Killing Eve featured a femme fatale worse than Villanelle
Killing Eve hasn’t had too many elite assassins over the years, but Season 4 just introduced a femme fatale who’s worse than Villanelle.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Killing Eve Season 4, Episode 3, “A Rainbow in Tan Boots,” available now on BBC America and AMC+.
One of the things Murder Day before felt light over the years were deadly assassins. Sure, Jodie Comer’s guilt-ridden Villanelle stood out, while Eve upgraded herself to be a better weapon, but others like Rhian of the Twelve didn’t feel as intimidating during their brief appearances.
Thankfully, Season 4 bucked that trend by introducing a new femme fatale to the spy game that Eve wants to take down. And the scariest thing is that this emotionally broken, psychopathic young woman is worse than Villanelle and is bloodthirsty.
The new threat is Anjana Vasan’s Pam, seen earlier this season when Eve followed clues to an English funeral home. There, Pam cut out a creepy figure, talking to corpses. Eve then followed her by getting into Helen’s car, confirming that she was part of the Evil Mistress’s plan to take down or take over the Twelve. The first sign of violence came when Pam beat Eve up in an alley with startling ease, hinting that she was indeed an assassin-in-training.
This suspicion was confirmed when her brother, Elliot, reprimanded her in the morgue. He was the face of the family business, but his verbal, physical, and emotional abuse went too far. He indicated that he should have left her in foster care or their parents should have had an abortion.
His words lead to a traumatized Pam grabbing her scalpel and stabbing the toxic brother to death with a cold, dead look in her eyes similar to Villanelle when she murdered. Pam eventually went to Helene to let her know what she had done, begging to enter the assassin program. However, Hélène pointed out that this impulsive act meant that she was not ready. Helene needed someone patient and calculating, otherwise she would have another Villanelle on her hands. That’s why she contacted Konstantin in Russia and asked him to make this solid for her. She needs Pam trained properly, because as long as the potential and rage are there, they need to be controlled to make Pam the perfect blunt object.
Konstantin agreed, but it foreshadows a harrowing mentorship with a troubled person with wild tendencies. This latent ability to lose and kill him will surely make him hope he won’t fail, like he and Dasha did with Villanelle. It remains to be seen if Pam’s frustration over how glamorous Helene doesn’t think she’s ready for more will spill out.
Pam doesn’t want to be stuck in this morgue forever, and that spontaneous moment of aggression aside, she respects the dead more than anything. As such, Pam might just settle down, blossom into her element, and remove that air of obliviousness to the power she wields. This could make her an even more ruthless murderer than Villanelle, who failed redemption. But in Pam’s case, she’ll be disciplined, low-key, and devoted, because while Villanelle killed for fun, Pam Needs kill, which could end with Eve being taken out as well to keep the sinister Helen safe.
Killing Eve Season 4 is now airing on BBC America, with episodes airing the following day on AMC+. Seasons 1-3 are currently available to stream on Hulu.
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