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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

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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

These Are The Latinas Who Made OITNB Great And Why We Love Them So Much

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These Are The Latinas Who Made OITNB Great And Why We Love Them So Much

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Alerta! This article contains SPOILERS on the final season of the Netflix show Orange is the New Black!

Throughout seven seasons, Orange is the New Black has shown a microcosm of the United States in all its diversity (sexual, political and ethnic). The show led by Jenji Kohan (the mastermind behind Weeds) began airing in 2013 and through seven seasons it told the stories of women from all segments of society. 

The inmates of Litchfield Prison represent some of the most vulnerable members of society.

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Among them, there are Latinas who have no papers or who come from impoverished backgrounds. Throughout the years we got to understand the Kafkaesque mechanisms through which the industrial incarceration system works and how it profits from disgrace. The show also cast a shadow of doubt over the fairness of the court system and how it is potentially discriminatory towards minorities.

This season is all about ICE detention centers. Remember the beautiful bond between Flaca and Maritza? Well, be ready to [cry in Spanish].

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The Vancouver Province, for example, rated the season highly, even though for some viewers season six lost a lot of steam, and it claims that the strength of the season lies in the ICE storyline: “The trickiest storyline, however, belongs to a frightening and undeniably timely one that takes place in an immigrant detention center where women from Central America to the Middle East and beyond are stuck with cocky ICE agents, and without any answers or real hope of getting the better life they were initially seeking.”

Veteran actress Kate Mulgrew, who plays Soviet queen Red, told The Hollywood Reporter: “Using the kitchen as the aperture into ICE and the detention center was such a powerful device. When I walked onto that set I had to stand still and say, ‘Oh, my God. This is what we are doing.’ It’s being reflected for the first time on this show. The creative accountability is great and the creative risk is even greater. She’s got some balls, Jenji Kohan”. Alysia Reiner, who plays former warden Natalie “Fig” Figueroa, expanded in the same roundtable: “I lost it when we were shooting inside the immigration courtroom. We did three takes and I couldn’t stop crying. Our writers told us, “We went to these courtrooms. We didn’t candy-coat this, but this is not as bad as it actually is right now.”

So what happened to our favorite Latinas? Last warning, some SERIOUS SPOILERS AHEAD! 

Maritza Ramos played by Diane Guerrero

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Right from season 1 we fell in love with Maritza, the sassy Colombian queen who ended up in prison for her elaborate scams. She is a cornerstone of the last season: her storyline meets reality, as she faces the immigration authorities. In real life, Diane Guerrero’s parents were deported when she was just a girl. Guerrero told The Hollywood Reporter: “The treatment of Maritza’s ending was a portrayal of how people treat deportations — that sentiment that you vanish is true. It’s as if you’ve never existed. Martiza is on that plane to an uncertain life”. Life is stranger than fiction, however, and Maritza’s case is not uncommon in the era of Trump (at whom the scriptwriters take a good amount of jabs). 

Gloria Mendoza played by Selenis Leyva

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This boricua lady is fierce as it comes (she is played by a Cuban, though, but totally gets that Caribbean sass). She always puts family first, both in and outside prison. She is one of the few characters with a somewhat redemptive ending. Her story strikes true to many Puerto Ricans who are treated as foreigners in their own country. In the last season, we see how Gloria left the island initially to work in New York and provide for her children.

The mother-daughter duo: Aleida and Dyanara Diaz, played by Elizabeth Rodriguez and Dasha Polanco

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We learnt so much more about Aleida in the last season. She is a strong Latina who has had to protect herself from handsy men her whole life. She is combative and that leads her back into trouble after her release. The relationship she has with her daughter Dayanara is the stuff that nightmares are made of.

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Dayanara ended up all Scarface: running the prison with an iron fist. Or did she? (yes, we are giving you some spoilers, but no details here, no se espanten). Daya is the perfect example of how a twisted family can lead to an endless spiral of violence. 

Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales played by Jackie Cruz

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A cute and sometimes naive chola who is put in prison for drug fraud. She has a sisterly bond with Maritza. She is the typical inmate who ends up behind bars for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We leave her truly seeking redemption. The actress that plays her, Jackie Cruz, is a proud Dominican who is unafraid to speak about the biases in Hollywood. She told Elle about the roles that are available for actresses like her: “Lately, it’s been better. Well, the roles are still a little white-washed, but they’re better. It’s what a white person would think of a Latina. A white person writing for a Latina. For example, they don’t know that Dominicans don’t eat Chimichangas”. 

Blanca played by Laura Gomez

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Her scenes in the immigration court are heartbreaking. In this microcosm, we get to see what hundreds of migrant women are going through, being separated from their children in some cases and facing deportation to a country they barely remember in others. Gomez told Digital Spy: “That was such a twist for everybody, myself included, and I could never have imagined that it was going to feel so emotional for people. The response on social media to this was devastating. Because we’re living this in real-time, it’s not like we’re telling a story in the past… It should be a story that isn’t happening”. Her story is very accurate, according to reports, particularly in how advocacy groups such as Freedom for Immigrants have been targeted by ICE and seen their advocacy efforts sabotaged. As a representative of the organization told In Style: “In 2013, ICE shut down three visitation programs that we were affiliated with, in response to a Huffington Post blog we wrote. Our personal cell phone numbers also have been blocked at various points in time from immigrant jails and prisons. And while we have continued to offer free phone calls to people in detention thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are still fighting to get our hotline restored”

Maria Ruiz played by Jessica Pimentel

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The Dominican freedom fighter! Her dad was an activist and she finds herself being angry at life for most of the show. She was pregnant when she was incarcerated and has a thorny relationship with her baby’s dad, who is taking care of little Pepa while Maria is in prison. Her crime: selling fake jeans. Yes, really. 

READ: Maritza’s Heartbreaking Storyline In ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Is A Reality So Many Undocumented People Face Every Day

Disgraced Olivia Jade Made An Instagram Comeback To Wish Cheating Aunt Becky– I Mean Lori Loughlin– A Happy Bday

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Disgraced Olivia Jade Made An Instagram Comeback To Wish Cheating Aunt Becky– I Mean Lori Loughlin– A Happy Bday

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Since news of the college bribery admissions scandal broke back in March, fans of drama have watched as former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin fell frame the graces of her fans and daughters. Tabloids have closely kept us abreast on just how much or little contact Loughlin and her daughters in particular have had with eachother enough to make it all seem a bit like a telenovela. That is, a telenovela that prompts all kinds of questions when any main character’s family has a falling out. 
 
And yet, over the weekend, an Instagram post is providing that there’s nothing like a good ‘ol birthday post and a chance to post a cute #Throwback to prove that public disgrace can be fickle.

The embattled Full House actress, also known as Aunt Becky, turned 55 on Sunday and her daughters broke their social media silence to wish their mother a happy birthday. 

Since news broke earlier this year that she and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannuli were among dozens of parents involved in a college admissions cheating scandal, they’ve been keeping a low profile. Loughlin and Giannuli have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering for allegedly paying up $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of California. Each charge could lead to up to 20 years in prison. 

Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade took to Instagram to wish Loughlin a happy birthday, captioning the photo, “one day late. happy birthday. i love you so much ❤️” 

Jade, who reportedly felt “resentful” toward her parents for their involvement in the college admission scandal, also suffered backlash because of the scandal. The YouTube beauty vlogger and social media influencer not only lost fans and followers, but she also lost many brand partnerships as well. Brands like Sephora and Lulus cut ties with her immediately following the scandal. 

It was also reported earlier this month that Loughlin and her daughters weren’t on the best terms post-college admissions scandal but were working on it.  “Olivia was angry with her parents at first but now realizes that they were just trying to do what’s best for her, a source told Us Weekly. “Olivia loves her mom and dad very much but is especially close to Lori.” 

Loughlin’s other daughter, Bella Giannulli, also shared a sweet photo of the two and captioned her photo, “happy birthday mama. I love you ❤️”

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Looks like Loughlin is getting a lot of birthday lovin’ despite what the headlines have said about her earlier this year.

In fact, even fellow Full House and Fuller House co-star Candace Cameron Bure, who’s been supportive of Loughlin during this scandalous time, commented on Bella’s post and wrote, “😘💕😘💕 Happy birthday to your mama!!!!!!!” 

Fans and close friends alike have also taken to Twitter to wish Aunt Becky the happiest of birthdays. 

“Happy Birthday to my forever friend with a heart of gold. Love you!,” writes Erin Krakow, who starred alongside Loughlin in the Lifetime series When Calls the Heart, in her caption. She shared the same photo on Twitter and the replies were a mix of negative and positive comments–no surprise there, tbh. 

Fans on Twitter pointed out that supporting your friends through the good times and the bad times (or the times when you’re caught bribing your kids into college) isn’t “easy, but [it’s] truly important.” 

They’re all sweet photos and posts, but they di beg the question of how much time must pass for the court of public opinion to forget its grievances against a problematic person. After all, for her part in the scandal, Loughlin wittingly affected the futures and college education attendance of thousands of college applicants, many of who had never and may never experience even a touch of the privilege her daughters did.

Others responded to the actress asking her to pass on their words of encouragement to Loughlin and sharing that they “miss her terribly.”

“I’m praying for you,” one Twitter fan wrote. Don’t worry guys, she’ll be fine. 

A fan shared a sweet post about Loughlin’s impact on her life and how 55 has never looked so good (on that, we can agree on).

“lori you have been my role model for quite some time, most of my life. i grew up watching you and i first fell in love with you and your character aunt becky,” the fan wrote in a series of tweets. 

More fans continued to rally behind her good friend Lifetime co-star, calling her a “faithful friend,” and wishing Loughlin the best at 55.

“Wishing Lori the very best in the next year! Missing you!,” @MargieTomaszew2 wrote in her tweet. Damn, fans REALLY miss her. 

Another fan advised Loughlin to not let the comments by “haters bring you down.”

“When we are at our lowest we find out who our true friends are. Happy Birthday, Lori!,” she continued in her tweet. Yeah, don’t let comments by the “haters” aka people who actually had to work their way to get into college bring you down, Loughlin. 

Again, more fans kept telling Loughlin just how much they missed her on her birthday.

“Happy Birthday Lori. It’s unfair, we miss you so much,” wrote on Twitter fan. Do you know what’s also unfair? Well, you already know what we’re going to say…

Despite the aftermath of the college admissions scandal, Aunt Becky still low-key celebrated her birthday and some fans won’t let her have even that. 

I mean, the gif says it all really. The resemblance to Piper is also uncanny. 

People reported that on Loughlin’s birthday, the Fuller House actress and her husband “were spotted in Los Angeles on their way to an early morning service at the Church of the Good Sheperd in Beverly Hills.” After the service, Loughlin reportedly hosted an intimate birthday celebration with her husband, daughters, and a few other friends. 

Loughlin and her husband are scheduled to next appear in court on August 27.