REVIEW: Killing Eve, S2 Ep8 – You’re Mine

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The Killing Eve finale leaves both leads lost and betrayed, by others and by each other, after a picturesque stroll around Rome. In some ways, the mission did go as planned, at least by Carolyn’s standards. And the end of the season saw both Villanelle and Eve working directly with each other and realizing that being together is not what either of them expected.

It turns out that Aaron Peele wasn’t the true villain of the season after all, as the tech genius is easily dispatched at the beginning of the episode, leading to Villanelle and Eve going on the run from the shadowy forces out to destroy them (and who already injured poor Hugo). As effective as Henry Lloyd-Hughes’ performance was (and having watched him in Indian Summers, I knew he would be more than a bit player), having another rich, psychopathic white guy as the main villain is just too tired a trope. I’m relieved to see that there were subtler and more sinister forces at play in Killing Eve. As Carolyn herself mentioned, there’s always some megalomaniac obsessed with using information as a weapon. Peele was simply another nuisance to be removed and even the scene where he asks Villanelle to kill Eve was pretty bland since we all knew she would never choose him over Eve.

Killing Eve S2E8 CEve has to contend with a lot of stress and betrayal in just one episode. She is manipulated twice by Villanelle, both cases where the latter seeks to be saved from Raymond the handler (I never thought Dreamboat Charlie from Miranda would be effective as a sinister killer but it works). She later finds out that Carolyn set her and Villanelle up to conveniently erase Peele from the drawing board. All that after witnessing Hugo mortally wounded but leaving him alone to try and save Villanelle anyway. And as they escape across the streets of Rome, Eve becomes even more wide awake about who she is and what she can do.

Villanelle also realizes that Konstantin betrayed her because she will never be as important to him as his family. She may be a psychopathic assassin but Killing Eve has made us feel for Villanelle in some way and especially after that honest speech at the AA meeting, it has become clear that she has so little in her life that is meaningful. Konstantin has been the closest she has ever had to family and watching him choose to betray Villanelle still stings. And she later has to deal with the disappointment that Eve is not the person she wants her to be.

Killing Eve S2E8 AKilling Eve has always managed to combine decadence with violence and that has not been more evident than in this finale. Setting the last couple of episodes in Rome was inspired as the place itself has character and beauty to add to an already intriguing setup. The bloodshed isn’t gratuitous or gory but just enough to let us know how dangerous the world of Killing Eve is, despite all the fashion and glamor. Eve and Villanelle’s seductive dance over the past season has become even more fascinating but also evidently destructive for them both.

Working together in this episode forced both Villanelle and Eve to confront what it really means for them to be together, and how they both had very different expectations of the other. Their scenes at the ruins were beautifully shot but also artistically a reflection of the wreckage their toxic relationship has exposed itself to be. Eve realizes that Villanelle had manipulated her into killing Raymond and she is not going to put up with that. She has finally spent time with the object of her obsession and finds that the monster is not so appealing afterall. The love that Villanelle claims to feel for her is yet another kind of control and manipulation.

Killing Eve S2E8 DVillanelle has some twisted, idyllic vision of both of them escaping to Alaska and being “Bonnie and Clyde” so she is taken aback when Eve resists. Just as Eve used to treat her as an object of fascination, Villanelle has always wanted to shape Eve into a person she could possess. Eve realizes that when she says:

“You want me to be a mess. You want me to be scared. But I’m like you now.”

She turns her back on the enraged assassin who lashes out by shooting her before walking away.

Eve is obviously going to survive this, and I believe that Villanelle intentionally did not shoot to kill, but mostly acted out of disappointment and frustration. It looks like every Killing Eve finale will involve one of them mortally hurting the other, which begs the question will either of them ever succeed?

The last chapter leaves them both in uncertainty, Villanelle striking out on her own without Konstantin or the Twelve and Eve having effectively severed her ties with MI6, her husband, and even Villanelle. I have no idea where the show will go from here and that’s an interesting place to be during a season finale. There are so many possibilities and I’m hoping that with the new showrunner for season three, Killing Eve will continue to be the gripping and intriguing marvel that it has always been.