Season Two of Killing Eve opened with “Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?” The episode began 30 seconds after the stabbing at end of season 1. While there are spoilers ahead, I will mainly talk about how new series writer Emerald Fennell stepped up to keep our beloved characters and story going.
I was most fascinated with what Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) went through. Here’s a look at Eve.
- First she ran from the scene. No thinking – just getting the hell out of there.
- Then she gorged on sugar.
- She sat in a bar and succumbed to hysterical laughter.
- She took the train home to London in a complete daze.
- At home, she put on loud music and proceeded to chop enough vegetables to feed a couple of football teams. With a great big knife. Which she fondled thoughtfully.
- When her husband Niko (Owen McDonnell) came in, she left the kitchen to him.
- She sat in the bathtub for over an hour with the phone beside her. Carolyn Martens (Fiona Shaw) called every few seconds. Eve never answered.
- She ordered new windows from a phone salesman. Expensive windows.
The beautiful thing about this series of mad reactions from Eve was that it was such a mix of confusion. She couldn’t believe she actually stabbed someone. She couldn’t believe the person she actually stabbed was Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the assassin of her dreams and fantasies.
She couldn’t process who she’d become.
The paper-pushing desk jockey we met early on is someone new now. Yet she’s still so Eve.
Carolyn rescued Eve. She dragged her out of her house and gave her a new puzzle. She reminded her that Villanelle would be coming for her. She woke her up.
Carolyn was cooler and more mysterious than ever. Reveals about Carolyn remain a treat.
Villanelle, throughout this epic meltdown on Eve’s part, was getting stitched up. She was as funny, snarky, and murderous as ever. She quickly regrouped and embarked on a hunt for her lady love, Eve Polastri.
Emerald Fennell is going to treat these three women with love and understanding. She’s going to give them unlikely things to do and keep the twists coming. Stepping into Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s shoes must be a daunting prospect. I think Killing Eve looks good for season 2.