Based on a series of novellas and starring Sandra Oh and Jodi Comer, Killing Eve follows desk-jockey-turned-spy Eve (Oh) and international assassin Villanelle (Comer) as their passions and professions become irrevocably linked. It is both a thriller and, subtly, a rom-com (Eve describes Villanelle to a police sketch artist with language that can only be described as poetic; Villanelle has sex with a woman who shares Eve’s “amazing hair”). Their quest to make out with and/or kill each other spans across Europe, bold title cards marking each new location. The show ends at a dazzling peak: Villanelle thinks they’re finally going to hook up; Eve stabs her and Villanelle flees the scene. After all, as Villanelle says in the season two trailer, released on Valentine’s Day, “Sometimes, when you love someone, you do crazy things.”
Though season one showrunner Phoebe-Waller Bridge is (tragically) no longer at the helm of the show, the season two trailer reveals it to be in equally capable hands. Soundtracked by “Addicted to Love,” it seems as if Eve and Villanelle are still, as Eve says in season one, “thinking about [each other] all the time.” Villanelle is still sending Eve ominous gifts—this time a beautiful bundle of roses—and threatening to stab anyone she sees. Though Comer and Oh are never in the same shot, their chemistry is still clearly driving the show.
Here are some resources to fill the time between now and April (other than looking at those pictures of Sandra Oh and Jodi Comer holding hands at the Golden Globes).
- Watch and read everything you can about the show’s original creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (start with this New York Times profile and this Vogue 72 Questions).
- Read what Sandra Oh has to say about Killing Eve and internalized racism.
- Watch Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s other romances/comedies/meditations on sadness: Crashing, about a group of repressed Londoners in a flatshare and Fleabag, about a sex-obsessed twenty-something grieving for her best friend. (Both are available on Netflix.)
Or, who am I kidding. Just watch the new trailer over, and over, and over again.