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Killing Eve season 2: everything you need to know about the new characters

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There’s a whole bunch of new colleagues for Eve… And Villanelle.

A note: this story is going to feature spoilers – and quite a lot of them – for the second season of Killing Eve. If you don’t want to be spoiled, then click away now. But if you want to know more – read on!

We knew that the second season of Killing Eve would be a major departure for the show, but we didn’t know that it would be this much of a departure.

By now, the second episode of the miniseries has aired on BBC iPlayer and, with it, a drastically different Villanelle to the one we were so well acquainted with in the first series. This Villanelle is grievously wounded and suffering from the injuries inflicted upon her by Eve in the series finale. Desperate to return to Eve’s side, she breaks out of hospital and hitches a ride to the UK with an obliging holidaying family before finding herself in the clutches of a strange doll-collecting man who won’t let her leave the house. 

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The old Villanelle would never have let herself be so taken in. But this new Villanelle is still on the mend. Which is why The Twelve have employed the services of another assassin to take her place. And we don’t think that Villanelle is going to like that at all when she finds out.

Who is this new assassin? And who are the other new characters to know in the second season of Killing Eve

Who is Ghost in season 2 of Killing Eve?

The Twelve, thinking that Villanelle is out of action for good, have drafted in a new assassin to complete her work. Like Villanelle, this new assassin is a woman. But unlike Villanelle, this new assassin doesn’t dress to stand out and isn’t a show pony psychopath who craves attention.

She works like, well, like a ghost. Which is why the name ‘Ghost’ is so apt. By the second episode of the series we are still yet to see her face. But we have seen her at work, dressed as a cleaner and wheeling a trolley through an office to poison a man’s umpteenth cup of coffee.

Eve and her new colleagues (more on them later) are called in by Carolyn to investigate this murder. For Eve, alarm bells ring almost instantly. For one thing, poison isn’t Villanelle’s style. Too subtle. And secondly, Eve has a feeling that she’s not white.

“She’s posing as an immigrant worker, so she’s not white,” Eve says, addressing her new colleagues Jess, a black woman, and Hugo.

“What makes you say that?” Hugo interrupts, petulantly.

“The fact that you just interrupted me makes me say that,” Eve fires back. 

Who is Jess in season 2 of Killing Eve?

Sandra Oh as Eve and Fiona Shaw as Carolyn in Killing Eve

Carolyn might be overseeing all of MI6’s covert espionage activities, but there’s a new woman in charge this season. Meet Jess (Nina Sosanya), the no-nonsense spy tasked with tracking down this new female assassin terrorising London.

Jess is smart and savvy and isn’t going to take any shit from anyone, not the least Hugo (more on him in a second) and Kenny, back and bumbling as ever. She immediately hits it off with Eve as the two women of colour in the office, locking eyes with her in solidarity. 

“Welcome to MI6,” Jess says archly to Eve when they first meet. “An Old Etonian around every corner waiting to steal your job.” 

Who is Hugo in season 2 of Killing Eve?

Let’s talk about that Old Etonian. His name is Hugo (Edward Bluemel), and he’s one of Eve’s colleagues in this new MI6 taskforce. But you wouldn’t know it based on the way he behaves. He constantly treats both Eve and Jess like he’s their superior, pompously mansplaining a projector to Eve during her big presentation on Villanelle – “I know how to use a remote control,” Eve responds – and ribbing Jess at every turn.

Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh at the premiere of Killing Eve season two
Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh at the premiere of Killing Eve season two

“This is Hugo,” Jess says, introducing him to Eve. “Token Cambridge posh boy.”

“It’s Oxford actually,” he grins, hair flopping into his eyes. “She does that to undermine me.”

But, despite their differences, Eve and Hugo quickly bond: the two share a passion for assassins. Plus, Hugo is very observant. He picks up instantly on all the cosy tete-a-tetes going down between Eve and Kenny and assumes that they are the result of an illicit affair. In fact, Kenny is the only person who knows that Eve went to Paris to track Villanelle at the end of season one. And he’s the only person who knows that Eve stabbed her.

Who is Raymond in season 2 of Killing Eve?

Villanelle wasn’t the only victim in last year’s Killing Eve season finale. The assassin also shot her handler Konstantin and left him for dead.

By the end of the second episode, we know that Konstantin survived Villanelle’s attack because he is sitting in the MI6 offices drinking a cup of tea provided by Carolyn, to what ends it remains to be seen. Is he switching sides? Is he informing on The Twelve? Is he turning on Villanelle?

His former protégé has much bigger fish to fry, though. Because The Twelve have sent Raymond (Adrian Scarborough) to be her new handler. And he doesn’t appear to be a very nice man.

Killing Eve series 2 - Jodie Comer as Villanelle

Villanelle is back

We meet Raymond in the closing minutes of the second episode after Villanelle has managed to escape her temporary imprisonment. She falls into Raymond’s car and learns that this man is her new handler. Villanelle, sizing him up, demands that he take her to a hospital to treat her for sepsis and all manner of infections.

“I’ve had a really shitty couple of days,” Villanelle grunts. “I need to go to a doctor. What I don’t need is a lecture from a stranger in a Volvo on how to use the phone!”

Unfortunately for Villanelle, though, Raymond isn’t as permissive as Konstantin, and pretty soon he has his hands around her throat, reminding her who it is, exactly, that she works for. She might behave like one, but Villanelle isn’t a free agent. And it appears that Raymond is here to make sure that she never forgets that fact.

Fine. But if we were Raymond, we’d be very worried for our safety the second that Villanelle recovers from her stab wound.

Killing Eve season 2 streams on BBC iPlayer now and in the US on BBC America. 

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