The ultimate scene Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh filmed on Killing Eve was truly Eve and Villanelle’s last moments.
🚨 There are huge — and I imply, MASSIVE — spoilers forward for Killing Eve Season Four and the collection finale. 🚨
First, Killing Eve Season Four showrunner Laura Neal known as it a “big privilege” to be “lady quantity 4 in a line of fantastic feminine lead writers,” and she or he was an enormous fan of the whole lot Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emerald Fennell, and Suzanne Heathcote did within the earlier three seasons.
By way of if Laura had any discussions with Phoebe, Emerald, and/or Suzanne about tips on how to finish the collection, Laura mentioned she and the writers got “complete freedom to do no matter [they] needed with it.”
Season Four notably picked up with a bit of time soar after the Season Three bridge second between Eve and Villanelle, however the writers did take into consideration a direct pickup. Finally, it was extra thrilling to see Eve and Villanelle in “totally different emotional locations, and letting the viewers play catch-up about what occurred between the bridge and the beginning of Season 4.”
There have been loads of discussions about how a lot to have Eve and Villanelle collectively throughout Season 4, since loads of probably the most beloved moments are after they lastly reunite. Laura mentioned it was about placing the right stability “as a result of you must earn these moments” for them to nonetheless really feel electrical.
So, when discussing the collection finale, the writers knew Eve and Villanelle had to spend so much of time collectively, particularly as a result of it was “the top of this relationship.”
Konstantin and Villanelle’s goodbye in Season 4, Episode 5 was an unscripted second between Kim Bodnia and Jodie Comer. Nothing was written for the scene and the duo simply “performed round with it,” till they discovered one thing that labored.
And Villanelle and Eve’s curly fries dinner at a relaxation cease was one other unscripted second, the place Laura gave Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer a top level view and so they have been simply allowed to have enjoyable with the scene.
Villanelle and Eve’s sleeping bag second within the collection finale is a deliberate reference to their mattress second through the Season 1 finale. Laura mentioned that second was “directed to perfection” and having it mirror the Season 1 finale was “actually acutely aware.”
Additionally, Eve and Villanelle’s last scene being at Tower Bridge was deliberate too. Laura, who wrote the Season Three finale, needed to take these characters again to a bridge, and it ended up being a really “private” nod for her as effectively.
Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh filmed one take of Villanelle and Eve’s long-awaited kiss on the aspect of the street through the collection finale, and it was, understandably, a really particular second for the duo.
And everybody on set nicknamed Eve and Villanelle’s massive kiss the “piss kiss,” and so they beloved how this huge second got here throughout such an “understated” second.
The final scene Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh filmed for Killing Eve was the second underwater after Villanelle has been shot and Eve is reaching out to her. After all, it was “actually, actually emotional” and there have been “various tears” on set.
Laura mentioned Jodie Comer was concerned in discussions about Villanelle’s ending “from the very starting of planning Season 4” and she or he was concerned in “each single iteration of the ending” and it was a “arduous” resolution to determine to kill Villanelle on the very finish.
For Laura and the writers, the choice to kill Villanelle felt “true to her journey and the place that we discovered her in at first of Season 4, and the place she finally ends up on the finish.” She mentioned, “It felt form of the one means we may end Villanelle’s story, honestly.” They usually favored the concept of Villanelle’s final act being one which saves Eve, which could not have been one thing Season 1 Villanelle would’ve executed.
Sure, there have been conversations about whether or not or not the collection ought to finish with Villanelle and Eve merely dwelling a cheerful life collectively and we might see a home model of this couple. The writers determined to finish their story tragically as a result of they felt that “their joyful ending would not final very lengthy,” given Villanelle’s psychopathic nature and Eve being drawn to that way of life too.
And the home moments between Villanelle and Eve that we see through the collection finale — sharing a sleeping bag collectively, doing dishes, occurring a street journey — have been born out of the writers’ “need to mess around” with what a settled down model of this couple would appear like earlier than all of it ends.
At one level, the collection finale virtually ended with Eve popping out of the water and “the return of the Villanelle imaginative and prescient from Episode 1. So there was a way that she had transcended and was current elsewhere.”
And Eve’s last scenes — between dancing and developing out of the water — have been meant to represent a “rebirth” for the character.
Whereas Villanelle is the one one to take down The Twelve through the collection finale, there was a model the place Eve and Villanelle did it collectively. In the long run, Eve was omitted of the assault as a result of Sandra Oh believed that though Eve has killed individuals, she nonetheless would not “conduct a sort of bloodbath.”
The karaoke second in Episode 7, when Eve envisions Invoice, Elena, and all of the individuals she’s misplaced and mentioned goodbye to, was truly created utilizing footage from Season 1. So, none of these actors have been truly on set.
Laura all the time knew she needed to try to convey Invoice again ultimately, since his loss of life actually set Eve on the course she finally ends up on and Invoice’s loss of life remains to be probably the greatest (and most stunning) Villanelle kills of all the collection.
The ultimate season additionally featured us studying extra about Carolyn, and Fiona Shaw beloved taking Carolyn from a smaller character in Season 1 to somebody whose journey we’re invested in alongside Eve and Villanelle.
Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw “requested” to have scenes collectively within the last season, since they’d not likely shared any earlier than. The writers beloved exhibiting how related Villanelle and Carolyn truly are.
In the course of the collection finale, the writers needed to provide the “phantasm” that Carolyn may lastly retire and quiet down, which makes her betrayal on the very finish — and us seeing her on the bridge following Villanelle’s loss of life — all of the extra painful.
Additionally, the scene when Carolyn and Villanelle have a “chummy” second within the pub was used to make Carolyn’s last second all of the extra hurtful.
Konstantin’s loss of life in Season 4, Episode 7 got here after the writers mentioned wanting this character to have a second he could not “wriggle” out of.
There have been loads of totally different variations of Konstantin’s demise and conversations about whether or not Villanelle or Carolyn would kill him in the long run, however in the end they beloved the concept of Pam being the one to do it and having it’s this new murderer he is began to have a mushy spot for. The pizza cutter was additionally used to provide Konstantin’s loss of life one thing that felt “suitably ridiculous and surreal for a personality that is given us a lot humor.”
Since Killing Eve was such a worldwide collection, filming through the coronavirus pandemic offered some new challenges. For instance, they weren’t allowed to journey exterior of the UK as a lot, so the larger London space was used to create among the extra unique areas throughout Season 4.
And eventually, Laura’s favourite second from Season Four is the tarot card studying through the collection finale. She defined that it was a lot enjoyable to put in writing and options a few of Jodie Comer’s greatest comedic performing.
Killing Eve Season Four is streaming now on BBC America and AMC+. And you’ll atone for earlier seasons on Hulu.