The world has barely said goodbye to Tommy Shelby and now it’s said goodbye to one of the most incorrect and fun villains on television, Villanelle, played by a brilliant and award-winning Jodie Comer. That’s right, although Globoplay in Brazil has not yet released the 4th season, Killing Eve has just come to an end in England. And it’s revolting fans.
I won’t go into season or episode details to save when it arrives in Brazil, as I did with Peaky Blinders. And if I haven’t warned you enough, here goes: SPOILERS.
Vilanelle’s death in the last second of the final episode is angering fans to the same degree as Daenerys Targaryen’s death in Game of Thrones. After going through a 180o evolution, Villanelle ends up being killed – by surprise – in Eve’s arms, deciding to save her beloved and give her life for her. At least it’s not Eve’s doing (this time).
That’s right, the complicated, awkward, and inevitable story between Eve and Villanelle ends tragically when the two hit the spot.
The series’ name would suggest Eve’s death, not Villanelle’s, but somehow unsubtle always hinted that there would be someone dying, after all, Killing Eve leaves little doubt about what it would be. But complicated antiheroes — once the charismatic villains — give showrunners work.
With the power of social networks, the artistic decisions of authors have come under great pressure. Especially when the content becomes relevant. With the exception of Breaking Bad, few recent hits have had a unanimously accepted ending and the fans’ passion is heard loud and voluminous. The shot we didn’t see or hear in The Sopranos (Família Soprano in Brazil) killed Tony. Ivar the Boneless’s giving up on living in Vikings, Tommy Shelby’s survival after multiple suicide attempts in Peaky Blinders, and, of course, Jon Snow’s stab at Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. These are just recent examples of controversial solutions to kill (or save) characters that we love, that we accepted that we wanted to say goodbye to, but didn’t necessarily agree with the option offered.
There will be a spin-off Killing Eve with the most interesting character of all for me, Carolyn Martens, played by BRILLIANT Fiona Shaw, but the series made an international star of the relative newcomer and unknown Jodie Comer, who deservedly won an Emmy for the role. Like Emilia Clarke with Daenerys, Jodie had mixed feelings about the fate of a character so relevant to her.
But the problems of the final season, which seem so far removed from the first two seasons, signed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Emerald Fennell, are others. The original plot pointed to the unlikely and dangerous fixation of a psychopath on the only woman who managed to come close to discovering her. In the background would be the tangle of the international espionage network. However, the series gradually reversed the focus and, the surprises to prevent Eve and Villanelle from living their impossible love became exactly about a terrorist group created in the Cold War that dominates the world. It got so complicated to find the Twelve connections that pushing the two main ones got tiring. So bringing up Villanelle’s death when they were together just seemed cruel.
Therefore, there is the drama of the authors being able to find a dignified farewell for the characters we have come to love. It is not an easy mission, nor should it be impossible.