February 9, 2023

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Killing Eve “Management Sucks”

Series Three, Episode Two

OK, I pretty much have to say this…

OH MY GOD!  THEY KILLED KENNY!  YOU BASTARDS!

Well, now that the obvious joke is out of the way, I can move on to other comments, like how I had no idea Kenny had a sister, or Carolyn a daughter for that matter, or that said woman was Yara Greyjoy.  Will she be doing more in this series?  I don’t know.  But she shouldn’t accept kitchen magnets from Russian weirdos.

However, it occurs to me that this episode has a focus on a character that has always been there and I haven’t had a lot to say about:  Carolyn.  Yes, Eve gets drunk and embarrasses herself, later hooking up with the crew of assistants that she’ll work with for this batch of episodes before she finds a completely new band of assistants for the fourth and final series, AKA the bad one.  The only thing I find particularly noteworthy about these guys so far is these are Kenny’s coworkers and boss from that journalism website he worked for and not MI6.

Oh, and yes, Villanelle is finding out the hard way that it’s not easy to train an assassin that does his own thing while on a mission.  Granted, Villanelle does that all the time, but she’s smooth about it.  Suffice to say that clown will not be getting any further in the Twelve though I did like the story he told about how he had killed a bully and his entire family before coming to Villanelle (he looks about 18 or so) before sheepishly admitting it wasn’t intentional because they were all in the same car.

But what about Carolyn?  I tend to find the show often portrays her as a somewhat stereotypical stiff-upper-lip upperclass type.  At her son’s wake, where Eve gets drunk and Yara Greyjoy chats with Konstantin because of course that guy is there, she seems to be struggling a bit to show any sort of emotion, appropriate or otherwise.  I don’t think it’s because the character isn’t feeling those feelings.  I think it’s more than she doesn’t want to show that she is.  Instead, she wants to carry on her life as she always has.

That means going back to work only to find out she’s on bereavement leave whether she wants to be or not.

That seems to suggest she wants to work through whatever grief she’s feeling, but she’s not doing as well as she lets on if she asks her daughter Yara (or Geraldine) to do like she sometimes does by closing her eyes and not moving for a while, something Geraldine correctly assumes means “go to sleep”.  Now, Eve is a problem solver who would naturally want to look into who killed Kenny (my money is on YOU BASTARDS), then that is one way to get Eve and Carolyn working together again without taking them both back to MI6.

And, of course, Eve’s being alive is one way to get Villanelle back to London.

Maybe she can keep from killing her next stupid protégé there.

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