*Please note: This review is based on the first 5 episodes of season three*
Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is so much happier now that her ex is dead. She’s moved on to a life of luxury in Barcelona, which is soon interrupted by the return of her old teacher, Dasha (Dame Harriet Walter). While the pair have a rocky history, Dasha quickly gets Villanelle back working for the Twelve—the criminal organisation of assassins—under one condition: Villanelle wants more responsibility. Meanwhile, Eve isn’t really dead. She, too, has created a new life and is working in the kitchen of a Korean restaurant, having left behind the drama of MI6. To make matters worse, Eve’s relationship with Niko (Owen McDonnell) is heavily strained as he’s still shaken from his cruel encounter with a bloodthirsty Villanelle.
The other characters have new lives too: Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) is not allowed to work as she’s under investigation for the unauthorised decisions she made last season; Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) is back working for the Twelve despite previous events; and Kenny (Sean Delaney), who cannot stop researching the Twelve, is working as a journalist for an online publication. When Kenny locates Eve, he asks her about MI6 and she says: “I’m not going down that road again. It almost got me killed.” However, an unthinkable tragedy pulls Eve back in.
Following the format of a procedural drama, Eve and Carolyn team up again, alongside some new characters, to dive further into the Twelve and their operations in another off-the-books investigation. Once Villanelle finds out that Eve is alive, their game of cat and mouse resumes—the magnetic pull of their obsession as fiery as ever. Despite what happened in Rome, their relationship is still a focus of the series and their violent and exhilarating reunion is sure to be trending on Twitter.
At times, the plot feels thin and stuffed with filler, but we’re rewarded with beneficial character development: Eve is understandably struggling, but she must put trust in Carolyn, whose intentions remain unclear, and Kenny’s new boss (Danny Sapani); Carolyn herself is reaching breaking point as she deals with major life changes and the arrival of Kenny’s sister (Gemma Whelan); and there’s an episode that delves further than we’ve ever been into Villanelle’s past, which allows her character to show some gratifying vulnerability thanks to her familial roots. With some loose threads and season three still finding its footing, it often feels like there’s something missing—but the last three episodes will either make or break it.
Villanelle is still her unpredictable self and is, as always, just having some fun. Comer continues to deliver a masterful performance—as the star of the show, Villanelle’s outfits are still exciting, her humour still dark and her charisma still striking. Killing Eve‘s soundtrack is also exceptional, continuing to feature catchy music that matches the story line. Season three retains the wit, humour and thrill instilled by season one writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), but it still makes you wonder where the story would’ve gone if she’d stuck around. Nevertheless, Suzanne Heathcote delivers a promising season filled with plenty of twists and surprises that will evoke a roller-coaster of emotions in us all. The finale, much like the previous two seasons, will likely end with another shocking cliffhanger.Killing Eve’s electrifying grip has us buckle in for another tumultuous and murderous journey. No matter their differences, Eve and Villanelle cannot stop thinking about one another. Obsession never dies—even if you shoot it.
In the UK, Killing Eve will begin on BBC iPlayer on Monday 13th April – the day after it launches in America. New episodes will then be available to stream every Monday.
The show will also hit BBC One just under a week later, with the first episode on Sunday 19th April at 9pm.
by Toni Stanger