We’re less than two weeks away from BBC America and AMC’s Killing Eve making its April 7th return, viewers are getting a final trailer for Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s award-winning ratings juggernaut’s second season – this one putting the focus back on lead players: Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve (Sandra Oh). In the following clip, we get Villanelle forced to do her best Kill Bill impression and will herself out of the hospital and away from the authorities.
Except we don’t remember Uma Thurman having to make the kind of “fashionable sacrifices” Villanellea is forced to make – and I wonder how Eve’s dealing with her end-of-season decision-making…
Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer reprise their critically-acclaimed performances as Eve (Oh), an MI6 operative, and psychopath assassin Villanelle (Comer) in this story of two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act. Beginning just after the end of the final episode of season one, Villanelle has disappeared, and Eve is left reeling, having no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead. With both of them in deep trouble, Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does…but unfortunately, she’s not the only person looking for her.
Here’s a look at ahead at the first two episodes of AMC and BBC America’s Killing Eve:
Killing Eve s02e01 “Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?”
Eve is reeling from her act of violence against Villanelle and doesn’t know whether she is alive or dead. A paranoid and severely injured Villanelle manages to get herself to the hospital for treatment. Carolyn approaches Eve with an intriguing opportunity.
Killing Eve s02e02 “Nice and Neat”
Carolyn introduces Eve to her new team before Eve briefs them on the Villanelle case. Villanelle, needing to lie low while she recovers, finds a good Samaritan to take her in and care for her.
Joining returning cast members Oh, Comer, and Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter films) for the upcoming season are Nina Sosanya (Good Omens) and Edward Bluemel (A Discovery of Witches) in series regular roles, with Julian Barratt (Mindhorn), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Indian Summers) and Shannon Tarbet (Genius) set to guest star.
Comer, Oh, and Shaw joined executive producer/writer Emerald Fennell and executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle on stage at this winter’s Television Critics Association (TCA) panel. During the session, the award-winning cast and creative reflected on the first season while teasing viewers with what they can expect from season 2 later this year, and you can check out some of the highlights below.
● While discussing the series’ first season connections to the #MeToo and TimesUp movements, Oh emphasized that the series’ willingness to trust in its female characters was a major positive for her and reflects the times:
“It was amazing to be making a show and doing exactly what TimesUp is trying to do and trying to bring. Our show examining and taking the female psyche seriously.”
● When asked a variation of the “how does it feel being part of a show with strong female leads?”, Oh pushed back on the assumption that the concept was in play when creative decisions were made:
“I think you’re putting a lot of context around creative choices that doesn’t go into making those choices…I’m interested in what I am interested in.”
● The beginning of season 2 picks up 30 seconds after the first season finale, which saw Oh’s Eve making a “very pointed statement” to Comer’s Villanelle. Viewers will see both characters changed from the experience–and vulnerable in ways that will surprise even them:
“You see them vulnerable in different ways. They crossed a line and there’s no going back. We have a lot of energy in the beginning of the series…it pushes them to a different place of vulnerability.”
● Possibly as a nod to Shaw’s turn as Aunt Petunia in the blockbuster film franchise, the panel was asked about online comparisons made by between Eve/Villanelle and Harry Potter/Lord Voldemort: the idea that the two relationships are similar because both function under the premise that “neither can live for the other to survive.” When asked how Eve and Villanelle could come to terms with their impossible relationship, Oh’s response? “That is what I think we are trying to figure out.”