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TCA 2019: Season 2 of Killing Eve will pick up 30 seconds after the events of S1 finale

By Tara Bennett & Josh Weiss
Killing Eve Sandra Oh Jodie Comer

There's some good news for those of you who have been pining for Killing Eve since Season 1 ended on BBC America last May. When Season 2 kicks off this spring, it'll be like you never left the assassin-based action surrounding MI5's Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh).

Appearing for a panel at the TCA 2019 winter tour, the principal cast and creative team behind the popular drama-thriller revealed that the upcoming sophomore season will open about 30 seconds after the events of the Season 1 finale.

Oh, who won big at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for her performance on the series, talked about how the founding of the Time's Up and Me Too movements coinciding with the production of Season 1 was very fortuitous.

"When we were making our show Time's Up was created and MeToo was starting," she said. "Doing a show doing what MeToo was trying to do was fantastic. I feel our show examining and taking the female psyche seriously, and watching them in every moment, I feel deeply aligned with and hope is growing in the States."

Killing Eve TCA 2019

The upcoming season will also continue Season 1's trend of hopping all over Europe as Polastri attempts to track down the deadly assassin known as Villanelle, aka Oksana Astankova (played by Jodie Comer).

"We all delighted in that our show has an international feel and flavor," added Oh. "It gives a depth to the show and an originality to the show. It’s another way for the audience to lean in, because there will be new banners every few episodes."

Comer chimed in with:

"It’s always the backstreets and not the tourist places, which lends an authenticity."

When asked if Astankova is a straight-up psychopath, Comer said:

"It’s not something we wanted to be stuck to. She has a lot of traits, but there are characteristics like lack of remorse that I didn’t want to be stuck to. [What] we really played with are the brief moments of empathy or remorse ... She wants connection and she thinks she knows what love is."

"It's not a documentary, so we want to be flexible in traits of a psychopaths," offered Oh.

In addition, executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle hinted that a new professional killer could be entering the scene of Season 2 when she asked:

"What will happen when Villanelle realizes that Eve’s gaze is not just on her?"

Based on Luke Jennings' novella Codename Villanelle, the show was developed by British actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who played the rebellious droid and Lando Calrissian's second-in-command, L3-37, in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Season 2 of Killing Eve premieres on BBC America Sunday, April 7. Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter movies) returns to play MI6 leader Carolyn Martens. Emerald Fennell, not having worked on the first season, was hired as an EP and writer.

For our full coverage of the TCA 2019 winter tour, click here.