‘Killing Eve’ Season 4 Finale Recap: A Cruel Way To Go Out

Do you remember when Villanelle wore beautiful outfits?

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We knew that in the end someone would die kill Eve. And not just because the show is called Killing Eve.

The signs were there. The ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ speech, the ‘Death’ tarot card, the psychiatrist advising Eva to enjoy the little things in life. Because these little things are about to be cut.

Killing Eve season 4 finale – also the finale of the entire shipment — led to one of the most painful carpet pulls imaginable. The show seemed geared towards Eve meeting her fateful end. But no. Killing Eve had to do a game of Thrones. It had to challenge Reddit theories or just old, underrated happy endings and surprise us with an incredibly gruesome ending for Eve and Villanelle.

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The second season finale.

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Let’s make it short. Shortly after murdering the entirety of The Twelve, Villanelle is in the glow of her performance and hugging Eve as a happy couple, she is shot dead by Carolyn Martens’ snipers. Didn’t playing air guitar mean anything to Carolyn? Did she have to pretend she wanted one more round of truth or dare with Villanelle before making it impossible to ever play again?

It’s just another weird, out of character moment that tarnished Killing Eve’s final season. If you watched the very first episode and then that finale, you would think they were two different shows.

The authors played with our expectations right from the start. We all thought Villanelle would save Eve after that episode 7 cliffhanger, but no. Eve hits Gunn in the head with a rock, climbs a tree, jumps down from said tree and gouges Gunn’s eyes out with her bare fingers.

This season seemed geared towards proving Eve’s character growth, and Eve is proving her character growth in a way it probably never has before. She’s ready to maim, shoot and kill. She now has equal power in every possible relationship with Villanelle. Eve and her fingernails can fight back.

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Things have changed a lot.


The sleeping bag scene is another prime example of the writers getting ahead of their audience. A reflection of the bed scene from Season 1 – it seemed like an obvious moment for Eve and Villanelle to finally share their first touching kiss. Instead – “Should we steal your stupid trailer?”

The kiss came at the most unlikely moment – after Eve and Villanelle peed in the bushes. It felt very much like Killing Eve, to the extent that’s possible in those later seasons, often described as a watered-down imitation of Season 1.

All in all, the first half of Episode 8 captured some of the old Killing Eve spark. We have another great Needle Drop – Eve and Villanelle eat Revel’s chocolate in the RV and nod to Don’t You Want Me from The Human League. And let’s have a moment of appreciation for Villanelle’s Chris Evans-esque sweater from Knives Out.

Then came the inevitable plot thrust towards The Twelve. Many complained that Season 3 didn’t pay enough attention to the show’s major antagonist. So Season 4 piled on The Twelve’s storylines and produced an evil rogue peak aboard someone else’s wedding boat. The world’s most evil organization, the hidden Architects of Chaos, chose an unguarded reunion with no escape routes on the high seas.

No faces were assigned to these incredibly important plot points, the camera shifted to Villanelle’s face as blood spattered comically around her and the victims stabbed her hand.

Instead of repeating what happened after that, let’s try to stay positive. Apparently, the novellas by Luke Jennings, codenamed Villanelle, on which the series is based offer happy endings for Eve and Villanelle. You can also imagine a whole series of alternate universes where Eve and Villanelle travel the world together and hunt down the Twelve with the assistance of Carolyn and Konstantin.

We don’t need to talk about Pam’s futility. Or that part of the reason Charlie Brooker took a break from future seasons of Black Mirror is that the world is dark enough at the moment without any unfortunate endings.

Never mind that this last season ultimately feels like a preparation for the Spinoff series by Carolyn Martens.

If anything, Season 4 reminded us that you can have too much of a good thing. Season 4 was all about the shock factor and the interesting messages about female assassins. The show, which began as a (highly entertaining) feminist piece about how effective an assassin can be — a show that urged a woman to question her own human nature and lean into her darkness — rushed to a clunky one , rushed, noticeably unplanned conclusion.

Still, Killing Eve is one of the best things to grace television.

Crazy observations

  • Who’s been waiting for Eve and Villanelle to watch at least one movie and bake at least one shepherd’s pie together?
  • Villanelle just accepts that Konstantin is dead? She wouldn’t ask who killed him?
  • Location titles are going wild now. “Google it” comes across as a little trying to be clever and having to explain that The Barn Swallow is “MI6’s Pub” is a telling example of how confusing the plot was.
  • Eve’s speech about how difficult relationships are while she was literally in the middle of a wedding wasn’t exactly a mind-blowing revelation after all that happened.
  • The sacred imagery, including Villanelle’s bloodied angel wings in the water, never felt like they were in Killing Eve’s DNA.

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