The author of the Killing Eve book also hates the series finale

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By CBR Staff

Killing Eve author Luke Jennings sides with disappointing fans over the show’s disastrous ending, slamming the season 4 finale for “bowing to convention.”

The following article contains spoilers for Kill Eve Season 4.

Kill Eve and Code name Villanelle Author Luke Jennings recently criticized the TV show’s ending – and has a very good reason. Since Kill EveThe series finale kicked off on April 17, with fans devastated by Villanelle’s sudden death after successfully taking down the Twelve. No matter how many metaphors hinted at tragedy, viewers were left disappointed by the show’s choice to kill Villanelle, and they weren’t the only ones.

The TV series gained huge success adapting Jennings’ books – traveling through queer romance, suspense and intriguing character development. With the messy, erotically dark drama of Villanelle and Eve, Kill Eve proudly led a new era for queer on-screen culture. However, killing off one of the main characters after their brief moment of bliss was unsettling and punishing. In a recent editorial in GuardianJennings said the series compromised Villanelle’s character for a conventional ending.

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The last two seasons of Kill Eve highlighted Villanelle’s extreme existential crisis to find happiness beyond her armed past. Although Villanelle’s attempts were followed by darkness, killing her after that raised questions for many viewers. Season 4 hinted at a positive change for the character through her use of the “Sun” tarot card, and after Villanelle had a late reunion with Eve, fans were convinced there was indeed some change. light at the end of the tunnel for the character.

Villanelle de Jennings was a character in search of glory. Her TV version stayed true to that spirit, giving Villanelle bold outlook and telling brutality as Jodie Comer’s snappy micro-game added another layer to the character. However, Villanelle’s death was neither glorious nor epic. The entire series finale played out like a weakly adapted Shakespearean tragedy. Jennings argued that a happy ending would be more “darkly satisfying and true to Kill Eve mind,” and confirmed that he plans to bring Villanelle back in his next book.


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TV shows may change the source material for good reasons. HBO’s adaptation of Liane Moriarty big little lies makes a more compelling case, reshaping the character of Madeline Martha Mackenzie to be contrasting and intriguing, while making her central murder and investigation more ambiguous than the book. The show received overwhelming positivity when it debuted in 2017, leading to the series expanding beyond the source material. This show’s sad but satisfying finale left viewers wanting more. Kill Eve so diverged from the source material and its multiple unresolved storylines that it left audiences unsatisfied.


Jennings may have spoken publicly against Kill Eve‘s finale, but he still retains a certain respect for the TV series as a whole. In this same Guardian Editorially, he praised many of the show’s cast and crew, including award-winning stars Comer and Sandra Oh, and first-season writer/showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Jennings specifically cited Waller-Bridge’s more faithful take on Villanelle, saying “It’s the Villanelle that I wrote, that Phoebe became a screen character, and that Jodie ran with so gloriously.” Unfortunately, viewers will have to wait for his next book to see what they were hoping to see in Kill Eve‘s final.



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