The once-acclaimed BBC America spy drama spent much of its four seasons "subverting spy stories and making genuinely shocking choices that left viewers reeling," says Caroline Framke. But the final scene was "so abrupt, so hackneyed, so amazingly unoriginal that for one hopeful minute, I was sure it had to be a trick," says Framke, adding that "it’s so jarring that it feels like a slap in the face. If I were to give the show the benefit of the doubt, I’d say that it made such a cliché choice on purpose...maybe Season 4 showrunner Laura Neal (who wrote the series finale) wanted to surprise people by not surprising people. Pulling off such a move, however, requires some serious finesse that this blunt force trauma of an ending just doesn’t have. Anyone who’s seen a single spy thriller could have called this 'twist' from a mile away." Framke says the "tedious ending" -- giving vibrant characters a dull sendoff -- wasn't worthy of such a "smart, sexy, and truly shocking" show.
Frustrated Killing Eve fans got a cruel slap in the face: "With each new season and showrunner, Killing Eve has grasped for plausible reasons to keep its central cat and mouse apart," says Laura Bradley. "The longer Eve and Villanelle have needlessly circled one another, the dizzier the series has become. Another version of this series, one that allowed Eve and Villanelle to hook up a season or two ago, would have had time to get Sandra Oh’s quietly dangerous mouse to that place."