The murderous dynamic between Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve (Sandra Oh) will see another season. BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a fourth season ahead of the show’s season 3 premiere this spring. The award-winning thriller was created by Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
News of the return isn’t nearly as shocking as some of the twists in the series. Last year, Comer won an Emmy and BAFTA for her performance, while Oh picked up a Golden Globe. Deadline also reported last month that the show’s second season was the BBC’s most-streamed show of 2019, beating out new seasons of established shows like Peaky Blinders and Fleabag. Below, everything we know about Killing Eve Season 4.
What do we know about the show’s renewal?
Both Sarah Barnett, AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios president, and executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle gave glowing statements about the show’s return:
“How could we not have massive confidence in Killing Eve? It has won big in every major award show and is the highest growing show on U.S. television for six years. The reason for this series’ emphatic embrace is the brilliant women who breathed it into being: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emerald Fennell, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw and it’s fairy godmother, executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle. Season 3 lead writer Suzanne Heathcote takes Eve, Villanelle, and Carolyn to places more thrilling, twisted and surprising than ever. Our addicted fans will not be disappointed.” —Barnett
“I am beyond thrilled that we can continue our extraordinary journey. It is testament to everyone involved that we have been picked up so early—the magnificent actors, writers, directors and production team. We are extremely lucky to work with such fierce and dedicated people.” —Woodward Gentle
After the season 2 finale saw Villanelle shoot Eve, fans are awaiting answers about both character’s fates. However, it’s safe to say Oh and Comer will be returning to their award-winning roles in the fourth season.
Barring any other fatal “accidents,” characters including M16 agent Carolyn Martens (Fiona Shaw) and Eve’s sidekick Kenny (Sean Delaney) will come back.
The Hollywood Reporter also states that though no showrunner has been named for Killing Eve season 4, season 3 showrunner Suzanne Heathcote will likely “pass the reins to another woman for the fourth season.” This follows a precedent established by Waller-Bridge, who led the first season before naming Emerald Fennell as season 2 head writer.
What will it be about?
Since season 3 has yet to air, it’s difficult to speculate about a fourth installment. However, the third season includes a possible onscreen appearance from Emmy winner Waller-Bridge. Although she initially avoided writing herself into the show, she told The Mirror in June 2019 that she had a desire to be killed by assassin Villanelle. She told the outlet, “I was like, I am going to write myself a part so that I can be murdered by Jodie.” (The Mirror reports she’s “planning a grisly, 007-style demise for herself.”)
When will it be released?
Considering that an exact season 3 release date hasn’t been given, there’s no way to know when a fourth season would bow. However, Killing Eve season 1 premiered in April 2018 and season 2 followed in April 2019, so it’s safe to assume season 3 is coming in April 2020. Tentatively plan for a Killing Eve season 4 premiere in April 2021.