Killing Eve season 4 episode 1 recap: A very unexpected character is introduced

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1 Mar 2022, 10:29

Credit: BBC

Credit: BBC

Villanelle and Eve are back! The first episode of the final season of Killing Eve doesn’t air on BBC One until the weekend, but fans can watch it now on iPlayer.

If you haven’t seen episode one of season four yet, then there are massive spoilers ahead, so you might want to read our recap of season three here instead. 

Season four picks up an unspecified, but seemingly decent, chunk of time after we left the action at the end of season three, and some of the roles seem to have been reversed, as is illustrated by the opening scene. When an armed, leather-clad motorcyclist rides through Russia before beating up some security guards, we probably all assumed it was Villanelle (Jodie Comer), but when she removes her helmet, it’s actually Eve (Sandra Oh). And the person she is seeking on that occasion, and who she shoots through the hand? Only Konstantin, who seems to be a mayor these days!

Eve, who is now working for a private security firm, is hunting The Twelve’s bigwig Hélène, and in doing show she has a colleague-with-benefits, in new character Yusuf (Robert Gilbert).

Meanwhile, Villanelle has turned to God. Repenting her sins, she makes fish and loaves for a priest called Phil and his adult daughter May, with whom she is living. She is also planning to get baptised. 

Over in Mallorca, Carolyn (Fiona Shaw), who was once a big player in MI6, is now living a dull existence as a cultural attaché between Spain and England.

It really does seem like the entire Killing Eve world has turned on its head.

Oh, and Hugo is back. Remember him from season 2, when he got shot and Eve left him for dead? Well, now he’s been promoted to focus on Russia, and he warns Carolyn to stop meddling in his work. He has photos of a very dead Paul, who Carolyn shot at the end of the previous season.

Pretty soon, the main characters’ lives start to once again intertwine. Carolyn asks Eve to investigate the string of tortures and murders that have been happening to members of the Twelve, while Villanelle turns up at the hotel where Eve seems to now live. The two see each other through a fish tank in a nod to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and presumably for the first time since they were on the bridge together at the end of the last season. However, Eve is cold as ice to Villanelle, and has no interest in how she has apparently changed her ways. After delivering a stinging slap to the face, Eve says: “If you’d really changed, you wouldn’t have come here,” to which Villanelle responds: “If you’d really changed, you wouldn’t have let me.” 

Yep, there’s still plenty of tension there.

Later in the episode, Eve gets duffed up in an alleyway by Pam (Anjana Vasan), an undertaker who she had questioned earlier about the death of assassin Rhian, and about Hélène. Something tells us Pam is more than just an undertaker!

The season opener then sees Villanelle nearly drowning May in a font, before pulling her out at the last moment; a hint that the old Villanelle is still lurking inside of the supposedly reformed character.

Later that night, Eve is visited by a vision of herself as Jesus Christ, with a full beard, wearing knee-length gold boots and eating popcorn. Yes, you read that correctly, Eve was visited by a vision of herself as Jesus Christ, with a full beard, wearing knee-length gold boots and eating popcorn.

Overwhelmed by the vision, Villanelle asks: “What happens now?” to which the vision of Jesus replies: “Easy. I lead you to salvation”. Tears of happiness fill Villanelle's eyes, and then the credits roll.

Whilst the exact meaning of this strange meeting of two versions of Villanelle is unclear, one thing is for sure, it’s an ending to episode one that none of us were expecting! 

To find out what happens next, you can watch episode two on BBC iPlayer next Monday, 7th March, and episodes will continue to drop weekly after that.