Killing Eve fans say new series is ‘missing the magic’ of Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Killing Eve fans have lamented the loss of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the lead writer, after the second series debuted on Saturday.  

The Fleabag star brought her signature dark wit to the first series, which followed the cat and mouse story of MI5 investigator, Eve Polastri, obsessed with capturing psychopathic assassin, Villanelle. 

After watching the first episode of series two, viewers took to Twitter in their droves saying the crime thriller was ‘missing the magic’ of Phoebe, 33, who passed over the writing duties to Emerald Fennell. 

Missing the magic: Killing Eve fans have lamented the loss of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the lead writer, after the second series debuted on Saturday

Missing the magic: Killing Eve fans have lamented the loss of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the lead writer, after the second series debuted on Saturday

Missing the magic: Killing Eve fans have lamented the loss of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the lead writer, after the second series debuted on Saturday

Phoebe, who is in the midst of spicing up the Bond 25 script, remained an Executive Producer of series two but gave up writing the show because she was working on other projects at the time. 

The new series – which dropped on iPlayer on Saturday evening, after the first episode debuted on BBC One – has been requested 2.6m times in the first 36 hours of it being available.

Episode 1 alone has been requested 864,000 times – up 79 percent on the season 1 opener – and peaked when 3.7m people tuned in to watch it when it aired live at 9:15PM.

Comedic genius: The Fleabag star brought her signature dark wit to the first series (pictured in April)

Comedic genius: The Fleabag star brought her signature dark wit to the first series (pictured in April)

Comedic genius: The Fleabag star brought her signature dark wit to the first series (pictured in April)

Talented: Phoebe, who is in the midst of spicing up the Bond 25 script, remained an Executive Producer of series two but gave up writing the script

Talented: Phoebe, who is in the midst of spicing up the Bond 25 script, remained an Executive Producer of series two but gave up writing the script

Talented: Phoebe, who is in the midst of spicing up the Bond 25 script, remained an Executive Producer of series two but gave up writing the script

The episode picked up exactly 30 seconds after the first season’s concluding moments, when Eve [Sandra Oh] stabbed Villanelle, decided to save her and then realised she had escaped. 

But fans missed the ‘genius’ of Phoebe’s writing, with many taking to Twitter to say the show was lacking the dynamic and comedy the actress brought to the characters. 

One wrote: ‘Watched all of Season 2, Killing Eve not as good as Season 1, bring back Phoebe-Waller Bridge.’

Hit: The new season - which dropped on iPlayer on Saturday evening, after the first episode debuted on BBC One - has been requested 2.6m times in the first 36 hours of it being available

Hit: The new season - which dropped on iPlayer on Saturday evening, after the first episode debuted on BBC One - has been requested 2.6m times in the first 36 hours of it being available

Hit: The new season – which dropped on iPlayer on Saturday evening, after the first episode debuted on BBC One – has been requested 2.6m times in the first 36 hours of it being available

Underwhelmed: After watching the first episode of series two, viewers took to Twitter in their droves saying the crime thriller was 'missing the magic' of Phoebe

Underwhelmed: After watching the first episode of series two, viewers took to Twitter in their droves saying the crime thriller was 'missing the magic' of Phoebe

Underwhelmed: After watching the first episode of series two, viewers took to Twitter in their droves saying the crime thriller was ‘missing the magic’ of Phoebe

Another chimed: ‘Killing Eve S2 reminds me of non-Palladino Gilmore Girls or Sorkinless West Wing. Phoebe Waller-Bridge has clearly left the building.’ 

A third viewer wrote: ‘So disappointed to say I don’t like series 2 the tone of the show is completely different the pace was slow & drawn out & the peel story was uninteresting… I hope the 3rd season claws it back but it feels like the magic is gone…’

A fourth fan typed: ‘I loved the first season of Killing Eve but the second season lost the magic for me. No criticism of the cast, it’s more that the cat & mouse dynamic was more exciting in the first.’

Phoebe previously admitted it was ‘painful’ to step away from the show, but said Emerald has very much made it her own.

She's left the building! Fans missed the 'genius' of Phoebe's writing, with many saying on Twitter the show was lacking the dynamic and comedy the actress brought to the characters

She's left the building! Fans missed the 'genius' of Phoebe's writing, with many saying on Twitter the show was lacking the dynamic and comedy the actress brought to the characters

She’s left the building! Fans missed the ‘genius’ of Phoebe’s writing, with many saying on Twitter the show was lacking the dynamic and comedy the actress brought to the characters

She told Harper’s Bazaar: ‘Emerald is such a bad**s, it was painful and hard moving away from a project that was like family, but seeing Emerald take it on – it was was so cool to hand things over and have other people’s input.

‘ [The second season] is fantastic and it feels so brilliant because Emerald’s voice is so unique, there was no sense of getting her to do what we had done before, there was real sense from the whole company to bring your own stuff to it and she really does.

The actress added of Fennell, who will also star as Camilla Parker Bowles in season 4 of The Crown: ‘Her roar is very evident in it and that’s what gives it its energy.’ 

The next chapter: Saturday's episode charted Eve heading back to London,  while Villanelle managed to go to hospital for treatment, under the guise that she had been hit by a car

The next chapter: Saturday's episode charted Eve heading back to London,  while Villanelle managed to go to hospital for treatment, under the guise that she had been hit by a car

The next chapter: Saturday’s episode charted Eve heading back to London,  while Villanelle managed to go to hospital for treatment, under the guise that she had been hit by a car

Saturday’s episode charted Eve heading back to London in a daze while Villanelle managed to go to hospital for treatment, under the guise that she had been hit by a car.

It’s here that she ‘befriended’ the boy in the bed next to her’s, whose family have died in a car crash that he survived but has been left half blind and horribly scarred by.

Villanelle appeared to comfort him but, when he says he wishes he had died too, she snaps his neck and leaves him, dead, in the bed.

Meanwhile, Eve is re-hired by Carolyn [Fiona Shaw] to hunt Villanelle, who has escaped the hospital and stowed away in a family’s car as they traveled on the ferry from Calais back to England.

Killing Eve picked up Best Drama Series, Best Leading Actress for Comer and Best Supporting Actress for Fiona Shaw at the BAFTAs. 

Giving it up: Phoebe previously admitted it was 'painful' to step away from the show, but said Emerald (pictured in 2017) has very much made it her own

Giving it up: Phoebe previously admitted it was 'painful' to step away from the show, but said Emerald (pictured in 2017) has very much made it her own

Giving it up: Phoebe previously admitted it was ‘painful’ to step away from the show, but said Emerald (pictured in 2017) has very much made it her own

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