‘Killing Eve’ author isn’t happy about the TV adaptation’s twist ending


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Luke Jennings, the author of the books that became TV series Killing Eve, has panned the ending of the TV adaptation but given fans some unexpected hope.

The Emmy-winning spy thriller series, streaming in Australia on ABC iview, wrapped up after four seasons two weeks ago.

Actresses Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer played federal agent Eve Polastri and deadly assassin-for-hire Villanelle (pictured).

And over four seasons, the two women’s cat and mouse, will-they-or-won’t-they relationship made the show a big favourite among queer fans.

But queer fans were left furious about the show’s “heartless”, “cruel” and “unsatisfying” series finale.

In the episode’s last few scenes, the two women finally share a kiss before joining forces to take down the shadowy cabal “The Twelve” together.

But after their embrace, in the closing minutes of the episode, Villanelle is shot by a sniper.

Author Luke Jennings said it was a “thrill” to see the TV adaptation take his story in “unexpected directions”.

He said he also loved the “sexual tension crackling and the sparks flying” between the two actresses.

“It’s an extraordinary privilege to see your characters brought to life so compellingly,” Jennings wrote in The Guardian.

“You’re never going to love everything the screenwriting team does, that’s a given.

“But the final series ending took me aback.”

Killing Eve author says ‘Villanelle lives’

After the finale aired, Killing Eve head writer Laura Neal said they’d discussed many possible endings for the pair. They ultimately decided the shock twist was the most “truthful”.

But Jennings said, “A truly subversive storyline would have defied the trope which sees same-sex lovers in TV dramas permitted only the most fleeting of relationships before one of them is killed off.

“How much more darkly satisfying, and true to Killing Eve’s original spirit, for the couple to walk off into the sunset together?

“Spoiler alert, but that’s how it seemed to me when writing the books.

“I learned the outcome of the final episode in advance, and suspected, rightly, that fans would be upset.

“But to those fans, I would say this: Villanelle lives. And on the page, if not on the screen, she will be back.”

Killing Eve’s final season is streaming in Australia on ABC iview. Earlier seasons are also available to watch on Stan.

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