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Killing Eve RECAP: Villanelle's Christian conversion goes full circle


Killing Eve series four RECAP: Confession leads to crucifixion as Villanelle’s Christian conversion goes full circle (and ends in holy bloodshed)… while Eve’s hunt for the mysterious Twelve takes her to Paris

  • Episode two SPOILERS throughout  

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The path to redemption doesn’t always run smoothly, but rarely does it take one through sleepy Hertfordshire towns – especially if you’re a conflicted Russian assassin with a newfound belief in God. Just ask Villanelle. 

But this is where the unlikely Christian finds herself as episode two of the fourth and final series of BBC show Killing Eve begins, accompanied by an alternate version of herself.  Dressed as Jesus Christ. In drag. You really couldn’t make it up – except of course, someone already has. 

With Hemel Hempstead providing an unlikely backdrop, Jodie Comer’s enigmatic killer is at a moral crossroads and determined to make amends while joining her congregation on a camping trip.

Unconventional: The path to redemption doesn’t always run smoothly, but rarely does it take one through sleepy Hertfordshire towns – especially if you’re a conflicted Russian assassin with a newfound belief in God. Just ask Villanelle

And rightly so. After attempting to drown closeted friend May in the church font, it seemed prudent that Villanelle build bridges with the terrified twenty-something, not least because she’s lodging under her father’s roof. Awkward. 

But after finagling her way back into gullible May’s good books – it really doesn’t take much – she inadvertently unearths a deeply buried family secret involving said father, the devout vicar Phil. 

Confiding in Villanelle, the young Christian reveals he was responsible for her mother’s death after crashing their car while under the influence of alcohol. 

‘He tells everyone she died in a car crash,’ she explains. ‘But he leaves out the important part – he was the one who was drunk.’  

Bizarre: But this is where the unlikely Christian finds herself as episode two of the fourth and final series of BBC show Killing Eve begins, accompanied by an alternate version of herself. Dressed as Jesus Christ. In drag

Bizarre: But this is where the unlikely Christian finds herself as episode two of the fourth and final series of BBC show Killing Eve begins, accompanied by an alternate version of herself. Dressed as Jesus Christ. In drag. You really couldn’t make it up

Building bridges: After attempting to drown closeted friend May in the church font, it seemed prudent that Villanelle build bridges with the terrified twenty-something, not least because she's lodging under her father's roof. Awkward

Building bridges: After attempting to drown closeted friend May in the church font, it seemed prudent that Villanelle build bridges with the terrified twenty-something, not least because she’s lodging under her father’s roof. Awkward

Sensing the upper hand, Villanelle promptly shares her secret with the rest of the congregation in an attempt to hold Phil accountable and cement her place within an increasingly doubtful group.  

However her attempt at transparency, however manipulative and contrived, is met with open rejection and barely concealed disgust, with one unimpressed camper insisting they will stand by the vicar. 

‘Whatever he’s done is in the past,’ she tells an incredulous Villanelle. ‘It’s the man he is today that we care about.’ 

‘What about the woman I am?’ Villanelle demands as the group offers cheers of support for the beleaguered Phil. 

The response is as direct as it is painful: ‘There’s a saying in my family – you can put a wig on s**t, but it’s still s**t.’ Ouch. 

Opening up: Confiding in Villanelle, the young Christian reveals he was responsible for her mother's death after crashing their car while under the influence of alcohol

Opening up: Confiding in Villanelle, the young Christian reveals he was responsible for her mother’s death after crashing their car while under the influence of alcohol

Confrontation: Sensing the upper hand, Villanelle promptly shares her secret with the rest of the congregation in an attempt to hold Phil accountable and cement her place within an increasingly doubtful group

Confrontation: Sensing the upper hand, Villanelle promptly shares her secret with the rest of the congregation in an attempt to hold Phil accountable and cement her place within an increasingly doubtful group

Isolated, alone and all but ostracized from the camp, a chastened Villanelle reverts to what she knows best after overhearing May and Phil describing her in less than saintly terms during a private discussion in their shared tent. 

Lashing out, she kills both in the returning show’s first act of violence before turning on the bizarre vision of herself as Jesus, a symbolic act that all but confirms her reversion to the manipulative killer we all know and love.  

Meanwhile Eve tracks Hélène to an apartment in Paris with the help of her colleague and occasional friend with benefits Yusuf as she continues her search for the ever elusive Twelve.  

Once there, Hélène that she is responsible for the murders of the members of the various Twelve members uncovered by Eve’s former boss, Carolyn. 

She admits that she is doing this to find who is leading the Twelve, and agrees to join forces with Eve in their dogged pursuit of the global organisation. 

Killing Eve’s final series continues on BBC iPlayer on March 7th. It airs on BBC American in the US. 

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