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This article contains spoilers for the final episode of Killing Eve.
One fan posted to Twitter comparing the show's ending to that of the book series written by Luke Jennings, and the basis for the hit TV show - and fans are losing it over this alternative ending.
Sharing photos of the final pages of Killing Eve: Die For Me the fan wrote: "a genuinely friendly reminder that this is how the books end: them together, living their lives happily. 💞 villanelle doesn't die and gets a linguistics degree. #killingeve #villaneve".
a genuinely friendly reminder that this is how the books end: them together, living their lives happily. 💞 villanelle doesn't die and gets a linguistics degree. #killingeve #villaneve pic.twitter.com/eDAAs31jUS— em / villaneve faked their deaths 💞 (@nbvillanelle) April 10, 2022
Yes, while the show ends in the heart-breaking scenes of Villanelle's death, the books end with her and Eve living a somewhat peaceful existence in St Petersburg, after faking their deaths. Although, while the show ends with Villanelle killing the Twelve, it seems as if they ultimately survive and cling onto power in the books, and the final showdown takes place in Russia not England.
Already upset fans were even more disappointed to discover this, with one tweeting: "i have to wonder why the writers didn’t do something like this for the show’s ending? it’s honestly cruel"
"It would have been so easy to adapt this at the end of the show. why must they go out of their way to change it so much?" Added another.
"It's 2022 and we're still burying our gays," wrote one fan.
Another added: "TV writers love killing lgbts for shock value [sic]", referencing the 'bury your gays' trope in which LGBT characters are killed off in great proportion, in order to add shock value.
Some viewers have argued that Villanelle's death was ultimately just to surprise the audience, especially as it occurred in the final few minutes of the episode.
Others said they expected it be revealed she had faked her death, only to be left in shock as the screen faded to black.
Some angry fans even compared the finale to the now infamous ending of Game of Thrones - with some who watched both series arguing that the Killing Eve finale was even worse.
Game of Thrones hit headlines after its final episode ended with Bran as King of Westeros, leaving fans shocked and confused as there was little to no build up to this.