Eve’s hunt for assassin Villanelle continues with Killing Eve in Spy July on DStv

Sandra Oh reveals how Eve and Villanelle’s mutual obsession brings out Eve’s dark side in S2

The 1 July season premiere events of spy dramedy Killing Eve S2 kicked off 30 seconds after intelligence analyst Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) tried to kill her assassin/obsessed stalker Villanelle (Jodie Comer) in the S1 finale. It left Eve with a big, bloody mess on her hands, a work phonecall that she really, really, really didn’t want to answer, and a situation that seemed impossible to reasonably explain to anyone who hasn’t sat through S1 of the show (which you can do with the Catch Up boxset until Wednesday, 22 July).

Now Villanelle is on the run with a stab wound in her side, ugly clothes, and a giddy new respect for Eve. Eve, on the other hand, has been un-fired by her spy organisation boss, Carolyn Martens (Fiona Shaw), and put back on the hunt for the tigress she wounded. Another killer, Villanelle’s ex-girlfriend, Nadia (Olivia Ross), has left Eve a post-mortem note and a gift – in the form of a hint that a routine-seeming death is, in fact, fishier smelling than a corpse that has been in the ground for the past 3 months.

Whatever Eve does with the new thread of the Villanelle, The Twelve, and the secret assassin ring mystery that she has now grasped, she will have to keep in mind that Villanelle knows where she lives and how she thinks. The hunt is on!

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Sandra, who’s also the co-executive producer of Killing Eve, reveals what else we can expect this season…

Interrogation time!

What’s in store for Eve in S2? 

Eve’s journey in S2 takes her to a psychologically dark place. She’s pushed to the limit in every way: in her marriage, at work, her personality and her sexually. She isolates herself because she’s so obsessed with Villanelle. Her personality starts to change because she forgoes a lot of her friendships to solve a new mystery and, ultimately, succeed in her job. Eve and Kenny (her computer boffin co-worker who is also Carolyn’s son, played by Sean Delaney) have always had a lovely relationship, and it is really pushed and tried this season. All her relationships are.

How does that affect Eve and Niko’s (Eve’s husband, played by Owen McDonnell) relationship in S2?

Their relationship is pushed to the limit because Eve needs to explore her darker side, and it’s a line that Niko finds impossible to cross as well. During the series, he is forced to wake up to how deep, how far and how dark Eve has gone but he can’t follow. Ultimately, it’s disappointing for Eve because the success of a long-term relationship is if your partner can also change. It doesn’t have to be in the same way, but you need to know that you’re growing together, or simultaneously.

How do we see the relationship between Eve and Carolyn evolve in S2?

What Carolyn does best is manipulate and inspire at the same time. At the top of S2, she brings Eve back to the fold to continue hunting Villanelle, and to use her understanding of female psychopaths and killers. Eve joins a new team at MI6, and we are introduced to a couple of new characters: Jess (Nina Sosanya) and Hugo (Edward Bluemel). It was so great to have new energy and dynamics. Eve and Jess are very close in age and they have a great repartee. Hugo is a wannabe Lothario and there’s a lot of interesting tension between him and Eve.

How will Eve and Villanelle’s relationship develop in S2?

It’s definitely deeper and is not so much a discovery anymore. It’s not only a chase but it’s understanding how to be in relation to each other. When they are in the same room, it’s too much energy. They’re like two sparks that explode when they are together, yet they need each other. S2 gets much more complicated. I love working with Jodie. We have gone deeper in our trust with each other as actors this season, and it’s deeper between Eve and Villanelle too. When we shoot our scenes together, it feels like there’s only the two of us there in that moment. And that’s the same between Villanelle and Eve. It’s only the two of them, so it’s very intimate.

Killing Eve takes place in cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and London. What’s it like filming in these major cities? 

This is very much a British show because of the tone, the writing and the characters, but it’s also such a European show because of the international chase. The locations are so important to the storytelling and are a big part of the style and genre of the show. They fill the show with such a richness and depth that is irreplaceable – you just can’t do it with CGI or on an LA backlot. But we don’t have to fly over the Eiffel Tower so that everyone knows that it’s Paris. You get the flavour of a city because of the locations that are chosen. Like the trees in Rome, Italy – the city has this specific type of pine trees that look like umbrellas. If we show them in a wide shot, it’s familiar to anyone who knows Italy. London has the most unbelievable locations. It is challenging to shoot in London, but there are the most amazing locations all on one street. There’s a lot of history, depth and character there.

How do you all switch between Killing Eve’s drama, thriller and comedy tones?

The tone of Killing Eve is very tricky and it’s hard to describe. It’s also hard to write, hard to perform and hard to nail down. We understand what a drama, thriller or comedy genre is, but Killing Eve is a real mash of all those three.

This cast is phenomenal because everyone is grounded their performance in their own truth. There are crazy, heightened moments of high theatrics which are so over the top but completely grounded in truth. Then in the middle of all the hysteria is the ridiculousness. Even that is always situational and based in character. It’s never just jokes. It’s hard to describe the tone of the show, but it’s also tricky to sustain because we bump in and out of genres.

Watch Killing Eve S2 on Wednesdays on FOX (DStv 124) at 20:45 or on Catch Up

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