– Oct 09 | ‘The Last Duel’ New York Premiere
– Oct 08 | BBC’s ‘The Graham Norton Show’
– Sep 24 | ‘The Last Duel’ Paris Premiere
– Sep 23 | ‘The Last Duel’ London Premiere
– Sep 10 | The 78th Annual Venice International Film Festival – ‘The Last Duel’ Photocall
– Sep 10 | The 78th Annual Venice International Film Festival – ‘The Last Duel’ Press Conference
– Sep 10 | The 78th Annual Venice International Film Festival – ‘The Last Duel’ Premiere
– November 23 | Elle (Italy)
– October 22 | The Observer
Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, and head writer Laura Neal break down the series’ final moments.
So, now you know: The anti-hero dies at the end. In the series finale of Killing Eve, Villanelle, played with chaotic fervor by Jodie Comer, met her end in the watery depths of the Thames after executing the members of the Twelve onboard the Dixie Queen. But this bittersweet conclusion wasn’t always where the beloved series was heading. In fact, the writers, producers, and actors discussed numerous possibilities for Killing Eve’s final moments, including an ending where Sandra Oh’s Eve and Villanelle jumped off a cliff in the style of Thelma & Louise.
“It was really difficult to find the best ending,” admits season 4’s head writer Laura Neal, speaking to ELLE.com ahead of the finale airing. “The truth is we talked about loads. We were always discussing ‘What’s the truth of the endpoint of these characters journeys?’ If we look at where Eve and Villanelle began and we look at what’s happened to them across the four seasons, what’s the truth of the end point? It would have been easy for it to feel very maudlin, I think, or to go completely the other direction and make it feel too funny. So striking the right balance between the two of them felt really important.”
The Sid Gentle Films CEO talks to The Hollywood Reporter about the BBC America hit’s journey to its final season, the women who helped get it there and what the final episode will deliver for its subversive female leads.
Sally Woodward Gentle has spent the better half of a decade producing one of television’s most subversive shows, BBC America hit Killing Eve. It’s an act that has arguably been as freeing and unpredictable offscreen as the experiences of its leading duo, Eve and Villanelle, onscreen.
“I don’t plan anything or construct anything,” the executive producer told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the series finale. “I just sort of go with my gut.”
Gentle says the series is actually a byproduct of “lots of people’s guts.” That includes original head writer and EP Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emmy winner Jodie Comer as Villanelle and Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh as Eve (doubling as an EP), its slew of female head writers and female directors, and fellow producer Lee Morris, to name just a few.
Last month, Jodie Comer was in a studio to record her last bits of dialogue for the final ever episode of Killing Eve. ‘It was surreal,’ she says, eyes wide. ‘They had this sofa in the centre of the screen, so I sat there and asked them to play me the final moments. I was like… wow.’
We’re meeting for breakfast in a Mayfair members’ club the day before her 29th birthday. Comer is not having a party though. Last weekend she had a family dinner in Liverpool (the tasting menu at Röski, which she recommends as ‘it lasts about three hours so you really have time to catch up’) and, on the day, she is going to see Small Island at the National Theatre with a friend. As she tucks in to overnight oats and an espresso, I dig for spoilers of the Killing Eve finale. Many are hoping Eve and Villanelle will get together and go off into the sunset. ‘Yeah, I mean…’ she laughs, with a raised eyebrow.
But then again, the show is literally called Killing Eve, which doesn’t bode well for Eve. ‘Well, you’d think that, but is it ‘Killing’ Eve? Or is it Killing ‘Eve’?’ she asks, mysteriously. ‘Eve’s changed so much, especially in this series. I was like whoa, Sandra!’