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Like the third season of Killing Eve winds towards its end, there is an unshakable feeling that the chickens are coming home to roost. Or as Carolyn tells in a rare moment without supervision with her daughter, the walls close. For her, it is the realization that even as she nears solving the mystery of her son’s death, the Allied forces against her are more powerful and less worried about the consequences than she thought. For Konstantin, this is the rapid loss of any possibility that he will move away from the world he has built with his own life spared. And for Villanelle, it is the awareness that her useful days for the Twelve are numbered, which is clear from her meeting with Hélène, who is quite explicit that all she wants from Villanelle is her beautiful side monster, and is very open to the idea of having a replacement waiting behind the scenes.
In fact, the only person who doesn’t seem completely overwhelmed by what’s going on around her is Eve, who is continuing her curvy investigation into Kenny’s death. It is also a sign of how much she has been sidelined in the last few episodes, as the world collapses around her various colleagues and nemesis. When she almost murdered Dasha, it looks like it was supposed to be a sign that she stumbled on the path of sociopathy that the show has teased before, but we’ve spent so little time in her view this season that the action does not feel won. Much of this may be related to the show’s indecisiveness around her relationship with Niko – does she really feel the aggression against him? Does she really want him to come back? Do they have any regrets about the relationship? Sandra Oh has always been able to do a lot with a little, but there isn’t much to work with here. It’s hard to say if Eve even has an official job with Bitter Pill – did she draw a paycheck with them? Who pays all their different tickets abroad?
That doesn’t mean it’s not good to watch TV to find out more about what’s going on with Carolyn, Konstantin and Villanelle. But it feels like the show leaves Michael Jordan on the bench, so to speak. Three seasons later, it makes sense that the world of entertainment has expanded and that the supporting characters have grown and evolved and become more three-dimensional over time. What does it take to transform into Carolyn or Konstantin, and what is the outcome for them? These are fascinating questions and the interest of the program to examine is certainly fertile ground. But it is increasingly to the detriment of the star of the show, who even on a day off is a fascinating and thorny creation.
For those of you who don’t SNL home episodes recently there was a funny fake Phoebe Waller-Bridge Masterclass, which implied that she was talking about keeping a separate journal just for her thoughts and / or the violent rage of women. Of course, it’s a satire, but it was hard not to remember the pilot night light from the day before the Waller-Bridge, which was brought in screaming into a pillow simply because his arms were asleep. It makes sense that this version of Eve is gone, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to determine who is the new version of her. She and Villanelle have been so far both literally and intrigued this season that it is confusing to see the intensity of Eve’s commitment to finding Villanelle reappear. Minus the scary birthday cake, there just isn’t enough cat and mouse this season between them to keep the connection.
And of course, at this point, if Eve were to find her, she might be surprised by who she found – a woman who seems to lose the ability to kill, even when faced with a target as heinous as the American golfer. Villanelle has gone through a profound transformation during the season, although in the last few episodes, she begins to feel that it has been wired more easily by her tears than by any series of events. But it is also beginning to seem plausible that our four main members have more to offer each other than they have ever done when it comes to dealing with an enemy who has more and more interest to see them all dead.
- There is a worse job than being a young man working for Carolyn: no.
- “Go ahead tell me. How would you do it? “I don’t know yet, but it would certainly involve the little chair.” The highlight of every interaction Villanelle has with her bosses is that she makes fun of the ridiculous environment.
- “The jokes are for people who do their job properly. This peculiar line from Carolyn’s withered really drew me in, as a person who has the habit of making nervous jokes all his life when people are upset.
- It takes more than the usual suspension of disbelief to roll with the idea that Konstantin would leave a key with a neighbor.
- So Villanelle’s arm is bad enough that she needs help with her latest assassination, but can she still swing a golf club?
- I was ready to get mad at Geraldine for showing up at Konstantin’s house to be unconscious again, but she finally got the upper hand over someone. Is she supposed to ignore that her mother met him during the day, however?
- The Twelve may be a super evil conglomerate, but at least the power structure has women at the top. You hate to see yet another perverse case controlled by patriarchy.
- I think we can all agree that the deployment of Kim Bodnia’s great team laughter was delicious. I’m glad Konstantin isn’t (yet) dead.