'Killing Eve' season 2: What are Villanelle's motives behind being this new flamboyant, fashionably chic person?

You'd think Villanelle's impulse would allow her to be documented by Instagram influencers for looking all fancy, just for the heck of it. But no - she is cautious


                            'Killing Eve' season 2: What are Villanelle's motives behind being this new flamboyant, fashionably chic person?

With the release date of BBC America's hit thriller, 'Killing Eve' season 2 nearing, speculation is rife about what new sides to the titular MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and her target assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer) we are about to see in the upcoming installment. The teasers and trailers released so far by the network have revealed that Eve is on the brink of losing her mind as the cat and mouse chase resumes between the two, but when it comes to Villanelle, she is busy being fashionably chic, and yelling at social media influencers to 'get a real job.'

 



 

While the first trailer for season 2 - that came out as Valentine's day treat for the fans - mostly showed her getting back to her teasing, taunting ways of ridiculing Eve's confusion, drawing her in closer to herself, in the second one we see her adapt to her surroundings and sort of just blend in with the picturesque crowd around her. In that, Villanelle goes through some crazy costume changes, dressing up in some really fine clothes, and sometimes in disturbing cartoon-like outfits, and something tells us this couldn't be just about her living larger than life.

 



 

And this comes after Villanelle's voiceover right at the beginning of the trailer clip remarks how "Sometimes when you love someone you will do crazy things." And so she does; from wearing pig-like costumes to dressing up in urban chic long flowing outfits with glitzy earrings stealing the show, Villanelle's 'crazy' things come off more like a mask to stay hidden from the society as she continues her pursuit of Eve.

 



 

That she tells off the Instagram influencer only further establishes the face because it all stems out of the influencer's request to take a picture of Villanelle. Knowing her crazy, impulsive side, it is easy to conclude why she has been putting on these crazy costumes, because hey - it's Villanelle! She can hold a kitchen knife pointed in your direction and still come off as innocent, while she plans your murder in her mind without batting an eye. But this is different. You'd think Villanelle's impulse would allow her to be documented looking all fancy, just for the heck of it. But no. She is cautious. Not so much with her words, but mostly about how much information she lets out about her sinister moves for Eve to find out.

 



 

Comer, who has been buzzing about her character ever since the first season dropped, took to the Television Critics Associate BBC America/AMC panel last month to share some insights that only corroborate that Villanelle's revamped avatar is just a facade for her insidious motives underlying the innocent face. As she and Oh attended the panel, Comer addressed the opening scenes of the first trailer and said  "We see Villanelle in a completely different way. She has no control of the situation."

 



 

And this lack of control, while she tries to hide away from the rest of the planet, stems from the evolution that the character goes through in between the seasons. It won't be too wrong to speculate that as Villanelle evolves from being just a murderous psychopath to a free tourist frolicking around Europe, this dual identity might be triggering the lack of control and eventual vulnerability she feels about who she is. 

 



 

"You see her in a completely new, vulnerable setting, and her clothes are completely different," Comer had spilled at the panel discussion, adding that "You’ll see, when she moves out of that vulnerable setting, how much her clothing means to her." So it's official; Villanelle's new avatar -  everything from her dressing choices to the personalities she embraces, comes from a point far deeper than just her impulse acting out. She is dressed up to the nines in the upcoming season, but that won't be a hindrance in any way for her finals plans. If anything, her fashion choices are what's empowering and driving her to the end goal - something that will only be revealed when 'Killing Eve' finally drops season 2 on BBC America, on April 7.