WARNING: Do not read this unless you’ve already seen the finale of Killing Eve. There are spoilers.
Here’s my version of the Killing Eve writers room as they sat down to craft season 4.
“Okay. Villanelle has to die at the end. How shall we get her there?”
“Oh, I know. Let’s use the oldest trope in the world: #KillTheLesbian. Let’s have her struggle all season to gain Eve’s acceptance and approval. Then when she finally has a moment of happiness, let’s kill her.”
“That’s a great idea. We could have Eve finally be open about her feelings for Villanelle. They could be together and happy. Then we do it.”
“How should we kill her?”
“Have her in Eve’s arms in a loving embrace and then shoot her! Then we could put her in a filthy goddam river and shoot her some more so she sinks like a stone.”
“What a plan! Let’s do it.”
No, No, No
Why didn’t anybody say, “No, no, no. We aren’t killing any more lesbians the minute they find happiness after a long struggle. That is so over.”
But apparently no one did.
Not only did they resort to the oldest trope in the book, but they had Carolyn announce, “Jolly good,” when it was done.
Jodie Comer has talent. She probably would have found her way to the top in something, but that something happened to be Killing Eve. She helped take the show to award-winning heights. She was rewarded with an ending that didn’t need to be. There could have been many other endings. Her fate in the novels was not to die.
I do not approve of this ending. Killing Eve took 4 seasons of brilliance and tossed it in a river.