The release date for the fourth and final season has been confirmed

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Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
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It's bittersweet news for Killing Eve fans, as the cat-and-mouse thriller will be back for season 4 – which will conclude the much-loved and award-winning series.

However, Jodie Comer recently said that the show's creators are 'keeping options' open for a movie adaptation or perhaps a spin-off at some point in the future – so we'll cling on happily to that for the time being as we're not quite ready to say goodbye for good.

We've had a first-look at the new season of Killing Eve - and we are beyond excited. Entertainment Weekly posted a series of teaser pictures on Instagram, showing Jodie Comer's Villanelle finding a new community, while Sandra Oh's Eve Polastri goes undercover seeking vengeance.

Executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle told Entertainment Weekly: "Eve and Villanelle, having left each other in total turmoil on Tower Bridge at the end of season 3, are thrown into season 4 trying to figure out what they mean to each other and what their lives now stand for.

"And while Carolyn has shot a man in cold blood, she is trying to find out who is responsible for the hit on her son. This one is going to be a lot more personal and passionate than the seasons before."

After disruptions to production due to the pandemic, filming for the final instalment finally got underway in October 2021, with a teaser trailer revealing the show's clapboard in action and the crew filming Comer as her assassin alter-ego Villanelle on set, and Sandra Oh as MI6 agent Eve Polastri on location at London's Tower Bridge. Oh could be seen wearing a platinum blonde wig, sunglasses and a trench coat. The clip ended with: 'In production now'.

Killing Eve's official Twitter account shared the clip and added the caption: 'Our lips are sealed. Mostly.'

Here's everything we know so far about Killing Eve season 4...

Killing Eve season 4: Release date

Killing Eve will conclude with its fourth and final season on BBC iPlayer on February 28, the BBC has confirmed.

"28.02.2022," BBC One tweeted. "Watch #KillingEve on iPlayer from 28 February."

Killing Eve season 4: The cast

We know that Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh will be back as Villanelle and Eve Polastri respectively, while it's been reported that Fiona Shaw will reprise her role as MI5 boss, Carolyn Martens. Kim Bodnia will no doubt be back as Villanelle's handler, Konstantin Vasiliev.

Gemma Whelan could be back as Carolyn's daughter Geraldine and Camille Cottin could return as Hélène. The Bitter Pill gang including Jamie (Danny Sapani), Bear (Turlough Convery) and Audrey (Ayoola Smart) also survived, so they could be back too.

Harriet Walter's Dasha suffered a heart attack in the last series, but her return hasn't been ruled out either.

Killing Eve season 4: The plot

This season is being written by Sex Education's Laura Neal, so we can expect more of the smart and original humour that we've loved from series 1 -3. Laura takes over from Suzanne Heathcote who wrote the third season, and joins Promising Young Women Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell and the Phoebe Waller-Bridge who wrote seasons two and one respectively.

"Killing Eve smashes television tropes in every way, both on the screen and behind it. We have a remarkable squad of ferociously smart women writers passing the baton to each other on this show, aligned around a coherent vision but bringing it to life with their own specific sparkle and brilliance. Laura Neal is the latest incredible leader of the pack on Killing Eve," AMC president Sarah Barnett said.

Adapted from the series of four novellas Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings, the series will continue to follow Jodie Comer's Villanelle on her killing spree as one of the world's most ruthless and dangerous assassins, and Sandra Oh's MI6 agent continuing to harbour an obsession with her. We can't blame her, to be honest.

Will they team up and ride off into the sunset? Or will one – or both – meet their untimely end?

"I'm not sure I see a true happy ending for Villanelle because I think her own worst enemy is herself and we all know that's impossible to get away from," Jodie Comer previously told the Toronto Sun.

We'll have to wait and see...

Killing Eve airs on the BBC

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