BBC America's Killing Eve, about a female assassin and the MI5 officer chasing her, took the world by storm last year. Now the show is gearing up for a highly anticipated second season, set to kick off April 7. Stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw, as well as executive producers Sally Woodward-Gentle and Emerald Fennel, appeared at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Saturday to discuss the exciting new season and everything fans should expect to see when the show returns.
Here's everything we learned.
Season 2 picks up 30 seconds after the end of Season 1. Eve (Oh) has no idea if Villanelle (Comer) is alive after she stabbed her at the end of Season 1 because the wounded assassin escaped her flat before Eve could help her. Of course, based on the first images of the new season (and because there wouldn't be a show without her), we know that Villanelle has survived and is only wounded.
You're going to see a new side of Villanelle. "At the start of the [season] we see Villanelle in a different way. She has no control of the situation," teased Comer, who noted that Eve stabbing Villanelle will affect both characters in a way that neither woman is expecting.
"You see them vulnerable in slightly different ways because they've crossed a line and there's kind of no going back," added Oh. "We have a lot of energy at the beginning of the [season] and that pushes both of them into a different place of vulnerability."
Villanelle's clothing is still incredibly eye-catching. At the start of the panel, BBC America revealed a short trailer for the new season, and fans will be quite delighted by the outfits Villanelle wears in the first few episodes of the new season, but probably not in the way they're expecting. "Villanelle fetishizes clothes... she takes great pleasure in clothes," said executive producer and writer Fennel. However, because Villanelle is in a "completely different, vulnerable setting" her clothes are completely different, according to Oh. And without giving too much away, we can confirm she wears, rather unhappily, a pair of Crocs and a great pajama set.
There's a new female assassin in Season 2. And it's going to cause some issues between Eve and Villanelle, probably. "[The show] always comes down to a fundamental Harry Potter-ish sort of core, which is the gravitational pull which Eve and Villanelle feel toward each other," said Fennel. "Of course, what is without a doubt is that Eve has a particular sense for women and female assassins. So what is really interesting is saying well, what do we do when somebody else comes along? Do we find out that Eve is a female assassin expert or is she a Villanelle expert? What does that mean for her, for Carolyn, for her job... Suddenly there's someone between them for the first time."
The show continues to travel to great locales. The women weren't very forthcoming when discussing where the show would take viewers in Season 2 — whenever possible, they actually film on location — but executive producer Woodward-Gentle did confirm we'll visit Rome in Season 2 before also hinting at locations via food, including hagelslag, which is from the Netherlands.
There are some great new characters this season. Although they didn't name anyone specifically, the cast did talk about some of the new characters who are joining the fray in Season 2. "I think it's so fun because each actor brings a different energy to the set and adds something completely new. Particularly Villanelle, she's the one who spends a lot of time with this people," said Comer. "In Episode 2, she comes across a certain character she spends quite a lot of time with... We had so much fun shooting that section and I think that could be seen through the storyline, so we're incredibly lucky that we get so many amazing actors to come in."
Killing Eve Season 2 premieres Sunday, April 7 at 8/7c on BBC America.