'Killing Eve' Season 3 Episode 5: Villanelle's predictable reunion was 'Jodie Comer's Emmy pitch', claim fans
Arriving right in time for Mothers' Day are Villanelle's mommy issues and the big reveal about how she became who she is. With a predictable twist at the end, fans are now left torn
Spoilers for 'Killing Eve' Season 3 Episode 5: 'Are You From Pinner?'
After three seasons of fascinating murders and artistic murder scenes, we finally know where Villanelle's (Jodie Comer) darkness comes from. All it took was a trip back to her roots, all the way in the Russian countryside and an intense, awkward family reunion to know that in the end, some mommy issues can be fixed only by murder. But even before that crucial twist at the end, fans seemed to have predicted the episode all along. Villanelle's tearing up, confronting her mother for dumping her in the orphanage and never going back for her and eventually setting their entire house on fire did not have the desired effect. And despite most viewers touting a happy, carefree Villanelle acting like a five-year-old amid her family, living up the childhood Oksana missed out on, some labeled the episode boring enough to have been wrapped up in a clip. Those critics' only conclusion is that the episode was meant to be Jodie Comer's Emmy pitch for the year and nothing else.
To recap it all, Villanelle goes to reunite with her family and finds her mother happily remarried with two sons and a step-son. One of them is Villanelle's own brother Pyotr, the other two are her siblings from her mother's current marriage. Despite their happy family Villanelle seems to remember her mother differently - mean and a bully. She spills that in private conversations with Pyotr and her mother's current husband but is assured her mother's inherent sadness has always to do with losing Villanelle as a child. So Villanelle decides to give things a shot, and overlook the past.
Things go as normally as they can with Villanelle even participating in games at the local harvest festival until her mother's youngest son Bor'ka loses in a culinary competition and later tells Villanelle that their mother told him he embarrassed the family. Villanelle realizes her mother's emotionally manipulative and abusive days are not behind her and decides to confront her later when the rest of the family is asleep. Turns out she isn't wrong at all; jealous with rage over her father being so into his little girl, Villanelle's mother had decided to leave her in the orphanage. And this jealousy runs deeper and darker when she constantly accuses Villanelle of being the foreboding presence that took away her husband and must now leave their family alone.
All Villanelle wants is for her mother to admit that she is her mother's daughter, that her darkness comes from her mother; instead, all she gets are accusations of not being a part of their family. This makes her kill her mother (duh!) and set their entire house on fire while Pyotr and Bor'ka are outside, in the barn. All of this tense build to an even more predictable ending had viewers now calling the episode boring even though it is probably the most twisted family reunion of all times on TV. But the standards the show has set for its viewers are exceedingly high and that got some of them tweeting: "This show is getting boring this whole episode could have been a clip."
Another shared on Twitter: "Please put the Villain back in Villanelle. This is a boring episode." And another remarked: "What the fuck is this #killingeve episode? seriously, what am I watching? guess it’s Jodie comer's emmy pitch episode. they’re forgiven." Even before the ending, a fan sighed in disappointment, noting: "There is a part of me that wonders will Villanelle kill her whole family just because... Otherwise a boring ep thus far." And another fan simply pointed out: "Na #KillingEve needs to stop being so damn predictable. I swear I lost it when Villanelle killed her family."
'Killing Ever' Season 3 airs on Sundays at 9 pm only on BBC America.