DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Killing Eve episode “Oh Goodie, I’m the Winner” has spoilers. Sorry, baby — proceed at your peril.
Welcome back, assassins! We’re reaching endgame territory for Killing Eve, and, with two episodes remaining, I imagine the body count will only increase. Firstly: RIP Hélène and Fernanda, two former lovers who perished on the same day. RIP, Lars, we hardly knew ye.
Hélène and Lars’ deaths narrow the scope of Eve’s (and Villanelle and Carolyn’s) mission to gut the organization from the inside. But will V lend a helping hand after their lovers’ quarrel?
“Oh Goodie, I’m the Winner” boasts everything that makes Killing Eve brilliant: dark, biting humor, multilayered performances, pulsating action and electrifying VillanEve moments.
Ready to dig deep into “Oh Goodie, I’m the Winner”? Let’s get to it.
We open with Pam (Anjana Vasan) tending to Villanelle’s (Jodie Comer) arrow wound while Eve (Sandra Oh) looms above her, freaking out. Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) stands off to the side, hands perched on his hips — as is the Konstantin way.
Villanelle makes it clear she doesn’t want Eve near her. After Pam procures the arrow from Villanelle’s back, she douses the wound with alcohol.
Meanwhile, Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) plays catch-up with Johann, a.k.a. Lars Meier (Ingvar Sigurdsson). Carolyn offers Lars a deal: she’ll tell him who’s coming for him if Lars reveals who ordered the hit on Kenny. Carolyn later discloses that Hélène is hot on his heels and plans to kill him. She’s responsible for torturing and brutally murdering members of the Twelve.
So, Lars suggests Carolyn meet with Hélène to get intel, and he offers to make the call.
Then, Eve sits nearby while Villanelle stirs on the bed. She attempts to sit up, so Eve rushes to her side. Eve helps Villanelle change into a flannel shirt despite the latter’s initial protest. A charged moment lingers between them, clearly signifying that Villanelle still feels strongly for Eve in spite of her anger. If you listen to the music, you’ll hear Unloved sing a different version of “Bill,” changing the lyrics to “Don’t take her; she’s no good.”
Villanelle departs after learning from Eve that Hélène orchestrated the assassination attempt against her. Someone’s on a mission!
Konstantin and Pam have lunch, and our fave guffawing Russian wonders aloud whether Pam is ready to work for the Twelve in perpetuity. Pam’s first assignment is on the horizon, and while Hélène might think she can do it, Konstantin isn’t so sure.
Next, Eve pulls up next to Villanelle while riding a scooter. She offers Villanelle a ride, but our fave assassin is quite stubborn. Eve mentions her pursuit of Lars Meier and that she has his address. She also addresses Carolyn’s involvement with the Twelve.
However, Villanelle has her issues, and she brusquely tells off Eve. Eve leaves the scooter for V to ride off into the gloomy, cloudy Margate sunset.
Eve chats with Yusuf (Robert Gilbert) on the phone and wonders why she’s doing any of it. Eve wholeheartedly believes Carolyn’s an original member of the Twelve. She duped Eve from the start. Yusuf urges Eve to proceed with caution.
Meanwhile, Villanelle sits alone, wincing in pain. A woman, a.k.a. Gunn (Marie-Sophie Ferdane), offers her painkillers. There’s a good chance that Hélène ordered Gunn to kill Villanelle. If you’ll recall, Gunn initially trained with Konstantin, and he wrote down her location — Feasgar Island, Scotland — as a potential lead in Villanelle’s quest to eliminate the Twelve.
Villanelle finds a note concealed with the pills. The said note claims that Gunn didn’t want to kill Villanelle, but it was at Hélène’s behest. She gives Villanelle the address of the hotel where Hélène is staying.
Pam returns to London for her first job, and we see she’s supposed to kill Fernanda (Monica Lopera). Fernanda cheerfully stands outside an eatery with signage, beckoning potential customers to try out the food. She gleefully welcomes Pam into the fold, who disguises herself as a new employee.
Pam calls Konstantin and questions whether Fernanda is the right target. She’s so sweet! But Konstantin reminds Pam that it’s not about the victim’s affability (or lack thereof); it’s about getting the job done. Pam can either execute the task at hand or walk away and risk the wrath of the Twelve.
Carolyn meets with Hélène (Camille Cottin) outside one of Carolyn’s old stomping grounds, back when the Twelve was still a fledgling revolutionary group. There’s lots of ping-pong back-and-forth in their conversation. Of course, Carolyn refuses to reveal her hand. However, she does congratulate Hélène on her masterful murders.
Hélène demands to know the name of Lars’ superior, which Carolyn will supply. Then, the pair realize they share a connection: their fathers were fond of each other. Lovers, perhaps?
Meanwhile, Pam lures Fernanda into a desolate alley under the guise of a private conversation. Pam has a syringe in her hand. A scuffle transpires once Fernanda realizes, in the moment, that Pam is trying to kill her. But Pam overpowers her, apologizing for what she’s about to do and thanking Fernanda for her kindness.
She injects Fernanda with a substance that kills her instantly. RIP, Fernanda. A ball of sunshine, through and through.
Back in Germany, Eve catches Hélène leaving the squat, and she proceeds to follow her. Lars throws a temper tantrum after Carolyn reveals the contents of her chat with Hélène. Carolyn thinks she can help him, but he must divulge the name of Kenny’s killer. Lars coldly tells Carolyn that she’s responsible for her son’s death, even if she didn’t “pull the trigger.”
Later, Konstantin and Pam eat at a roller rink (always eating, these two). Sure, Pam successfully carried out the job, but did she enjoy it? Konstantin wonders why Pam accepted Hélène’s offer in the first place. Pam confesses that Hélène was the first person to believe in her. Konstantin believes in her!
Darren (Josh Zaré) spots Pam and invites her to skate. She initially brushes him off, but Konstantin urges her to let loose. Have fun! So, Pam waltzes up to Darren and plants a big ole smooch on him.
Next, Hélène talks to Gunn in French over the phone, and it sounds like the latter provides excuses for failing to murder Villanelle. After their chat, she lies back on her bed, and we see Villanelle lurking underneath it, knife in hand.
Then, Eve wanders inside Hélène’s room. Hélène mentions their kiss and that time they took a bath together, which doesn’t sit well with Villanelle. Eve demands to know Carolyn’s location, but Hélène persuades Eve to pump the brakes. Let’s sit on the bed for a while!
Suddenly, Villanelle slices Hélène’s ankles. She emerges from under the bed, knife poised and ready to kill. But Hélène puts up a fight, and V’s weapon gets lost in the shuffle. Eve tosses it back to Villanelle, who grabs Hélène by the ankles, turns her over and straddles her (and not in a kinky way).
I love that most of V’s focus during this scene is on Eve. You can see the palpable hurt in her eyes.
Hélène tells Villanelle to “make it good,” before V slits her throat. RIP, Hélène. You probably died on the same day as Fernanda — how poetic.
Villanelle storms out, but not before informing Eve that she’s “done with her.” Oof. My VillanEve heart!
Later, Yusuf calls Eve with information regarding the taxicab Carolyn took. She heads to the taxi service and shows one of its employees a photo of Carolyn. Despite his initially adamant stance about client privacy, he calls the driver who took Carolyn to the squat.
While Eve waits for the other cabbie to arrive, said employee performs a peculiar dance routine, complete with nunchucks to a metal song. It wouldn’t be Killing Eve without some weird sh*t following a gruesome murder.
Next, Eve tracks down Lars’ cabin, wherein Carolyn shoos Eve away. Then, the duo chats it up in the woods. Eve confronts Carolyn, revealing she knows the latter’s involvement with the Twelve. It’s abundantly clear that Eve plans to kill her. However, Carolyn insists she merely infiltrated an anarchist organization planning to disrupt the system. Of course, power corrupts, morphing the Twelve into what it is currently.
Eve doesn’t believe her, nor does she think Kenny’s death is the sole motivator for her actions. Carolyn begs Eve to give her one evening with Lars to pump information out of him. Eve appears to oblige. Carolyn tries to distract Lars from Eve’s departure by hugging a tree. Methinks even 1970s Carolyn wouldn’t be on board with that.
Lars and Carolyn’s conversation takes on a different tone than their previous interactions. Lars holds her hand, telling her she’s not like other women. Dude, women are no stranger to that song and dance. Just when it seems like Carolyn has softened Lars’ edges, Eve storms in, gun raised, and shoots him dead. RIP, Lars. You had a nice cabin.
Carolyn informs Eve she’s killed a high-ranking member of the Twelve, but the org will find a way to replace him.
After Eve leaves, Carolyn finds a notebook in Lars’ pocket containing pertinent info.
Meanwhile, Villanelle arrives at Feasgar Island. She spots Gunn with a sheep slung over her shoulders. Villanelle claims her back hurts, signifying that she knows Gunn tried to kill her. Suddenly, the pair duke it out, punching and kicking and biting like there’s no tomorrow.
Amid their struggling, Gunn pushes Villanelle off a small cliff, and they land on their backs. Gunn starts laughing, with V also bursting into laughter. Villanelle asks if she can stay with Gunn.
Camille Cottin brought everything to the table to portray Hélène, another powerful Killing Eve woman who’s a badass till the end. But Hélène’s murder will undoubtedly spawn lethal repercussions for Villanelle, painting a red target on her back courtesy of the Twelve. Eve killing Lars also spells dangerous consequences for her. Even when our lovers are at war, they’re still on the same wavelength.
It’s interesting to watch the reactions of all three women murdering people in “Oh Goodie, I’m a Winner.” Pam doesn’t enjoy killing Fernanda. She questions the job from the get-go, taking Fernanda’s cheery disposition into account.
Side note: Vasan is killing it as Pam. I still question this show’s decision to introduce new characters at the last minute. Still, Vasan’s portrayal of Pam is incredibly nuanced (check her out in the vastly different and heartwarming We Are Lady Parts on Peacock).
Meanwhile, Eve makes her second kill after Raymond in Season 2 and appears to do it with the ease and sleekness of a pro. Her reaction isn’t as visceral as with Raymond, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Of course, Villanelle’s so used to killing people that murdering Hélène is another day that ends in “y.” She’s laser-focused on Eve throughout. Comer’s bravura and depth as a performer are unmatched.
Hélène told someone on the phone to “send Pam” for an assignment. I’m assuming she was speaking with Konstantin. Who do you think Hélène wants Pam to kill? Maybe Gunn or Villanelle? Will our core four faves make it out of this show alive? We’ve only got two episodes left, so be sure to stick around for my recaps, only on Geek Girl Authority.
Killing Eve‘s two-part series finale airs on your BBC America affiliate on Sunday, April 10, at 8 pm.