The second season of BBC America's cat-and-mouse drama "Killing Eve" captures only 30 seconds after the events of the first season ended, but creating what is to come is a new executive producer in Emerald Fennel.  Fennel entered the Phoebe Waller bridge's creation after the first season was already written, but before it was in the air. The two women have long been friends, the serial star Sandra Oh pointed to the television critics Assn. press tour panel for the show Saturday. The fact that "they have a relationship and [similar] sensitivity [in] where they come from, their humor, their style" made it a "good match" for the fennel to be the driving force behind the second season, Oh said. 1
Fennel not only had several complex characters, including Oh's titular MI5 agent and Jodie Comer's murder Villanelle, but she also had to balance a tone that mixed deep tensions with humorous bits.
"I think it's also the location of humor within the show – the way it undermines the really serious moments is genius," Comer said.
For Comer, the character's "complexity and versatility" is what keeps things interesting. "It's written by a woman who understands all this, and it's so visible in the writing. It's so fun to play. It's a real gift," she said.
In the second season, Oh noted, both women will be considered "vulnerable in slightly different ways."
"They have crossed a line and there is little to go back. We have a lot of energy in the beginning. .. and it both pushes them to another vulnerability, "she explained. "How can you express a relationship that seems impossible? That's what I think we're trying to find out every day."
Villanelle is particularly vulnerable in the first two episodes of the second season because she is fleeing one year after her meeting with Eve in the first season finale. This gives Comer a chance to show a new side of Villanelle internally, as she has to "scramble" to survive, but really feels how far it is out of control, she is as well as externally with new "found" fashion species.
"Villanelle fetishizes clothes," fennel pointed out, so the show must be very specific in what it suits her. "We all know women, how powerful clothes can be like a weapon."
While the first two episodes see Villanelle's clothing on the more common side of the spectrum, including a very specific set of pajamas and a meeting with a pair of Crocs, after she is out of the "very vulnerable environment", the exhibition will explore " how much clothes means to her. "
The second season of the show will also expand slightly to consider the possibility of another assassin in the mix. While Eva and the Villanelle relationship will always be at the heart of the show, Fennikel said, "What really is interesting says," What do we do when others come together? "Is Eva a mother expert or is she a Villanelle expert? And what does that mean for her, Carolyn, for her job?" "
Added executive producer Sally Woodward-Gentle:" What would happen to Villanelle if she thought Eva's eyes were not always on her? "  Comer noted that they still very much "find out the pieces" of their characters and their relationships as they are – not just for Eve and Villanelle, but also for many new characters coming in. "Each actor brings another energy to the set and adds something new," she said. "We are incredibly fortunate to have so many actors come in."
The team behind the show also reflects that when they first made "Killing Eve", the #MeToo and Time & # 39; s Up moves just went off. For Oh, the show was of greater importance to be in a story that focused on "not only believing in her every moment, but just watching her at every moment" at such a time in history. "That's what I feel deeply minded about and what I hope grows in the states," she said.
But, Oh, added, such poignancy is not a "driving force" when she goes into roles. "I'm happy if it opens up and contributes … but I'm interested in what I'm interested in," she said. And one thing she's interested in at this point in her career has "the chance to set the tone."
The same goes for Fennel, who pointed out that as women working in this business, "we are used to being cement and men are the bricks. We are used to filling the cracks – we take a seat and make it to work. [But] on a show like this we are the brick. "
" Killing Eve "Season 2 premieres April 7 at. 8 on BBC America, simulcast at AMC.