‘Killing Eve’ Returns: What’s Next For Villanelle?

The first trailer for Season 2 of hit thriller answers some of our biggest questions.
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One of 2018’s hottest shows is back and coming for blood. The first trailer for Season 2 of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Killing Eve promises an even darker sophomore season.

The critically acclaimed spy thriller stars Sandra Oh as MI6 agent Eve Polastri, following her as she tracks down psychopathic contract killer Oksana Astankova, codename: Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Working to uncover the mastermind behind the nefarious organization called “The Twelve,” Eve quickly becomes obsessed with Villanelle. The two become entwined in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse, and as they come close and closer to finding each other, the lines blur in their relationship.

The first trailer for the second season jumps right in where we left off in the dramatic season one finale. “I found Villanelle,” Eve speaks into a phone, her hand covered in blood. “I think I might have killed her.” Watch below.


When we last saw Eve, she had finally tracked the killer down to her bachelorette pad in Paris. In typical Villanelle fashion, she saunters into her home and is neither shocked nor even annoyed to find Eve pointing a gun at her. She taunts her, as she does so well, cooing, “you won’t kill me. You like me too much.” A conflicted look passes over her face and it seems Eve knows this to be true.

The two share a few minutes of banter before eventually ending up carefully laying in bed next to each other. The moment builds and builds; the audience begging for a release from the not-so-subtle sexual tension that had been escalating all season. Just when Villanelle finally closes her eyes and leans in, Eve plunges a knife into her gut.

Eve regrets it instantly, but it’s too late. She runs to the kitchen to get towels but by the time she comes back, Villanelle is gone, leaving nothing but a puddle of blood where she had laid.

Right off the bat, the new trailer answers some important questions that we had following the finale: Villanelle has survived the stabbing and it hasn’t seemed to dissuade her from playing her games with Eve, sending her a large arrangement of flowers spelling out her name.

A stripped down, ominous sounding version of “Addicted to Love” accompanies the trailer, overlaid on top of various shots of violence, including what appears to be Villanelle getting hit by a car. This style of song has become a common trope for trailers in recent years, indicating quite obviously that this coming season will be even more mysterious and dark than ever.

In the short 60-second spot, we don’t ever see Eve and Villanelle on screen together. They each seem to be stuck in their own problems, Eve being questioned about their mutual obsession by her shady supervisor, Carolyn Martens (Fiona Shaw), while Villanelle recovers in a hospital. There is, however, one moment where they are each standing on either side of presumably the same door, wistfully gazing towards each other. After last season’s close call, we can’t wait to see them reunite.

The upcoming season is following a successful awards run for Killing Eve, giving Sandra Oh some deserved notoriety in the form of a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critic’s Choice Award. She made history at the Globes by becoming the first Asian-American woman to win Best Actress in a Television Series Drama. In addition, she is the first actress of Asian descent to win the award since Japanese actress Yoko Shimada took it home nearly 40 years ago for Shogun.

Sandra Oh is a veteran of the television scene and previously won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Drama in 2006 for her role as Dr. Christina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. This makes her win for Killing Eve that much more special, as she is the first actress of Asian descent to win more than one Globe.

Based on the trailer, it looks like Killing Eve won’t be losing its momentum anytime soon. Season 2 starts on BBC America on April 7th.

Kristen Reid: Film student and serial binge watcher. Daughter of Mother Suspiriorum.