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‘Killing Eve’ season 4 episode 5 review: From youthful anarchist to MI6

Killing Eve dives deeper into the backstories of Carolyn and the Twelve.

Previously, we received a killer Killing Eve team-up when Carolyn and Villanelle joined forces to find a member of the Twelve down in Cuba. It turns out that the Lars they were looking for was an old flame of the ex-MI6 agent. Meanwhile, Eve and Hélène continue their seductive game to see who can catch Lars first.

“Don’t Get Attached” is skillfully crafted and provides a real deep dive into Carolyn via flashbacks. There is plenty of insight and context to her and Konstantin’s complicated history including the tragedies their relationship caused and how Kenny could have possibly been their love child. Despite the mixed feelings between them, a chance encounter will forever link the two and the secret they keep.

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It’s much needed character work for the two and makes you appreciate how they have shifted from friends to foes and back throughout the series’ run. I must also add how much fun it is to see the son of Kim Bodnia, Lois Bodnia Andersen, playing the younger version of Konstantin. The actor captures the subtle nuances of his real-life father in the role and the laugh is so uncanny.

However, the flashbacks are as effective tying into the present in this episode of Killing Eve. We see the origins of the Twelve from a group of young anarchists in 1979 Berlin to the shadow organization with global influence we know now. Also, the jumping back and forth in time mirror Carolyn’s mental state as she relives some of the trauma and youthful indiscretions and reflects on the regrets years afterwards. It peels away the aura of mystery she’s had on the show with an engaging personal story.

Villanelle’s journey of self-discovery this season has been very captivating. After turning to religion and therapy, she evolves into the killer with a conscience and uses her powers for good helping others in need. Villanelle is embracing her assassin ways but with different motives so in a twisted way, she could be commended. Plus, it’s a thing of joy to see her work and her flair and ability to improvise bring artistry to her kills. She doesn’t find it as fulfilling but it does eventually lead her towards a new path.

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The first pitstop on Villanelle’s voyage is with her old handler, who has the information she needs to seek revenge. Knowing it will be a dangerous mission, the two share an awkward, immature, but very touching embrace. Even Konstantin is feeling introspective trying not to make the same mistakes he made with his former protegee with his new trainee, Pam. He’s trying to be a better person and mentor and be mindful of other’s feelings.

With all the running themes of change, the one person who keeps making the same mistakes on Killing Eve is the titular character. Her method for getting back at Hélène for releasing Villanelle could be crossing the line. But worse yet, Eve doesn’t realize who she’s messing with. It all seems like a game to her but Hélène escalates the stakes so quickly and to a larger degree with an extra level of brutality using a bow and arrow.

Based on her reaction, Eve isn’t built for this world even with her new take no prisoners persona this season. The ending sequence makes you reevaluate the betrayal in Martin’s office. Did she turn in Villanelle more for her own protection considering how scorched earth Eve was becoming? There are clearly still feelings there but it’s a stressful way to close the episode.

“Don’t Get Attached” humanizes Carolyn with a series of telling flashbacks while also answering questions about the Twelve and leaving viewers with a shocking cliffhanger.

New episodes Killing Eve are released Sundays on BBC America.

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Killing Eve S 4 E 5 Review: 'Don't Get Attached'
“Don’t Get Attached” humanizes Carolyn with a series of telling flashbacks while also answering questions about the Twelve and leaving viewers with a shocking cliffhanger.
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Exploring the backstory of Carolyn.
Kim Bodnia's real-life son, Lois Bodnia Andersen, playing a younger Konstantin.
The shocking cliffhanger the draws Eve and Villanelle back together again.
Despite how she's been most of this season, Eve hasn't really changed.
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