And naturally, Jodie asked for Villanelle to return to her assassin roots. “As a viewer, the Villanelle kills are part of that like extreme joy of watching the show,” Laura shared. “And I’ve always enjoyed coming up with the murders. That’s one of my favorite things to do. So I was very happy to facilitate that request and pleased to be able to do it.”
This request also fed into Laura’s desire to remind viewers “how fearsome Villanelle can be,” a characteristic that faded into the background in previous seasons as Villanelle sought to explore both her own past and her soft spot for Eve.
Sandra even joined in on the fun, with episode one of season four revealing that Eve is actually quite the murderess. “It was really fun to take Eve in a new direction and to write this character who is emboldened I suppose,” Laura shared, adding that even the writers felt emboldened “to be like, actually now, some elements of the show that you really associate with Villanelle are being demonstrated on Eve and vice versa.”