The third season of Killing Even is finally here. There’s a lot we’re already loving – but there are things that simply don’t make sense!
Season 3 of Killing Eve returns with one of today’s best duos: the determined, hilarious Eve and the despicable yet thrilling Villanelle. Each new season that comes of this show is likely to be heralded with skepticism and trepidation–the first season went off with such a bang that it was hard to follow that.
Yet, season two arrived with overall satisfying results, and here we are–already at season 3! And so far, so good. The show has come back strong, bringing much of the factors that kept us watching in the first place–but there are definitely a few things that need ironing out.
Love: More Screentime With Carolyn
One of the best parts of season 3 so far is the fact that it offers more time spent with Carolyn. She is possibly a slightly controversial character, having proved to exist in a space of moral grey area in past seasons, but moralizing aside she is a brilliantly written character and it’s a pure pleasure to witness Fiona Shaw portray her.
Makes No Sense: Villanelle Being A Keeper
Villanelle, upon being asked what her goal in life would be, declares that she wants to be a keeper–the same role that we have seen Konstantin serve for her.
Villanelle shortly gets this wish, but as soon as she does she spends all of her time complaining about it as if this isn’t what she wanted in the first place. Villanelle is definitely known to be flaky, but there is no acknowledgment of this shift.
The first episode of season three introduces a new character to the show–another fierce Russian, named Dasha. Dasha is as remorseless and egotistical as Villanelle, if not more so.
This makes sense, considering that she claims to have made Villanelle everything that she is. Dasha is easy to love in the same love-hate way that Villanelle is. She’s tough, she does whatever she wants, she’s funny, and everything she does is done with flair.
Makes No Sense: Eve And Niko
Eve visits Niko at a mental hospital–fair enough, considering the fact that the last time we saw him he had witnessed the brutal murder of his co-worker (at the hands of Villanelle, naturally).
What doesn’t make sense is that as Eve starts to talk to him it becomes clear that she means to repair their relationship. She is not visiting him as a friend but as his wife. After all that has happened, this feels random.
Love: Villanelle’s Perfume
Villanelle charges into a perfume store and demands that that owner craft a perfume specifically for her. She indulges in a long narrative describing the exact essence that the scent should communicate, and though her monologue is comical it is also satisfying.
Villanelle wants her perfume to communicate to the world that she is a warrior, taking something that is typically feminine and delicate and re-shaping it to be a harbinger of strength.
Makes No Sense: Villanelle Pities Herself
Villanelle’s first pupil under her position of keeper describes to her why he began killing in the first place. Once she hears his tale of killing for love, and how his lover didn’t appreciate that he had done it for them, Villanelle becomes emotional and sympathizes with him for a moment.
This interaction reveals that Villanelle thinks of herself as the one who was betrayed–despite the fact that she manipulated and then shot Eve.
Love: Kenny Reaching Out To Eve
Season 3 finds Eve in a dire state. She doesn’t work in investigation anymore but spends her time chopping meat and vegetables in a Korean restaurant kitchen.
She then returns home to her tiny apartment and drinks alone until falling asleep watching TV. When Kenny gets in contact with her, he recognizes that she isn’t doing well and makes an effort to be there for her–the kindest character in the show, as always.
Makes No Sense: Eve Kissing Villanelle
After all of the heartache and abuse that Villanelle has put Eve through, Eve proves that she is still attached to her. This reveal comes when Villanelle appears on the bus Eve is riding and Eve promptly gets up from her seat and aggressively vaults herself at Villanelle, initially attacking her, but eventually, suddenly, kissing her.
Granted, after doing so she head-bangs Villanelle, but all the same, Eve holds onto some kind of affection for Villanelle.
Love: Carolyn And Her Assistant
As tragic as the circumstances that bring us more of Carolyn are, it offers us more time with her character and allows us a whole new dynamic to enjoy.
Carolyn’s new assistant, Mo Jafari, played by Raj Bajaj, is somewhat unremarkable, meant to be just another person trying to do their job yet consistently baffled by Carolyn’s unconventional habits and eccentricities, but this is perhaps why the two work so well together.
Makes No Sense: Messy Kills
Villanelle’s killings have become messier and messier throughout the series. In fact, most of the killing done by characters has–including that done by Dasha in the first episode, where teenage she beats a boy to death and then pours chalk all over him.
Eve later kills someone in a similar way, covering their body in paprika instead of chalk–a sort of homage to Dasha’s kill. The kills are supposed to be amusing and creative, but they rather bring to mind the glaring fact that both assassins left DNA all over the scene.
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