'Killing Eve' Author Criticizes Series Finale for 'Punishing' Lesbian Love Story
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After the fan-favorite show airs its fourth and final season finale, Luke Jennings, the author of the original books inspiring the show, expresses his disappointment with the ending.

AceShowbiz - Fans are not the only ones who are not happy with how "Killing Eve" ended. After the fan-favorite show airs its fourth and final season finale, the author of the original books inspiring the show also expresses his disappointment with the ending.

[SPOILER ALERT] Luke Jennings weighed in on the controversial final, which aired on April 10, in a piece for The Guardian. "It's an extraordinary privilege to see your characters brought to life so compellingly, but the final series ending took me aback," he said. In the finale, Villanelle (Jodie Comer) was shot and killed after she and Eve (Sandra Oh) finally ended years of sexual tension with a kiss. "You're never going to love everything the screenwriting team does," Jennings continued.

"When Phoebe Waller-Bridge [season 1 showrunner] and I first discussed Villanelle's character five years ago, we agreed that she was defined by what Phoebe called her 'glory': her subversiveness, her savage power, her insistence on lovely things. That's the Villanelle that I wrote, that Phoebe turned into a screen character, and that Jodie ran with so gloriously," he recalled.

According to Jennings, "the season 4 ending was a bowing to convention." He also called it "a punishing of Villanelle and Eve for the bloody, erotically impelled chaos they have caused…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," he went on to write. "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."

As for "Killing Eve" showrunner Laura Neal, she previously told Decider that the final scene was "really important" and meant to signify Eve's "rebirth" free of Villanelle. "We really wanted a sense of her washing off everything that had happened in the past four seasons and being able to begin again, but take everything that she has learnt and everything that Villanelle has given her into a new life," she explained.

Neal added, "It felt right to us that Eve survives and Villanelle dies, but dies in a way that feels, I think, triumphant for her, because she achieves something that she wanted to achieve at the very beginning of season 4 in the moment of her death, which is to do something good."

It's said that a "Killing Eve" spin-off is currently in the works. It is set to follow Fiona Shaw's MI6 character Carolyn Mertens.

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