Thursday, May 30, 2019

What I’m Watching: Killing Eve (Season Finale)

Killing Eve: Season 2, Episode 8 “You’re Mine” (B+)

This episode took an unexpected turn that I actually liked, though it’s hard to know what will come now after that climactic final scene. Villanelle saw the video footage of Aaron committing a murder and then used the safe word, luring Eve away just as Hugo got shot. Villanelle slitting Aaron’s throat when he offered her a job and commanded her to kill Eve was almost inevitable, but what was much more surprising was the revelation of how it was planned exactly that way. Eve wasn’t happy to learn that Carolyn had instructed her repeatedly not to kill Aaron specifically so that would happen, and Villanelle seemed even more upset that Konstantin was playing dumb about wanting her to kill Aaron all along. The notion that these two were manipulated purposely is so interesting, and, after both their handlers tried to get them to abandon the other and return to what they do best, they would have no choice but to go on the run together, abandoned by anyone they had previously trusted. Villanelle hiding her gun so that Eve would have to be the one to kill Raymond made it so that they are indeed the same in a way, but Eve still sees the world through less murderous eyes. Villanelle offering to make dinner and travel to Alaska seemed initially attractive to Eve, but her failure to just live in the moment with Villanelle as she’s always wanted made it so that she’s the one bleeding at the end of this season. I don’t have any idea what comes next but this ending made me more intrigued than I’ve been in the past and more okay with the Emmy love this show is sure to get this year. Please don’t forget Jodie Comer!

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Jodie Comer as Villanelle

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