For the bulk of Season 1, Villanelle goes around killing a bunch of people, including Eve’s boring, sexist former boss Frank, who turns out to be a double agent who was also working for The Twelve, the shadowy secret organization that employs Villanelle. We also meet Konstantin, the Russian teddy bear of a man who serves as Villanelle’s handler/father figure/Russian double agent. Who’s side is he really on? The world may never know.
But it isn’t all deadly perfume and other fun gifts with Villanelle. (Well, mostly it is.) When Eve, Villanelle, and Bill all converge on Berlin following another one of Villanelle’s extra murders, Villanelle kills Bill in a crowded club. Eve is there and can’t stop it. That’s when things get real, and also when Villanelle becomes scary and shitty, rather than just a manic pixie murder girl who takes out creepy and/or corrupt people.
Many things happened at the end of Season 1, including Konstantin and Carolyn both seeming shifty and flirty AF, but the most important development is that Eve and Villanelle have a romantically-charged altercation in Villanelle’s gorgeous Parisian flat and, just when Villanelle thinks they will kiss (girl, same), Eve stabs her and everything changes.
Killing Eve Season 2 Recap
Season 2 picks back up right where Season 1 ended, with Villanelle hoofing it from her Parisian flat after having been stabbed in the heart—whoops, stomach—by Eve. She survives, but The Twelve are not happy with her, sending along a new handler named Raymond, whom Villanelle hates. Konstantin, who Villanelle tried to kill in Season 1, is not only alive, but convinces Villanelle to quit working for The Twelve and to go into freelance assassining with him.
Meanwhile, Eve has returned to London and is having trouble processing what she has done. Naturally, she shares nothing with long-suffering husband Nico. She fears Villanelle may be dead, but, when MI5 hires Konstantin and Villanelle to crack (aka torture into talking) “The Ghost,” a new assassin who has been posing as a cleaner to get close to her targets, Eve is forced to work alongside her crush/the woman she maybe tried to kill that one time.