This makes us feel a little better about the end of Fleabag.
They say that one of the earliest stages of grief is denial, and that has been apparent in the general response to the news that there won’t be a third season of Fleabag. Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge confirmed that she had no desire to make another series of the dark, hilarious, agonisingly beautiful show back in February, saying: “I decided there absolutely should not be a third [series].” But since then, Waller-Bridge and Fleabag’s other stars, notably Sian Clifford, have been forced to repeatedly confirm that yep, she really meant it: the end of series two really is the end of Fleabag. Many of Fleabag’s most ardent fans still can’t quite accept that it’s over.
But if you’re still in a state of shock and denial at the end of Fleabag, which drew to a close on BBC Three on 8 April, we do have some good news for you. Waller-Bridge’s other smash-hit television show, Killing Eve, is still very much alive – and it’s just been renewed for a third season.
Shortly after the second season of Killing Eve premiered in the US on BBC America, the network confirmed that it would be bringing back Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer for a third time.
Season three of Killing Eve will have a new showrunner, who will take over from Emerald Fennell (the British screenwriter who in turn took the reins from Waller-Bridge to mastermind season two). British writer and actor Suzanne Heathcote, who has an extensive background in producing and writing for theatre and television, will serve as lead writer and executive producer on the third season of Killing Eve.
“I’m very excited that the Killing Eve baton is being passed onto another incredible writer for season 3,” Waller-Bridge said in a statement. “We can sleep soundly knowing these characters are safe in Suzanne Heathcote’s hilariously murderous hands.”
Fennell said she liked the “tradition” of Killing Eve getting a new showrunner with each new season.
“It’s been such an exciting year for me on Killing Eve,” she said. “I think it’s cool that this tradition has been built into this untraditional show. Inheriting some of Phoebe’s characters was a treat — I can’t wait to see what Suzanne does next.”
Killing Eve has so far been nominated for over 30 awards, including 14 at this year’s upcoming Baftas. However, while the second series has already premiered in the US, viewers in the UK won’t be able to watch it until season two has finished airing across the pond.
That’s because BBC America has exclusive rights to show the second series first – meaning that a date has still not been set for the show’s return to UK screens.
Already excited about the eventual return of Killing Eve? We’ve rounded up seven chilling plot twists you might be able to expect from season two. Alternatively, if you’re still grieving the end of Fleabag, you can read Stylist’s entertainment director’s take on the finale here.
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