Killing Eve season 4: Has coronavirus impacted filming? Who’s writing and starring in it? What will happen? All you need to know
Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh were all set to film Killing Eve series 4 when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Here’s what we know so far about the return of the comedy-drama.
Killing Eve was renewed for a fourth season before season 3 had even hit our screens.
And it’s no wonder, as the series has won several major awards since its inception, including a Golden Globe for Sandra Oh (who plays Eve), an Emmy for Jodie Comer (Villanelle) and Baftas for Fiona Shaw (Carolyn), as well as for best drama series.
It's just as popular with viewers: the BBC has revealed that Killing Eve was the biggest show of 2019 on BBC iPlayer - with 40.4 million requests on the streaming platform.
But following the end of series 3 earlier in 2020, many fans are eagerly awaiting news of Killing Eve season 4 - which was originally developed for TV by Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings.
From the UK release date and who’s in the cast to who’s writing the scripts and what we think will happen, here’s everything we know about Killing Eve season 4 so far.
When is Killing Eve season 4 released?
A release date for Killing Eve season 4 has not been announced as there have been significant delays to filming due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
This means we could be waiting until much later in 2021 than usual for series 4. The first three seasons have premiered in the UK each spring - following filming in late summer and autumn the year before - but with lockdown putting filming plans in disarray, that schedule certainly won't be followed next year.
Industry website Deadline confirmed in July 2020 that production on season 4 - which was supposed to take place across Europe in August 2020 - has been postponed indefinitely, without a clear return date to filming.
"Killing Eve shoots across multiple European locations," a spokesperson said. "Due to the uncertainty of the world as a result of Covid-19, no shooting schedules for Killing Eve season four have been locked in at this point and there are various scenarios in play."
And in an exclusive interview with BT.com, Isis Davis - one of the show's writers for season 4 - confirmed that there's still uncertainty around filming the series.
She told us: "I don’t think anyone really knows. With the new rules, and with Boris Johnson saying we’re going to hit a second peak, I don’t think anyone in the industry knows what’s going on apart from writers because all we can do is write. For the production side of things, everyone’s unsure."
Who’s in the cast of Killing Eve season 4?
The show's two leads, Jodie Comer (Villanelle) and Sandra Oh (Eve) are both confirmed to return for series 4.
British drama fans will recognise Comer from her roles in Doctor Foster, Thirteen and The White Princess, although Killing Eve is the Liverpool-born star's biggest role to date.
Sandra Oh is best known for her long-running role as Dr. Cristina Yang in medical drama, Grey's Anatomy.
Killing Eve season 4 wouldn't be the same without Fiona Shaw (Carolyn), so we’d expect to see her back, along with Gemma Whelan (Carolyn's daughter Geraldine).
The jury’s out on whether we’ll see Kim Bodnia back as Konstantin, but fingers crossed he’ll pop back up in a recurring role.
Hélène, the high-ranking agent of the Twelve, also has unfinished business so she's likely to make an appearance in series 4.
It's not been confirmed whether Owen McDonnell, who plays Eve husband Niko, will be returning for series 4 - although it is possible after he didn't actually die in series 3.
Executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle told Entertainment Weekly: "Who the devil knows [if he'll be back]? He's not dead, as far as we know."
Harriet Walter's character Dasha had a heart attack in series 3, but the show's head writer and executive producer Suzanne Heathcote told TV Line that the writers “may find a way to resurrect her in season four”- so expect some flashback scenes with Villanelle.
Who’s writing Killing Eve season 4?
Laura Neal (Sex Education, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) will be the lead writer for Killing Eve season 4. Laura will also be an executive producer on the series.
“Laura is frighteningly bright, takes no prisoners and can laugh at anything,” said executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle.
“She’s wicked and wild, emotional and provocative.”
Neal follows in the footsteps of season 1 lead writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, season 2’s Emerald Fennell and season 3's Suzanne Heathcote.
Bafta-winning writer Kayleigh Llewellyn - who wrote and co-created the BBC series In My Skin, based on her own life experiences - is also part of the series 4 writing team.
Speaking to the BFI about working on the show, she said: "I’m so excited to be on Killing Eve because I adore the show and have wanted to work on it for years."
She added: "On Killing Eve we do a writers' room. You all work to serve a higher purpose, and that requires a lot of compromise and teamwork. I’m loving doing writers' rooms, but people normally do them first, and then do their own stuff.
"Whereas I’ve gone from having complete authority [on In My Skin] to like, ‘Why can’t I just do the idea I want to do?’ So yeah, you have to be humble."
A new writer for series 4 is Isis Davis, below, who's appeared in TV shows and films including EastEnders, Silent Witness and The Secret Garden.
Speaking about the process of being hired as a writer on the show, she told BT.com exclusively: "I’m a massive fan of the show, so to be asked to be a part of it was just unbelievable. I’ve been a fan from the very beginning.
"At the start of this year, my literary agent called and asked if I would be interested to put my name forward to join the writing team and of course I said yes.
"Then Covid struck, and it was up in the air because everything was virtual, and it’s really hard to run writers’ rooms virtually.
"Everyone thought it would only be for a few months, and we’d back in person, so it was like ‘OK we’ll put it off for a while, then once things return to normal we’ll get you in’ and things haven’t returned to normal and I don’t think they will for a very long time.
"So towards the end of lockdown, they were like ‘Look, it’s going to be a virtual writers’ room but we’d still like you to be on board’ and I was like ‘Yep of course I will!’
"It’s incredible because the execs, and the writers on board, they are just incredible talents. I’m really new. Working with these other guys is such an opportunity because they’re so talented, they’re just insane.
"The scripts are being written at the moment, they’re being developed, they’re ever-changing. The series is going to be immense."
What will happen in Killing Eve season 4?
The final scene of Killing Eve season 3 involved Eve and Villanelle having something of a heart-to-heart on a bridge, but what happens after that has yet to be revealed.
But, don't expect a 'happily ever after' for the pair, according to a recent interview with Comer.
She confessed: "I'm not sure I see a true happy ending for Villanelle because I think her own worst enemy is herself and we all know that's impossible to get away from."
With Villanelle deciding she no longer wants to be an assassin-for-hire, and with Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) turning down her request to work as a double agent for MI6, hopefully we'll see which way her career takes her next.
Speaking of Carolyn, will she make it to the end of season 4 alive after turning brutal killer in series 3 - or will she face repercussions for her impromptu murder?
And what's next for Konstanin - will we follow him to Cuba and find out if he actually killed Kenny (Sean Delaney)? Hopefully he's fully recovered from that heart attack, too...
Where is Killing Eve season 4 filmed?
At this point, all we know is that season 4 was set to film across “multiple European locations”. We don't know where series 4 will take Villanelle and Eve, but past locations include London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bucharest and Tuscany.
Is there a trailer for Killing Eve season 4?
There’s not currently a release date for Killing Eve season 4 as it hasn't been filmed.
Watch Killing Eve if you liked…
Big Little Lies, Bodyguard, The Night Manager, Homeland, 24, Doctor Foster, Fleabag, Orphan Black, Thirteen, Sherlock.
Killing Eve seasons 1-3 are available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.
Killing Eve season 4 is thought to be airing in 2021.