Killing Eve, season 3 episode 6 review: even Villanelle has had enough now

Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve
Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve Credit: BBC

Warning: this review contains spoilers

Is it wrong to be utterly disappointed when the fictional character that you thought was dead, turns out not to be dead after all? Yes, Eve’s annoying husband Niko has not, in fact, left the building. He was stabbed through the neck with a pitchfork by Dasha in episode four of Killing Eve 538prom精品视频在线播放(BBC iPlayer), a seemingly fatal injury  – and yet he lives on. Although now he’s languishing in a hospital bed with a ventilator stuck in a hole in his throat, while Eve continues to suddenly care about him again.

And, after all that, the ruse falls flat. Eve (Sandra Oh) figures out in no time that it wasn’t actually Villanelle (Jodie Comer) who did the stabbing, which is how Dasha (Harriet Walter) had tried to make it appear. But this does lead to Dasha and Eve having a fun verbal sparring match in a Barcelona bowling alley (where does Eve get the money for all these flights?). At the moment Eve is still very much outside the MI6 fold, instead spending all her time in investigative website Bitter Pill’s grotty offices. Yet, journalists Bear (Turlough Convery) and Jamie (Danny Sapani) are being woefully underused in this series. They seem to exist purely as an expositional sounding board for Eve, rather than as key characters. 

After last week’s diversion into Villanelle’s origin story, her softening up for her inevitable reunion with Eve continues in this episode. That all-rather-sudden goal of becoming a “Keeper” for her shadowy employers The Twelve unravels when she discovers that the promotion is mostly just a title to sweeten her up and her actual role isn’t changing. She’s still being sent off to assassinate people (in this case, a Romanian minister, in a TV studio make-up chair, with one of those big standing hair dryers). But her heart’s not in it anymore – and getting stabbed in the arm during the struggle with the minister doesn’t help. 

But Villanelle’s wish to just disappear with Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) and escape to a new life isn’t met with the same enthusiasm from him. It turns out that Konstantin has been dipping into The Twelve's pot – pinning the blame on the accountant who Villanelle shot a few weeks back, then ordering a hit on his insipid wife Bertha when she unknowingly shared incriminating information – so now he needs to scarper faster than he had originally planned. (Incidentally, my fears from episode one538prom精品视频在线播放 came true: Steve Pemberton’s MI6 boss was a mole after all. The ever-increasing predictability of Killing Eve is becoming draining.) 

538prom精品视频在线播放Aside from Villanelle, who still remains the best part of this diminishing series, Konstantin’s storyline has been one of the most intriguing in this season. We’ve never truly been given the measure of him, working as a double agent, for both Russia and Britain and, essentially, for himself. 

Harriet Walter as Dasha Credit: BBC

And there’s a question that has discreetly bubbled away for three series now: is Konstantin Kenny's father? Based on the look on Carolyn's face when Konstantin told her that the reason her son called him the day he died was to ask that very question, the answer seems to be "yes". Carolyn’s daughter Geraldine (Gemma Whelan), apparently, is not Konstantin’s, but they’ve been secretly in touch too. And, he says, she kissed him. But when? Why? How? The devil is in the detail, after all. 

This episode pulls that infuriating drama trick that no one in real life ever does: as Carolyn pours herself a gin, she tells Geraldine that she knows she had contacted Konstantin, and she wants Geraldine to tell her why over dinner. Then Carolyn swaggers out of the kitchen, inexplicably leaving the conversation hanging rather than actually finding out the truth straight away. And, worse, we never get to see it. 

Frankly, any remaining sympathy for Carolyn is rapidly diminishing due to the way she coldly treats her now-only living offspring. She may be a cracking character in a professional capacity, but really it’s one thing to not like children much; it’s another thing to have them and then expect them to just put up with your impenetrable emotional walls. And another to expect us to empathise with that character. 

538prom精品视频在线播放Still, there’s only two more episodes left now. It’s got to get more exciting, surely? But let’s not hold our breath.