'Killing Eve' Season 2: Are Carolyn Martens and Niko Polastri secret spies too?

There are a lot of questions season 1 left unanswered, two of them being whether Eve's boss, and also her husband, are secret spies. Are they? Could it be?


                            'Killing Eve' Season 2: Are Carolyn Martens and Niko Polastri secret spies too?

The highly anticipated premiere of BBC America's 'Killing Eve' season 2, is just 10 days away, and now is as good a time as any to refresh our memory regarding all the unanswered questions that the season 1 finale left us with. While most of these questions are about our titular MI5 agent Eve Polastri, played by Sandra Oh, other characters like her boss, Carolyn Martens, or her husband, Niko Polastri, are not entirely as squeaky clean as they have appeared to be. This raises the biggest question of all: Are Carolyn and Niko secret spies too?

That Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) isn't entirely transparent hasn't been a secret to us particularly, considering Eve herself finds out by the end of season 1 that despite being her boss, the MI6 agent isn't someone she can trust completely.

At the beginning of the debut season, we find Carolyn hiring Eve to run a secret assignment where she would have to track down psychopath assassin Villanelle (Jodie), thus kicking off the cat-and-mouse chase between Eve and the murderer - something that became the prime focus of the show. 

But in all of this, as the action unfolds and the plot progresses, Carolyn turns out to be someone quite duplicitous. Even though we find her being all calm as she questions Eve about Villanelle in the latest trailer for season 2, there's no forgetting her erratic ways in season 1. Carolyn's temperament was quite unpredictable, and her immediate reactions to certain developments in the case, quite unconventional too.

For instance, at times she would remain all tight-lipped and secretive about Eve's mission to kill Villanelle, but the very next moment, blurt out something as private as having had an affair with Villanelle's handler, Konstantin.

Let's also not forget how Carolyn paid Villanelle quite the clandestine visit in prison and the very next moment, she disbanded Eve and her newly created team - pretty much firing all of them from the task assigned. We know Villanelle works for this top secret shadowy organization called 'The Twelve' — who hire assassins to do their dirty deeds; so, is it possible that Carolyn is secretly a part of it too?



 

Come to think of it, that would explain how Villanelle is always one step ahead of Eve. True, a psychopath assassin has their own intelligence, independent of any third party, but considering Carolyn's association with those directly handling Villanelle, it wouldn't be all that far-fetched a speculation that maybe she is a part of 'The Twelve,' and let go of Eve from the job because she got just too close to finishing it.

Speaking about Eve getting too close to Villanelle, there's no overlooking the fact that this particular development was the biggest reason behind Eve and Niko's (Owen McDonnell) marriage getting strained. Even though there's no official or vocal confirmation on the show about the two of them having separated, at one point in the season 1 finale, Eve tells Villanelle, "I've lost two jobs, a husband and a best friend because of you." Add to that the possibility of Eve having developed real feelings for Villanelle, and it suddenly makes sense why Eve thinks she and Niko are over.

L-R: Niko (Owen McDonnell) and Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) in Killing Eve season 1. Source: BBC America.
L-R: Niko (Owen McDonnell) and Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) in Killing Eve season 1. Source: BBC America.

But in all probability, Niko isn't the simpleton caring math teacher for a husband we saw him as in season 1. We have seen him trying his hardest to be as accommodating of his wife's assignment and even going to the lengths of giving her growing obsession with Villanelle the benefit of the doubt. It is only at the ending of the first season that we find him lashing out and chiding Eve for being curious about Villanelle. It almost comes off as a poor attempt at trying to keep her from meeting her target. Could it be because he secretly is also a part of 'The Twelve'?

Is all of this a big conspiracy against our still evolving MI5 agent Eve? Find out when season 2 returns on BBC America, on Sunday, April 7!