Season three of the acclaimed thriller is finally here, which is the perfect time for a little more insight thanks to Killing Eve head writer Suzanne Heathcote.
And just as expected, the series about assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and MI6 operative Eve Sandra Oh is about to get a lot darker.
“The temptation can be just to put a fun moment in just for the sake of it being a fun moment, as opposed to it being about the character’s journey,” Heathcote said of the show. “Often the actors will have suggestions as well, and they know the characters so well that they’ll come up with stuff that can be funny or interesting in that moment. It’s about finding the dark humor of it.”
In case you don’t follow — season two ended with Villanelle presumingly killing Eve. But we already know that Eve is still alive, but has isolated herself from everyone and is working as a prep cook.
“I wanted to know what happened to her emotionally in the time between her being shot and us seeing her,” Heathcote said. “I felt strongly that we really needed to see consequences. Not just for Eve, but for all the characters, including Carolyn. A huge amount has happened in the past two seasons, and those two seasons happen over a relatively short period of time. So I felt we needed to take a moment and take stock and see some of the effects of what happened, before we could launch into the new area that we were going to delve into for this season.”
Killing Eve returns tonight.