‘Killing Eve’ Season 4 Final Recap: A Bittersweet Way To Go Out

Do you remember when Villanelle wore beautiful outfits?

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We knew someone was going to die in the end To kill Eve. And not just because the show is called Killing Eve.

The signs were there. The Romeo and Juliet parallels, ‘Until Death Do Us Part’, the speech tarot card of death, the psychiatrist advises Eve (Sandra Oh) to enjoy the little things in life. For the little things are being shortened.

Season 4 finale of Killing Eve – also the finale in the whole show – resulted in one of the most painful carpet pulls imaginable. The show seemed to be set up for Eva to reach her fateful end. But no. Killing Eve was to make a Game of Thrones. It had to guess Reddit theories or ordinary old underrated happy endings and surprise us with an incredibly cruel ending for Eve and Villanelle (Jodie Comer).

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The last season 2.

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Let’s keep it short. Just after Villanelle murders the entire Twelve, stands in the glow of her performance and embraces Eve as a happily committed couple, she is shot and killed by Carolyn Martens’ sniper. Did it not matter to Carolyn to play the air guitar? Did she have to pretend she wanted another round of Truth or Dare with Villanelle before she made it impossible to ever play again?

It’s just another strange moment without character that has marred the last season of Killing Eve. If you watched the very first episode and then this finale, you would think it was two different programs.

The authors played with our expectations from the start. We all thought Villanelle would save Eve after that episode 7 cliffhanger, but no. Eve hits Gunn over the head with a rock, climbs a tree, jumps down from said tree and sticks Gunn’s eyes out with his bare fingers.

This season seemed to prove Eve’s character growth, and Eve is proving her character growth in a way that no one else has probably done before. She is willing to mutilate, shoot and kill. She has equal power in any potential relationship with Villanelle now. Eve and her nails can defend themselves.

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Things have changed a lot.

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The sleeping bag scene is another great example of the authors coming in front of their audience. A mirror image of the bed scene from season 1 – it seemed like an obvious moment for Eve and Villanelle to finally share their first touching kiss. Instead – “Shall we steal their stupid motorhome?”

The kiss came at the least likely moment – after Eva and Villanelle peed in the bushes. It felt very Killing Eve, as much as possible in these later seasons, often described as a diluted imitation of season 1.

Still, the first half of episode 8 captured some of the old Killing Eve spark. We got another amazing needle drop – Eve and Villanelle ate Revels chocolate in the motorhome and jumped on their heads for The Human Leagues Don’t You Want Me. And let’s get a moment of appreciation for Villanelle’s Chris Evans-like sweater from Knives Out.

Then came the inevitable plot push towards the Twelve. Many complained that season 3 was not paying enough attention to the show’s great antagonist. Then season 4 appeared on the Twelve Storylines, producing an evil villain summit aboard someone else’s wedding boat. The world’s most evil organization, the hidden architects of chaos, chose to have an unguarded reunion with no escape routes out at sea.

No faces were put on these incredibly important plot points, the camera trained on Villanelle’s face while the blood came comically up around her and the victims stuck in her hand.

Instead of repeating what happened after that, let’s try to stay positive. Apparently, Luke Jennings’ Codename Villanelle short stories, on which the show is based, offer a happy ending for Eve and Villanelle. You could also imagine an entire alternate universe series where Eve and Villanelle travel the world together, chasing the Twelve with the assistance of Carolyn and Constantine.

We do not need to talk about Pam’s meaninglessness. Or that part of the reason Charlie Brooker paused on future seasons of the Black Mirror is that the world is grim enough at the moment without stories of unhappy endings.

Never mind that this final season ultimately feels like a set-up for Carolyn Martens’ spinoff series.

If anything, season 4 reminded us that you can get too much of the good. Season 4 went big on the shock factor and small on interesting messages about female assassins. The show, which began as a (very entertaining) feminist play about how effective a female assassin could be – a show that pushed a woman to question her own human nature and lean into her darkness – rushed towards a clumsy, noticeably unplanned conclusion.

Still, Killing Eve is one of the best things that can adorn TV.

Roaming observations

  • Who else was waiting for Eve and Villanelle to watch at least one movie together and make at least one shepherd cake?
  • Villanelle just accepts that Constantine is dead? She would not ask who killed him?
  • The placement titles are going wild now. “Google it” comes a bit out of trying to be clever, and having to explain the Charging Swallow is “MI6’s Pub” is a telling example of how confusing the plot has been.
  • Eve’s talk about how hard the relationship is, while it was literally in the middle of a wedding, was not exactly an astonishing revelation after all that has happened.
  • The sacred images, including Villanelle’s bloody angel wings in the water, never felt as if they were in Killing Eve’s DNA.
  • No epilogue? We do not get any hint about what Eva will do next?

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