Why Killing Eve was cancelled

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kill eve season 4 spoilers follow (episode 5 specific).

kill eve was never going to be one of those shows that runs for ten seasons or more. There’s even a vocal fan contingent that wished it had just stopped after that first, near-perfect run. But here we are, four seasons later, and only now is the show finally coming to an end.

The announcement came in March 2021, just two months after BBC America first revealed season four was coming. But so far no official reason has been given kill eve‘s demise.

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Purely from a fans perspective, it’s safe to say that later seasons weren’t as warmly received as the first two, so there’s definitely a sense that now is the right time to bring “Villaneve”‘s story to a close. . Some fans even breathed a sigh of relief when the announcement was made, for exactly that reason.

But however you feel about the quality of the show in these twilight years, Eve and Villanelle’s story comes to a natural end anyway. After all, you can only tease their relationship so many times without making it more concrete, and that’s true whether they get together or break up for good.

Recently chatting with the Radio Timesadmitted actor Kim Bodnia was initially surprised by the cancellation, saying, “I mean, like everyone who watches this show, [I’m thinking] “Why end?” [the show]† [The series] works fine and is new. And it’s like, ‘Why don’t we continue?'”

But then Kim, who plays Konstantin, admitted that Eve and Villanelle’s relationship needed “some kind of ending” because of its complexity.

“I think the writers and everyone should agree that it is… [a] complex relationship, and where to go, and when it’s time to end it and when it’s time to say we can’t go deeper into all this complexity of these feelings,” he continued.

“So they probably have that in mind and… [are] say, “Okay, it’s time.” But for me, because I kind of miss this family, you know, it’s easier for me to say, ‘Let’s go on’.”

Unfortunately for fans who remain as invested as Kim, at least this is the end of the main show. However, when the cancellation was announced, Dan McDermott (AMC Networks’ president of originals) suggested the story could live on in potential spin-offs.

Sandra Oh As Eve, Jodie Comer As Villanelle, Killing Eve Season 4 Episode 3

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According to his official statement (via Hollywood reporterkill eve exploded in popular culture, attracting a devoted and devoted fan base from the very first episode. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brilliant editing of the source material, the unforgettable characters brought to life by Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, and the entire cast along with our partners at Sid Gentle Films delivered a unique rollercoaster ride that will take our breath away.”

Most important here is the last sentence where Dan says, “We’re looking forward to what is sure to be an unforgettable final season and exploring possible expansions to this captivating universe.”

Since then, more than a year after that statement was shared in March 2021, it now looks like a kill eve spin-off will indeed happen.

Deadline reports that BBC America and AMC Networks are investigating a prequel show that explores Carolyn Mertens’ early life, long before she met Eve or Villanelle. While there’s no official green light yet, it’s clear that Sid Gentle Films is currently working to bring this to life.

Fiona Shaw usually embodies Carolyn in the main show, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a prequel taps Imogen Daines for the part this time around. In the fifth episode of season four, Imogen briefly played a young Carolyn in a flashback sequence, so it would make sense to further explore her past life in the then Soviet Union with the same actress.

Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens, Killing Eve Season 4 Episode 5

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However, that’s all just conjecture at this stage. After all, those in power may also decide to completely reshuffle the role, and there’s no guarantee yet that this project will even see the light of day, as it’s still in the early stages of development.

But what about Eve and Villanelle? Would Sandra Oh or Jodie Comer ever reprise their roles in a movie? Recently chatting with This morningJodie told host Phillip Schofield that a movie is unlikely.

“I don’t think so,” she said. “I think they’re keeping their options open, like who knows what the future holds. But what I’m definitely going to miss most is not having to apologize – all the mischief I get away with, there’s something so sweet about it That.”

Sandra Oh also downplayed a movie return as she recently spoke with Additionalsaying, “I don’t know, because for me, when I close something, I close it… For me, how I work, I do and I don’t really need to go back.”

And that makes sense, honestly. Because, as Sandra points out, this is “just the right time to explore the end of this relationship.”

Sandra Oh As Eve Killing Eve Season 4


Expanding on that, Eve herself admitted that, “It’s actually a really tricky dynamic to go through multiple seasons, and so that’s always been a challenge after the first season to truthfully sustain and support how they’re going to grow.” … It just felt in our bones that now was the right time to take them to a new place of growth, but it was time to close it.”

And we couldn’t agree more. Some would argue that the show has already gone on for too long precisely because of the issues Sandra is citing here. Better to give Villaneve some sort of ending now, rather than stretching their story even further with a movie or possibly fifth season.

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