This week we will discuss the 5 Commandments of Episode 8: God, I’m Tired and the Ending Payoff.
Eve has discovered Constantin with Carolyn. This is important because she can no longer trust Carolyn.
Eve has discovered that Villanelle is free and not in prison anymore. This is upending her world. It also turns on life and death since Villanelle is free to kill more.
Melanie suggests that Parul’s Inciting Incident might be linked to the Worldview, but not the Thriller.
The most important progressive complications of this episode are that Constantin dies and Carolyn fires Eve.
The Turning Point is when Eve gets the call from Elena that there is a Paris apartment paid from the same funds that were used to bribe Frank.
Does Eve go to Paris and risk her life even though she is fired. Or does she go back to her husband in London and hope that Villanelle doesn’t come after her.
Eve goes to Paris, she wants to see this to the end.
Eve confronts Villanelle, they have a lovers’ confession, and it seems like the hero is at the mercy of the villain, and then stabs her. Eve uses her gift of determination in the end.
Villanelle can’t get over Bill’s death.
Eve goes from betrayed by Caroline and Villanelle has escaped prison to empowered by stabbing Villanelle
Polarity Shift: -/+
The 5 commandments of the Ending Payoff are the same as from Episode 8 as this episode is basically the Ending Payoff of the series.
As a Thriller
The protagonist’s initial strategy to outmaneuver the antagonist initially fails – Eve constantly trying to get closer to the source and fails numerous times. Eve is constantly trying to figure out what Villanelle is all about, that’s why she goes and visits Anna.
Eve has become the victim, as seen every time Eve and Villanelle meet face to face.
Core event – Hero at the Mercy of the villain, when they are on the bed at the end of the episode. This is softened somewhat by the love story.
This series totally works.
I really liked the innovations of the Thriller Genre. I really liked it when Villanelle kidnaps Irina because you rarely see a kidnapped person that doesn’t listen to their kidnapper and talk back to them.
They’re both like two kids. Or when Eve puts her gun down. I really enjoyed this series. There was a lot of action, a surprising but inevitable ending, and lots of surprises.
As a Love Story:
We have an almost kiss scene as Parul mentioned at the beginning of our season, but instead, Eve decides to stab Villanelle. This opened the next season to develop this love story. There was only a handful of occasions when Eve and Villanelle had screen time together, so there wasn’t much time to develop this love story during this first season.
I watched this series twice before we did this podcast, but I completely missed the hair connection between Anna, Eve, and the tourist. Kudos on both of you for bringing it to my attention.
I enjoyed the moment when Eve is disappointed because Villanelle says she wants Constantin and not Eve. And Eve tells Constantin and Eve not to break her heart.
As a Worldview:
I think this is a worldview maturation because she wants to stop Villanelle for her herself because of her obsession with female assassins.
You could argue a morality story as well. But Eve can’t fall for Villanelle because of what she did to Bill.
I agree because it isn’t until episode 7 that she realizes that everything isn’t black and white, that Carolyn is not completely on the up and up.
What other Stories/ Movies/ Series have the hero confronting the villain in the villain’s lair?
Resident Evil, Return of the King
Conan (the original with Arnold), Iron Man 1
Can you think of any shows we missed?
Did this episode and the whole Killing Eve series work for you as a viewer?
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If you want to see more applications of the Story Grid methodology, below are links to my analysis of various novels and television shows in blog posts and podcasts:
Story Grid Showrunners Podcast – Parul, Melanie, and I analyze hit TV series using the Story Grid methodology.
My blog posts analyzing other Television series – my person take using the Story grid 5 Commandments to look at my favorite TV series – Jack Ryan, Batgirl, For All Mankind, Hanna, and more.
Novel analysis – I analyze some of my favorite books using the Story Grid 5 Commandments and 6 core questions – First Blood, Old Man’s War, Waylander, and more to come!
If you want to learn more about writing a story using the Story Grid methodology, go to the Story Grid Webpage to find free videos and articles on how to implement the methodology.
These articles contain information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. They also give details on obligatory scenes and conventions for specific genres, such as the thriller, love story, war story, crime story, and more.
For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.
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Hi, my name is Randy Surles and I edit Thrillers and Action novels. I specialize in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and anything with a military flavor to it.