Co-written by current showrunner Suzanne Heathcote and season four showrunner Laura Neal, ‘Are You Leading or Am I?’ is a satisfying ending to a rollercoaster of a season. It ends with less of a bang than the previous two seasons, but by no means with fewer twists. It sees Villanelle throw in the towel on her career as an assassin, and Eve turns her back on any chance of normality, choosing life with her former nemesis. The season finale also provides a (less than satisfying) conclusion to the investigation into Kenny’s death: supposedly, he ‘accidentally’ fell from the roof of the Bitter Pill headquarters while Konstantin attempted to persuade him to join the Twelve. Of course, this being Killing Eve (and Konstantin, a character known for his slipperiness), the reliability of this account is dubious. Nevertheless, it ties up a loose end, albeit unconvincingly.
Throughout the course of the episode, we see Villanelle attempt to accept Carolyn’s offer of a job at MI6, on the condition that she is not hired as an assassin. Carolyn turns her down though, evidently seeing her as no more than a killer. Villanelle and Eve reunite and share a clumsy and endearing dance before being separated once again. Rhian (Alexandra Roach) attempts to bring Villanelle back into the clutches of Helene and the Twelve, only to be Villanelle’s final kill of the series. Things come to a head when Carolyn holds Konstantin and Paul (Steve Pemberton) at gunpoint over the death of her son and Eve and Villanelle unwittingly barge in. After a tense few moments in which Carolyn has the gun pointed at Konstantin’s skull while he begs a stunned Villanelle to try and save him, Paul (who is revealed to “be the Twelve”) is killed, and Eve, Villanelle and Konstantin escape. In an emotionally charged scene, Villanelle leaves Konstantin to follow Eve, telling him he “is not family.” Eve and Villanelle attempt to part ways but are drawn back together once again, concluding the action.
As ever, the chemistry between Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer is palpable and makes the dynamic between Eve and Villanelle electric to watch. Suzanne Heathcote recognised that a flashy ending for the two of them was unnecessary, and provided an understated but poignant development in their relationship instead, with them both choosing one another. What is particularly notable is that Villanelle, who refused to let Eve go at the end of season two (‘You’re Mine’), now gives her the option of leaving, and waits for her to turn back in her own time. Villanelle’s character development has been one of the most impressive things about Killing Eve season three; she has changed enough not to be repetitive without losing what made her entertaining and interesting, to begin with.
It’s also worth noting that while the Twelve as a whole remains largely underutilised, we gain more insight into their workings – one thing Heathcote has excelled at as showrunner is addressing plot holes left unaddressed by Emerald Fennell in season two. While slightly geared towards fans of the show as opposed to viewers in general, season three is compelling and entertaining, and the finale concludes it on the right note.
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