Killing Eve: So, did this character really die?

This post contains spoilers for kill Eve season 4

kill Eve Season 4 Episode 5 ends with Villanelle on the brink of death. As Eve watches in horror, Villanelle is shot dead in the street by a hidden archer, who is hit by an arrow that flies in her back. The episode ends with Eve desperately cradling an unconscious Villanelle in her arms and her eyes searching for the mysterious assassin.

But… was it really an assassination? Had the show really killed its psychopathic darling once and for all in its dramatic final season? Or was it just a juicy cliffhanger conceived for a moment of jaw-dropping drama? (Reminds us of another show that recently pulled off this trick.)

Sunday night’s episode quickly revealed the truth, which is that Villanelle is … alive and surprisingly healthy. She is rescued after Eve drags her to a safe room with Konstantin and his new assassin training Pam. The apprentice takes care of Villanelle, skillfully takes out the arrow, cleans the wound and stitches it up. A long nap later and Villanelle is practically as good as new and healing at TV speed. After an exhilarating tete-a-tete with Eve, she gets up and stalks out the door, resolving the cliffhanger of her injury in just under 10 minutes.

So Villanelle is safe for now. So has Eve, although the show’s title has long raised questions as to whether her fate is already sealed. (Even though kill Eve has strayed from the path of the original Villanelle book series, making it unclear how things will end for the eponymous character.)

The remainder of the episode divides its time between Carolyn, who is still searching for the name of the person who ordered her son’s murder; Pam attempting her first assassination; and Villanelle, who devours painkillers and chases Hélène. As it turns out, the latter arc gets us to indeed Big death of the episode. Once Villanelle finds Hélène, she crouches under her bed, a large dagger in hand and a wicked little smile on her face, thrilled at the prospect of cutting open her ankles.

Their plan is foiled when Eve unexpectedly bursts into the room and demands to know where Carolyn is. Hélène brings up her cheeky, complicated past, and it’s not long before a jealous Villanelle responds, slitting her ankles and blowing her cover on Eve. The two fight a bit, but Villanelle clearly has the upper hand and pushes Hélène to the ground. All the French assassin can do is grab Villanelle by the shoulders and beg for a cool death. “Make it glorious,” she urges with a puzzled smile on her face. Villanelle proceeds by cutting her throat, leaving Eve to deal with the consequences. She lives (and kills!) another day – for now.

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