BBC America has renewed Killing Eve for a third season on the heels of its much-anticipated season two premiere.
Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Killing Eve will get a new lead writer for its third season, Suzanne Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead). Heathcote, who will also serve as an executive producer, will be taking over writing duties from season two’s Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Women). Waller-Bridge, who will stay on board as an executive producer for season three, penned the first season of the award-winning series that stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw.
Killing Eve, based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings, revolves around MI6 operative Eve Polastri (Oh) and psychopath assassin Villanelle (Comer), who wind up bound by a mutual obsession in a city-hopping game of cat and mouse. The series is produced by Sid Gentle Films for BBC America and distributed by Endeavor Content. Its second season premiered Sunday (April 7) on BBC America and was simulcast on AMC.
Sarah Barnett, president of entertainment networks for AMC Networks, said: “We love having this show and the brilliant Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw on our networks. Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Emerald Fennell have delivered two addictively entertaining seasons. As we did last year, we’re renewing Killing Eve right out of the gate, now with Suzanne Heathcote as lead writer, as a sign of confidence—we adore this show as much as our fans do. Killing Eve doesn’t do anything in a templated way; we love giving opportunity to three genius women to make their mark.”
Fennell said: “It’s been such an exciting year for me on Killing Eve. 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.”
Waller-Bridge added: “I’m very excited that the Killing Eve baton is being passed onto another incredible writer for season three. We can sleep soundly knowing these characters are safe in Suzanne Heathcote’s hilariously murderous hands.”
Sally Woodward Gentle of Sid Gentle Films commented: “We are overjoyed at this show of love and passion for the show. And delighted to have another fierce woman at the writing helm. We have been so lucky.”