SPOILER ALERT: This post contains details about the two-part series finale of To kill Eve.
AMC and BBC America’s steamy cat-and-mouse thriller To kill Eve concluded with tarot readings, a wedding and two tragic deaths.
The two parties began to trace the lives of Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve (Sandra Oh) after parting ways again, in the previous episode. Villanelle, still on the hunt to kill the Twelve, wanders and hunts with her killer colleague Gunn (Marie-Sophie Ferdane). Meanwhile, Eve is trying to return to a seemingly regular life after Hélène’s death. After a joking karaoke session and chat with therapist Martin, Eve realizes that she is not quite done trying to defeat the Twelve.
Meanwhile, Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) travels to Salzburg to meet with Russian contact Vlad to find out the Twelve’s venue – turns out to be MI6’s pub The Barn Swallow. After a worrying call from her daughter Irina, Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) tells Pam (Anjana Vasan) about having fun with her day.
Back on the isolated island of Scotland, Villanelle and Gunn share an intimate moment before the former shares his mission to kill the Twelve. Knowing that it would bring her way of life to part with the best dogs, Gunn begins to chase Villanelle until Eve arrives on the island.
Before the first part ends, Constantine tries to convince Pam to join him in leaving the Twelve, but instead falls victim to all the skills he has taught her. Unaware that former boss Hélène is dead, Pam takes a pizza cutter to Constantine’s neck. She promises to carry out her mentor’s last wishes and ends his suffering.
The final episode, “Hello, Losers,” begins with Eve dazzling Gunn with her bare hands. Despite the fact that their paths have diverged after Eva’s previous betrayal, the two decide to get away from the island and find their way to where they think the Twelve will be. While in the middle of nowhere, they encounter a couple of hikers who house them for the night. A wanderer offers to do tarot readings and reveals a promising “holy” and “magnificent” future for Villanelle and a death for Eva. The duo leave with the hikers’ van early in the morning and finally share some intimate and healthy moments.
Carolyn arrives at Heathrow, welcomed by Hugo (Edward Bluemel), who brings her to an MI6 safehouse and tries to get a confession in the mail. Carolyn, who is always one step ahead, is punching holes in her plans. Hugo agrees to take Carolyn to Hampstead, where she will see Pam, who brings the news of Constantine’s death and presents his letter.
Eve and Villanelle finally give in to the passion they have held back for years before heading to the Lade Swallow. Carolyn, determined not to return empty-handed to MI6, tells Pam that “even loyalty is a dubious virtue, except when it’s for me.” She offers Pam a job, but the new hired killer refuses.
Eve and Villanelle board a ship called The Dixie Queen, the Twelve’s new meeting place. But Eva, who is confused with another woman, holds a wedding as a distraction. Villanelle takes the kitchen staff out and gains access to the bottom of the ship. Before Villanelle confronts the Twelve, Villanelle sees Eve channel her relationship with her assassin lover to preach about patience and the roller coaster of love.
Eventually, Villanelle faces some of the VIPs from The Twelve and takes them down one by one in an epic slow-mo showdown. After the carnage, she once again sees Eva enjoying her time on the dance floor. They both go out to the helm of the ship and rejoice in what they have accomplished. However, a silent ball on Villanelle’s shoulder interrupts the sweet cheers. Clearly, they are the target of a practical sniper, and they jump into the water below. Villanelle, who has been shot several times, meets her bloody fate while Carolyn sees her plan unfold on a nearby bridge.
Collapse To kill EveThe packed finale is executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle. She spoke with Deadline about planning Villanelle’s death, potential spin-offs and a vacation in Cuba. Read the interview, which is edited for length and clarity, below.
DEADLINE: How early in the series did you decide that Villanelle’s death should be the finale?
BLID: We kind of knew what was going to happen pretty early on, but we were open to something else declaring itself, but that never really changed.
When you consider that Villanelle has always worked in a high-risk industry, there was a degree of inevitability about it. We were eager, as to the bow for this season, was a feeling that Villanelle had embraced humanity. Her selfless push of Eva over the side of the boat was something that we felt connected to, where she started in episode one, where she tried to prove to other people that she could be a good human being.
It also felt right that Eva should survive as the kind of extraordinary any woman, that she should be reborn out of this kind of extraordinary achievement and adventure she has been on.
DEADLINE: Can you talk to me a little bit about the process of determining how Villanelle would die?
BLID: There was always a jump of some sort and water involved. We really felt that water was an important image to keep. You start with the baptism in water. Then you have Carolyn by the sea in Cuba. You have caused Lars to be hit with the oars in the pond. You then get Carolyn to plunge into the pond with Pam after her. So that kind of watery thing was really important to us.
But where and when and how we did not know. Nor would we do anything terrible to her. I mean, pretty awful. We would not do her any harm. We did not want to go here, “see how you like it.” And we also wanted it to be epic. She was surrounded by a kind of celestial light because she is a special being.
DEADLINE: What does it mean for Constantine to meet his end of one he has raised?
BLID: I think he always knew that at some point he would face the fate of someone he trained because he got the warnings and Villanelle has been very clear and other people have been very clear. He knows, in a sense, that he has lived on borrowed time.
What we did not want to do with the show was just go, “oh, yeah, they all live, and they can all come back at some point for a reunion.” We wanted to do something that felt like it honored the ambition that we really should close the series. I think it’s tragic for Pam because Pam is not psychopathic. She was looking for better. She had this instruction and I think she was very torn.
DEADLINE: What about this parallel between Eve and Carolyn losing their assassins?
BLID: Well, I think the show has always been basically about some kind of love and relationship. I have to say it was not some kind of conscious thing that Eve lost Villanelle and Carolyn lost Constantine, but I think that was what felt true. It’s a dangerous world. The world in which they operate is incredibly dangerous. Carolyn and Constantine could have walked out into the sunset, but I think that was unlikely. Their relationship came together through deception. I think Constantine probably loved Carolyn in her own weird way. But whether it was ever reciprocated, I do not know.
DEADLINE: What did Constantine’s letter say?
BLID: I knew you would ask about it. What do you think was in his letter?
DEADLINE: Part of me feels like it’s a confession of how much he loves her. But I also feel like he might have tipped her off about what Eve and Villanelle should do.
BLID: I do not think he did. I think he said you chased a ghost and I killed Kenny. I think that was what he said and that I have always loved you and that you will never forgive me.
DEADLINE: For you, is it canon that Constantine killed Kenny?
BLID: I think it’s a bit up in the air if he did. I think Carolyn, deep in her heart, knew that Constantine was ultimately responsible for Kenny’s death, but she needed the excuse to stay in the game and stay busy. Having something to propel her through the strange grief over Kenny’s death was the only thing that kept her alive. I think in the end, Constantine was probably responsible for Kenny’s death. But who knows?
DEADLINE: Villanelle killed a good portion of the Twelve, but are they still there? Carolyn hinted that they would never disappear.
BLID: I think they still exist. It’s like the hydra and you cut off one head and more will come. But maybe what Villanelle has done is she at least, and Eve, but mostly Villanelle – she has bled them. In her mind that it is a form of revenge.
I think other cells in the Twelve do not really know who the other people are, which is why Hélène has such a hard time working her way through it. I think, very, very sad that the Twelve are still out there.
DEADLINE: There seems to be some loose ends with Irina, Gunn and Pam, and we know there are possible spinoffs on the way. How likely are these characters to return to this world?
BLID: Of course we think, and there are plenty of kinds, there are plenty of options for them, but there are no firm plans for anyone yet. We’ve killed some goodies in season four. There are lots of people … if we had been cynical, I think we would have kept many more of them alive, but someone reminded me the other day that James Bond was blown up. So. Get out of it. (laughs)
DEADLINE: A few days ago, there was also news that a Carolyn-led spinoff would be on the way. What can you share about it?
BLID: Yes. I mean, it’s really the same as all the others. We got a lot of thoughts, but nothing has been attached and it’s pretty far away. So there is not really anything else to say yet.
DEADLINE: What is one To kill Eve spin-off you personally would like to see?
BLID: I loved Constantine and Villanelle together. I would love to see them go on vacation. It could be a little special. It could be a 15-minute special somewhere.
DEADLINE: Yeah, and instead of like a thriller, it could be like a comedy of some sort.
BLID: Yes, it could. It’s like being really annoyed with each other. And surprise each other, and then just a little, a little revenge on each other, until they realize they’re a little exhausted and they just want to read a trash novel.
DEADLINE: Or watch a movie that Villanelle wanted in the first season.
DEADLINE: How has it been to revisit the finale?
BLID: We’re still exhausted because we only delivered episode eight last week. I think we delivered last Wednesday. So we have kept going. I think we never ever thought the show would have the effect or the fanbase it got, and I actually think we’re still a little bit in shock, and then we just have to recover.
DEADLINE: I guess everyone needs a vacation in Cuba, hopefully not in the trunk of a car.
BLID: Yes. God, that would be nice. It would be nice to get to the real Cuba.