Conspiracy: ‘Killing Eve’ Has A Ghost Assassin And People Really Think She’s Going To Be The Latina Energy The Show Needs
What seems like another British murder mystery detective show is absolutely not. “Killing Eve” is giving us a brilliant Asian-American female detective, played by the talented Sandra Oh. She steps outside the box to uncover the identity of an irreverent female international assassin, played by Jodie Comer. By the end of Season 1, the suspected sexual tension between the two is very confirmed, especially when assassin Villanelle understands secret agent Eve’s knife to the abdomen as a profession of love.
So far in Season 2, we’re learning of a new assassin on the scene–one who is the opposite of Villanelle. She’s so discreet, many of her kills may have gone unnoticed by Eve’s agency, M16. We’re on the precipice of meeting ‘The Ghost’ and we think she’s going to be Latina.
Of course, most fans are too obsessed with this dynamic to even notice the creeping plot twist.
To be fair, this season is giving us a new level of obsession between these two. After Eve stabbed Villanelle, she’s even more obsessed with catching her before Villanelle catches her.
Villanelle is also up to her usual childish antics.
Which, we, the world, find endearing as heck. Her fashion game is on point as her previous employer, ‘The Twelve’, attempts to kill her. She’s a freelance assassin now.
Then there was this incredibly tense scene of cat and mouse.
Eve thinks she’s caught Villanelle at the hotel she’d been staying at. All Eve has to do is inhale Villanelle’s exhale and she just knows it’s her.
So, yes, there are a lot of distracting queer baiting excitement happening, but there is a major question.
We see some alluding to a different brand of kill than we’re used to throughout the last three episodes. Finally, we have a name and a glimpse, but no face of ‘The Ghost.’
‘The Ghost’s’ first kill made aware to M16 is billionaire Alistair Peele.
Everyone thought he suffered a heart attack, including his own children. Eve discovered that Peele was seen by a manicurist for a pedicure the day he died. She found a puncture wound on his foot that made it clear that someone injected an air bubble into his blood, which traveled to his heart and killed him. Genius.
Eve immediately knows this is the work of a female assassin.
She also knows that she must be somebody that can go undetected and that people feel safe having intimate, but ultimately meaningless contact with.
“She has to be someone who can go about their business without anyone noticing because what they do is seemingly uninteresting.”
Then we get a flashback to a scene where we see a brown woman of color pushing a cleaning cart towards a white man drinking his coffee. It’s what the world assumes to be the status quo–normal.
“They’re not important. They’re invisible. It’s the kind of woman who people look at every day and never see.”
Especially people like Alistair Peele. Her targets are people with power, whose death ultimately destroys one peg in a hierarchy of power. We don’t know what ‘The Twelve’ are after, except for ‘chaos.’
Only Eve could be so keenly aware of this crucial bit of insight.
Eve says that the assassin probably appears as an immigrant worker and definitely a woman of color. These are the people that powerful white men can easily ignore and dismiss–not even dismiss as a threat, but just not even register in their brains.
Eve knows this because she is a woman of color who has to deal with this on the daily.
*Boom.* Roasted. As familiar all women are with mansplaining, women of color are far too familiar. We are rarely presumed credible agencies of our own intelligence.
That’s why Eve suspects ‘The Ghost’ is going to look like this.
We still don’t know who BBC hired to play this faceless role, or even if this is the exact person we’ll meet as ‘The Ghost’ as the season plays out. We do love that “Killing Eve” is brilliantly speaking on a frustrating social flaw and giving more power to women of color.
The key point of Eve’s discovery is that ‘The Ghost’ is using sexist racism to her own advantage.
Of course, there are a number of ethnicities and cultures that could fit this description and we are definitely projecting our own hopes and dreams onto ‘The Ghost.’ Everyone wants to see themselves on screen, even as a brilliant assassin.
Some fans suspect that we may have already met ‘The Ghost.’
“Killing Eve” is trying to prove this exact point to its viewers. Have we presumed Jess, played by Nina Sosanya, to be innocent just because she’s pregnant? Could she be one step ahead of Villanelle and Eve?
Or is ‘The Ghost’ merely a prop to create a jealous tension between Eve and Villanelle?
In which case, that’s pretty frustrating. We hope that ‘The Ghost’ becomes a more fully developed character throughout the show. Though the more elusive she is, the better she is at her job.
Thus far, ‘The Ghost’ has escalated the crazy in Villanelle.
She’s stalked Eve and her husband. She’s been calling her husband’s school pretending to be a child phoning in complaints against him. Villanelle’s even gone into character to persuade another teacher to make a move on Mr. Polastri.
As it stands, it seems this season’s plot puts Eve and Villanelle side by side in a chase to find ‘The Ghost.’
Villanelle’s previous employers are hoping to hire ‘The Ghost’ and Villanelle won’t have any competition, both with work and the attention of Eve. As much as Eve is obsessed with Villanelle, we saw the excitement in her face as she learned of another female assassin to target.
Of course, the fandom all wants to get involved in Eve and Villanelle’s bizarre relationship.
What would happen if the two of them were left in a room together without any threat of violence?
The closer Eve gets to finding out who ‘The Ghost’ is, the more wild and dangerous we expect Villanelle to become.
Villanelle literally slipped a lipstick into Eve’s purse when she wasn’t looking. When Eve cut herself putting it on, she discovered a full-fledged shank inside… and liked it? The way these two show their love for each other is just going to get more crazy.
We can’t wait to see who joins this incredible female-led cast.
Sandra Oh won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series this year thanks to this show. Let’s keep giving this opportunity to women of color, thank you.
In the meantime, tune into BBC America on Sundays at 8 p.m.
Watch the full first season on Hulu and borrow your tío’s login to watch each episode of Season 2 live on Sunday evenings. Try not to have nightmares.