As Killing Eve returns, FEMAIL reveals the VERY intriguing fan theories for series three – from Eve having a fling with Carolyn’s daughter to Nico being framed for Gemma’s murder
- First episode of third series of spy thriller lands on BBC iPlayer on Easter Monday
- Fans have been speculating online over whether Villanelle really killed Eve
- Others offered theories ranging from Eve being trained to be an assassin to Villanelle being reunited with her mother, whom she thought was dead
Since Villanelle pulled that trigger on her nemesis-turned-lover and left her bleeding on the ground amidst Roman ruins, fans have been desperate to find out if Eve Polastri survived the gunshot.
And the wait is nearly over, with the first episode of the third series of the acclaimed spy thriller landing on BBC iPlayer on Easter Monday, after airing in the US on BBC America and AMC the day before.
Given Eve, played by Sandra Oh, appears in the trailer, it seems fair to say that psychotic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) didn’t dispatch the MI6 officer.
Many fans have observed how such an outcome mirrors the equally shocking end of season one, when Eve thought she’d killed Villanelle after stabbing her in the stomach.
Either way, theories about how the next installment of the drama will play out are abound on social media. Here FEMAIL brings you some of the potential plot lines that avid watchers of the show are predicting for series three.
Eve and Villanelle are reunited in episode four
Assuming Eve survives – and it’s a pretty safe bet she does, given her name makes up half the title of the show – at some point the two women are going to come face-to-face once more.
One fan who has read between the lines of several critics’ reviews has deduced that a dramatic reunion will take place at the end of episode four – prior to a standalone episode dedicated to Villanelle.
Twitter user @killingkyra shared a thread quoting a review by Paste Magazine which states that writer Suzanne Heathcote has made a decision to keep Eve and Villanelle separated ‘minus one brief and surprising scene’ for at least the first five episodes.
She then cites another reviewer who claims the duo’s reunion ‘comes when you least expect it: with a violent and electrifying encounter’.
Since Villanelle pulled that trigger on her nemesis-turned-lover and left her bleeding on the ground surrounded by Roman ruins, fans have been desperate to find out if Eve Polastri survived the gunshot
The fan then shares another critic’s comment that episode five ‘kills the series momentum’ after ‘the events at the end of four’.
She concludes: ‘Eve and Villanelle will have one (violent and electrifying) scene together within the first five episodes, and that it will most likely take place at the end of episode 4, just before Villanelle’s stand-alone episode.’
Just another four weeks to wait for that, then.
Eve is being trained up to become an assassin
In the final episode of series two, Eve became a killer herself – bludgeoning The 12’s Raymond (Adrian Scarborough) with an axe in a hotel hallway to stop him strangling Villanelle.
It was a scene that made even the most violent slasher movies look tame, with Eve delivering frenzied blow after blow, sending blood spattering over the walls – something Villanelle appeared to take great pleasure in, once she’d recovered from near asphyxiation.
In the final episode of series two, Eve became a killer herself – bludgeoning The 12’s Raymond (Adrian Scarborough) in a hotel hallway while he did his best to strangle Villanelle
Eve, on the other hand, was horrified by her violent onslaught – made worse when Villanelle let slip in the final scene that she could have defended herself as she was carrying a gun.
So, why didn’t she use it? Twitter user @srev_8 reckons it was all a test to see if Eve had it in her to murder someone – and become a member of The 12.
He tweeted: ‘My #KillingEve theory is that they’re training Eve to be the next top assassin.
Twitter user @srev_8 reckons it was all a test to see if Eve had it in her to murder someone – and become a member of The 12
‘This has all been a set up of tests to make sure she will be the ultimate one who won’t get caught. And I think Bill is number 1 of the 12. Villanelle was just a pon.’
All very Hunger Games, no? For those who may have forgot, Bill was Head of Security Section at MI5 and a close companion of Eve’s in season one. Sadly he met a sticky end at the hands of Villanelle on a nightclub dance floor in Berlin.
Nico is framed for Gemma’s murder
At the end of the penultimate episode of season two, Eve’s long-suffering husband Nico fell prey to conniving Villanelle yet again.
Having been confronted by the assassin while he and Gemma – a fellow teacher with a major crush on him – moved his belongings into a storage locker, he woke up to find Gemma dead next to him, having been suffocated by a plastic bag tied around her head.
At the end of the penultimate episode of season two, Eve’s long-suffering husband Nico fell prey to conniving Villanelle yet again when she killed his friend Gemma
Theories abound on Reddit that Nico will be put in the frame for Gemma’s murder – which was all part of Villanelle’s master plan.
CommotioCerebri suggested Villanelle killed Gemma ‘to frame Niko for Gemma’s murder or to permanently scare him away’.
‘She can’t kill him, so this is how she can remove him from Eve’s life,’ they wrote.
TishLaDish14 agreed, writing: ‘I would think either of your theories is viable. Maybe a combination of both? Frame him to keep him away from Eve? But oy, what if Eve wants to “rescue” him?’
Theories abound on Reddit that Nico will be put in the frame for Gemma’s murder – which was all part of Villanelle’s master plan
Redditor101lol also mooted the possibility on their thread Theory for Season 3: ‘Villanelle will believe that Eve is dead following the events of the season 2 finale. Niko could possibly be framed for the murder of Gemma and could be placed in jail.
‘This would cause Eve to become distressed and track down Villanelle once again. This time, Villanelle will have no idea that Eve is coming for her and will carry on with her life as an assassin. Some time in the season Villanelle will find out that Eve is alive somehow and other events will happen.’
Redditor101lol also mooted the possibility on their thread Theory for Season 3 : ‘Villanelle will believe that Eve is dead following the events of the season 2 finale. Niko could possibly be framed for the murder of Gemma and could be placed in jail’
Villanelle is Konstantin and Carolyn’s daughter
In a recent interview, Fiona Shaw – who plays Carolyn – let slip that her character has ‘got more children than we know’.
‘You never know who she was actually married to and who was the father of those children, whether it’s the same father,’ she told Enterntainment Weekly.
One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘I got a sneaky feeling Konstantin is gonna turn out to be the father of Villanelle’
In series three we meet Carolyn’s daughter Geraldine (played by Gemma Whelan) – but some fans suspect Villanelle could be the product of a Carolyn-Konstantin tryst, and thereby Geraldine’s half-sister.
Twitter user @Nerdzilla76 mused: ‘I wonder if my theory I mentioned last time about Villanelle being Carolyn/Konstantin’s daughter is about to come true?’
Another fan, Twitter user @CDC_1919, wrote: ‘I got a sneaky feeling Konstantin is gonna turn out to be the father of Villanelle, on the steps in Rome when she says her family are all dead he quips… well, almost all of them!’
Eve has a fling with Carolyn’s daughter
Earlier this year The Sun revealed Villanelle – who is living in Barcelona at the beginning of series three – gets married to a Spanish woman in the new series.
‘It seems that Villanelle and her Spanish bride are very loved-up,’ a source claimed.
‘The scenes that Jodie and co have already shot include a big Spanish band and the cutting of a cake, before she spots an enemy among the guests and goes after them.’
Some fans have suggested that newly awakened bisexual Eve starts up a sexual relationship with Carolyn’s daughter Geraldine (possibly in retaliation) – which leads to a reunion with Villanelle.
Some fans have suggested that newly awakened bisexual Eve starts up a sexual relationship with Carolyn’s daughter Geraldine – which leads to a reunion with Villanelle
Twitter user @vxllanelle1 mused: ‘Okay a concept. Carolyn’s daughter also turns out to be an assassin, maybe working for MI6? She meets Eve. She seduces Eve. And then BOOM jealous Villanelle turns back up.’
Asked by a fellow fan whom she would rather Eve had her bi-awakening with, @villainoveralls said: ‘I wouldn’t mind seeing Eve hook up with Carolyn’s daughter since V is married and she uses that to finally come into her sexuality fully and own it,’ while @JClawesome deduced: ‘Eve and Carolyn’s daughter are gonna f***.’
Twitter user @vxllanelle1 mused: ‘Okay a concept. Carolyn’s daughter also turns out to be an assassin, maybe working for MI6? She meets Eve. She seduces Eve. And then BOOM jealous Villanelle turns back up’
Villanelle is reunited with her mother
A character who appears in one of the trailers for season three has some fans convinced it’s Villanelle’s long-lost mother.
It transpires Dasha, played by Harriet Walter, is a former Russian gymnast – who is seen brutally beating up her teenage lover in a flashback scene – and an old associate of Villanelle’s who tracks her down.
Killing Eve fans believe Dasha could be closer connected to Villanelle than she lets on, with @VillanelleEves claiming it’s ‘obvious’ she’s her mother – despite a distinctly non-maternal moment in the trailer where the two women try to strangle each other.
Dasha, played by Harriet Walter, is a former Russian gymnast – who is seen brutally beating up her teenage lover in a flashback scene – and an old associate of Villanelle’s who tracks her down
Writing on Twitter, they said: ‘Konstantin said in series 2 in the last episode: not all your family is dead, and Villanelle said her mom has creepy hair in s1, so I’m almost sure… If it’s not her mother I really wonder who she is. Age, appearance, behavior all match to be her mother, and why to make a trailer from the past of a non-important character?’
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jodie Comer hinted that Villanelle does come face-to-face with someone who she thought was dead.
Naturally she could be talking about Eve, but there is the possibility she’s referring to someone else.
Killing Eve fans believe Dasha could be closer connected to Villanelle than she lets on, with @VillanelleEves claiming it’s ‘obvious’ she’s her mother
‘It’s that thing of: You believe someone’s dead, then you live with the fact that someone’s dead and then they’re not,’ she told the publication.
‘How do you come back from that? How does that change your relationship that you once had? Does it? Is there a new opportunity? Is there a chance or is there a need to finish what you did? That’s probably going to be the biggest thing for Villanelle.’
Killing Eve series three, episode one will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer on Monday 6 April, followed by a BBC One airing on 19 April. Further episodes will be released on iPlayer each Monday on a week-by-week basis.
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