Killing Eve

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Killing Eve
KillingEveLogo.png
Genre
Based onVillanelle novel series
by Luke Jennings
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time41–55 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Sid Gentle Films Ltd
  • Endeavour Content
DistributorIMG
Release
Original network
Original release8 April 2018 (2018-04-08) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Killing Eve is a British spy thriller television series, produced in the United Kingdom by Sid Gentle Films for BBC America. The series follows Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer); as the chase progresses, the two develop a mutual obsession.[3] It was developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and is based on the Villanelle novel series by Luke Jennings. Each of the show's seasons has featured a different female showrunner: Waller-Bridge was head writer of season one, while Emerald Fennell took over for season two. Suzanne Heathcote will serve as showrunner for season three.

The first season of eight episodes was ordered on 15 November 2016 and premiered on 8 April 2018. Shortly before its premiere, BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season, which premiered on 7 April 2019. The following day, BBC America renewed the series for a third season. The show has been highly successful in both the United States and the United Kingdom, receiving critical acclaim for both the first and second seasons. The first season had unbroken weekly ratings growth, among adults especially.

Killing Eve has received critical acclaim and several accolades, including a Peabody Award and the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2019. Comer received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress while Oh won the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics' Choice Award and received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Fiona Shaw has also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her performance and won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Susan Lynch as Anna, Villanelle's former languages teacher and love interest (season 1)[14]
  • Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Aaron Peel, the heir to a tech company following the assassination of his father, mogul Alistair Peel (season 2)[13]
  • Adrian Scarborough as Raymond, a member of the Twelve and one of Villanelle's former handlers (season 2)[13]
  • Shannon Tarbet as Amber Peel, Aaron's sister (season 2)[13]
  • Emma Pierson as Gemma, a teacher colleague of Niko's.

Production[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Sally Woodward Gentle, of Sid Gentle Films, optioned Luke Jennings' Codename Villanelle, which began as a four-part novella published between 2014 and 2016. Following the stage success of Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge was recruited to write the show, which was then commissioned by BBC America in November 2016.[15] Sandra Oh was the first to be cast in June 2017, as the title character Eve Polastri,[16] and IMG boarded for distribution rights later that month.[17] Jodie Comer was cast as Villanelle about a month later.[18] Initially, Waller-Bridge considered casting herself as either Eve or Villanelle, but decided against it in favour of a larger age gap between the two leads.[19] Kirby Howell-Baptiste was cast as Elena in August 2017.[9]

Filming began in Tuscany on 17 July 2017, extending to further locations in Paris, Berlin, Bucharest,[20] Cheshunt, Turville, London[21] and West London Film Studios. The Viennese Cafe opening scenes were shot at Bar Garibaldi in Colle di Val d'Elsa, a small hilltop town north west of Siena, Tuscany. The building used as Eve's base is in Warwick House Street, just off Trafalgar Square.[22] In the London pub scene, the external shot shows The Albert pub in Victoria Street; the interiors were of the dark-panelled Old Nick in Sandford Street. In episode three, Villanelle lures David Haig's character Bill Pargrave into tailing her out of Berlin Friedrichstraße station and along a neighboring Berlin tramway street before entering a busy nightclub, the location of which was Fabric, opposite London's Smithfield Market. Bucharest's neoclassical Romanian Athenaeum concert hall was converted into a decadent cafe for the penultimate Moscow scene. Filming also took place at Nell's Café, a popular roadside café off the A2 near Gravesend in Kent, as well as at the nearby M2 motorway.[23]

The band Unloved, featuring Jade Vincent, Keefus Ciancia, and David Holmes, were commissioned to score the series.[24]

Season 2[edit]

Shortly before its premiere, Killing Eve was renewed for a second season.[25][26] Filming began on 16 July 2018, and finished on 14 December.[27] It premiered on 7 April 2019, and was broadcast concurrently in the United States by BBC America and AMC.[12] In July 2018, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Waller-Bridge delegated some responsibility for the second season, hiring Emerald Fennell as head writer, and Lisa Brühlmann and Francesca Gregorini as directors.[28]

Luke Jennings' sequel, Killing Eve: No Tomorrow, was published in March 2019, shortly before the second season premiere.[29] Although the book diverges from the television series, they were said to "share common DNA" because of Jennings' continued collaboration with the creators.[29]

Season 3[edit]

Less than twelve hours after the premiere of the second season, BBC America renewed the series for a third. Suzanne Heathcote will serve as showrunner,[30] so that each new season of Killing Eve brings on a new female showrunner.[31] In August 2019, Deadline Hollywood announced that Harriet Walter and Danny Sapani had joined the cast for the third season.[32]

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
188 April 2018 (2018-04-08)27 May 2018 (2018-05-27)
287 April 2019 (2019-04-07)26 May 2019 (2019-05-26)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [33]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [33]U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Nice Face"Harry BradbeerPhoebe Waller-Bridge8 April 2018 (2018-04-08)[17][34]0.423[35]
Psychopathic Villanelle—a young and prolific assassin—leaves a trail of high-profile murders across several countries. MI5 officer Eve Polastri connects a new assassination in Vienna to a series of such killings which she has been researching in her own time. Her theory that the assassin is a woman is dismissed by her superiors, but her unauthorised interview with the only witness confirms it. The witness is murdered while in a London hospital, along with a nurse and two guards, causing MI5 to fire Eve and her associate Bill. Impressed by Eve, Carolyn Martens, head of the Russia Section of MI6, recruits her for an off-the-books assignment to track the killer.
22"I'll Deal with Him Later"Harry BradbeerPhoebe Waller-Bridge15 April 2018 (2018-04-15)0.371[36]
Following her assignment in Bulgaria, Villanelle's handler Konstantin is concerned about her increasing recklessness. He informs her that a covert MI6 task force, led by Eve, is investigating her string of assassinations. Eve realises that a nurse she saw at the hospital before the murders may be the killer, and she recruits Elena and Bill as her assistants. Villanelle forms a relationship with her neighbour Sebastien and carries out another murder, of a successful parfumier, at a dinner party in Paris.
33"Don't I Know You?"Jon EastVicky Jones22 April 2018 (2018-04-22)0.388[37]
Villanelle lures Eve to Berlin by using Eve's name while committing another murder, and trails Eve as she investigates it. Bill spots Villanelle and follows her to a nightclub. Before Eve can get to him, Villanelle stabs Bill repeatedly, killing him.
44"Sorry Baby"Jon EastGeorge Kay29 April 2018 (2018-04-29)0.503[38]
Konstantin punishes Villanelle for her recent unpredictable behaviour by making her work with two other operatives: Nadia and Diego. The three are to assassinate Frank Haleton, Eve's former MI5 boss, who Eve has discovered is a mole. Eve and Elena rush to Frank's rescue, while Villanelle manipulates Nadia into killing Diego, and runs over Nadia with her car.
55"I Have a Thing About Bathrooms"Jon EastPhoebe Waller-Bridge6 May 2018 (2018-05-06)0.518[39]
Eve and Carolyn get Frank to a safe house, and he tells them that he is being paid by a shadow organisation "The Twelve" that uses Villanelle for purposeful destabilisation. There are hints that Elena and Kenny may have a romantic relationship. Villanelle breaks into Eve's home to talk to her, and takes her phone, which Villanelle uses to track down Frank at the safe house and kill him. Konstantin tells Villanelle that Nadia is alive and has to be killed before she can be questioned.
66"Take Me to the Hole!"Damon ThomasGeorge Kay13 May 2018 (2018-05-13)0.537[40]
Eve and Carolyn track down Nadia to a Moscow prison, and are allowed to speak to her due to Carolyn's camaraderie with two Russian Intelligence officers, one of whom is Konstantin. Eve and Carolyn offer Nadia a deal, but before she can accept, she is killed by Villanelle, whom Konstantin had transferred to the prison for that purpose.
77"I Don't Want to Be Free"Damon ThomasRob Williams20 May 2018 (2018-05-20)0.485[41]
Eve investigates Anna, Villanelle's former teacher, with whom she had a deep relationship before Villanelle killed her husband. Villanelle is broken out from prison, meets her new handler and is given her next target: Konstantin. Villanelle breaks into Konstantin's home but he escapes. Eve discovers that Carolyn secretly met Villanelle at the prison earlier that day, before she escaped.
88"God, I'm Tired"Damon ThomasPhoebe Waller-Bridge27 May 2018 (2018-05-27)0.701[42]
Konstantin goes to Carolyn and Eve for help, confessing that Villanelle is after him. Eve and Konstantin have a confrontation with Villanelle in a cafe; Villanelle shoots Konstantin and escapes. Carolyn fires Eve from MI6, but Eve independently tracks down Villanelle to her Paris apartment. The pair confess their obsession with each other. Eve stabs Villanelle and Villanelle flees.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [33]U.S. viewers
(millions)
91"Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?"Damon ThomasEmerald Fennell7 April 2019 (2019-04-07)0.403[43]
Continuing directly from the end of the first season, Eve searches for the wounded Villanelle. Without finding her, Eve is called back to London to investigate a murder case. Villanelle has a rough time as she makes her way from a Paris hospital to London.
102"Nice and Neat"Damon ThomasEmerald Fennell14 April 2019 (2019-04-14)0.321[44]
Eve meets her new team and deduces that the murderer is not Villanelle, but a new assassin whom she nicknames "The Ghost". Villanelle is close to London, but has difficulty charming the residents of Basildon into helping her. She tricks a man, Julian, into taking her home and helping her heal, but he tries to trap her at his house. After a few days she escapes, killing him and meets her new handler, Raymond.
113"The Hungry Caterpillar"Lisa BrühlmannEmerald Fennell, Henrietta & Jessica Ashworth21 April 2019 (2019-04-21)0.361[45]
Freed from Julian, Villanelle is ordered to perform a clean assassination like the Ghost. She kills her target in a lift and delivers lipstick to Eve with the name "Love in an Elevator" to ensure that Eve knows who performed the assassination. Eve is struggling with balancing her job and her relationship with her husband.
124"Desperate Times"Lisa BrühlmannEmerald Fennell & D.C. Moore28 April 2019 (2019-04-28)0.459[46]
The Ghost's body count is much larger than expected and appears to be based around Aaron Peel. Villanelle tries to get Eve's attention with an assassination in Amsterdam, but is angered when Eve does not show up to investigate.
135"Smell Ya Later"Francesca GregoriniFreddy Syborn5 May 2019 (2019-05-05)0.454[47]
In a desperate attempt to get closer to Villanelle, Eve puts out a hit on herself, hiring Villanelle to do the job. The Ghost is coerced by Villanelle into giving up information about who ordered the murder contract. Villanelle meets Niko and tells him about her and Eve in Paris.
146"I Hope You Like Missionary!"Francesca GregoriniJeremy Dyson12 May 2019 (2019-05-12)0.402[48]
Niko confronts Eve about what really happened in Paris. With new information about Aaron Peel, Villanelle goes undercover as a New Yorker named Billie to befriend Aaron's sister, Amber but there is conflict between Villanelle and Aaron.
157"Wide Awake"Damon ThomasEmerald Fennell19 May 2019 (2019-05-19)0.419[49]
Aaron apologises to Villanelle and invites her to go to Rome. Villanelle interrogates Niko whilst Eve visits the psychologist. In Rome, Villanelle discovers Aaron's plans but Eve becomes jealous of their relationship.
168"You're Mine"Damon ThomasEmerald Fennell26 May 2019 (2019-05-26)0.367[50]
Villanelle discovers Aaron's dark secret and says the 'safe word'. Eve dresses as a cleaner to save Villanelle but she saves Eve instead. Raymond attacks Villanelle but she is saved by Eve. Villanelle and Eve escape to some Roman ruins and have an argument. Villanelle shoots Eve.

International broadcast[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the series was shown on BBC One in September 2018 and as stream-only on BBC Three.[51] The first episode was broadcast on 15 September 2018,[52] and seen by 8.25 million viewers within the first twenty-eight days.[53][54] The second season was released in its entirety on BBC iPlayer on 8 June 2019, with its first episode being shown on BBC One the same day.[55][54]

Irish broadcaster RTÉ2 was the first broadcaster in Europe to premiere the show,[56] with the first episode broadcast to 76,000 viewers on 27 August 2018.[57]

In New Zealand, season two episodes premiered two days before their US broadcast on TVNZ Ondemand.[58] Episodes will air on TVNZ 2 the same day as the US broadcast.

Use of fashion[edit]

A pink tulle dress worn in the season 1 episode "I'll Deal with Him Later", designed by Molly Goddard, was heralded as a "fashion moment"[59] that inspired the dresses worn on red carpets in the subsequent awards season, including an overwhelming showing of pink at the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.[60][61][62][63]

The show has had two costume designers; Phoebe de Gaye for the first season and Charlotte Mitchell for the second.[64]

Villanelle[edit]

The character Villanelle's (Jodie Comer) relationship to fashion has been described by many people. Gilly Ferguson of Grazia says that she has become a "style icon".[65] Luke Jennings, author of the book series on which the show is based, says that "Clothes reflect her status and independence[...] She doesn't have to conform or please anyone's gaze"; Charlotte Mitchell agrees that "She plays by her own rules".[64] Sonia Saraiya of Vanity Fair considers Villanelle's outfits "their own subplot"; she notes that the character choosing to live in Paris is also a nod to the fashion-centrism displayed.[66] Melania Hidalgo of The Cut writes that "Villanelle reverses the style of a typical femme fatale, wearing everyday basics on her missions while saving the chicest items in her wardrobe for her days off";[67] in reference to a specific outfit, Steff Yotka of Vogue says that Villanelle has "redefined the look of an international assassin story" by subverting classic tactical gear and sleekness.[68] Mitchell also said of Villanelle that she "uses color to provoke reactions", pointing to the pink Molly Goddard dress.[64]

Eve Polastri[edit]

Considered Villanelle's fashion foil by Entertainment Weekly, Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) has been described as considering fashion "trivial" and not bothering to dress well. Jennings suggested that even if she cared, "she'd be hopeless at it"; Mitchell and de Gaye crafted outfits that match Eve's practical attitude, with Mitchell saying that she "wears elastic waists [because] she doesn't have time to do up a button fly".[64] Other choices include more clothes made of linen to more easily appear dishevelled.[64] Eve is allowed some moments of being well-dressed, however, which are significant to the plot, including trying on dresses that Villanelle has chosen for her in her own stolen suitcase.[66]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 96% (95 reviews) 83 (22 reviews)
2 93% (57 reviews) 87 (19 reviews)

Season 1[edit]

The first season of Killing Eve received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 96% based on 95 reviews, with an average rating of 8.28/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Seductive and surprising, Killing Eve's twist on the spy vs. spy concept rewards viewers with an audaciously entertaining show that finally makes good use of Sandra Oh's talents."[69] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[70]

Jenna Scherer, writing in Rolling Stone, described Killing Eve as "hilarious, bloody, unclassifiable" and idiosyncratic, "a stylish story of obsession and psychopathy that's disarmingly warm and lived-in".[71] Scherer went on to write that the show "undermines every rule of TV", with what it does best being its "dry wit, razor-wire tension, sex appeal and the looming threat of violence".[71] Hanh Nguyen wrote on IndieWire that one of the show's most appealing aspects is "how it subverts expectation", allowing it to "constantly surprise and delight".[72] Troy Patterson wrote in The New Yorker that the story discloses "a life independent of genre conventions" and that the triumph of the show's style is its "reconciliation of the outlandish and the intimate", adding that the "Jason Bourne-style escapism of the bare premise, inflected by the assertively odd tone, yields fresh depictions of fear and grief".[73] In the context of Vulture's selection of Sandra Oh as the best actress on television (June 2018), Matt Zoller Seitz wrote that there was "no precedent" for the "wild extremes" of the show's "comedy and thriller elements".[74] While Mike Hale acknowledged in The New York Times that "scenes and characterizations play out differently than we're used to" and the comic style is distinctive, he also wrote – in contrast to most reviewers – of being "just as conscious of (the show's) congruences with standard examples of the genre ... as ... of the differences", citing Berlin Station, La Femme Nikita, Covert Affairs and Homeland.[75]

Scherer described the show as a feminine take on a traditionally masculine genre—"more interested in giving space to character beats and the weird chaos that can leak into the best-laid plans".[71] Similarly, Melanie McFarland wrote for Salon that Killing Eve has been dubbed a "feminist thriller", calling it a "perfect show for the #MeToo era", saying that it "slakes one's desire to see piggish misogynists get what's coming to them" but also delves into complex trust issues among women and shows "sisterhood's might and peril (as) powerful ... but ... also complicated and devoid of guarantees".[76] Along the same lines, Willa Paskin wrote in Slate that Killing Eve is a story about "the literal dangers of underestimating women: of not seeing the woman who can kill you, underestimating the woman who can stop her".[77] Paskin added that "The disfigured, beating heart of Killing Eve is the way that Villanelle's gender and manner, her very femininity, keep our acculturated brains from being appropriately terrified of her".[77]

Jia Tolentino acknowledged in The New Yorker how critics have noted that women characters are substituted for men "in every meaningful part", that the men are "formulaic" but the women are "deeply strange".[78] However, Tolentino asserted that Killing Eve "isn't shaped around the concept of women; it's shaped around these women, who are unlike any others in their wild, unlikely interior weirdness and flux".[78] She added that a defining feature of the show is its "constant reversals in tone and rhythm", with the show's thrill coming "from pattern rather than resolution".[78]

Ben Goldberg wrote in Into that the series "never outright explains its characters' sexualities, but unlike shows that queerbait their audiences, Killing Eve does not need to name the relationship between Eve and Villanelle in order to recognize it", adding that the show "does not shy away from its characters' sexual attraction but also complicates this narrative at every turn".[79]

Hannah Giorgis wrote in The Atlantic that the show's greatest success is "how alluring it makes its villain: to both Eve ... and audiences", and that Villanelle's character subverts feminine stereotypes so as to "carve a jagged space into the serial-killer canon".[80]

Season 2[edit]

The second season received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has an approval rating of 93% based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "With the titillating cat-and-mouse game still rooted at its core, Killing Eve returns for an enthralling second season of considerably higher stakes, hilariously dark humor and a captivating dynamic between characters, solidifying its position as one of the best spy thrillers out."[81] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[82]

Chitra Ramaswamy wrote in The Guardian that the show "uproots the tired old sexist tropes of spy thrillers then repots them as feminist in-jokes, patriarchal piss-takes, tasteless murders and blooms of sapphic chemistry".[83] Describing how Villanelle "does what she always does—exploit society's misogyny by imitating a victim of it"—Emily Nussbaum wrote in The New Yorker that the potent idea that undergirds the show is that "femininity is itself a sort of sociopathy, whose performance, if you truly nail it, might be the source of ultimate power".[84]

Angelica Jade Bastién wrote in Vulture that the second season, with new showrunner Emerald Fennell, "trades in the precise mordant wit of series creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge for something more garish and horrifying", further describing the "wild consumption" of food and clothing "that builds into the closest thing the show has come to a genuine sex scene between" the two women.[85] Bastién also perceived that "Killing Eve is deeply indebted to film noir, a genre whose backbone is the ways people lose their soul in the face of desire—...but it's a noir operating at the tenor of a fairy tale".[85]

"Best of" lists[edit]

Review aggregator Metacritic reported in early December 2018 that more individual television critics included Killing Eve in their 2018 year-end Top Ten lists than any other show.[86]

In November 2018, Killing Eve was chosen as Time magazine's Best Show of 2018, the magazine's Judy Berman writing that "the characters were multidimensional but incomplete, their mutual obsession fueled by the sense that each woman had something crucial the other lacked".[87] It was number three on The New York Post's Decider.com "Best TV Shows of 2018" list, being praised for "brilliant writing" and "nuanced performances".[88] It was also second on the "25 Best TV Shows of 2018" list from Paste magazine, which labeled it as "the best new series of the year".[89]

In December 2018, The Guardian named Killing Eve the best TV show of 2018, describing it as a "high-wire act of misdirection that subverted stale genre expectations" and saying that it "mix[es] genres – spy thriller, comedy, action film, workplace drama and... farce – without it collapsing into a tonal mess".[90] The New York Times included Killing Eve in its "Best TV Shows of 2018" list, stating that the series was "infused ... with the brio of a dark comedy, though its hour length marked it as crime drama".[91] The New York Times also included Oh's and Comer's performances in its list of "Best Performances of 2018", noting "these two women are inventive about how to be funny in a thriller" and "make run-of-the mill embarrassment seem more lethal than any bullet".[92] NPR included the show on its list of "Favorite TV Shows of 2018", saying that it may be "the strangest—and most compelling—story of how opposites attract on TV this year".[93]

The Washington Post listed Killing Eve as the third best show of 2018, calling the "sleeper hit... splendidly paced".[94] USA Today listed the show at fifth place on its "Best TV Shows of 2018" list, remarking that it "completely surprises you, from its writing to its performances to its direction to the names on the poster".[95] New York magazine's pop culture website Vulture included the series as number seven on Jen Chaney's "10 Best TV Shows of 2018" list, remarking on its immediate and escalating "sense of propulsive daring" and its infusion of "feminine energy".[96] TV Guide named Oh's and Comer's performances as the second best TV performance of 2018, and said that the show "ended up on pretty much everyone's Best of 2018 lists".[97] Vanity Fair listed the show at second place on its "Best TV Shows of 2018" list, saying that "watching Killing Eve is like spraying a disinfectant for the musty tropes of prestige drama directly onto your brain" and inviting viewers to "come for the black comedy; stay for the fashion".[98]

Rolling Stone named the show as the fourth best TV show of 2018, describing it as "exciting and scary while making room for the quippy dialogue and smart observations about how women interact".[99] IndieWire listed Killing Eve as the fourth best new TV show of 2018, saying that "exploring identity and dark desires, the series never met an impulse it didn't pursue to its extreme", and that "outrageous and often off-kilter dark humor only highlights the show's transgressive charms".[100] Livingly Media listed the series as the third best TV show of 2018, saying it is "loaded with quippy dialogue and razor-sharp observations about how women interact in increasingly destructive environments".[101] Mashable rated the show number four on its "Best New TV Shows of 2018" list, praising the two lead actors and commenting that the show was "exactly the weird, psychosexual romp (that) 2018 needed".[102]

In 2019, Killing Eve was ranked 30th on The Guardian's list of the 100 best TV shows of the 21st century.[103]

Ratings[edit]

The first season had unbroken weekly ratings growth among adults aged 25–54 and 18–49, which no other television show had accomplished in more than a decade.[104] The final episode's 1.25 million viewers (Nielsen live+3) was 86 percent greater than for the premiere.[104] The second season was simulcast on both AMC and BBC America, with its premiere drawing a combined total of 1.17 million viewers.

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Nice Face" 8 April 2018 0.10 0.423[35] 0.348 0.771[105]
2 "I'll Deal With Him Later" 15 April 2018 0.07 0.371[36] 0.397 0.769[106]
3 "Don't I Know You?" 22 April 2018 0.08 0.388[37] N/A N/A
4 "Sorry Baby" 29 April 2018 0.11 0.503[38] 0.475 0.978[107]
5 "I Have a Thing About Bathrooms" 6 May 2018 0.13 0.518[39] N/A N/A
6 "Take Me to the Hole!" 13 May 2018 0.14 0.537[40] 0.536 1.073[108]
7 "I Don't Want to Be Free" 20 May 2018 0.11 0.485[41] N/A N/A
8 "God, I'm Tired" 27 May 2018 0.13 0.701[42] 0.633 1.335[109]

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?" 7 April 2019 0.10 0.403[43] 0.386 0.790[110]
2 "Nice and Neat" 14 April 2019 0.07 0.321[44] 0.445 0.766[111]
3 "The Hungry Caterpillar" 21 April 2019 0.04 0.361[45] N/A N/A
4 "Desperate Times" 28 April 2019 0.12 0.459[46] 0.441 0.900[112]
5 "Smell Ya Later" 5 May 2019 0.13 0.454[47] 0.459 0.914[113]
6 "I Hope You Like Missionary!" 12 May 2019 0.07 0.402[48] 0.493 0.896[114]
7 "Wide Awake" 19 May 2019 0.09 0.419[49] 0.477 0.897[115]
8 "You're Mine" 26 May 2019 0.08 0.367[50] 0.413 0.780[116]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Series Killing Eve Nominated [117]
Best Drama Actress Jodie Comer Nominated
Sandra Oh Nominated
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Series – Long Form Killing Eve Won [118]
People's Choice Awards The Bingeworthy Show of 2018 Killing Eve Nominated [119]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Sandra Oh (for "I Have a Thing About Bathrooms") Nominated [120]
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Phoebe Waller-Bridge (for "Nice Face") Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Program of the Year Killing Eve Nominated [121]
Outstanding Achievement in Drama Killing Eve Nominated
Outstanding New Program Killing Eve Won
Individual Achievement in Drama Jodie Comer Nominated
Sandra Oh Nominated
2019 American Cinema Editors Awards Best Edited Drama Series for Commercial Television Gary Dollner Won [122]
British Academy Television Awards Best Drama Series Killing Eve Won [123][124]
Best Leading Actress Jodie Comer Won
Sandra Oh Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Kim Bodnia Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Fiona Shaw Won
Must-See TV Moment Eve stabs Villanelle Nominated
British Academy Television Craft Awards Best Writing Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated [125]
Costume Design Phoebe De Gaye Nominated
Director: Fiction Harry Bradbeer (episode 1) Nominated
Editing: Fiction Garry Dollner (episode 1) Nominated
Original Music David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia Won
Photography and Lighting: Fiction Julian Court (episode 7) Nominated
Production Design Kristian Milsted Nominated
Sound: Fiction Sound Team Won
Titles and Graphic Identity Matt Willey Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series Killing Eve Nominated [126]
Best Actress in a Drama Series Jodie Comer Nominated
Sandra Oh Won
Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Series Killing Eve Nominated [127]
Best Drama Actress Jodie Comer Won
Sandra Oh Nominated
Best Drama Supporting Actress Fiona Shaw Nominated
Best Drama Episode of the Year Damon Thomas and Emerald Fennell (for "Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?") Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series – Drama Killing Eve Nominated [128]
Best Actress – Television Series Drama Sandra Oh Won
Gracie Awards Drama Killing Eve Won [129]
Actress in a Leading Role – Drama Sandra Oh Won
Location Managers Guild Awards Outstanding Locations in Contemporary Television Casper Mills Nominated [130][131]
National Television Awards Best New Drama Series Killing Eve Nominated [132]
Outstanding Drama Performance Jodie Comer Nominated
Peabody Award Entertainment Killing Eve Won [133][134]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emerald Fennell, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Francesca Gardiner, Sandra Oh, Elinor Day, Morenike Williams and Andy Noble Nominated [135][136]
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Jodie Comer (for "I Hope You Like Missionary!") Won
Sandra Oh (for "You're Mine") Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Fiona Shaw (for "Nice and Neat") Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Lisa Brühlmann (for "Desperate Times") Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Emerald Fennell (for "Nice and Neat") Nominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Suzanne Crowley and Gilly Poole Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More) Laurence Dorman, Beckie Harvey and Linda Wilson (for "The Hungry Caterpillar") Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series Dan Crinnion (for "Desperate Times") Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Drama / Genre Series Sandra Oh Nominated [137]
Saturn Awards Best Action-Thriller Television Series Killing Eve Nominated [138]
Best Actress in a Television Series Sandra Oh Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Sandra Oh Won [139][140]
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Drama Killing Eve Nominated [141]
Individual Achievement in Drama Jodie Comer Nominated

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