Season 3 of ‘Killing Eve’ failed to grasp the glory of its first season. The same catastrophe that once ‘Homeland’ experienced.
After ‘Homeland’s’ released in 2011, critics and viewers were quick to praise it for its unpredictable and gripping plot and actor performances. But things took a turn when writers stretched Brody’s character alive on the show for too long. Despite the writer not planning to keep Brody for more than two seasons, he managed to be featured in season 3, which was one of the greater reasons for the show’s season failure. In its first season, ‘Killing Eve’ tackled the perfect spy-assassin plotline. We saw Villanelle kill her victims in the most theatrical ways. ‘Killing Eve’s’ latest season not only misses the mark but also loses the gripping charm that it showcased in its first season.
Will Killing Eve be able to rectify its mistake before it’s too late?
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- The only saviour of ‘Killing Eve’ Season 3
- Did a change of writers cost ‘Killing Eve’?
Eve also loses her only friend Kenny. So, what does she do? She goes back to obsessing over Villanelle. Her desperation can easily be witnessed in a scene where she throws herself in a dumpster to find evidence that Villanelle still cares
‘Killing Eve’ should have ended after season 2
At the beginning of season 3, we find that Eve (Sandra Oh) is still alive. How? We still don’t know. But you would think Eve will snap right back, find Villanelle, and take some form of revenge. She did shoot her and leave her to die. Instead, she is busy pinching together dumplings in the back of a restaurant. Eve struggles to win her husband back, struggles to find a place to stay, struggles for mostly everything. Which is not gripping or startling at all. The latter episodes of the series feature her sullen attempts at taking down ‘The 12’ alongside her not so competent male colleagues.
Eve also loses her only friend Kenny. So, what does she do? She goes back to obsessing over Villanelle. She hopes to get an upper hand over her but fails miserably. Her desperation can easily be witnessed in the scene where she throws herself in a dumpster to find evidence that Villanelle still cares. In the end, we only wonder if the show should have ended when things were working out for them and allowed it to be remembered as a fully-fledged masterpiece.
The only saviour of ‘Killing Eve’ Season 3
Our favourite assassin Villanelle (Jodie comer) is the only saving grace of the spy thriller series. In the beginning, we see her marry a wealthy Spanish woman for a brief minute. But she’s back to her normal self and works to get a promotion in the Twelve as she’s sick and tired of receiving orders. She also reconnects with her family, who obviously don’t get to live long after Villanelle decides to kill them. In typical nonchalant Villanelle style, she sets fire to their farmhouse and walks away.
“You can see the regret that she is already feeling but feels she has to go through with it because I think she feels it’s the only way she feels she can fully kill her past and the woman that she was”, Comer told “Variety”.
Just like the first season of ‘Homeland’, ‘Killing Eve’ gathered laurels for its assassin and agent comradery. The success of the show was credited to the brilliant writing and creation of Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Did a change of writers cost ‘Killing Eve’?
Just like the first season of ‘Homeland’, ‘Killing Eve’ gathered laurels for its assassin and agent comradery. The success of the show was credited to the brilliant writing and creation of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. We saw Villanelle kill victims in the most sagacious ways in her not so regular assassin outfits. While Eve, an M16 agent, is obsessed over finding Villanelle through her trademark killings.
For its next season, Waller-Bridge passed the writing baton to Emerald Fennel an actor known for her roles in ‘The Crown’ and ‘Vita and Virginia’. With the second season’s release, people were quick to compare it to its former season. Even though the plot derailed from its former glory, fans were still hooked to the series all thanks to Villanelle killing Eve in the end.
The writing of season 3 of ‘Killing Eve’ was taken over by another writer, Suzanne Heathcote, who had previously worked on ‘Fear the Walking Dead’. Hethcote not only failed to revive the show’s exasperating plotline but also missed out on bringing back the mastery of its first season. The constant passing of the writing baton can only seem to have cost ‘Killing Eve’, making the show lose its grip. If only Waller-Bridge could come back as a writer to stir the magic of season 1 once again.
Taking inspiration from another fan-favourite show, ‘Homeland’ bounced back with a more action-packed plotline and new characters after a dubious season 3. Now with a season 4 in the pipeline, we can only hope that ‘Killing Eve’ comes back with captivating dynamics like its first season. Share your thoughts about season 3 in the comment section below!