Jodie Comer cut a casual figure as she headed out in Central London on Tuesday following the lukewarm reception to the Killing Eve finale.
The BBC series concluded this week after four seasons, yet fans were left disappointed by the ‘underwhelming’ storyline and also accused the show of poorly treating its LGBTQ+ characters.
Despite the backlash, the lead actress – who plays Villanelle – seemed in good spirits as she ran errands in the city.
Low-key: Jodie Comer cut a casual figure as she headed out in Central London on Tuesday following the lukewarm reception to the Killing Eve finale
Jodie, 29, opted for a casual ensemble as she slipped into a black jumper and matching tracksuit bottoms.
Injecting a touch of colour she donned a printed Aztec jacket and carried a bright blue tote bag.
Allowing her natural beauty to shine through, the Liverpudlian star went makeup-free for the outing.
Oops: The BBC series that made Jodie a household name concluded this week after four seasons, yet fans were left disappointed by the ‘underwhelming’ storyline
Loving life: Despite the backlash, the lead actress – who plays Villanelle – seemed in good spirits as she ran errands in the city
Casual: Jodie, 29, opted for a casual ensemble as she slipped into a black jumper and matching tracksuit bottoms
It comes after the will-they-won’t-they love story and a seemingly endless body-count the final episode of Killing Eve ended with less of the expected bang and more of a disappointing splash on Sunday evening.
Viewers of the popular BBC show watched as Jodie’s enigmatic killer Villanelle met a watery end after finally overthrowing the Twelve – the group of deadly international assassins of which she was formerly a member.
Maddeningly, the unruly Russian was ready to embark on a new chapter before being struck with a hail of bullets from a lurking gunman, her body crashing into the Thames just moments after it seemed she was set for a life of blissful freedom with former MI5 operative Eve Polastri, played by American star Sandra Oh.
All about the accessories: Injecting a touch of colour she donned a printed Aztec jacket and carried a bright blue tote bag
Au naturel: Allowing her natural beauty to shine through, the Liverpudlian star went makeup-free for the outing
Blonde beauty: Jodie wore her golden locks loose and tousled
But many were left underwhelmed after spending the last four years watching their stuttering, unrequited love story slowly unfold – only to see happiness cruelly snatched from their grasp at the very last moment.
Venting their feelings across social media, some dismissed the two-part finale as unsatisfactory, while others slammed series four principal writer Laura Neal for her apparent poor treatment of LGBTQ+ characters.
Taking to Twitter, one raged: ‘I actually feel cheated…like i spent four years watching this show…..and that’s the conclusion??? I’m so f**king mad.’
A second added: ‘1 day has passed and I am still angry, annoyed and heartbroken!!! And a reminder that it’s all thanks to Laura Neal, the b**ch who didn’t know the show and characters at all!!!’
All over: After four seasons, one will-they-won’t-they love story and a seemingly endless body-count the final episode of Killing Eve ended with less of a bang and more of a splash on Sunday evening
Devastating: Viewers of the popular BBC show watched as Jodie’s enigmatic Russian killer Villanelle was shot dead after finally overthrowing the Twelve – a group of deadly international assassins of which she was formerly a member
Horror: Sandra Oh’s Eve quickly realised her lover was critically wounded, but it was too late to save her life
Watery end: A dying Villanelle crashed into the Thames after being struck by a bullet during Sunday evening’s finale
Touching distance: But Eve is powerless to help Villanelle as her bullet riddled body slowly drifts away
Alone: A desperate Eve plunged into the water with the Russian killer, but was unable to save her from a brutal end
Evidently in agreement, a third compared the ending to HBO drama Game Of Thrones – the show that sparked an online petition demanding a new ending be filmed – writing: ‘Worst ending of a show since GoT, I said what I said.’
A fourth also took aim at the final episode’s writer, adding: ‘Killing Eve had such a special place in my heart, the show was different to any other for me… but the finale was like Laura Neal pulled my heart out my chest, ripped it up and pulled killing eve out painfully and viciously forever… bit dramatic yes but what she did was too.’
Others harboured criticism of Neal’s decision to kill off Villanelle, depriving her and Eve of an opportunity to find happiness after finally expressing their feelings for one another.
Outrage: Viewers were fuming with the outcome and quickly vented their anger on social media, with many taking aim at the final episode’s screenwriter, Laura Neal
Close: Eve and Villanelle appeared to be embarking on a new life together, but viewers were left raging after their short lived relationship ended in tragedy
‘It’s worrying that 6 years after the issues raised by the death of Lexa that writers on TV still don’t realise the problems they cause by killing off a lesbian character for drama and also they seem oblivious to doing anything wrong and honestly that’s shameful,’ wrote one, comparing Villanelle’s death to the fate of a popular gay character in US show The 100.
A second added: ‘I thought we’d moved past this damaging trope of killing the gays in tv series. This finale just proves that show runners and writers don’t give a sh*t about their LGBTQIA+ characters or representation. It matters. Do better.’
A third wrote: They planned for Villanelle to die that way from very early on because somebody thought “oooh watery images are going to give the season a cohesive cinematic feel”. I lost track of which interview, but add it to the list of war crimes committed by the writers room.’
Bond: Eve and Villanelle’s journey finally came to an end on Sunday evening, but not everyone was satisfied with the outcome
However some fans were quick to praise the show and its two lead actresses, with one commenting: ‘These women gave us everything and we owe them so much, they delivered us brilliance where everyone else let us down. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for what they’ve done for this show and our favourite characters.’
Speaking to ELLE ahead of Sunday evening’s finale, writer Neale insisted its tragic outcome was the best option, with Villanelle’s spirit living on in Eve.
She said: ‘It was really difficult to find the best ending. The truth is we talked about loads. We were always discussing “What’s the truth of the endpoint of these characters journeys?”
Divided: Some viewers criticized its treatment of gay characters after denying Eve and Villanelle the opportunity to embark on a new life together, but Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh were both singled out for praise
‘If we look at where Eve and Villanelle began and we look at what’s happened to them across the four seasons, what’s the truth of the end point? It would have been easy for it to feel very maudlin, I think, or to go completely the other direction and make it feel too funny. So striking the right balance between the two of them felt really important.’
Comer, who became a household name as Villanelle, supported the claim – insisting her character’s death was ‘inevitable.’
‘She’s like a cat with nine lives. What I loved about the moment [she gets shot] was that was a really selfless act that she did that caused it. It felt right that in that moment she protected Eve. There was something about that shielding, I think, that signified how much she had changed.
Speaking out: Comer, who became a household name as Villanelle – has since insisted her character’s death was ‘inevitable’
‘She was trying so desperately to change at the beginning and I don’t think she ever realized how much she had, which is so sad. That moment really shows how Eve changed her life.’
Fans were already reeling from the brutal deaths of French killer Helene, whose throat was slashed at the hands of Villanelle, and the much-loved Konstantin Vasiliev – a show regular since the show launched in 2018.
However the scheming Carolyn Martens survives the cull, with the character – played by Fiona Shaw – set to feature in a BBC spin-off focusing on her shadowy past.
Deadly: Fans were already reeling from the brutal death of French killer Helene, whose throat was slashed at the hands of Villanelle (pictured)
Bowing out: The much-loved Konstantin Vasiliev – a show regular since the show launched in 2018 – was also killed off
A TV insider told The Sun that spy Carolyn was both a curveball and an obvious choice for the focus of a spin-off, as she will provide a different angle to continue the series.
A source said: ‘Bosses felt that Killing Eve had to come to an end but its spirit should live on in a new form, and this is the project they’re focusing their efforts on now.
‘It’s in the early stages of development and the finished series is months, if not years, away.’
Farewell: The final episode ended with Eve alone in the water, facing an uncertain future following the death of Villanelle