[As the headline suggests, this piece contains spoilers from Killing Eve’s series finale.]
BBC killing eve It had a shocking and divisive ending on 10 April, a . with the end The episode that bows to the terrifying”bury your gays“Trop. The finale not only impressed fans and criticsBut also Luke Jennings, the writer who wrote the trilogy that inspired the show.
“As a writer, it’s a thrill to have your work adapted for TV, as my killing eve There were novels. You’ll never love what the screenwriting team does, that’s a given,” Jennings writes in a column for Guardian,
“It’s an extraordinary privilege to have your characters come to life so strongly,” he adds, “but I was surprised by the final series ending.”
For more context, after four seasons of a murderous game of cat-and-mouse, “will they, won’t they” tensions finally break out between hired killer Villanelle (jodi comer) and intelligence investigator Eve (Sandra Oh) – the two share a kiss, cementing their relationship. However, this honeymoon period is short-lived as Villanelle is locked in a river as he and Eve try to escape. Her body sinks to the bottom, and is never seen again by her lover.
“We’ve followed their romance for three-and-a-half years. Feeling entrenched, tears, fetish wounds from love, endless deferred termination,” Jennings writes. “When Phoebe Waller-Bridge and I first discussed Villanelle’s character five years ago, we agreed on what Phoebe called her “glory”: her demeanor, her brute force, her insistence on cute things. That’s Villanelle that I wrote, that Phoebe turned into a screen character, and Jodie went on so brilliantly.
Whereas killing eve is far from the first television series to use This Overwhelming Trope (It’s B)in used in 100, doctor whoAnd vampire slayer, just to name a few), it is always disappointing to see that modern writers lack creativity beyond “Annannand She Dies”. Some have rightly said that the situation is a bit different, as Villanelle himself was a vicious murderer. However, he still did not get the death worthy of his character, as is usually the case.
“The ending of season four was to bow to convention. Villanelle and Eve’s punishment for the bloody, sexually motivated chaos they created. A truly subversive story would defy the trope that TV dramas do,” Jennings writes. sees same-sex lovers, permitting only the most fleeting relationships before one of them is killed.” “How deeply satisfying, and true murder of eve Original sentiment, for the couple to walk into the sunset together? Spoiler alert, but this is how I felt while writing the books. ,
for Jennings, while killing eve May be the end, it’s not the end of Villanelle.
“I had already known the outcome of the final episode, and I suspected, that fans would be upset. But to those fans, I’ll say this: Villanelle lives on. And on the page, if not on the screen, she will come back.