‘Killing Eve’ series finale review: Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer come to the less-than-killer end of a long, strange trip (SPOILERS)

It’s hard to say that the ending of “Killing Eve” was a disappointment, because given the downward trajectory the show has had since its first season, expectations have been consistently lowered. “Anticlimactic,” however, fits the bill, especially given the anticipated showdown and ultimate fate of key characters in this less than murderous ending.

Season 4 kicked off on a particularly awkward note, with the detour involving trained assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and her brush with religion to kill time. While things got a little better after that, the show never quite recovered.

There were some major deaths in the build up to the end, including Helene (Camille Cottin) and Konstantin (Kim Bodnia), the latter in typically tragic and pointless fashion, but the idea that the two leads would meet and clash with the shadowy organization known as The Twelve was still looming.

Eve (Sandra Oh) found Villanelle and they embarked on their quest for revenge, which, emblematic of the show’s dark and whimsical tone, unfolded at a shipboard wedding.

Still, Villanelle’s gory encounter (after greeting her victims with “Hello, losers”) played out as part of a murky musical number, offering little insight into exactly what was being done to whom.

The central aspect of the episode thus became the tender romantic exchange between Eve and Villanelle after years of coy flirtation, charged pauses and awkward stares. As executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle told the Hollywood Reporter, despite the espionage themes, “Ultimately, it’s a love story and it’s a story about finding out who you really are.”

Then, in the moment of triumph, an anonymous gunshot rang out, sending Eve and a wounded Villanelle into the water, where more random shots finished off the latter. (In hindsight, it’s a shame she endured the healing from being hit in the back with an arrow in a previous episode just to be dispatched like that.)

As for Eve, she surfaced, but it was hard not to think, “Well, now what?” We’ll never know (or at least, hopefully never), because the big capital letters “THE END” rolled across the screen, in case anyone was confused.

“Killing Eve” started off fabulously well under the creative direction of “Fleabag’s” Phoebe Waller-Bridge, earning Emmy nominations for both leads and a win for Comer in 2019, drawing viewers into its bizarre mix of lurid violence and off-kilter humor. conventional. In hindsight, though, this was one limited series that didn’t seem to notice: a show meant to run one season, maybe two, but couldn’t sustain its delicate juggling act for four.

By the end, as Eve noted, the title character bore little resemblance to the reserved, office-bound MI6 worker she was when the series began, alluding to her various exploits and marveling, “Amazingly, I survived,” adding, “By than?”

Despite the strength of the cast, that last bit was a question that seasons three and four didn’t answer satisfactorily. Like Eve, indeed, as the ending underscored, “Killing Eve” might have survived, but it came to bear little resemblance to the defining qualities that set the show apart when it began.

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