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Killing Eve Fans Were 'Not Prepared' For Romeo And Juliet Clue In Season 4

Kimberley Bond

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Killing Eve Fans Were 'Not Prepared' For Romeo And Juliet Clue In Season 4

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Killing Eve has returned to our (computer) screens, with the very final season dropping on BBC iPlayer.

And already, fans are predicting a bitter end for both Eve Polastri and Villanelle, with the series paying homage to an iconic love story with quite the grisly end.

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The scene, which sees Eve and Villanelle encounter each other once more while separated by a fish tank, is reminiscent of Baz Lurhmann’s 1996 classic Romeo + Juliet, where Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo sees Claire Danes’s Juliet through an aquarium display.

As much as fans appreciated the homage, some Killing Eve fanatics feared this reference may suggest that both Eve and Villanelle could die by the end of the series, much like Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers.

People thought the moment looked like Romeo + Juliet (Credit: 20th Century Fox)
People thought the moment looked like Romeo + Juliet (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Taking to social media, one person wrote: “Totally caught & understood the Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet reference.”

“Every time I see a Romeo and Juliet parallel my alarms go haywire.... So...who is dying...eve or Villanelle?” a second feared.

“If these clues lead to what their fate is to be, I'm gonna cry my eyes out if they both die,” a third said.

And a fourth pointed towards a more subtle tribute to Romeo + Juliet, making reference to Villanelle’s ‘angel wings’ as she stands at the font – not dissimilar to Juliet’s ‘angel’ costume in the film.

Villanelle also looks like Claire Danes' angel (Credit: BBC)
Villanelle also looks like Claire Danes' angel (Credit: BBC)

“Lost my sh** at the fish tank in the trailer but was unprepared for the font allusion as well,” they said.

These allusions to Romeo + Juliet were certainly included into the series on purpose, according to Eve actor, Sandra Oh.

Speaking in a webinar with Variety, she explained: “There’s a bunch of film references that I feel we snuck in this season which I really, really liked.

People thought the allusion could point to the climax (Credit: Twitter/BBC/20th Century Fox)
People thought the allusion could point to the climax (Credit: Twitter/BBC/20th Century Fox)

“There are classic images and stories that I don’t mind being a part of because it immediately gets you into a dynamic visually.

“There’s certain symbols that carry on in the show, and I really like those references.”

But could they also seal the fate of Eve and Villanelle? Only time will tell…

Killing Eve is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Topics: Killing Eve, TV And Film, BBC

Kimberley Bond
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