woman in a sexy leather outfit driving a motorcycle down a windy road in Moscow. The lady barges in on Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) the audience suspects that this woman is Villanelle but instead shocks us with Eve. Eve, no longer working for MI5 but a private security firm without her husband, is a woman unencumbered. The frantic mess and moral quandary Oh’s been grappling with is long gone. In its place is a sexy, confident woman ready to take what she wants and what she wants is to hunt down the 12. Oh hasn’t been this good since season one and she’s clearly enjoying chewing the scenery. The change in her character is refreshing and the best part of the first two episodes.
Last season’s M.V.P. Shaw, is once again grappling with the loss of her son and wants her son’s killers head on a spike. Albeit she wants to be the one to put the head on a spike. Carolyn is willing to go rouge in order to get what she wants. Shaw is as cool as ever and is loving playing the smartest person in most rooms.
Comer, has little to nothing to do in the first few episodes. The images of Comer in a church are striking but Villanelle dalliance with redemption via religion is sadly a waste of time. We’ll have to watch to see what the writers have in store for the assassin.
The series has kept Eve and Villanelle separate for three seasons. When the season three finale ended with the duo together I had hope that we were finally going to get Oh and Comer teamed up together to take down the 12 but the writers seem determined to keep them apart. Here’s hoping they only released two episodes because they have something big in store.
Killing Eve has received two consecutive Drama Series Emmy nominations (2019-2020)—the first for a BBC America scripted show to receive a Drama Series Emmy nomination and they could once again make the lineup. Comer, won Best Drama Actress for the series second season (2019) and received another nomination for the third season. Shaw has also received two Drama Supporting Actress nominations we’ll have to see if the two will have the material to earn a final nomination. A lot has been written about Oh—as the first Asian Actress to receive a lead Drama Acting nomination. She is the only cast member to receive a nomination for the first three seasons. With a wide open race this year, Oh may not be done making history yet.
Killing Eve, premieres Sunday, February 27th on BBC America at 8pm ET/PT and AMC+.