While we're all dealing with staying at home, Killing Eve fans have something to be happy about. The American Movie Channel (AMC) announced that its popular series, starring and executive-produced by Sandra Oh, will premiere on April 12, two weeks sooner than originally planned, according to an article published in Variety Friday.
The change comes in light of scheduling issues that arose when productions began shuttering for the time being in order to social distance. For example, the forced suspension of production on some of the network’s most popular shows, including The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, have left significant schedule gaps, on top of the growing need to satisfy sequestered audiences hungry for fresh content.
The new season of Killing Eve promises more intense twists and turns as unemployed bisexual assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and former MI6-operative Eve (Oh) grapple with tough choices after an unexpected death sets a firestorm into motion. Will it be worth reuniting if it means losing loved ones and alliances is the central question of the season.
“We know how adored this series is and we know how keen people are for great content right now,” Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios said in the Variety article. “This season of Killing Eve digs deep psychologically, and with actors like Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and Fiona Shaw, the results are nothing short of astonishing. We literally couldn’t wait for fans to see it.”
Despite some criticism that the second season of the Emmy-nominated series was queer-baiting audiences (especially after sexually-charged promos of Oh and Comer, pictured above, circulated), Killing Eve continues to be a hit among both LGBTQ and straight audiences.
The upcoming third season welcomes Suzanne Heathcote (former writer for Fear the Walking Dead) as the new showrunner. Produced by Sid Gentle Films for BBC America, Killing Eve is based on the “Codename Villanelle” novellas by Luke Jennings. It costars Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, and Sean Delaney. The series will also have some newcomers this season, including Dame Harriet Walter, Gemma Whelan, Camille Cottin, Steve Pemberton, and Raj Bajaj among others.