‘Killing Eve’ Season 4 Pushed Back Indefinitely Because of COVID-19; When Will It Premiere Now?

Even the deranged assassin Villanelle is no match for COVID-19. BBC America’s show Killing Eve is the latest series to suffer delays and pushback because of the pandemic. And unfortunately for fans, there isn’t a set start date at the moment.

Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri Jodie Comer as Villanelle in the Season 3 finale of 'Killing Eve'
Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri Jodie Comer as Villanelle in the Season 3 finale of ‘Killing Eve’ | Laura Radford/BBCAmerica/Sid Gentle

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‘Killing Eve’ is the latest victim of COVID-19-related delays

Fans of the obsessive, tension-filled drama Killing Eve are going to have to wait even longer to find out what Eve Polastri and Villanelle decide on that bridge in London, because production is pushed back. 

Deadline reported that they initially wanted to start filming in August, but now production on the show’s fourth season was delayed indefinitely. All three of its past seasons lasted eight episodes and premiered in April. So while that was initially the timeline creatives were hoping to stick with again, it looks like viewers are going to have to wait until later in 2021 to get more VillanEve. 

Killing Eve shoots across multiple European locations,” a spokesperson told Deadline about the delays. “Due to the uncertainty of the world as a result of COVID-19, no shooting schedules for Killing Eve season four have been locked in at this point and there are various scenarios in play.”

The show’s first season primarily took place in the U.K. and Paris, with Italy, Russia, and other countries in the mix. Then Season 2 had a lot more Italy involved, with one notable episode in Amsterdam. While Season 3 took it back to Russia (which was filmed in Romania), Spain, and showcased the U.K. primarily. Deadline reported that the rumors about flying star Sandra Oh to Europe being an issue are false. 

Season 4 of ‘Killing Eve’ has had other issues besides production

This delay for Season 4 isn’t the first time this upcoming season has experienced problems. Staff writer for Killing Eve, Kayleigh Llewellyn, tweeted a controversial screenshot of a Zoom meeting on June 12, Variety reported. 

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“15 weeks later, it’s the final day of the Killing Eve writers room,” she wrote in the now-deleted tweet. There was a backlash because all of the writers in her screenshot were white. Having an all-white writers’ room in 2020 just felt off for people on Twitter. The lack of diversity is especially prevalent in the writing for Season 3. 

According to Deadline, Oh talked about working in the U.K. in the past in regards to diversity.

“Sometimes it would be me and 75 white people and I have not come from that,” she said. “The development of people behind the camera is very slow in the UK.”

Eve and Villanelle’s relationship was left up in the air the last time fans saw them

While fans have to wait longer for a new season, the last one still left them with a lot of intriguing questions. Konstantin is off to God-knows-where after nearly admitting to Kenny’s murder (or suspiciously denying it). Carolyn’s motivations are hard to pin down, and her trajectory is hard to guess. And Eve and Villanelle’s relationship is at an impasse. 

Eve Polastri and Villanelle talk on the bridge in the final season of Season 3, 'Killing Eve'
Eve Polastri and Villanelle talk on the bridge in the final season of Season 3, ‘Killing Eve’ | Laura Radford/BBCAmerica/Sid Gentle

“I feel like they both walk away,” Comer shared in a BAFTA live stream interview on June 5, referring to the final scene of them on the bridge in London. “I think initially, I think they both walk away. Who knows. Season 4 is a whole — who knows what’s gonna happen. But I think they walk away in that moment, what sits is that moment.”

It’s a highly-debated scene for fans. Some agree with Comer, but a lot of viewers not only want Eve and Villanelle to be together (finally) but see their paths joining after that bridge scene. Even though Villanelle might have known Eve was going to turn around, she gave her that choice instead of claiming her as an object, like she tried to do in the Season 2 finale. 

While many outcomes are on the table for these two characters, Oh also doesn’t see a “happy ending” for the two at all.

“No, and I think that’s what makes great drama,” Oh told Variety on April 17. “I think that’s what makes great romance. It’s the yearning that brings people in. It’s that dramatic storytelling. It’s based on desire and yearning.”

Hopefully, Season 4 does include some more gay yearning and more tension and drama that Killing Eve fans love. 

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