New Year’s Resolutions: Killing Eve needs to remain relevant but not on the nose

Jodie Comer as Villanelle, Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri - Killing Eve _ Season 2, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gareth Gatrell/BBCAmerica
Jodie Comer as Villanelle, Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri - Killing Eve _ Season 2, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gareth Gatrell/BBCAmerica /

Killing Eve Season 3 doesn’t have a release date, but it is coming sometime in 2020. It’s New Year’s Resolution is to remain relevant without pushing.

One thing that Killing Eve has always done is remain relevant without pushing things too much. We’ve not been hit over the head consistently with current storylines, keeping the focus on this tale of spies, crime, and Villanelle/Eve’s relationship.

With the third season on its way sometime in 2020, it’s the perfect time to look at what the show needs to offer. This isn’t about answering questions about how Eve could possibly survive that cliffhanger at the end of the second season or whether things will ever work out for one of our favorite couples on TV.

It’s all about the ability to offer current storylines without hitting us over the head. Let’s take a look at the New Year’s Resolution for 2020.

The show: Killing Eve

The resolution: Keep the current politics and news without knocking us over the head with it all the time

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Why it needs to be made: Most of the time, a TV show will include elements of the real world. We get stories that are linked to the current political climate or stories that you’ll hear in the news. The problem is that they end up too on the nose, or there’s this feeling of being bashed over the head with the storylines.

That’s not something Killing Eve has done. We get storylines that are more intricately developed, inferring to things connected to the real world.

Just one example is Aaron Peel, played by Henry Lloyd-Hughes. His storyline has an element of today’s digital climate, the way that Facebook can gain and use information. It focuses on topics like revenge porn, something that has become more and more prevalent in the news in recent years.

However, not once has we felt like we’ve been lectured at throughout the series. The topics have been included for the story and, for lack of a better word, entertainment value. Using the topics has been in a similar way to The Sinner, allowing the series to delve deeper into storylines and psyches.

At one point, the second season did start to go down the political route. It looked like it was going to be Eve and Villanelle against the evil political men. However, it was all pulled back at the end. It was a way to develop Eve’s storyline, to help her see what she needed for herself.

While TV crime dramas do need to include elements of the real world, there are times they need to just offer some form of entertainment. TV is also about escapism, even crime dramas. We need to be able to avoid the real world at times, but still have something that feels believable and real.

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What do you hope to see in Killing Eve Season 3? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Killing Eve Season 3 premieres sometime in 2020.