Have you noticed how much time Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri spends staring at herself in a mirror on Killing Eve? She does it in almost every episode. Is she trying to figure out just who she is, now that Villanelle (Jodie Comer) has taken over her life?
In the final moments of S2 E4 “Desperate Time” both women are evaluating things in the mirror. Eve is still mystified by her attraction to Villanelle. She’s almost honest with herself about it now. She gives an honest answer about Villanelle to Hugo (Edward Bluemel) in this episode. However, she’s still lying about it to her husband Niko (Owen McDonnell).
By contrast, Villanelle’s mirror experience is very different. She is miserable and hurt and releases what look like real tears as she looks at herself.
Eve’s moments in front of a mirror are frequent. But Villanelle isn’t so introspective.
What brought Villanelle to tears?
She staged a bizarro murder scene. She dressed as a pig and trussed a man up like a slab of bacon in a public window. She sent a card to Eve that specifically invited her “Dearest Eve” to the after show.
Unfortunately Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) confiscated the card invite, and assigned Jess (Nina Sosanya) to go check out the killing.
Villanelle waited and watched for her girlfriend Eve to show and see her public achievement, which was, after all, a work of performance art. When Jess showed up, minus Eve, Villanelle was hurt and angry.
Villanelle did something she never does. She drugged herself senseless, almost killed a random woman in a public restroom, and woke up in a pool of her own vomit – crying.
We are half way through season 2 of Killing Eve. This episode changes things drastically between Eve and Villanelle. It was Carolyn’s doing, but it will affect Eve going forward. What kind of twisty insanity will this betrayal bring out in Villanelle? What will Eve do when she learns about Carolyn’s betrayal?
What do you think will happen next?