Even Killing Eve’s Book Author Didn’t Like the Show’s Ending
Even ‘Killing Eve’s’ Book Author Didn’t Like the Show’s Ending
"Villanelle lives," he wrote.
As you may have heard by now, the long-awaited series finale of Killing Eve didn’t sit well with many fans. The years-long sexual tension between the two lead characters, Eve (Sandra Oh) and Villanelle (Jodie Comer), was finally dealt with this season…only to end in the latter’s abrupt and unnecessary death at the end.
It’s reasonable to suspect a happy ending for a spy and an assassin may not be in the cards, but considering the show was based on a series of books by Luke Jennings, in which they actually do have a happily ever after that still fits with their story and genre, it could have been done. And now Jennings himself has come forward to express his disappointment with the show’s changes.
“Over the last week I’ve had messages from all over the world from Killing Eve fans expressing their feelings, often very movingly, about the TV show’s final episode,” he wrote on his blog. “With all due respect to the show’s writers, and the many magic moments they’ve given us, I think we all know that the story doesn’t end there.”
It was a comforting reminder to some fans that there is a canon version of the story where the two end up alive and together, but at the same time, it doesn’t erase what the show did, leaving folks with conflicting feelings all around.
\u201cunpopular opinion: this thing doesn't comfort me. killing eve and the books written by luke jennings are two different things. villanelle, my villanelle played by jodie comer, died cuz of laura neal and nothing can ever fill this pain\u201d— giuls (@giuls) 1650384393
\u201cnever thought a cis straight man would be saving the day and beefing with the killing eve writers... luke jennings can stay\u201d— n\u00faria | aloto era (@n\u00faria | aloto era) 1650383575
\u201cluke jennings announcing both his sequel and his beef with the ke show writers is so funny sorry\u201d— meg (@meg) 1650383361
\u201cCan\u2019t believe Laura Neal made me turn to Luke Jennings to try and fix my heart, yes Oxana isn\u2019t Oksana but if he says she\u2019s alive then she is xxxxxx\u201d— the original clown (@the original clown) 1650392838
\u201chow does a straight white man write a better ending than you and console a bunch of gays because of your bad writing someone give luke jennings an award or something\u201d— retired (@retired) 1650385077
Jennings also teased a new novel headed to TV development, and promised that after that, he planned to work on a new “adventure” circling around Villanelle.
“On the page, if not on the TV screen, Villanelle lives,” he wrote. “Believe in her.”