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Killing Eve: Is Eve Moving on From Villanelle?

Villanelle goes to see Martin, the therapist who treats incarcerated psychopaths and helped profile her for MI5, for therapy, an action made possible by Eve visiting him recently for help. Her menswear evokes Blake Lively in A Simple Favor, as she lounges throughout his home, at times pretending the visit is voluntary while occasionally tying Martin up and almost accidentally killing him. Through Martin and this uncharacteristically chatty version of Villanelle, we are granted perhaps the most insight into her mind the show has ever allowed us, though by now none of it comes as much of a surprise.

Eve’s own best counseling seemed to come from Fernanda, the Cuba wife of a Russian high roller who caught Hélène’s interest after he disappeared. Eve claimed she wasn’t turning Villanelle in for her latest murders because it was no longer her job. Holding Martin hostage is certainly an escalation, however, thanks to Fernanda, Eve recognized it as one of Villanelle’s games, a play for attention that likely would not be the last.

In a way, sending Villanelle to jail is more damning than killing her. It involved less passion, and leaves Eve without the kind of lifelong guilt or cosmic ties between them that Villanelle might wax poetic about in her final moments. Worse still, there’s no real fanfare, no final showdown; Eve isn’t even the arresting officer. Of course there will be more to come, but at this moment in their story, Eve is Don Draper in the elevator telling Villanelle she doesn’t even think about her at all. V will be left to pine away in prison (at least until someone breaks her out for this battle against The Twelve) while Eve keeps working away with the other grown ups.

Eve carefully evades Villanelle’s questions that might lead to her encounter with Hélène, and while she could be protecting that investigation, it’s hard not to think that she’s also very aware of how jealous V would become of their dynamic. The last thing Eve needs is Villanelle brass up her path to The Twelve by attacking Hélène in broad daylight or something, but whenever that inevitable confrontation does take place, it will surely be charged.

It seems that Eve, Hélène, and Carolyn are all hunting the same guy, a Russian agent working for The Twelve in Cuba, now in FSB custody. It would be good to see them all bouncing off one another, especially while Villanelle is locked up. Pam the mortician is a promising character, even if her brother Elliot was comically villainous, so it’s good to see she’ll be sticking around and adding to the mix.

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