Killing Eve is an incredible spy thriller blended with a convoluted and toxic love story between two women, Eve and Villanelle. Based on the novella series by Luke Jennings, the show has been lauded by audiences and critics alike.
While there are quite a few differences between the books and the series, that discussion is for another day. If you’re wondering how to get started with the series, or the books, the right order to watch/read them all, and where you can find them, you’ve come to the right place.
Killing Eve (Show) has 4 seasons, with the fourth one being the finale. The book franchise has three parts, and the first part is a compilation of four novellas.
1. Killing Eve (Series) Release and Chronological Watch Order
The TV series has a straightforward timeline, and even if there are jumps between the past and the present, you can watch all of them in the release order itself.
- Killing Eve: Season 1 (2018)
- Killing Eve: Season 2 (2019)
- Killing Eve: Season 3 (2020)
- Killing Eve: Season 4 (2022)
The fourth season is the final one, but the universe will be expanded for a few characters in the form of spin-offs. Currently, a series around Carolyn Martens is under development. While we still don’t have any other details, such as the plot, release date, and more, it is being said that it would delve into the MI6 agent’s early life.
2. Killing Eve (Books) Release and Chronological Read Order
The author, Luke Jennings, had first written a series of four novellas that began with Codename Villanelle. These were released at different times between 2014 and 2016. However, in 2017, they were compiled together and published as one novel by John Murray.
Besides these, there are two other novels that continue the story. The release order and the chronological read order are the same.
- Codename Villanelle (2017)
- Codename Villanelle (2014)
- Villanelle: Hollowpoint (2014)
- Villanelle: Shanghai (2015)
- Odessa (2016)
- No Tomorrow
3. Complete Killing Eve Watch and Read Order
The age-old debate of books vs. TV shows/movies is inevitable when it comes to any story. However, with this, you’ll be surprised to know that the tonality of the books and the show are vastly different.
Besides the series introducing new characters, you will also see a stark difference in the way the protagonists themselves are. So here’s what you can do.
If you’re a voracious reader, read the books first and watch the series. On the flip side, if you like to consume more shows, watch the series first.
4. Runtime and Binge Duration
Every season of Killing Eve has about 8 episodes, and each episode runs for about 40 to 43 minutes. If you do the math right, you’ll see that the entire show lasts for about 57 hours. So, you can binge it in one go and finish it in about 5 to 6 days.
5. Where to Watch Killing Eve
6. About Killing Eve
Killing Eve is a British spy thriller television series, produced by Sid Gentle Films for BBC America and BBC Three. Based on the Villanelle novel series by Luke Jennings, each of the show’s series is led by a different female head writer. Season 1 had Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the head writer, season 2 had Emerald Fennell, season 3 had Suzanne Heathcote, and the fourth and final season has Laura Neal.
The series’ recurring cast includes Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, Owen McDonnell, Sean Delaney, Steve Pemberton, Danny Sapani, Harriet Walter, Gemma Whelan, and Camille Cottin among others.
The series follows Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle. As the chase progresses, the two develop a mutual obsession.