Suzanne Heathcote, former screenwriter of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, plans to “dive deeper” into Villanelle and Eve


Phoebe Waller-Bridge gets her wish to Killing Eve. She created the show, adapting the Villanelle books, but wanted a different female showrunner to write each season. Emerald Fennell did season 2 and now Suzanne Heathcote is in charge of season 3.

Killing Eve Season 3: Jodie Comer
Jodie Comer | Laura Radford / BBCA / Sid Gentle

Heathcote spoke on the phone with Showbiz Cheat Sheet from season 3 of Killing Eve. We will have more with Heathcote throughout the season, including spoilers after each episode airs. Killing Eve returns Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. on BBC America and AMC.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was not Suzanne Heathcote’s first “Killing Eve” meeting

Waller-Bridge finally approved Heathcote for the job, but it wasn’t the first interview. Heathcote met Killing EveProduction company and network first.

“I didn’t meet Phoebe at the start,” said Heathcote. “My first meetings were with Sid Gentle, the production company, and BBC America. I met them a few times but Phoebe and I were in close contact. “

Connection Phoebe Waller-Bridge by Suzanne Heathcote

Waller-Bridge got its start as a playwright. Flea bag started as a woman’s show, and now Amazon will bring the original production to Prime viewers. When co-artistic director of the DryWhite Theater Company, Heathcote wrote pieces for them. Killing Eve is a DryWhite meeting.

“In fact, I knew Phoebe,” said Heathcote. “I wrote for his theater troupe many years ago when I was a playwright in London.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Phoebe Waller Bridge | Li Ying / Xinhua via Getty Images

After Sid Gentle Films and BBC America approved Heathcote, Waller-Bridge consulted it frequently during Killing Eve Season 3.

“We talked regularly,” said Heathcote. “We met and she read the script and stayed in close contact throughout. She has been an incredible resource because of this. “

In season 3, “Killing Eve” had to jump

Season 3 of Killing Eve resumes months after the cliffhanger of season 2. Yes, Eve (Sandra Oh) survived her gunshot injury. Where has Villanelle (Jodie Comer) gone? You will need to log in and see.

“I felt that having seen so much that happened to the characters in the first two seasons in a short period of time that these seasons took place, we really had to honor the consequences of what had happened Said Heathcote. “Not just professionally but personally and emotionally what it meant for the characters, really take stock.” “

Heathcote’s speech also involved digging deeper into the characters than she Killing Eve established predecessors.

Killing Eve Season 3: Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh | Willie / BBCA

“Then I felt that this season, in season three, I really think you have earned the right to deepen the characters and deepen them emotionally,” said Heathcote. “In addition to introducing new characters and creating new dynamics so that they can also challenge them. “

“Killing Eve” is not broken so Suzanne Heathcote will not fix it

Heathcote may have big ideas for season 3, but she still wants to do Killing Eve. There are things that are intrinsically part of the show, no matter where the story goes.

“You have to stay true to the world and honor the truth of the characters,” said Heathcote. “These actors are so amazing and have been playing these characters for several seasons so they are also a great story resource. “

L-R: Fiona Shaw, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jodie Comer | Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images

Heathcote relied on all of his resources to lead Killing Eve in new directions.

“We would all talk at length about the stories and what was happening to the characters with emotion,” said Heathcote. “So I think you really have to honor the emotional truths and who these people are and the worlds in which they are, the rules of the world that were first established and obviously pushing them to new places. “


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