DISCLAIMER: This Killing Eve recap of “You’re Mine” contains more spoilers than the number of times Villanelle has overtly flirted with Eve. Our favorite psychopath knows what she wants and she pursues it. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Killing Eve fanatics! Tonight’s the night we’ve all been waiting for in simultaneous dread and anticipation – the Season 2 finale debut. Killing Eve never fails to wrap its episodes up in white-knuckled cliffhangers, and “You’re Mine” is no exception. I love the incessant parallels drawn between Villanelle and Eve, showing us just how alike our female leads are. Eve executed her first kill! It was a “proud mama” moment for Villanelle. Oh, and remember when Eve stabbed Villanelle? Well, the latter enacted payback in the form of shooting Eve. Sorry baby, but love hurts.
Alright, ready to delve into “You’re Mine?” Just be sure to keep tissues handy. Or an inhaler. You might be better off with the latter after watching this episode.
We open with Villanelle (Jodie Comer) sneaking a peek at Aaron Peel’s secret room. She surreptitiously walks in and finds a variety of camera screens/surveillance footage strewn about. Villanelle discovers that Peel has been watching her all along, like the creeper he is. She also unveils past footage of other girls he’s lured into his Roman lair. All of their stories end tragically, with Peel slaughtering them mercilessly. Thankfully, this is where Villanelle’s assassin skills serve to her advantage.
Meanwhile, Hugo (Edward Bluemel) returns with coffee for Eve (Sandra Oh). He’s still bitter regarding their previous interaction, and Eve’s unwillingness to discuss their one-night stand. Hugo really fancies her. She orders him to call Jess to give MI6 an update on their mission. Hugo leaves to do just that. Eve resumes her monitoring, listening in on Peel (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) and Villanelle at the breakfast table. Peel reveals that he’s wrapping up some deals with potential buyers. Eve hears Villanelle utter the safe word “gentleman” and she springs into action.
Suddenly, Eve hears quite the clamor going on outside her door. She quickly dives under the hotel bed. We see a mysterious man barge in. He searches the room for, presumably, Eve. His phone rings and he answers. Said man is called away, giving Eve a chance to escape. However, she finds Hugo right outside the door, severely injured. He’s bleeding profusely. The aforementioned mystery man shot Hugo. Eve vows to get help for him. She flees, leaving Hugo on the hotel floor. Poor dude. He just can’t catch a break.
Next, she finds the reception desk bereft of hotel staff. In fact, the hotel itself is pretty empty. She dons a maid’s uniform and scrawls a note on a piece of paper for the next arrival to find. It alerts to Hugo’s dire situation and urges the reader to call an ambulance. Probably would have been more sensible to take Hugo to the hospital herself.
Then, we see Eve discreetly sneak into Peel’s Roman pad disguised as a maid. She’s carrying a bad of towels. Eve is initially stopped by one of Peel’s workers, but the latter allows her to pass. Suddenly, she barges into the dining area where Villanelle and Peel are eating. Naturally, Peel recognizes Eve. Unfortunately, Eve didn’t stop to think of a reason for her intrusion or an excuse as to how she knows Villanelle a.k.a. Billie. Love indeed makes you blind, folks.
Meanwhile, Villanelle insists that she’s fine, despite her utterance of the safe word. Peel catches on that Eve was sent courtesy of MI6. Villanelle reveals that Peel “makes movies” where he murders women. Peel urges Villanelle to work for him as his hired assassin in an attempt to prevent her from spilling all his secrets to Eve. He vows to give her everything she desires. Then, he hands Villanelle her first assignment – kill Eve.
Now, Villanelle grabs a knife and slowly makes her way toward Eve. However, once she crosses behind Peel she hastily slits his throat. Villanelle grabs Peel and drags him to a full-length mirror, so he can watch himself bleed out. For the first time in his life, Aaron Peel is not bored. But that freedom from boredom is short lived because, you know, he dies from having his throat slit. Eve is shocked by this act, especially since Villanelle killed the target before MI6 could elicit information out of him. Before they could delve into his objective to “weaponize” data. Villanelle asserts that she would never hurt Eve, and she killed Peel to protect her. This is true love.
Next, the duo enacts an escape plan. Obviously, they’ll be wanted by MI6 for disobeying orders. Eve insists that she stop by the hotel to make sure Hugo was taken to the hospital. Villanelle vows to grab them a getaway car. The two part ways temporarily. Eve finds Hugo gone, so thankfully he must be in medical care. She barges into her hotel room to find Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) waiting for her.
Then, Eve learns that Carolyn planned for this to happen all along. She wanted Villanelle to crack, to “screw up,” as it were. This wasn’t an undercover mission, it was a hit. Despite this being Eve’s plan, she starts to wonder if Carolyn was really the one pulling the strings. Carolyn marks this as a victory, because now Peel is no longer a threat to anyone. She orders Eve to join her, but the latter refuses. Eve feels betrayed by Carolyn. Thus, the two part ways.
Later, Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) finds Villanelle attempting to hijack his car. He reveals that there’s a hit out on her courtesy of Raymond and the Twelve. However, Konstantin struck a bargain with Villanelle’s former handler – Raymond could not lay a hand on Villanelle until after she took out Peel. Another betrayal for the books, in twofold. He gives Villanelle car keys. She learns that Carolyn is willing to give Konstantin his family back, and while he views Villanelle as a friend, she’s not family. Prior to her leaving, she vows to track down Konstantin and his family for revenge. No, I hate it when these two are at odds! Bodnia and Comer are so perfect together. Not to mention, Comer deserves an Emmy for this scene alone. Her wordless discovery of Konstantin’s betrayal spoke volumes.
Next, Villanelle decides to go inside the hotel after waiting for Eve. She runs into Raymond (Adrian Scarborough). Raymond is armed with an ax, and he’s not afraid to wield it. In fact, he’s hellbent on fulfilling his end of the bargain, since Villanelle slaughtered Aaron Peel. The two spring into action, throwing punches and darting each other.
Now, Raymond shoves Villanelle against a railing and proceeds to choke her. We see Eve standing behind Raymond brandishing his ax. Villanelle hoarsely urges Eve to kill him with said ax as the life is being choked out of her. Finally, Eve works up the courage to lodge the ax into Raymond’s back. Raymond releases Villanelle. Eve withdraws the ax and continues to rain it down on him, over and over again until Raymond is dead as a post. Aw, Eve just executed her first murder! And with an ax to boot! Villanelle beams at her like a proud mama.
Now, the pair flee the hotel together. Eve is shell shocked, utterly taken aback by what she just did. Villanelle takes hold of the wheel and leads them through some tunnels as she hashes out an escape plan. Eve and Villanelle emerge into the ruins of the Colosseum, and the duo are in awe of its beauty. Villanelle giddily suggests they get a cabin in Alaska, where nobody would deign to bother them. She vows to care for Eve, and I’m perfectly okay with this plan. Seeing Villanelle this happy and selfless makes me believe this is the truest version of her. Eve brings out the best in Villanelle. Eve goes along with the plan, agreeing to move to Alaska with Villanelle. Finally, us shippers are being well fed!
Suddenly, Eve notices the gun in Villanelle’s hand. Eve snaps out of her reverie. She’s bewildered that Villanelle didn’t shoot Raymond herself, but the latter insists Eve had the situation under control. Of course, Villanelle wanted Eve to experience the power that comes with murder. Now they have another thing in common. Villanelle professes her love for Eve, but the latter rejects her. Eve vows to go back to London, despite knowing that she’ll be wanted for murder. Villanelle declares Eve is hers, like property. When Eve has her back turned to leave, Villanelle brandishes her gun and pulls the trigger. We see Eve is shot, unconscious on the ground. Villanelle flees the scene. Blood pools under Eve’s body. What. The. What?!
Now, this season of Killing Eve was nothing short of spectacular. The acting, the writing, the symbolism, the parallels, the music. Everything from last season was taken up a notch and then some. That final scene in “You’re Mine” should be both Oh and Comer’s Emmy’s submission. Beautiful, visceral, honest performances from both. You see Villanelle deal with rejection and the heartbreak that goes along with unrequited love. That’s character development, right? When a psychopath is able to feel true love for someone other than themselves? And Villanelle’s switch from tearful begging to cold calculation prior to shooting Eve? Masterful. Of course, one has to believe that Eve isn’t dead, especially since Killing Eve is returning for a third season. But with that hell of a cliffhanger, I’m going to be relentlessly theorizing for the next 11 months.
Do you think Villanelle will attempt to kill Eve once she discovers that the latter is alive? Will the Twelve continue their pursuit of Villanelle since Raymond failed? Guess we’ll have to wait until next year to find out!
Killing Eve will return for Season 3 on BBC America in 2020.
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