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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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*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.

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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.

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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.’

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“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?

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

READ: ‘Jane The Virgin’ Gave Latinas One Of TV’s First Lovable Main Characters And I’m So Grateful For It

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Here Are The Shows And Movies We Couldn’t Get Enough Of In 2020

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Here Are The Shows And Movies We Couldn’t Get Enough Of In 2020

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This year has been a great time to get intimately acquainted with your apartment and home. It was also a time to get very familiar with what there is to watch on your streaming platforms. Here’s what we spent the year of quarantine binge watching.

“The Queen’s Gambit”

“The Queen’s Gambit” was one of the most popular shows of the year. The limited series was all about chess and a young woman’s journey to become the best in the world. She learns while in an orphanage and eventually starts to become a mastermind of chess. The show has brought a lot of attention to chess and more people than ever are interested in the board game. Anya Taylor-Joy as the main character is one of the best performances of the year.

“The Mandalorian”

“The Mandalorian” is the Star Wars show that everyone can’t stop talking about. Pedro Pascal brings the Latino essence to the show without even knowing it. The Star Wars universe is never-ending and this show proves that the fans will show up whenever there is anything Star Wars.

“Los Espookys”

The HBO series is giving you all of the dry, senseless humor you can stand. It is worth watching the show just to get some much needed laughs after this dumpster fire of a year. Let yourself be lost in the hilarity that is Julio Torres.

“Pose”

Afro-Latino queer ballroom culture takes center stage in the FX original show “Pose.” So much of queer culture is thanks to queer people of color and this show honors them. It is one of the best queer shows to ever hit a streaming platform and will open your eyes to a part of the queer community that is often ignored and overlooked.

“Happiest Season”

Another brilliant queer production, “Happiest Season” is all about lesbian love and coming out of the closet. Aubrey Plaza, while not a leading character, plays an important role in helping Abby and Harper’s relationship move to the next level. Harper is left trying to decide if it is worth coming out to her family during the holidays and the result is everything you hoped for.

“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia”

“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia” a young robotics genius is living her teenage life with all of the awkward moments you would expect. The show was definitely a sleeper but it makes the list because of the wonderful representation. It isn’t often that you see young Latinas in tech or robotics in media. It’s worth a watch just to fill you with all kinds of good feels.

READ: Netflix Is Bringing Back Seven Classic Black Sitcoms And They’re Already On My Binge List

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS just announced that it is committing to making at least 50% of the casts of their unscripted shows Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). CBS also announced that they are devoting 25% of their unscripted budget to BIPOC creators. The changes are expected to take effect in the 2021-2022 season.

“The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling,” said CBS CEO George Cheeks. “As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our Network.”

CBS’s unscripted TV shows include fan-favorite staples like “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race”, “Big Brother”, and “Love Island”. The network has regularly come under fire for failing to cast diverse talent in both their scripted and unscripted programs. Unlike other broadcast networks like ABC (Grey’s Anatomy, literally any other Shondaland show) or NBC (This Is Us, Superstore), CBS has a reputation for white-washing its programming.

Last year, a former CBS Diversity & Inclusion executive wrote an op-ed in Variety accusing the company of having a “white problem”.

“While CBS proudly touts its diversity programs, a close look beneath the surface reveals that the company is unconcerned about creating space for minorities,” wrote Whitney Davis, who is a Black woman. “CBS continues to promote its diversity initiatives in public, while internally minorities are practically invisible.” 

In June of this year, a group of Black “Survivor” alumni created a petition demanding that the stalwart show make 30% of its cast BIPOC. They also asked that BIPOC are given “equitable screen time and opportunities to participate in marketing and promotional events.” The show’s Black alumni alleged that they were ostracized, gaslighted, and short-shrifted while they were contestants on the show. The petition received almost 8,000 signatures to-date.

As is expected, fan reactions have been mixed. Some people are happy that CBS is making the effort to fix the structural problems of their company. But others feel that the commitment is forced and will result in BIPOC cast members being treated as tokens.

This person is confident that CBS’s unscripted shows will simply improve by including more people of color on their cast lists.

If anything, this decision will add some much-needed change to their tired formulas.

This person was ready to submit their application.

Now that people know the playing field is more even, we’re sure that CBS will receive a more diverse pool of applications.

This person has doubts as to how CBS will approach choosing and casting POC.

It’s one thing to talk about diversity, but it’s another thing to actually choose people who represent a range of diverse cultures.

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