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Killing Eve Season 4 Ending Explained (In Detail)

The story of Eve Polastri Sandra Oh and Villanelle Jodie Comer came to a tragic conclusion in Killing Eve season 4s finale which is also the definitive end of the BBC America spy series. Killing Eve season 4s final two episodes followed up Villanelle murdering Helene Camille Cottin after she found out Eve and her former boss had a fling of sorts. Villanelle decided to escape to the Scotland island owned by Gunn Marie Sophie Ferdane the assassin from The Twelve who shot Villanelle with an arrow and didnt kill her despite her orders from Helene. Meanwhile Eves own quest to find the leaders of The Twelve led her to discover Carolyn Martens Fiona Shaw role in their creation while Carolyn continued her own personal mission to take down The Twelve in order to return to MI6 after she was disavowed as a traitor.

As Killing Eve season 4 systematically eliminated many of the series remaining characters such as Helene and even Konstantin Kim Bodnia the final batch of episodes built up to the three leads Eve Villanelle and Carolyn all pursuing their agenda to destroy The Twelve. Eve realized she needed Villanelles help and she impressed the Russian killer in Scotland when she fought off and blinded Gunn who was trying to kill Villanelle after their own tryst went sour. Meanwhile Carolyn returned to the United Kingdom as a traitor but she knew she had to play both Eve and Villanelle in order to earn the clout to return to MI6. Using Helenes stolen phone Eve and Villanelle knew their final destination would be a secret Twelve meeting in London. This would be the last stand of the Twelve and of Eve and Villanelles will they or wont they relationship. While Eve danced after she impromptu officiated a wedding Villanelle descended to the bowels of the ship they were aboard and massacred The Twelve who the audience never saw.Killing Eve was a global pop culture phenomenon in its first season when Phoebe Waller Bridge created the series and served as its first showrunner in 2018. The audiences reaction to the next couple of seasons which were exclusively led by female showrunners Emerald Fennell and Suzanne Heathcote wasnt as warm as it was for Killing Eve season 1.

Showrunner Laura Neal had the daunting task of bringing the entire series to a satisfying conclusion in Killing Eve season 4. After a bumpy start involving Villanelle seeing visions of herself as Jesus Christ Killing Eve season 4 proved to be the strongest overall since that widely praised original season. But the ending of Killing Eve while resonant and logical in its key decisions may understandably leave many viewers unhappy. Then again Killing Eve was always a disruptor and it was never intended as comfort food television. Theres no denying that Killing Eve season 4 certainly leaves viewers with a lot to process.

Why Carolyn Ordered Villanelles Death And How She Won

Villanelle died at the end of Killing Eve season 4 with an unseen assassin firing multiple shots at her after she killed everyone in The Twelve. Even after Villanelle and Eve plunged into the River Thames the gunman kept firing and repeatedly hit Villanelle until she was dead. Like James Bond Daniel Craigs death in No Time To Die Villanelle perished at the end of her story after finally but briefly experiencing truly happy moments with Eve the person she loved. In a beautiful visual callback to her baptism at the start of Killing Eve season 4 Villanelles blood formed the image of an angels wings as her corpse floated in the water and Eve tried to swim to reach her.

It was Carolyn who ordered Villanelles death. Villanelle and Eve met up with Carolyn and Pam Anjana Vasan for the final time at the MI6s London pub and Eve made her intentions to kill the Twelve at their secret meeting clear. Ever the opportunist Carolyn saw her chance to use Polastri and Villanelle as her ticket back to MI6 and Martens probably made her final decision later in the finale as she and Pam sat across the River Thames from the British secret services headquarters. The elimination of The Twelve and everyone associated with them including Villanelle was Carolyns passage back to be avowed by MI6. So even though Eve achieved her goal of killing The Twelve thanks to Villanelle doing the dirty deed it was Carolyn who played everyone and came out winning in the end.

Villanelle And Eves Perfect Day Set Up Their Tragic Ending

After escaping Gunns Scotland island Eve and Villanelle had a journey to London together that finally crystallized their relationship. Eve confessed that she came to be with Villanelle along with Polastri needing her help to kill The Twelve but for Villanelle it was enough of a mea culpa for Eves tryst with Helene. Plus Eve blinded Gunn which impressed the Russian and proved to her that Eve was really a lot more like her deep down than she cared to admit. Slowly Villanelle and Eve warmed up to each other again as they road tripped across the UK. For Villanelle it was exactly what she wanted from Eve. During her therapy in Killing Eve season 4 episode 3 Villanelle said that what she wanted from Eve was to share in the mundane everyday things most people find boring but Villanelle finds fascinating because its Eve.

After resisting Villanelle ever since they parted at the end of Killing Eve season 3 Eve also finally gave in to her desire to be with Villanelle. For the first time they acted like a couple and it was perfect. Yet this is Killing Eve and those happy moments had an ominous cloud of disaster to come which Killing Eves finale foretold after Eve had her tarot read and she received the Death card. But for the audience who waited four seasons to see Eve and Villanelle actually together and behaving like it their road trip was sparkling and fulfilled their irresistible chemistry since Killing Eve season 1. It was never going to end happily for Eve and Villanelles love story but they got to be together in ways they always hoped and they saw that their relationship could have indeed worked in their own unique oddball way.

Carolyn Always Knew Who Killed Kenny

Killing Eve never formally answered who killed Kenny Stowton Sean Delaney at the start of season 3 but as Eve told her Carolyn always knew whodunit. No one formally killed Kenny in truth but The Twelve would have ultimately had him murdered. Unfortunately when Konstantin told Kenny he was in danger of being assassinated Kenny stepped backward and fell off the roof of the Bitter Pill building to his death. On some level Carolyn knew Kennys death was a tragic accident but she used her desire to find out who gave the order as her rationale to take down The Twelve. Revenge for her son was a convenient reason to pursue The Twelve especially after MI6 disavowed her.

But as Killing Eve season 4s flashback revealed Carolyn was always complicit because she was part of the formation of The Twelve in 1979. As a young spy Carolyn Imogen Daines was intertwined with The Twelves original leadership although most of them were dead or retired and The Twelve became a different entity during the events of Killing Eve. But for Carolyn there is no life beyond being a spy and her devotion to the British secret service cost Martens her son who is dead and her daughter Geraldine Gemma Whelan who she is estranged from. Martens had to return to MI6 and keep her secrets of how she helped create and then used Eve and Villanelle to destroy The Twelve with her. Yet it does feel like so much of Killing Eve season 4 was really just a set up for Carolyns planned spinoff.

Why Konstantin Also Had To Die It Was Time

Pam murdered Konstantin Vasiliev on Helenes orders but in a comedy of errors worthy of Konstantin she didnt really need to because Helene was already dead which Pam didnt know when she killed her teacher and father figure in the neck. However even Konstantin was surprised he was still alive so late into Killing Eve season 4. Truthfully Villanelles handler outlived his usefulness to The Twelve and to the series overall long ago but it was a testament to Konstantins popularity and Kim Bodnias reliably enjoyable performance that Vasiliev lived as long as he did.

Fittingly Konstantin was killed by a Twelve assassin he trained since there was always the lingering impression he would die by Villanelles hand. For viewers who enjoy Konstantin and Villanelles strange father daughter dynamic theres also the consolation prize that he and Villanelle were able to reunite and hug it out. In a way Konstantin did his job properly because Pam ultimately rejected a job offer from Carolyn and the life of an assassin. This broke the cycle of a young girl being recruited by The Twelve to become a killer. Sadly Konstantin leaves behind his troubled daughter Irina Yuli Lagodinsky who doesnt know of her fathers fate or that Villanelle her frenemy is also dead at the end of Killing Eve. At least through Pam Konstantin got to tell Carolyn he always loved her after Killing Eve season 4s flashbacks showed how they became lovers in 1979 Berlin when they helped co found The Twelve as rival undercover spies.

How Killing Eve Proved The Shows Title

In spite of Eve receiving the Death tarot card which was a misdirect Killing Eve ultimately fulfilled its cryptic title. Killing Eve was never meant to be literal. Rather the series was always about the metaphorical death of who Eve was when the series began. Polastri was married to Niko Owen McDonnell and living a humdrum life but there was always a monster inside of her that was encouraged to be released when she became obsessed with Villanelle. Killing Eve was always about Eves transformation into the person she truly is which was finally complete by the time Polastri was dancing at the wedding while Villanelle was killing The Twelve in the lower decks of the ship. Losing Villanelle for good in the Thames in the shadow of the Tower Bridge where they decided to part at the end of Killing Eve season 3 was the last step of killing Eve. When Eve lost Villanelle and she rose to the surface of the Thames to scream in anguish it was her own baptism that echoed Villanelles baptism at the start of Killing Eve season 4.What happens to Eve next isnt clear but she survived the series which feels correct even though Villanelle met her end. Eves growth and metamorphosis with all of the dark and sordid moments that came with it was the true point of Killing Eve. Season 4 hammered this home with Eves flashbacks of her old friends like Elena Kirby Howell Baptiste and especially her beloved Bill David Haig who Villanelle remembers she killed in Berlin. Eve has completely changed since Killing Eve season 1 and her future is a question the series purposely leaves open to interpretation.

Will Killing Eve Season 5 Ever Happen?

Killing Eve announced a prequel about Carolyn is in development and there may be more spinoffs to follow but about who isnt clear because honestly what main characters are left?. However the main Killing Eve series is definitively over. Killing Eves producers and stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are moving on from their iconic roles and there are no plans for season 5 or even a Killing Eve movie. Villanelles death precludes any continuation since theres no Killing Eve without both Eve and Villanelle at its center.However with so many movies and TV properties receiving reboots and revivals its not entirely out of the question that Killing Eve could return one day. Even Villanelles death could potentially be walked back and she could have miraculously survived her gunshots and drowning. A happy ending for Eve and Villanelle was realistically never in the tarot cards. Yet however one feels about Killing Eve season 4s final moments it was the best overall season of the show since Killing Eve season 1 and its worth relishing the unpredictable and alluring journey Eve and Villanelle took us on to the end.

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