29 Killing Eve Collection Finale Behind The Scenes Information


The ultimate scene Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh filmed on Killing Eve was truly Eve and Villanelle’s last moments.

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🚨 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.

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“I have been such a fan of Phoebe’s work, Emerald’s work, and of Suzanne’s. I believe every season has its personal distinct taste. I simply really feel actually privileged to be the final within the line,” Laura mentioned.


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.”

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“Phoebe’s an government producer on the present nonetheless and she or he’s actually concerned. She made it actually clear to me that she was readily available. In order that was very nice,” Laura started. “However by way of having discussions with the earlier writers about how this season would play out, I used to be given complete freedom to do no matter I needed with it, which was very nice. It was an enormous accountability, however simply actually thrilling.”


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.”

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“I needed to, particularly with Villanelle, I needed to have accelerated her progress,” Laura defined. “She says on the bridge, ‘I would like this all to cease’ and that she desires to alter. I needed to speed up the story into a spot the place she thinks she’s discovered that after which, clearly, watch that disintegrate in entrance of our eyes. That felt enjoyable for me to form of see Villanelle in a brand new setting. Then, equally with Eve, accelerating her descent into the darkness, I suppose. I loved the concept of hitting the bottom operating at first 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.

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“Watching these two actors on display screen collectively and people two characters on display screen collectively is when the present is at its most electrical,” Laura started. “They’re the moments as a viewer that I reside for. But in addition, it is such a stability as a result of you must earn these moments. If there’s an excessive amount of of it, it is virtually just like the balloon pops. We needed to actually weigh up, throughout the season, how a lot time we have been spending with these two characters on display screen collectively.”


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.”

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Laura defined, “I believe after we got here to debate Episode 8, and we knew this was going to be the ultimate episode, and we knew this was the top of this relationship, it was virtually like I simply needed to have my fill of Eve and Villanelle scenes. This was the final time we may ever see these characters work together, and we needed to ensure that it felt joyful and playful as effectively. It wasn’t simply the tragedy of the ending. We had a while to benefit from the two of them collectively and have enjoyable with them earlier than that occurred.”


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.

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“Kim and Jodie did so many takes of that. I truly did not actually write that goodbye as a result of I knew that Jodie and Kim needed to mess around with it,” Laura mentioned. “I form of wrote simply a top level view for that scene after which they simply tried numerous totally different variations on the day. I believe that one simply works so brilliantly.” 


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.

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She defined, “Once they eat the curly fries, that was a scene the place they performed round masses with that bit. I believe they actually loved doing that and I used to be joyful to allow them to experiment. I believe most likely Episode Eight has acquired various simply Jodie and Sandra enjoying and having enjoyable collectively.”


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.

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Laura mentioned, “Referencing that once more felt actually particular to me as a result of that scene on the finish of Season 3, Episode Eight was one among my favourite ones too. In order that was only a private second of taking Eve and Villanelle again to that location.”


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.

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“It was actually emotional truly discussing that scene, writing it, and filming it. I believe it was a one-take one and it was simply so electrical watching that scene be filmed. I believe it was like, We do not want one other one. That is the one,” Laura mentioned. “I believe it felt actually particular to Sandra and Jodie on the day too, as a result of it felt like such a very long time coming. To lastly have them come collectively, that simply seems like such an enormous second within the historical past of the present.”


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.

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“We name it the ‘piss kiss.’ This kiss instantly after the piss,” Laura mentioned. “I like how understated it’s as effectively. I like that they are simply on this grubby roadside and never in a grand second. It feels sort of just like the true spirit of the present.”


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.

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Laura recalled being on set, saying, “Their last scene that we shot in the entire present was additionally the ultimate scene of the story, which I believe rarely occurs. In order that felt actually particular. It was an evening shoot and we have been on the water tank doing it. It was each emotionally draining and bodily draining for each of them. It felt actually, actually emotional. It was the top of a protracted shoot and everybody had labored so arduous to get to that second. There was such an power on set that day and various tears when it was throughout. It was very surreal watching that underwater stuff get shot and figuring out it was Jodie and Sandra’s last moments collectively.”


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.

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“Jodie was concerned within the conversations. We have been speaking in regards to the ending, proper from the very starting of planning Season 4. She was concerned all through. She’s been throughout each single iteration of the ending. It was arduous to determine to have Villanelle die on the finish as a result of I like Villanelle a lot. She’s such a pleasure and such an aspirational character, regardless that she should not be.”


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.

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Laura continued, saying, “The one factor that we felt actually positive about is that we needed her loss of life to not really feel morbid, we needed it to really feel triumphant ultimately. We favored the concept in loss of life, Villanelle achieves what she needed at first of the season, which was change. We see her rush Eve into the water and that act saves Eve. I believe that is an enormous second of triumph for Villanelle and never one thing that we might ever have thought the Villanelle of Season 1 would’ve been in a position to obtain.”


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.

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“We mentioned all iterations of an ending and there was undoubtedly an ending the place we have been like, ‘Ought to we give them a cheerful ending? What would that appear like in the event that they ran off into the sundown collectively?’ We talked about if we needed to finish it with us seeing home Villanelle and Eve, like consuming pizza collectively on the couch. I believe we determined that that joyful ending simply would not final very lengthy,” Laura mentioned. “In actuality, you are there with a psychopath and anyone who’s dipped her toe in that world over the last 4 seasons. It simply felt like this was the sort of relationship that was all the time gonna burn brightly after which combust, somewhat than one that might settle into one thing extra home. That was the choice behind that. I might somewhat see them exit in sort of a ‘blaze of glory’ than do something regular individuals would do.”


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.

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“That was a deliberate resolution that got here out of the dialogue in regards to the home life between Eve and Villanelle,” Laura started. “There was a need to mess around with it a bit. So, these moments are loads of, Look, guys, here is what it will be wish to have Eve and Villanelle arrange residence collectively. The enjoyment of them is that they get to take us out of our home lives. We get to reside out our darker fantasies by way of them. It felt like we needed to proceed that proper to the top.”


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.”

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Talking about why this second was reduce from the very finish, Laura mentioned, “I believe you sort of get that feeling in the way in which the second is shot. It felt extraneous on the finish, however a bit of little bit of me mourns the lack of that scene. We by no means even filmed it.”


And Eve’s last scenes — between dancing and developing out of the water — have been meant to represent a “rebirth” for the character.

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“It felt like the beginning of that rebirth needed to occur barely earlier than the second when she comes out of the water, and I believe it truly occurs when she’s dancing,” Laura mentioned. “There was a form of second the place Eve finally ends up selecting life, even earlier than she’s come up from beneath the water. That simply feels actually poignant to me.”


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.”

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Laura remembered the conversations with Sandra and the choice to go away Eve out of the bloodbath, saying, “We had loads of conversations with Sandra about it, truly, and the change got here from these conversations. We have been speaking about whether or not Eve may actually, actually, actually actually conduct a sort of bloodbath. Although she is aware of these individuals are unhealthy individuals and whether or not that was true to her nature deep down, and it simply felt like a stretch. It felt like one thing we needed to see as a result of it is cool, nevertheless it wasn’t emotionally truthful.”


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.

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“That was footage we had from Season 1. So all of them did not come again onto set. I imply, I might’ve LOVED that, however it will have been arduous in COVID instances,” Laura defined. “We have been actually fortunate we had that footage and it was actually intelligent enhancing. Stella [Corradi] did a very good job directing that scene and it was only a coming collectively of assorted footage to make that second.”


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.

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“We have been all the time obsessive about Invoice. I beloved that character a lot after which additionally, Invoice’s loss of life is one among my all-time favourite deaths on Killing Eve. I believe it is such a very good homicide from Villanelle after which I reference it once more in Episode 8,” Laura mentioned. “It was superb to have the ability to see him once more. I believe it feels acceptable for Eve to sort of weigh up what she’s misplaced on this journey throughout that second. Clearly, Invoice was the beginning of it. He was the very first thing she misplaced after which of all the various losses at Villanelle’s arms which have come afterwards. It simply felt actually acceptable to see him there.”


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.

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“It was such a pleasure to work with Fiona. I’m, like, Fiona’s primary fan,” Laura mentioned. “She’s all the time actually up for having discussions about Carolyn. She’s a pleasure to collaborate with as effectively. Carolyn did not begin as a significant protagonist, however I believe she’s actually grown into that over the course of 4 seasons. I really feel as invested in her journey as I do with Eve and Villanelle’s. It felt actually proper to have her entwined within the finale.”


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.

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“I believe it was Jodie and Fiona being like, ‘We need to do extra stuff collectively,’ after which us as writers eager to see it too,” Laura mentioned. “There is a thread that actually hyperlinks them. I consider all of the characters which can be related, Villanelle and Carolyn most likely have probably the most similarities of everyone. It was actually thrilling for us to place these two characters, whose ethical compasses are so skewed, collectively and see them work together and see them have enjoyable. I may watch all of their scenes collectively over and over.”


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.

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Laura defined Carolyn’s last scenes, saying, “What I like about Carolyn is that simply if you assume her, you are stunned. Simply if you assume you’ve got acquired a grip on her, one thing shifts, and also you understand that she’s been 10 steps forward the entire time. We actually needed to ensure that she was unknowable and unpredictable to the top. It gave the phantasm that she may retire and quiet down now and provides this sport up, and you then understand that she desires to say ‘I’ve gained’ on the finish of it and that is what’s crucial factor for her. Loyalty actually would not matter to her in that sense.” 


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.

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“Carolyn and Villanelle have this actually chummy second within the pub, and Carolyn says to Villanelle, ‘I owe you a dare.’ It made you assume there was a tie between the 2 of them, like an unbreakable bond, then after all, Carolyn breaks it,” Laura mentioned. “It is an actual betrayal on the finish, however then that is Carolyn.” 


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.

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Laura mentioned, “We have been so conflicted as a result of, as a author, I like writing Konstantin and we love Kim [Bodnia] as an actor. He is all the time such a pleasure to work with, so even within the writers room, we have been like, ‘Can we kill him? Do we actually need to?’ As a personality, we all the time talked about him as being like a cockroach, like he all the time manages to form of survive the whole lot that is thrown at him. He is such a self-serving character that he all the time acts in his greatest curiosity after which he finally ends up wriggling out of issues. We actually needed him to have his second the place he cannot wriggle out and we see him cornered and a state of affairs that he cannot get 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.”

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“We spoke about all totally different variations of his ending and his demise. We needed to make it really feel emotional and we beloved this relationship that he is developed with Pam and the truth that she’s the one to do it,” Laura mentioned. “We spoke about ought to it’s Villanelle? Ought to it’s Carolyn? We spoke about varied totally different iterations of who could be the one to kill him. I believe it felt actually beautiful — in a darkish, evil means — that it was Pam as a result of Pam has been so instrumental in Konstantin’s emotional progress in Season 4. He began her journey as an murderer, so to then have her come again and punish him for that by killing him felt very acceptable.”


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.

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“We did not need individuals to look at Season Four and go, ‘Oh, that was the season that was filmed throughout COVID.’ I am actually delighted that it feels congruent with the opposite seasons. I imply, it was tough,” Laura mentioned. “The reality is that we actually could not go overseas like we usually do. We needed to discover inventive options. All the crew, the heads of departments, and the manufacturing workforce have been unimaginable at fixing a few of these issues for us. We created areas in Margate, for instance. Plenty of it’s filmed throughout the M25 [greater London area], however you’d by no means realize it. It was actually spectacular to look at individuals downside remedy in that actually troublesome interval of instances the place everybody was taking pictures throughout COVID.”


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.

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“I like when Villanelle says, ‘Do not shove the solar,’ that was most likely my favourite line to put in writing in that episode,” Laura mentioned. “I simply assume that Jodie delivers that so completely. Additionally, Villanelle’s faucet on the shoulder when Eve will get the loss of life card. It is only a excellent, delicate, Jodie Comer comedic second. That scene is so enjoyable between Villanelle and Eve. I beloved writing that scene and I believe they carry out it so brilliantly.”

Killing Eve Season Four is streaming now on BBC America and AMC+. And you’ll atone for earlier seasons on Hulu.

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