Killing Eve has been confirmed for a third season, meaning Villanelle won't be off our screens for too long following the incredibly intense season two finale. Starting with the most recent update, here's everything you need to know about the next instalment.
Who else will be starring in the third season?
As well Sandra Oh (Eve Polastri), Jodie Comer (Villanelle) and Fiona Shaw (Carolyn Martens), Killing Eve season three will also see host of new characters join the show, including familiar faces from Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.
Gemma Whelan, who played Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones is said to be joining the cast and also Predrag Bjelac, who played Igor Karkaroff in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Other names added to this season's cast list include Succession's Dame Harriet Walter, The Crown's Danny Sapani and Inside No.9's Steve Pemberton, Doctor Who’s Raj Bajaj and Ready Player One’s Turlough Convery. Exciting!
Here's everything else you need to know about Killing Eve season 3
When was Killing Eve season 3 confirmed?
The news of Villanelle et al returning for a third time first dropped on 9 April 2019 on Killing Eve's official Twitter account. "Season 3, baby x", the Tweet said. This, of course, sent fans worldwide (including us) into a frenzy, hoping it would be true.
And it is! Shortly afterwards, Sarah Barnett, President of Entertainment Networks for AMC Networks, confirmed the news along with the name of the new female writer who's on board, having been passed the show runner baton.
Will Eve Polastri survive?
At the end of the second season, things aren't looking too good for Eve Polastri (played by Sandra Oh). She's been shot by Villanelle (Jodie Comer) after the pair are on the run together in Rome. And while she is wearing a bullet proof vest, Eve looks fatally wounded. So, is she?
Er, the short answer is no. In an interview with PORTER which dropped on 18 October, Sandra Oh revealed: "So, obviously I didn’t die." She went on to discuss how challenging she found the role. "A lot of the time I feel Eve is fighting. And there have been times when I have been fighting as well
"This has something to do with the psychological depths Eve has gone to and she wonders if that’s why the show has struck such a nerve, particularly among women. Eve is changing, and the deeper you go, the deeper the resonance can be."
Who will work on Killing Eve season 3? Will Phoebe Waller-Bridge return?
While Phoebe Waller-Bridge was the show runner for season one, and Emerald Fennell has done the job for the second season, Suzanne Heathcote is writer number three.
"We love having this show and the brilliant Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw on our networks,” said Sarah, Metro reports. "Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Emerald Fennell have delivered two addictively entertaining seasons.
"As we did last year, we’re renewing Killing Eve right out of the gate, now with Suzanne Heathcote as lead writer, as a sign of confidence – we adore this show as much as our fans do. Killing Eve doesn’t do anything in a templated way; we love giving opportunity to three genius women to make their mark."
It looks like we're in safe hands with Suzanne Heathcote's brain, given that Phoebe Waller-Bridge has high praise for her: "I'm very excited that the Killing Eve baton is being passed onto another incredible writer for season three," she said. "We can sleep soundly knowing these characters are safe in Suzanne Heathcote’s hilariously murderous hands."
When will Killing Eve season 3 be released?
It's hard to know for sure, but season 2 dropped in the states in April 2019, and followed with a UK release date in June on BBC. Following this timeline, we can assume it will be released in April 2020 in the US, and drop in the UK two months later.
What might happen in Killing Eve season 3?
Now this is when things get a little speculative. In the end of season two (yep, *spoilers* alert!), Eve Polastri (played by Sandra Oh) looked fatally wounded after being shot by Villanelle (Jodie Comer), after the pair are on the run together in Rome. But many fans are speculating about whether Eve was actually wearing her bullet proof vest, and might survive. EEK.
Will Villanelle and Eve become the Bonnie & Clyde duo we all desire?
Despite the shock twist which saw Villanelle shoot Eve in the season two finale, many fans are still hoping for a reunion between the pair, and for the duo to continue being on the run.
Season two showrunner Emerald Fennell teased the team up in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, commenting: "As a writer and as someone who's obsessed with the show in general and with Jodie and Sandra and their electric chemistry, of course we all want them to do a Bonnie and Clyde and a sort of Natural Born Killers and go on a rampage wearing couture.
"What ruins it for Eve, for both of them, really, is it becoming real," she added, before explaining why - despite their very strong chemistry - it ultimately wouldn't work between the pair. "One of them is a psychopath and one isn't. Psychologically, you can't shy away from the fact that they are different creatures fundamentally, on a chemical level. It remains to be seen to what extent Villanelle has been changed by Eve."
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