Fans eager to find out what happens next in the story of BBC America’s Kiling Eve can set a reminder for April, as the network officially announces an early spring return for the series. A major ratings success and critical darling, the adaptation of the Luke Jennings Codename Villanelle novellas has netted the network and star Sandra Oh Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, and a spot on numerous Best Of lists of 2018. The series will have the chance to do it all over again in just a few month’s time, as the story prepares to pick up moments after the season 1 finale.
That finale did a fine job of wrapping up the first season, while also leaving viewers wanting more. That was due in part to Oh’s Eve Polastri stabbing Comer’s Villanelle in the gut mere moments after they admit their mutual infatuation with one another. Though it played into the show’s most effective angle, it also allowed Killing Eve a chance to pump its brakes, making it easier for incoming lead writer Emerald Fennell to continue where Phoebe Waller-Bridge left off.
The change behind the scenes is due mostly to Waller-Bridge’s many other projects, including a return to Fleabag, which she turned into one of the best shows on television not too long ago. That will present an interesting change for the series, as Waller-Bridge’s writing is some of the most unique on television and was, especially in the first few episodes, a significant part of what made Killing Eve special.
Needless to say, though, Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks, remains confident that BBC America’s critical darling is up to the task in season 2, saying, “Killing Eve is picking up exactly 36 heart-thumping seconds after the events of the season finale. This new season is packed with superlative performances and is as twisty, subversive, darkly funny, nerve-wracking and pleasurable as our fans could desire.”
A full synopsis os the second season offers a few more details about what’s to come from the fallout of the bloody season 1 finale.
"Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer reprise their critically-acclaimed performances as Eve (Oh), an MI6 operative, and psychopath assassin Villanelle (Comer) in this story of two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act. Beginning just after the end of the final episode of season one, Villanelle has disappeared, and Eve is left reeling, having no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead. With both of them in deep trouble, Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does…but unfortunately, she’s not the only person looking for her."
Killing Eve season 2 premieres Sunday, April 7 @8pm on BBC America.