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'Killing Eve' season 2: Every clue we spotted in the new trailer

Spoilers: A 60-second clip hints at the fate of assassin Villanelle after season one's cliffhanger of an ending

Jodie Comer as Villanelle in 'Killing Eve' season two. Screengrab / BBC America
Jodie Comer as Villanelle in 'Killing Eve' season two. Screengrab / BBC America

Spoilers ahead for season one, so exit this page now if you've yet to watch it...

It was one of the small screen's biggest hits of 2018, and it looks like audiences won't have to wait much longer until the next installment of Killing Eve is upon us.

A trailer for the second season of the BBC drama landed this weekend, offering up a 60-second glimpse of the unsettling action that awaits. The series stars Jodie Comer as ruthless contract killer Villanelle and Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, a MI5 intelligence officer on a quest to hunt down the charismatic murderess.

Developed by actress-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (who is also behind sitcoms Crashing and Fleabag), the new season of Killing Eve will premiere on BBC America on April 7, though release dates for other territories have not yet been revealed.

And that's not the only piece of information captured in the new teaser. Below, we unpack several of the other clues contained within the trailer, ahead of season two starting.

Villanelle is alive and well

Season one ended on a cliffhanger, with Polastri sinking a knife into the assassin before Villanelle made a swift, plucky escape. And the shape-shifting murderess didn't succumb to her injuries, according to the season two trailer. While Eve opens the teaser by confessing "I might have killed her" during a phone call, a wounded Villanelle is later shown trying to escape a hospital.

Villanelle's wardrobe is still on point

Screengrab / BBC America
Screengrab / BBC America

The antagonist made murder look high fashion in season one, with her Molly Goddard frilled gowns and Dries Van Noten brocade suits. And her looks for the new season are equally as stand-out, if not quite as runway ready, judging by the trailer. Superhero onesies, printed blouses, and a pink dirndl complete with a mask all make an appearance, proving Villanelle's not lost her knack for theatrics.

And she's back to her old tricks

"I'm looking for a kitchen knife ... to stab you with." It appears Villanelle's not taken leave of her day job, as she threatens an unseen victim while wearing a nightie in one scene. Add to that a long shot of a finger sweeping down a knife's blade, and a figure that looks like Villanelle being struck by a car, and it looks like season two is as action-packed, tense and bloodthirsty as ever.

It looks to be set mostly in the United Kingdom

While Eve is seen in Paris in the trailer's opening scenes, it becomes apparent that a decent chunk of the season is set in Britain. From the Russian-born Villanelle using her chameleonic English accent to a shot of a suburb that looks distinctly like good old Blighty, we're hazarding a guess that the assassin returns to the UK to stalk her favourite prey – Polastri.

The obsession continues

Killing Eve's USP is arguably the intoxicating cat-and-mouse relationship between Eve and Villanelle, which treads a fine line between fixation and fascination. That dynamic looks set to continue in the new season: the trailer is set to a cover of Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love, while a voice-over from Villanelle states: "Sometimes, when you love someone, you do crazy things." Their destructive relationship is still perplexing those around them, too, with Polastri's boss Carolyn (played by Fiona Shaw) asking Eve: "Why are you and Villanelle so interested in each other?"

Villanelle is still sending Eve gifts

She might have a sociopathic personality, but she's got excellent taste in presents. In season one, the killer kitted out Eve with a whole new luxury wardrobe, and season two sees the villain send the MI5 officer a floral arrangement, in an unnerving, yet stylish, move. It looks like Villanelle's love for pursuing her targets with a care that almost borders adoration has not abdated despite her close shave with death.

Updated: February 17, 2019 01:18 PM