Eve and Villanelle are both far from perfect. In fact, they have both done some pretty horrible things on the show.
Part of the reason Killing Eve has so many fans is that the main characters behave so badly. Sure, Villanelle is an assassin; her behavior, to a certain extent, is to be expected, but she is surrounded by a lot of supposedly good people making bad choices as well.
This show is not black and white when it comes to morals, and the characters fans are supposed to invest in. No matter the reason, Killing Eve is a show about people making bad choices, and here are some of the worst.
Villanelle – Stalking Niko
Niko is a math teacher and a civilian, and yet Villanelle, for no other reason than the fact she is obsessed with his wife, begins stalking him.
She is actually at the school event where Eve can’t pay any attention to Niko. She speaks with Gemma. She shows up later at Niko’s work. This is all personal, it’s creepy, and it’s downright mean.
Eve – Being With Villanelle
Eve began season one as a government pencil pusher who, supposedly, was happily married. Apparently, the dangerous life appealed to her as she got involved with Carolyn and hunting down Villanelle.
Being interested in Villanelle is not a crime; it’s part of her job. However, obsessing over the psychotic murderer and even, in a sense, being in love with her, is not a good look. Why is this a particularly bad look for Eve? Because she is also, supposedly, happily married.
Villanelle – Killing Gabriel
Gabriel was that sweet, disfigured teen boy in the hospital with Villanelle at the beginning of Killing Eve season two. He was just looking to connect with someone, and in the moment, even with her crazy talk, it seemed that he and Villanelle understood each other in a way.
Apparently, how Gabriel understood Villanelle was not how Villanelle understood Gabriel as, in the end, before escaping the hospital altogether, Villanelle murdered Gabriel in his hospital bed.
Eve – Lying to Kenny
Eve had very few real friends on the show (which may be part of the problem), but she and her colleague Kenny (who is also boss Carolyn’s son) seemed to make a connection and work well together, bending the rules and keeping each other’s secrets. But not all their secrets.
As Eve gets more connected (and obsessed) with Villanelle she starts treating everyone around her just a little bit worse. This includes Kenny. She starts lying to him, and when he realizes, he moves to another team.
Villanelle – Killing Gemma
Villanelle killing anyone isn’t great. It may be her job, but it’s an underground profession and illegal for a reason. However, some of her kills have nothing to do with her profession. In fact, her worst choices come when she kills for reasons besides money.
In season two, Villanelle, just as obsessed with Eve as Eve is with her, finds out that Eve’s husband is living with a colleague, Gemma. For no real reason, except to punish Niko for what wasn’t a real indiscretion, she murders Gemma.
Eve – Stabbing Villanelle
Set the scene. It is the finale of season one, and Villanelle and Eve have finally come together in Villanelle’s apartment. It seems as if they have feelings for one another, perhaps Eve will be able to convince Villanelle to take a new path, stay on the straight and narrow.
But what kind of show would that be? After a kiss, and laying down in bed together, Eve stabs Villanelle and leaves her to bleed out. If Eve were just doing her job, this would make sense, but Eve has gone far beyond just doing her job.
Villanelle – Killing Bill Pargrave
Bill was, perhaps, the only genuinely kind and honest person working in Eve’s world on the show. Villanelle was trying to avoid Eve and all of the British government at that point in season one when she murders Bill at a club, but it is still one of the worst things she ever did.
Bill was kind, viewers liked him, and his death really hit people where it hurt. It’s the one thing that is hardest to forgive her for even as Eve begins to be more obsessed.
Eve – Ignoring Niko
All Niko wants is a little attention and honesty from the wife he genuinely cares about. But, even when Eve agrees to join him at a school event, she’s not there for him.
She is obsessing over her work, over Villanelle, and can hardly give her loving husband the time of day. It’s no surprise that Niko moves out soon after and begins living with Gemma until Villanelle, again, finds them both.
Villanelle – Shoots Eve
Of course, Villanelle shooting Eve at the very end of season two and leaving her to bleed out could be seen as straight revenge for the way Eve left Villanelle at the end of season one.
However, a lot has happened to the pair since then. It seemed as if Eve might be the only person on the entire planet that Villanelle might, in some weird twisted way, care for. All of that goes up in smoke as she walks away in the season two finale.
Eve – Lying to Niko
Even worse than ignoring her husband is when Eve deliberately lies to him. He asks about her job, and he’s paying enough attention to see that is has changed her. He wants to know if she is okay.
All Eve can do is lie, both about how obsessed she is with her search for Villanelle and about what she actually does at work. How much of a field agent is she, really? Niko doesn’t know because Eve won’t tell him.