REVIEW: Killing Eve (S2 E7/8)

Villanelle’s amusing herself with a couple of lovers, Eve’s increasingly isolated from her colleagues and husband, and Peel’s evil plans are still obscure – but with the Rome meeting coming up, will Eve’s plans bear fruit, or come to dust?

We’ve found out a lot more about Villanelle’s twisted psychology since her AA meetings, but can we believe her when she tells Eve that she feels things only when she’s with her? Or is this another mind game?

Villanelle’s picked up a couple of party girls for a sexfest, or was it just to annoy Eve? Anyway, she’s in with Aaron Peel, and after a flirty dinner with him, gets an invite to his Rome conference. Her instructions are to find out what Peel’s weapon is and who he’s selling to, and definitely not to kill anyone. Should be easy.

We’re uncomfortable with the fact that Eve seems so fixated with Villanelle that she overlooks the fact that she murdered Bill – is this likely? Moreover, Villannelle has not forgotten Nico, who she tracks down to his storage unit, where the ripe Gemma gets in the way. What are Villanelle’s intentions? Nothing good, surely.

Eve has another meeting with psychologist Martin to discuss Villanelle, but just ends up revealing her own lack of perspective.

Carolyn is unsure of Eve’s ability to manage Villanelle in Rome, and Kenny warns her that the operation is compromised, but Villanelle proves to be a surprisingly good spy, indulging Peel in his pervy psycho games and managing to avoid killing anyone.

Eve, though, becomes increasingly unhinged, watching Villanelle as obsessively as Peel does, and predictably sleeping with the slimy Hugo (as much to entertain Villanelle as anything). Villanelle though emerges unsullied, as Peel seems to have no interest in sleeping with anyone.

The predatory side of Eve’s personality has certainly developed under Villanelle’s influence, as she’s used both Nicro and Hugo for her own gratificiation.

Peel’s data mining weapon proves to be everything he promised his buyers, so the mission is a success up to this point; what no-one knows is that Nico and Gemma are still imprisoned in the lock-up, Gemma dead and Nico unconscious.

The timeline here is a bit confusing – has Nico been unconscious all the time Eve is in Rome? We’re also bemused that Peel’s elaborate observation system doesn’t seem to extend to audio as well as video.

Nonetheless, things have moved along to the extent that we can expect a slam-bang finale next week, with Nico out for revenge, and Eve presumably still determined to protect Villanelle against all comers.

Lovely outdoor and indoor sets in Rome are an added bonus in this episode – presumably next week we’re back to rainswept London, but then where? Can the pairing of Eve and Villanelle survive another confrontation?

Chris Jenkins

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