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Jodie Comer almost died making Killing Eve 2

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And it had nothing to do with an epic stunt or a knife-wielding Sandra Oh, either.     

Villanelle (Jodie Comer) should be dead.

We know this, having watched the ruthless assassin from Killing Eve receive a grievous knife wound to the stomach from Eve (Sandra Oh) in the final episode of the first season. But instead of twisting the blade, Eve withdraws it at the last moment, giving Villanelle the chance to escape, bloodied and bruised, into the streets of Paris.

The rest of season two will deal with the ramifications of this moment, and how Villanelle has managed to cheat death so spectacularly.

What we’re saying is: Villanelle should be dead. And according to a new interview, Jodie Comer almost died on the set of Killing Eve, too. In the second season, there’s a scene in which Villanelle is required to gobble down an enormous plate of spaghetti.

“She’s eating some pasta in a very grotesque way,” Comer explained to Entertainment Weekly. “She’s trying to prove a point about something. She’s playing it up, being her usual childish self, and the pasta was extremely dry. And it was extremely thick.”

As Comer scoffed the pasta one piece “shot down” her throat and she began to choke.

“I was shoveling it in, and then it just shot down my throat and then I was full-on choking,” Comer recalled. “They must have it on camera, a medic came in and managed to get it out, but my life definitely flashed before me.”

She continued: “I just remember being opposite the other actor and looking at him, and he thought I was making a weird acting choice. So yeah, it’s ruined pasta for me completely.” 

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It was a genuinely terrifying moment for Comer, who said she “was full-on crying” and called it her “most dangerous Villanelle moment.” (“It’s only funny because you’re fine,” Oh added.)

“This is actually really triggering,” Comer added. “I told my brother about it and he was like, ‘I love this. Of all the things that could have killed Villanelle, it was a mouthful of pasta.’”

Season two of the hit series is coming to televisions in the US in April and in the UK soon. According to both stars, the second series will expand on the first’s themes of obsession and addiction, delving deep into the question of what, exactly, is the tie that binds these two women together.

“She angry,” Oh joked, of Villanelle’s mood in the second season. “She angry at me!”

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“It’s a bad relationship,” she continued. “This is what also is so complicated in their relationship. I feel that they communicate on a completely different plane, where things like stabbing the other person mean different things.”

The second season is going to delve deeper into their strange relationship.

“How do you keep the storytelling of the impossible romance,” Oh explained. “How do you move from a cat and mouse to a cat and cat? Like cats playing with each other. And how do you move [from] the expectation of it into the truth of the characters? It’s like, how do they be together? Or not. How do they be separate? I think that has definitely been a creative challenge.”

Killing Eve season two will air in the US on BBC America from 7 April and in the UK later this year. 

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