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Everything about Killing Eve is unconventional, from Eve Polastri, the offbeat fearless secret agent (Sandra Oh), to Villanelle, the unhinged assassin with a fabulous wardrobe (Jodie Comer). In the season 1 finale, we saw Eve stabbing Villanelle in bed in a shock sudden move, but then Villanelle disappeared. Is she alive or dead? Is she going to brutally murder Eve as revenge? Will they fall in love? So many questions.
According to Comer, season 2 will take an unexpected turn, and it’s going to kick off right where we left them. “The story picks up right from where we left off,” Comer told ELLE.com on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday. “Obviously Eve stabbed Villanelle, let’s not forget that, but what’s going to be really interesting for the audience is how Villanelle reacts to that. It may not be as they suspect it will be.”
So it sounds as though Villanelle will be alive and well and getting up to her old tricks, and maybe will become even more entwined with Eve than ever. “I think what happened in episode 8 brings them closer together in a way that neither of them expect,” Comer said. “A lot of relationships were tested in series 1, so I think the dynamics have really shifted.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who created the show, said if anyone would react weirdly to being stabbed, it’s Villanelle. “She’s never just straight-up upset about anything,” she said, “she sees the world in a different way, so it would have a different impact on her I think.”
Waller-Bridge, who also created and wrote the dark comedy Fleabag, said her complex, mould-breaking female characters are inspired by her own life and friendships. “I just wanted to see something real,” she said. “I wanted to hear the kind of humor that I hear everyday with my own girlfriends. I just wanted there to be some levity in how serious women are perceived—she’s a serious assassin, but she has a ball, you know? There’s so much power in people being witty and funny, and that makes me fall in love with those characters.”
For Comer, the ultimate Killing Eve win has been everyone dressing up as Villanelle for Halloween. “If someone had told me a year ago that would happen…. There was one girl who dressed up with the beard, and someone else did the prison look, and I was like, “I respect that.”
Season 2 of Killing Eve is back on BBC America on 7 April at 8 P.M. E.T.