For Killing Eve fans, it’s all about the chase.
The last season left us desperately wanting more as and Villanelle enjoyed an intimate moment turned murder attempt with Eve stabbing Villanelle in the stomach. As season two returns, we’re left wondering if Villanelle made it out alive. Will this move drive Eve and Villanelle apart or deepen their obsession with one another?
Staff writer Hannah Dean and I were lucky enough to preview the first two episodes of the new season and sat down for a discussion of what’s to come.
Hannah Dean: It’s interesting how Eve and Villanelle have two parallel stories going on right from the start. Eve is freaking out because she just killed someone and trying to hide her feelings but isn’t doing a great job.
India Kushner: Yes, definitely. We jump right back into the moment.
Hannah: We also see a new side of Villanelle as a regular woman who’s a victim, being taken advantage of in this season.
India: Definitely. She’s more vulnerable and has to deal with everyday problems. There’s a funny moment in the new season, where Eve’s behavior makes someone allude to her being an addict. Even though Eve laughs it off, in a way she is. The relationship between Eve and Villanelle feels very much like they are addicted to each other. It feels like something that transcends a relationship or a friendship.
Hannah: It feels like it’s sadism or masochism for Villanelle. This is how she shows affection, like stabbing Anna’s husband to show how much she loves Anna. She doesn’t know how to express emotions without violence or pain.
India: It also seems that with the introduction of a new character, Eve is worried about leaving Villanelle behind.
Hannah: Yeah, I wonder if it’s someone we know. What’s the connection between the new character and Villanelle? They won’t abandon Villanelle as Eve’s main focus.
India: Yeah, are the 12 employing them or do they have different employers?
Hannah: And what’s with Caroline?
India: Right? What’s her connection to the 12? Is she good or bad? What was your favorite part?
Hannah: There were so many good lines!
India: Totally. They still manage to keep that dark sense of humor throughout the show, despite the fact that Villanelle could die. I really enjoyed how the show just dives right back into the action.
Hannah: I really enjoy how this season looks at what the character is doing rather than just action scenes.
Hannah: Also, did you get the Clueless reference?
India: No, I totally didn’t get that at all! That’s so great. I feel like this season is going to be a lot darker.
Hannah: Agreed, they’ve developed Eve into this character going to a darker place. That was always her job, knowing about female assassins. But now she’s getting in a darker place where there’s no going back.
India: Whereas, for Villanelle, she’s always been cold-blooded, but now she’s in this new realm of feelings, which she doesn’t know how to deal with. She’s figuring how to show that she cares about Eve. But for her, sometimes murder is the answer.
Hannah: Actually, for her, murder is always the answer! That’s the only thing she knows.
If the first two episodes are any indication, this season will be just as juicy, darkly funny, and binge-worthy as the first one. The premiere brings us more action sequences and more investigation of the first season’s unanswered mysteries. Get ready for perfect one-liners and cliffhangers, but also get ready to be awed by the vulnerability that Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer bring to their characters as they deal with the aftermath of last season’s finale.
Season two of Killing Eve premieres on BBC America and AMC on April 7th, which means there’s still time to binge season one if you’re not caught up.
Watch the season two trailer here: