If you’re anything like me, you’ll remember countless scenes from the third season of Killing Eve. First and foremost, I will never look at chalk dust, paprika, clowns, or stuffed animals in the same way anymore. There’s also the classic bus scene, in which our dynamic pair, Eve Polastri, a former government analyst, and Villanelle, a professional assassin, battle in the tiny lane. Eve is then pinned against a bench by an always-well-dressed Villanelle. She then swiftly headbutts Villanelle — just for kicks, of course.
Then there’s the final scene of the season, which takes place on the bridge. Eve and Villanelle agree in a thoughtful moment that they bring out the worst in one other. They’re drawn to one other by an unexpected yet intense attraction, but it’s causing them both problems. Eve stabs Villanelle in the bed towards the season 1 ending. After being rejected, Villanelle shoots Eve in Rome at the season 2 ending. When we last saw them in season three, they chose to stand back-to-back and proceed across the bridge in different ways.
Both of them, though, return the stare. They can’t help themselves. In the same way that Orpheus reverses his dead beloved Eurydice’s rescue effort by staring back at her when he’s told not to, Eve and Villanelle destroy their mutual determination to stay away with a single look. This brings us to Season 4 of Killing Eve.
Killing Eve Season 4 Review And Recap
First, let’s talk about some points regarding the first three seasons. Season three’s climax might have been a satisfyingly unclear — and, for “Villaneve” fans, a delightfully unrequited-yet-still-hopeful — series finale. But I’m not talking about the show’s last season, season four. It’s a delight to see Villanelle, Eve, Konstantin, and Carolyn one last time. The BBC Usa show has had a mixed reception throughout its duration. The first season – which may still be my favorite — had a lot to offer in terms of originality. For starters, there was Villanelle, with her flawless style, open sexual identity, dark sense of humor, shocking murders, and even more charming lines.
There was also the ever-incredible director, directing a show that reflected her abilities and allowed her to display a unique, deep character. Killing Eve’s initial spark was also boosted by maker Phoebe Waller, who was also the producer in season one. While Killing Eve is still groundbreaking as a female-centered, darkly comedic spy story, it has had numerous missteps. In some aspects, Season 3 felt like a comeback for me, though that may not be a common opinion. Season one wowed us with its exploration of obsession, while season three provided us a closer look at Villanelle.
Despite being a trained murderer, she is torn between desiring a family, Eve, becoming a Keeper, a higher-ranking member of The Twelve, her job, and accepting Carolyn’s offer to assist MI6. Villanelle’s life has been everything but steady; despite reuniting with real family and friends and a few big figures from her past, she can’t seem to find a place where she belongs. Eve has clearly evolved into a form of the axis around which her universe revolves. However, it’s evident that the center isn’t supposed to hold.
Killing Eve Season 4 Episodes 1–3 Review
Reviewers were given early access to the very first three episodes of the series’s eight-episode series finale, and as you might think, there was a lot we just can not say. Killing Eve obviously wants to pack a lot of fun and thrill into its finale, which is famous for twists and turns and for pursuing the bold and surprising road that is often a fake-out dream scene in other shows. So, what can we talk about?
Well, Eve, on the other hand, is out for revenge. Yes, she’s come a long way since being taken at knifepoint in the first season. She pursues a lead — Hélène — in her quest to bring down The Twelve. Carolyn, who has lost most of her MI6 power, is also on the lookout for The Twelve, specifically the one who ordered the assassination of her dead son, Kenny. Meanwhile, Villanelle has dressed up in her Midsommar finest in the hopes of demonstrating that she isn’t a monster. If she tries hard enough, the lifelong killer might turn out to be a wonderful person. Revenge is always a good starting point for a mystery thriller, especially if this one is heading toward a “messy, complex, and completely glorious series climax,” according to the Killing Eve team.
Water is clearly a symbol this season, as seen by the baptismal fountain and the fish tank. So far, it’s served as a purifying tool, a source of violence, and a means of twisting what’s lying in front of you. Season four has the two women walking into those waters and perhaps finding that ultimate border — or becoming lost in the depths — while season three saw them hungover through the waters — literally. That fish tank immediately brings to mind Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet, so while I hope we don’t slide into a “Bury Your Gays”-style tragedy, it’s difficult to picture a satisfying conclusion.
Killing Eve Season 4 Episodes 4–6 Review
In the first few episodes, there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns. The way Villanelle’s thinking is portrayed in particular is really entertaining and just so… Villanelle. “Admit it, Eve, I know you wished that I were here,” remarked the same Villanelle. The series has seen Eve change herself in certain ways, but will Villanelle ever be able to do the same? Villanelle may not even want to change herself; she simply wants to be viewed as doing so.
While I can’t help but think the series has lost a lot of its original shine — and that episodes 4–6 feel like the series is spinning its wheels till the end — I can’t help but hope for the best for a series that was so new and exciting when it first aired. Perhaps this is why I’ve been able to ignore scenes and discussions that are similar or lack emotion. All of the “will they, won’t they” slow burns are coming to a close. I’ll miss people’s obsession with Killing Eve — as it was back in 2018 — just as Eve and Villanelle missed their consensual obsession with one another between seasons.
Killing Eve Season 4 Finale Review
Our favorite spy Eve Polastri and her passion, the unique assassin Villanelle, eventually decide to do more about their mutual attraction in the show’s finale. The tender scenes between them are both genuine fan service and the conclusion of what this season has been building up to — but why does Eve pull away from an acceptance with Villanelle only to have the latter discover a sniper injury in the final scene? Additional gunshots strike Villanelle’s torso as Eve sees herself and Villanelle falling down into the River. Eve lets out a primal scream, accompanied by the words ‘THE END.’ I couldn’t help thinking of Willow in ‘Seeing Red,’ crying and then shouting over Tara’s lifeless body.
Apart from this final act, the conclusion is also rather lukewarm. Konstantin, played by Kim Bodnia, has grown into one of the show’s most enjoyable characters over the years, particularly in terms of his strange relationship with Carolyn Martens, the chief of the Mi6’s Russia division. Despite this, his assassination in the previous episode is barely mentioned here by any of the characters. Carolyn offers his killer Pam a job, but she declines—could this be a potential launch for a spinoff? Vasan is obviously capable of hosting her own show, but the scenario is noteworthy outside of this context.
Villanelle’s much-anticipated showdown with her employers, the mysterious organization known as ‘The Twelve,’ ends in a sigh. The moment where she enters a house with all of them and exits with a room full of corpses seems rather dull. The scene is neither well-shot nor well-written, and the choice to leave Eve out was a massive blunder. In fact, I don’t give a damn if Villanelle is still alive and waiting for a potential revival of the tv series. There were lots of options for achieving so without having one of the world’s most powerful assassins shot down by a sniper a mile away. In terms of storytelling, this is a cowardly use of common clichés.
This season was probably the weakest for Killing Eve in my opinion. Killing Eve has lost the originality of its first two seasons, just as Dexter’s last two seasons lost the show’s growing fan base. This was a series that, in a manner, mocked spy thrillers that are often written and directed by men. It’s especially disappointing to see Killing Eve surrender to the same story cliches it so skillfully rejected in the past.