“Sometimes when you love someone you will do crazy things”
Following the stunning success of Season 1, and the subsequent departure of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as showrunner, season 2 of ‘Killing Eve’ was always going to have a lot to live up to, and in some ways it did, and others it definitely did not.
The season starts out with Villanelle and Eve again separated after the dramatic events of season 1 and manages quite successfully to lay the groundwork for the new season without losing too much of the momentum of season 1.
Episodes 5,6, and 7 are the standout from the season, mostly because they are when ‘Villaneve’ are together the most and we get a new look at the dynamic of their relationship.
Episode 5 features the iconic confrontation at Eve’s house and sizzles with sexual chemistry and intrigue. Episode 6 is what won Comer the Emmy (at the time, the youngest ever best actress winner) as Villanelle takes on the character of ‘Billie’ and delivers not only a wide variety of incredible accents, but a heartbreaking speech at an AA meeting that is truly some of the finest acting I have seen for years.
Episode 7 will long be remembered by fans for the final moments where Eve is seductively talked to through an earpiece by Villanelle and precedes to have sex with Hugo, essentially using him as a sex toy in the absence of Villanelle. Season two definitely has many issues but it really nailed the chemistry and dynamic between Eve and Villanelle (right up until the finale).
The finale is absolutely packed full of action, plot advancements and betrayals as Eve and Villanelle’s mission reaches its conclusion. We get great character moments, some very funny physical comedy, and a chance for both Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh to really shine.
However, the final moments really switched from anything we had been building towards and seemed to betray the characters and their relationship in exchange for a quick shock and a chance to mirror the end of season one.
One of the main issues is the lack of narrative drive in this season that really excelled in season 1, and this season felt much more like a series of events that were designed for Eve and Villanelle to do things, as opposed to an organic story.
The season as a whole obviously cannot match up to the magic of season one, but it must be congratulated for providing multiple stand out moments and really getting incredible performances out of its lead two, particularly Jodie Comer this season.
Rating = 4/5