Killing Eve youve got some explaining to do. Author Luke Jennings has chimed in with his opinion about the finale which aired Sunday April 10 on BBC America and he didnt mince words.Jodie Comers Villanelle is shot dead in the last moments of the Killing Eve series finale after much of the episode was dedicated to showing her and Sandra Ohs Eves acceptance of their feelings for each other. Fans got to see the women acting like a normal couple for what ended up being fleeting moments including a tension breaking cathartic kiss thatd been brewing for four seasons just for the psychopath assassin to be killed in the very last moments.
Its an unfortunate addition to the bury your gays trope where LGBTQIA+characters frequently queer women are robbed of having happily ever afters. Jennings wrote the book series on which Killing Eve is based and he slammed the finale for its use of the trope in a column for The Guardian saying it punished Eve and Villanelle for no good reason in a devastating moment for him and for fans.In the last moments of the last episode just hours after theyve shared their first proper kiss Villanelle is brutally gunned down and killed leaving Eve screaming Jennings wrote. We have followed their romance for three and a half years. The charged looks the tears the lovingly fetishized wounds the endlessly deferred consummation.
When Phoebe Waller Bridge and I first discussed Villanelles character five years ago we agreed that she was defined by what Phoebe called her glory her subversiveness her savage power her insistence on lovely things. Thats the Villanelle that I wrote that Phoebe turned into a screen character and that Jodie ran with so gloriously he continued. But the season four ending was a bowing to convention. A punishing of Villanelle and Eve for the bloody erotically impelled chaos they have caused.Jennings then described his own preferred ending saying what the show created in Hello Losers wasnt subversive in the slightest.
A truly subversive storyline would have defied the trope which sees same sex lovers in TV dramas permitted only the most fleeting of relationships before one of them is killed off Lexas death in The 100 immediately after sleeping with her female love interest for the first time is another example he said. How much more darkly satisfying and true to Killing Eves original spirit for the couple to walk off into the sunset together? Spoiler alert but thats how it seemed to me when writing the books.He continued to say fans found comfort representation and freedom in Villanelle. To those heartbroken viewers Jennings offered words of comfort.I learned the outcome of the final episode in advance and suspected rightly that fans would be upset he said. But to those fans I would say this Villanelle lives. And on the page if not on the screen she will be back.