Fans of Killing Eve heaped praise on the Villanelle’s murderous clown scene last night, with some demanding a spin-off show for the assassin’s ‘mad and hilarious’ antics.
During the second episode of the hit BBC drama, which aired last night, Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer, acted as a mentor for fledgling killer Felix, played by Stefan Iancu, with the duo dressing up as clowns to perform a kill at a children’s party.
But after Felix failed to perform a clean murder, Villanelle rashly and abruptly shot their original victim and her new protégé in response.
Many viewers were wowed by the scene, with one saying: ‘That clown scene just reminded me why I first fell in love with Killing Eve.
Fans of the hit BBC drama Killing Eve were wowed by clown Villanelle’s murderous scene last night, with the assassin dressing up as a children’s entertainer before shooting her target
‘Jodie Comer perfectly plays humour and madness in equal measure.’
Meanwhile another wrote: ‘Catching up on tonight’s Killing Eve and I am obsessed with clown Villanelle. I would gladly watch a spinoff show of this.’
In the third season of the series, as part of Villanelle’s deal to come back to the mysterious group The Twelve, she was determined to be promoted and become a Keeper.
The position was higher than her current mentor Dasha, or even her long-term friend/enemy and minder Konstantin.
Many of those watching were left wowed by the scene, with some saying it reminded them why they loved the show
But she struggled to act as a mentor for her protégé Felix, scoffing as he explained that he had taken to murder after his boyfriend was bullied.
Teaming up, the two found themselves going after a target at a packed children’s birthday party.
They dressed up as children’s entertainers, donning full clown makeup, fluffy wigs and colourful outfits.
But the duo were initially stuck making balloon animals in the corner, with Villanelle telling one petulant party guest: ‘Life is sh**.’
Villanelle and wannabe assassin Felix arrived at the children’s party dressed up as children’s entertainers in order to execute their kill
After spotting the target, Villanelle coached Felix to go after the kill, explaining: ‘Stick to the plan, clean and clinical. Go now.’
But as Felix headed into the house, revealing a concealed knife from within a clown horn, Villanelle grew concerned about his progress and followed him.
She found he had fluffed the murder, leaving the scene covered in blood and the victim gasping for air while Felix tried to choke him.
And after the wannabe assassin tells Villanelle he had ‘improvised’, the killer shoots both the target and Felix in the head before saying: ‘Management sucks.’
Villanelle was left horrified after she stumbled across Felix choking their victim and covered in blood, forcing her to take matters into her own hands
Many of those watching were left stunned by the scene, with some saying it reminded them why they had loved the show in the first place.
One commented: ‘Villanelle clown is the best Villanelle.’
Meanwhile another wrote: ‘Villanelle dressed as a clown, terrifying those French kids is maybe the hardest belly laugh I’ve had since this whole global pandemic thing started.’
One called the humorous costume ‘a mood’, writing: ‘Villanelle be looking still stylish while wearing a clown costume. What a beauty.’
Villanelle swiftly shot their original victim, before turning her gun on Felix himself as punishment for the fluffed murder
The comments come after concern the show had lost it’s sparkle, with critics branding the hotly-anticipated third series ‘lifeless’, ‘tired’ and ‘boring’ in their first-look reviews.
The BBC thriller returned to screens last week after networks brought forward the premiere date from this summer, much to the delight of millions of fans stuck at home during lockdown.
Once again, the drama focuses on stylish assassin Villanelle and former agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) as they reignite their game of cat-mouse.
Praise for the episode comes after critics questioned whether the show’s third season had lost it’s sparkle
Having survived the gunshot wound she sustained in Rome in the series two cliffhanger finale, Eve is now ‘hiding in plain sight’, working as a chef in New Malden. Meanwhile Vilanelle has been given a ‘promotion’ and is now training new assassins.
But while Comer has been hailed ‘impish’ and ‘engaging’ by critics – and remains as stylish as ever – the early episodes in the series have left critics on both side of the Atlantic feeling underwhelmed, with the majority handing the show 2-3 stars.
However fans of the show have no need to worry about the lukewarm reception sounding the death knell for Killing Eve as series four has already been given the green light.