'Killing Eve' Season 2: Will we get a new and more devious version of Villanelle?

If the new trailer is any proof, being physically impaired might trigger off a vulnerability in Villanelle, which could come out in the darkest, most twisted manner


                             'Killing Eve' Season 2: Will we get a new and more devious version of Villanelle?

Ever since the new trailer for 'Killing Eve' season 2 came out, one of the biggest expectations about the upcoming installment of the BBC America show is whether we are going to get a newer, more devious version of the antagonist Villanelle. Granted, the Villanelle we saw in season 1 was every bit as unnerving as a psychopath assassin on the loose is supposed to be, but if the new trailer is any proof, looks like while she is a lot more vulnerable and physically impaired this season, the two factors could give rise to a more amplified sociopath than what we have already seen.



 

 

With the new season taking off less than a minute after the teasing cliffhanger that season 1 had ended at, we get a lot of explanation regarding what follows. The official synopsis of the first episode of season two also reveals that while "Eve (Sandra Oh) is reeling from her act of violence against Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and doesn't know whether she is alive or dead, a paranoid and severely injured Villanelle manages to get herself to the hospital for treatment." And as the trailer progresses, so does Villanelle's obsession with Eve as we see her resorting to her old tricks.


 
 
 
 
 
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But at the same time, while the previous season's Villanelle proclaimed that all she wanted is a "normal life, a cool flat, and someone to watch movies with", in season 2, we find her talking about how "Sometimes when you love someone, you do crazy things". And considering whatever Villanelle did in season 1 was "normal" by her standards, we can only speculate the intensity of the "crazy things" she talks about indulging in, in the season 2 trailer.

Much like season 1, Villanelle resorts to sending cryptic gifts, with complex messages written on them, addressed to MI6 agent Eve, who had been tasked with the job of killing her. 



 

 

But in the season 2 trailer, while her seemingly favorite kitchen knife does make a comeback, we also see Villanelle with new vigor to get back on her feet. Quite literally so. She seems to have found the "normal" she was looking for, as one scene shows her chopping vegetables at the kitchen counter, when asked by a supposed partner why she's holding a knife, she casually replies that it is to kill him. In a way, Villanelle is not even masking her cold-blooded killer nature anymore. She has her goal set, and while she might blind those around her physically, she isn't going out of her way to keep her instincts and impulses hidden.

Ahead of the season's release, both Oh, and Comer, have addressed this new vulnerability in their characters, further confirming that the act of Eve stabbing Villanelle in the back with a knife, back in the season 1 finale, only added to every sinister build-up within the assassin. "I think what is most interesting about Eve stabbing Villanelle at the end of series one is Villanelle’s reaction to that and how she perceives that," Comer shared in an interview, adding that, "I think it affects them and changes them in a way that neither of them are quite expecting."

Oh, on the other hand, remarked that as a viewer, "You see them [both] vulnerable in slightly different ways. Because they’ve crossed a line and there’s kind of no going back."


 
 
 
 
 
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She added, "We have a lot of energy at the beginning of the series that pushes both of them into a different place of vulnerability." And it is this very fine line that they seem to have crossed, which leads us to believe that there could be a more revamped, and deadlier Villanelle on the rise when season 2 finally premieres. While season 1 saw the pros and cons of a very vulnerable Eve trying to register what kind of manipulative killer she is up against, season 2 could bring out the impact of this vulnerability in Villanelle in a way we haven't seen before, or expect.

'Killing Eve' season 2 is set to air on both BBC America and AMC, with its premiere arriving on Sunday, April 7 at 8/7c. 


 
 
 
 
 
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