Warning: This post contains spoilers for Sunday Killing Eve End of series.
Well, for the text Game of ThronesIf you think Killing Eve That would be a happy ending, you do not pay attention.
In the final match of Sunday’s series, Eve and Villanelle break down fences and join forces, embarking on a dreary road trip together – Didn’t The Human League ” Do You Want Me ‘sum up their relationship properly? – and sharing a kiss before setting their sights on The Twelve. In a secret meeting in the middle of a wedding on a river boat they watch the shadowy guard, and Villanelle happily assassinates the leaders of The Twelve, while Eve performs the wedding ceremony. Her words doubled as a declaration of her feelings for Villanell: “Lots of relationships work … the beauty of your relationship, you can see in reunion.”
So they always lived happily, didn’t they? Well, not much. As Eve and Villanell celebrated their victory on the deck of the boat, a sniper bullet pierced Villanell’s flesh, and many more followed. She falls into the water, Eve jumps to save her, but the lifeless body of the villain is pulled by the current, and Eve screams into the sky when we learn that Caroline has been ordered to hit (!). The screen announces: “The End.” Well then!
After we recovered from everything and took our jaws off the ground, lead writer Laura Neal approached us to break the roller coaster of the TVline final. Read Neil’s explanation of why Villanelle died, and who actually pulled the trigger, and what was behind Eve’s last scream.
TVLINE | So we had an almost happy ending, but Villanelle was shot in the final minutes. Did Eve and Villanell ever have a chance to live happily ever after? Or will it always end in tragedy?
We discussed different versions of the decision, so we discussed a decision that they both would always live happily ever after. But our problem is, we can not imagine them doing that. [Laughs] We can not imagine a world where Eve and the villain will be homeless for a very long time. I think that’s how we tried to explore them in the many domestic situations in Episode 8. So it’s like most of the story is about them testing their relationship in different forms, testing it and seeing how it works. I think they’ve coming to an end, and then we as the audience hope to end, they’re doomed to a little more explosive thing – and that’s what will happen.
TVLINE | Have you ever thought of killing Eve?
Yes, we had the version for a while – not written, not at script stage – but we discussed Eve Dying and Villanell surviving. It doesn’t feel very real. It just didn’t slide right for us. Eve felt right that she had this rebirth and that Villanelle was allowed to create a new life for herself out of everything she was given. I felt right that Villanell’s story ended like that. She is a kind of fake in death and destruction, and a part of her wants it. We see it when she kills twelve. It was her place, her own place. So it was appropriate for her to come to a similar conclusion. But, in my head, it is There is In some respects Villanell has a happy ending because she gets what she wants, which means she reveals that she has changed, and she does this for Eve to allow Eve to continue and live her life. In fact, it’s a big deal for Villanell, I think she will end up with a win, and we were always eager to make sure that’s what happened.
TVLINE | Yes, I could see it as a happy ending for Villanell because she was able to bring down The Twelve and find happiness with Eve, albeit briefly.
Exactly. I hope the audience sees it that way too. For me, there is a sense that she is not really dead. She climbs to a higher place. I think there is an interference in the visual references to the scenes Villanell sees in episodes 1 and 2, and its reference can be seen at the end of the underwater scene. So, people can see the lines I drew between 1 and 2 about the religious symbol that Villanella imagines and the way she ends it.
TVLINE | Eve and Villanell make that fun road trip together. We’ve been waiting four seasons for them to make time for themselves and not have to run or chase each other. It was nice to be able to see it.
Yes, absolutely. They both imagined or asked themselves the question: “Can we work together?” That it is very important to see the dynamics of their relationship in the way I imagine. And then to get the place to test it out … I think it’s so unusual to have that place emotionally and in terms of the plot, they have to come together without any distractions and without any other characters. This place, emotional and geographical, they should be in company with each other and test what it really is.
TVLINE | The song “Don’t You Want Me” came on the radio during the road trip: it felt like Eve and Villanell’s theme song. How did you decide that song? Ever had it in your mind and wanted to play it at some point?
We had two songs at the time. We always know that for the sake of their relationship it has to speak in a kind of cheeky way. There are a few competitors, but one felt right. As soon as I heard the lyrics, it was like “it’s one”. Also, this is a bang path.
TVLINE | So we know what ordered Caroline to win, but who really pulled the trigger? It’s not Pam, is it? Because she’s already gone. Or is it important?
I think it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that Caroline is the one who gives the orders, which is what she wants to do. Pam rejects the idea of working with Caroline, and we see them rejecting it in the scenario opposite MI6, which for me is Pam’s happy ending. She realized that she was not going to this world. By the time she decides to dedicate herself to the world, she realizes that it is really the only way she can escape, and now there are other ways. So for me, this is Pam’s happy ending. I think people can determine who pulled the trigger. In my mind, it didn’t matter who pulled the trigger. I think, you know, the gunman, sniper wise, is hiding in Tower Bridge.
TVLINE | At Caroline’s conclusion, is this an attempt to build loose ends? Villanelle is a kind of wild card so she can’t really control it.
I think about ending the story that Caroline started and Caroline wanting to get that power. She was the one who brought Eve and the villain together, and now she is going to separate them nicely. I think there is something in Caroline deciding to do it. But, I still guess in practice, I think it’s about Caroline coming back to MI6 and getting her crown back. I think she needs that status. We see her status declining from the beginning [season], And I think she will finish reclaiming her status. In some ways, this is a cyclical journey for her, but I think she should win, Caroline, I think she can finally say she won.
TVLINE | We can not see what is happening to Eve. The last time we see her is when she hits the water and screams. Have you talked about where she might go from here or do you just want to leave it unresolved forever?
We talked about it, but we specifically talked about the nature of that scream and the way she comes out of the water. I had a lot of discussions with Sandra [Oh] About that moment, and with Stella [Corradi], Director. Because I felt that screaming was the key to survival. Like there’s a hit in that scream. It was like, “I survived. I have got a new life. I’m going to go, I’m going to live, I’m going to live well, but rather a scream of loss or sadness or anger. And I think all of this. But the defining feeling people have when they see her screaming like that is that I hope it will be a kind of release from everything that has come before and welcome the next phase of her life.
TVLINE | The way the episode ends, it’s very sudden. This is a real good punch to the viewer. Have you always wanted to lead those last minutes and then pull the rug out, that’s all?
Yes, I think there is a kind of tonal continuum Killing Eve That way it ends, especially with the titles coming up, saying “The End”. Despite the final scene, we wanted to make sure we were quiet in the same tonal world Killing Eve Has always been, it is a little tongue-in-cheek, it is a little self-conscious, it does not take itself too seriously. So it was part of the purpose there. And I think it’s always better to give up what people want more.
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