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In episode 7 (first season) of Killing Eve, Villanelle is given an order to kill Konstantin, by her new operator, Anton.

In response, she shoots Anton in the head and killing him.

However, she still proceeds and takes the mission, hunting Konstantin down and trying to kill him.

So why did she kill Anton, if she followed his order anyway?

  • Watch the "previously on". – BCdotWEB May 27 '18 at 16:00
  • I literally think it was because he was annoying. Or the other reason could be she wants to kill everyone part of the twelve. Could you help me understand why she was asked to kill konstantin? – j. nicholl May 28 '18 at 17:27
  • @j.nicholl I don't think Anton was part of the twelve, just her new operator. She was asked to kill Konstantin probably due to internal rebellion inside the twelve, i.e. someone trying to take control and remove the others. Guess that's going to be explained in the next season. – Shadow Wizard Feb 28 at 14:51
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Well, Villanelle so far seems to be portraying a fictional stereotype of a psychopath, showing little to no remorse and tends to look at most people as a means to end. In terms of Anton, he is nothing more than a number to Villanelle. She even mentions, that they will just keep sending "another one", showing how impersonal she finds him. Plus it may send a message about what she just previously experienced in prison...

However, in terms of her former handler, Konstantin, season one's narrative in some ways is about opening up crack into whom Villanelle really is vs the beginnings of unraveling the world Villanelle thinks she lives in.

One of her past "fixations" is exposed to the audience and Eve, but we don't really know if Villanelle would of followed through on permanently terminating that relationship or not, but further more the early episodes have scenes where Villanelle is asked by her victims, why she is doing this? And she admits quite freely that she doesn't know and then happily finishes her task.

But then Eve gives her information she has compiled on her that includes knowing that Villanelle works for some organization called, 'The 12'. Although Villanelle tries to blow it all off, I think perhaps the idea that she is being used by an organization to no known end and that Eve could gain an upper hand on her, begins to annoy her. .

But one reason that could really push Villanelle not to be compelled by Konstantin, is that he sent her back into the prison she once occupied in order to kill Nadia, but also set a trap to keep locked up, because she had not been following orders by drawing too much attention to her kills (one she was suppose to make look like a suicide that clearly did not) and her involvement with Eve continues to pull MI6 closer to The 12.

In addition she seems to want to disregard her own Russian heritage, as she becomes obsessed with Paris due to a past relationship and while in prison, she often prefers to speak English over Russian, ultimately meaning she [rightfully in this instance] isn't grateful for the prison experience/training and therefor is not grateful towards her handler either, since she knows he seems to be just using her too.

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