With the second season of award-winning series Killing Eve set to premiere on BBC America and AMC on Sunday, April 7 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, and Sandra Oh joined executive producer/writer Emerald Fennell and executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle on stage Saturday for their Television Critics Association (TCA) panel. During the session, the award-winning cast and creative reflected on the first season while teasing viewers with what they can expect from season 2 later this year, and you can check out some of the highlights below.
But first, Comer and Oh have a special message for Killing Eve fans:
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● While discussing the series' first season connections to the #MeToo and TimesUp movements, Oh emphasized that the series' willingness to trust in its female characters was a major positive for her and reflects the times:
"It was amazing to be making a show and doing exactly what TimesUp is trying to do and trying to bring. Our show examining and taking the female psyche seriously."
● When asked a variation of the "how does it feel being part of a show with strong female leads?", Oh pushed back on the assumption that the concept was in play when creative decisions were made:
"I think you're putting a lot of context around creative choices that doesn't go into making those choices…I'm interested in what I am interested in."
● The beginning of season 2 picks up 30 seconds after the first season finale, which saw Oh's Eve making a "very pointed statement" to Comer's Villanelle (no spoilers). Viewers will see both characters changed from the experience–and vulnerable in ways that will surprise even them:
"You see them vulnerable in different ways. They crossed a line and there's no going back. We have a lot of energy in the beginning of the series…it pushes them to a different place of vulnerability."
● Possibly as a nod to Shaw's turn as Aunt Petunia in the blockbuster film franchise, the panel was asked to comment on a comparison between Eve/Villanelle and Harry Potter/Lord Voldemort: the idea that the two relationships are similar because both function under the premise that "neither can live for the other to survive." When asked how Eve and Villanelle could come to terms with their impossible relationship, Oh's response? "That is what I think we are trying to figure out."