Quitting a show that, at its core, was about the dangerous appeal of violence would always be a tense prospect. The idea that any of these people would survive was always unlikely (and often a source of commentary on the show), so how kill Eve shut down, an escalating body count seemed all but certain.
Of course, the show is unlikely to shield the show from criticism surrounding the “Bury Your Gays” trope, particularly given the way Villanelle’s death immediately follows the happily consummation of her relationship with Eve after four seasons of longing. which reflects other notorious instances of the same pattern. In this case, her happiness is basically a giveaway that won’t last. How could these two have a happy ending? where would they live What would you do? Can anyone imagine Eve coming home from a day at the office, kissing Villanelle on the cheek, and then agreeing to experience new true crime drama with her?
But that’s the end. Let’s go back over everything that happened here when kill Eve Signed off after four seasons of international locations, glamorous fashion and constant murder. The first shocking death of the two-part finale is that of Konstantin when the series’ most unlikely survivor dies in a cheap motel room hours after learning his daughter has decided to join The 12 hands of a person he was just trying to save , on the orders of a person who is now dead, and after correctly predicting that the women on this show would be his death. That he would go down this path feels appropriate for a nihilist, who made it very clear that he knew his association with the criminal underworld meant his life was in constant danger. That it happened now for this reason was a definite case of Finale-itis. Hélène’s near-total autonomy within The 12 was one of many dangling threads that the series seemed indifferently to resolve in its final installments, and it’s ultimately not even that clear why she would have chosen to take him out of the picture. She had him in her eternal grip for blackmail purposes! What’s the point of eliminating a useful guy like him before he’s even finished training Pam?
Incidentally, Pam might make the only wise choice in the history of this show, which is to get out of this whole world once Carolyn offers her a job. To do something? Not clear. For whom? Also unclear. After appearing bereft and lost all season, the original version of Carolyn returned in this episode to be steely and mysterious, returned to the British (is that…possible?) and seemingly given up trying to figure out who in The 12 she has ordered death of son. One reason to abandon this quest, which is said to have driven most of the action this season, is that there are no other existing characters to lead The 12. Wait, no, it’s because she knows Villanelle will kill them all maybe?
Honestly, unraveling all of the various choices made around The 12 in these last two episodes is such a confusing mess that the show doesn’t even really try, and the entire group is essentially in one last villanelle bloodbath during Eve is killed off-screen dancing at a wedding. Somewhere in all of this, there needs to be a reference to how impossible it is to ever completely abandon that lifestyle, but it’s not done particularly coherently, and making Carolyn the architect of Villanelle’s death, which appears to be the same day that she herself Brits reconnect Intelligence makes about as much sense as anything else happening here. Why did Carolyn seem to have decided of her own accord that Villanelle and Eve should die? Sure, Villanelle is the original target, but that’s not the shot that kills her – it’s the assassin repeatedly shooting into the water, which is where Eve is too, doing it. It’s brutal and sudden, leaving Eve more alone than ever, just as she has finally made up her mind to actually accept and embrace the violence that lies in Villanelle’s life.
But it’s worth calling back further, to the idyllic little road trip Eve and Villanelle take over the course of most of the episode, which shows the two as a blissful, mostly functional couple after Eve finally decides to accept Villanelle Love. The whole thing feels like a dream, in part because this show just spent four seasons proving that Villanelle is a violent, unpredictable individual who murders on a whim, something she only recently this season did during her quest proved after improvement. And suddenly she has finally won Eve over, also because Eve is finally starting to kill people violently. Who are the two lovers in these scenes? It’s not like there wasn’t a reason they wouldn’t end up in a relationship — this show has always been a romance between these two characters, and a central question throughout the entire series has been whether or not Eve would succumb to her attraction. But the show seems indifferent to how impossibly grim this result is. It’s not a sunny road trip. It’s a person who chooses to be with someone who tortured her husband, killed her best friend, and greatly influenced her to become a more violent, callous person. It’s a shame the show doesn’t care more about the underlying darkness of Eve choosing this path. Why should that be a happy ending?
And of course, that final, agonizing moment in the water will haunt anyone who has stuck with the show for so long, leaving them wondering what it all means. A large part of this final season has focused on Villanelle’s quest to be good or to understand what it means to be good or whether it is possible for her to become good after the life she has led, and the ultimate answer seems to be that it doesn’t matter, because the world it resides in used it, chewed it up, and then disposed of it, having served one final purpose.
But the show is not called Kill Villanelle, and it’s a lot harder to understand what it all meant for Eve. Aren’t you giving up your stable desk job? love is impossible? It’s a cold cruel world? In the end, participating in this dangerous world means you exist only at the whim of whoever has the upper hand?
The whole thing feels dramatically incoherent, a abuse of some extremely talented actors in a show that used to have much more of a central thesis about what it meant for a mid-sized company.aged bored paper pusher with phenomenal hair gradually becoming more and more immersed in a life full of violence and danger. Apparently what it meant all along was this.
- It’s been an interesting four seasons on the kill Eve hit to say the least. Thank you for reading! I would have liked to have made a more positive note, but even when this show was at its lowest points, it was always dense and lush and intriguing in a way that left much to write about.
- The performances kept this thing afloat in a way that writing often didn’t, and last but not least, it was fun to get another deeply dry Fiona Shaw to read a line like, “You really got her with a flood of.” Penises hit portraits.”
- I’m curious if this shocking ending worked for other viewers. I appreciated that the show took a big ambitious swing in its closing moments instead of doing something simpler. And I honestly think I would have been happy with that ending if the rest of the episode (and season) had held together more.
- To think that this really weird off-camera murder of the alleged leader of The 12 is the show agrees that the whole thing was a waste of time.
- I said this on Twitter along with my first recap of the season, but this post will be my final AV Club byline. I’m leaving for the same reasons you saw many other writers and collaborators leave. It has been my pleasure and honor to write for the site, and I hope that despite the quibbles, people found my summaries/reviews compelling. We picky because we love! And that’s what got me writing for AV Club in the first place.
https://www.avclub.com/killing-eve-signs-off-with-just-a-few-more-shocking-dea-1848760668 Killing Eve ends with just a few more shocking deaths, as is its way