‘Killing Eve’ cuts to the chase as BBC Amer­ica thriller opens Sea­son 2

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tap - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

When last we saw Eve and Vil­lanelle in the Sea­son 1 fi­nale of “Killing Eve,” the ex-MI6 agent and the psy­chopath as­sas­sin played re­spec­tively by San­dra Oh and Jodie Comer ap­peared on the verge of con­sum­mat­ing their mu­tu­ally ob­ses­sive re­la­tion­ship.

Then the for­mer stabbed the lat­ter in the gut with a switch­blade to Vil­lanelle’s pained ut­ter­ance, “I re­ally liked you.”

Now as the sopho­more round of the stylish, darkly comedic thriller opens Sun­day, April 7, on BBC Amer­ica (and is simulcast this sea­son on sis­ter ca­blenet AMC), the sto­ry­line picks up 30 sec­onds af­ter the fact with the two women in flight: a freaked-out Eve on a train back to London to evade what she as­sumes is a mur­der rap, and a bleed­ing Vil­lanelle stag­ger­ing the streets of Paris des­per­ate to get to a hos­pi­tal.

But nei­ther can get the other out of their minds, so it ap­pears this love/hate re­la­tion­ship is far from over. In fact, as the two ac­tresses told a re­cent gath­er­ing of jour­nal­ists in Pasadena, Calif., it’s about to en­ter a new phase.

“I think what is most in­ter­est­ing about Eve’s stab­bing Vil­lanelle at the end of Se­ries 1,” Comer says, “is Vil­lanelle’s re­ac­tion to that and just how ... emo­tion­ally she per­ceives that. And I think it both af­fects them and changes them in a way nei­ther of them are quite ex­pect­ing. Also, (it) means that at the start of the (sec­ond) se­ries we see Vil­lanelle in a very dif­fer­ent way. You know, she has no con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion.” Oh agrees.

“And I think you see them vul­ner­a­ble in slightly dif­fer­ent ways,” the re­cent Golden Globe win­ner says. “They’ve crossed a line and there’s no way of go­ing back . ... And I think we have a lot of en­ergy at the be­gin­ning of the se­ries, and that pushes both of them into a dif­fer­ent place of vul­ner­a­bil­ity.”

Be­yond that, the two ac­tresses were of­fer­ing few de­tails on the new sea­son, other than to say they’re both en­joy­ing play­ing their char­ac­ters. Comer, in par­tic­u­lar, rel­ishes liv­ing in the skin of Vil­lanelle, a paid killer who, like her, adopts dif­fer­ent per­sonas for her job.

“I al­ways viewed her as an ac­tress some­times,” Comer says, “be­cause I think that she does her home­work and she learns her lines. And you know, she’s very proud and she wants to do a good job, so I could kind of re­late to her in that sense.”

San­dra Oh stars in “Killing Eve,” which opens its sec­ond sea­son Sun­day on BBC Amer­ica and AMC.

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