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The acclaimed espionage series Killing Eve, written by acclaimed Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller Bridge and based on the novellas by Codename Villanelle author Luke Jennings, finally came to UK screens in September 2018 and found the huge love and acclaim that it was met with when it originally aired in the US on BBC America .
Killing Eve has also made history for making leading lady Sandra Oh the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress.
Regardless of awards success, the rave reviews and fan love for Oh’s performance as Eve and that of the versatile British actress Jodie Comer as psychopathic Villanelle are praise enough and it also means the show is returning for a follow-up season.
When exactly will we see Season 2 though, and what shall we expect from it?
And more importantly, what happened to Villanelle?
Killing Eve season 2 UK release date
Killing Eve season 2 is released in the UK on June 8, 2019.
The premiere episode will be shown on BBC One at 9.15pm but the entire second season is going to be released on BBC iPlayer.
Killing Eve season 2 trailer
We do finally have some hilarious trailers to enjoy for the upcoming second season.
See one above!
Killing Eve season 2 writer
Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge was too busy with her sitcom to write the second season as she did with the first, but will remain on board as an executive producer.
Call the Midwife star Emerald Fennell will take over the writing duties, she herself being a successful author of a number of genre novels.
Fennell will also be appearing in season 3 of Netflix royal drama The Crown as Camilla Shand (later Parker Bowles).
Killing Eve season 2 cast
Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri
The dedicated former MI5 and MI6 operative risked everything over her obsession for Villanelle, and seemingly lost her career and maybe even her marriage. Her confrontation with the assassin saw her stab her nemesis, but what the future holds for Eve remains a mystery.
Jodie Comer as Villanelle/Oksana Astankova
The psychopathic assassin with a troubled past and her own somewhat erotic obsession with Eve was last seen fleeing her apartment after Eve stabbed her. The assassin will surely want revenge, or will she want something else entirely?
Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens
The mysterious MI6 specialist on Russian relations was an ally to Eve last season, but her motives became increasingly enigmatic until she then fired Eve for insubordination.
Martens’ motives will likely play an important part of next season as she makes contact with Eve but hides secrets.
Owen McDonnell as Niko Polastri
Eve’s loving husband was shown to be getting increasingly frustrated with her obsession with Villanelle and her job, prompting them to come to blows, leaving the future of their marriage uncertain.
Sean Delaney as Kenny Stowton
Kenny will be back to aid Eve in season 2, but how will his relationship with mother Carolyn end up?
Kim Bodnia as Konstantin Vasiliev
Villanelle’s Russian handler had a paternal but flirtatious relationship with her, but as his schemes with The Twelve and relationship with her came into conflict, he left her to rot in prison, prompting her to take a bloody revenge on her former friend.
However, Bodnia was seen filming with Comer for the second season in London – so will he be alive or just reappearing via flashback/hallucination/dream sequence?
Who isn’t coming back?
Darren Boyd as Frank Haleton
The MI5 official was revealed as a mole for the mysterious organization The Twelve, before they sent Villanelle to successfully assassinate him.
David Haig as Bill Pargrave
Eve’s best friend and boss at MI5 was brutally stabbed to death while they were in Berlin. Bill made the mistake of following Villanelle, and she lured him to a nightclub where she killed him – leaving Eve devastated.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Elena Felton
Eve’s assistant isn’t back for the second run.
New cast members
Nina Sosanya as Jess
The star of Strike Back and Marcella will join the main cast for the second run as a sardonic member of the MI6 team.
Edward Bluemel as Hugo
Best recognised from the Liam Neeson film The Commuter and as Maeve’s brother in Sex Education, Bluemel will also join the main cast as a cocky MI6 operative .
Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Aaron Peel
An affluent industrialist becomes of interest to Eve but also Villanelle.
Finally, Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh will make a guest appearance as a stranger who aids Villanelle, but proves more trouble than his worth.
Killing Eve season 2 plot
We have an official US plot synopsis.
“Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer reprise their critically-acclaimed performances as Eve (Oh), an MI6 operative, and psychopath assassin Villanelle (Comer) in this story of two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act. Beginning just after the end of the final episode of Season 1, Villanelle has disappeared, and Eve is left reeling, having no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead. With both of them in deep trouble, Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does… but unfortunately, she’s not the only person looking for her.”
Last season saw Eve lose everything to her obsession over Villanelle, and when the two finally came face to face it was homoerotic and also tense, ultimately underlining their complicated relationship as a twisted love story.
Eve, however, could not forget all that Villanelle had taken and stabbed her, but when she regretted it and rushed to find a way to treat Villanelle, the assassin had fled.
The consequences of this encounter will play a large role next season, along with the continuing existence of Villanelle’s employers, the mysterious The Twelve.
Additionally, Carolyn Martens continues to be an enigmatic player in proceedings, could she also be a threat to Eve next season?
Finally, the state of Eve’s marriage was ambiguous at the end of last season, will her and Niko be able to make it work?
Killing Eve season 2 episode guide
1. Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?
Picking up immediately after the end of the first season, Eve searches for Villanelle before being faced with a new case in London. Villanelle struggles to survive her wounds.
2. Nice and Neat
Eve meets her new team and works to track down “The Ghost”, while a vulnerable Villanelle finds herself in danger.
3. The Hungry Caterpillar
As Villanelle takes on a new hit, Eve struggles to balance her new work obsession and time with Niko.
4. Desperate Times
As Eve traces the deaths to the door of Aaron Peel, Villanelle works on a new job in Amsterdam but is longing for Eve to show an interest.
5. Smell Ya Later
Eve puts out a hit on herself to lure in Villanelle, just as the assassin meets The Ghost. Niko has a surprise confrontation with his rival.
6. I Hope You Like Missionary!
As Niko confronts Eve about the events of Paris, she is busy working to get Villanelle closer to Aaron Peel.
7. Wide Awake
Eve finds Aaron Peel and Villanelle are growing closer, but can she keep the assassin safe?
8. You’re Mine
The investigation into Aaron Peel comes to a bloody conclusion as Eve and Villanelle face up to the honest truth of their relationship.
Killing Eve Season 1 is currently on BBC iPlayer.
Killing Eve season 2 arrives in the UK on June 8, 2019.