Killing Eve writer Luke Jennings slams ‘punitive’ TV finale: ‘It was a bow to convention’

Luke Jennings, author of the inspirational books kill EveShe has spoken out against the series finale.

The author wrote the novel in 2017 Codename Villanelleadapted to the cat-and-mouse thriller that aired its final episode earlier this month.

***Warning: This article contains major spoilers for kill Eve and The 100th***

Much of the series focused on the “Will they, won’t they?” Relationship between the late MI5 agent Eve (Sandra Oh) and the charismatic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer).

In the final scenes of the program, it seemed that Eve and Villanelle would finally get their chance at life together after defeating their shared nemesis group, The Twelve.

However, Villanelle was then shot in the chest. As she jumped into the Thames with Eve to escape, she was hit by a barrage of more bullets and died in the water.

Fans have expressed dissatisfaction with the decision to kill off the character after four seasons of excitement about her and Eve’s romance.

In a new article, Jennings hinted that he was also disappointed with the ending the show’s writers chose for Villanelle.

Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as Eve and Villanelle in Killing Eve

(BBC America/Anika Molnar)

“It is an extraordinary privilege to see your characters come to life so convincingly. But the ending of the last series surprised me,” he wrote The guard on Friday (April 22).

After describing the “subversive” vision he and season one showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge had for Villanelle’s screen persona, he explained that the decision to kill off Villanelle was “a bow to convention” that made it so don’t allow same-sex couples to thrive on television.


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Jennings explained, “The end of season four was a bow to convention. A punishment from Villanelle and Eve for the bloody, erotic-driven chaos they’ve wreaked.

“A truly subversive story would have defied the stereotype that same-sex lovers in TV dramas only allow for the most fleeting of relationships before one of them is killed,” he wrote before referring to the character Lena in The 100th died immediately after sleeping with her female love interest for the first time.

“How much darker satisfying and true kill Eve‘s original spirit, for the couple to go into the sunset together? he asked. “Spoiler alert, but that’s how I felt writing the books.”

Despite the end of the TV series, Jennings further confirmed that Villanelle’s story isn’t over, promising that she will return at some point: “Villanelle is alive. And on the side, if not on the screen, she’ll be back.”

You can read The Independent‘s review of kill Eve Season four here.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/killing-eve-ending-luke-jennings-b2063408.html Killing Eve writer Luke Jennings slams ‘punitive’ TV finale: ‘It was a bow to convention’


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