Let’s be real: our love and loyalty for Grey’s Anatomy is never-ending, even if the series does wrap after 16 seasons like Ellen Pompeo hinted at in a recent interview. That’s because, on the heels of the show becoming the longest-running medical drama of all-time, it’s also still really, really good.
Look no further than the recent sexual assault episode for proof.
But ever since Sandra Oh left, we’ve felt a dark and twisty void where Cristina Yang used to be. Luckily for us, while Oh has no plans to play that character ever again, her latest (award-winning) role as Eve Polastri on the Bravo series Killing Eve (Sundays, 8 p.m. ET) is… well, killer. And after binging a few episodes we think you’ll be as obsessed with it as we are.
This is the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse
The first season of the series introduced us to Eve, a bored but smarty pants MI5 security officer whose ears prick up when a political assassination in Europe points to a rare, female serial killer. Dismissed at first, Eve and her theories prove correct and she’s recruited to lead a top-secret team to track down that killer: Villanelle (Jodie Comer).
But taking a deep dive into a complex personality comes with a price. Before long both Eve and Villanelle become obsessed, putting everything on the line in order to understand and reach each other … To say this show is intense is an understatement. We had to remind ourselves to breathe several times while watching season one.
Sandra Oh is oh-so-perfect for this role
Oh has a trademark acting style, one that involves flawless body language, facial expressions and a knack for comedic timing even during the darkest of dramatic moments. Though we all got to know the Canadian intimately during her decade on Grey’s, she really does inject new life into an equally compelling role here.
It’s no surprise she was nominated for an Emmy and won the Golden Globe for her work on Killing Eve’s first season, nor that she was asked to co-host the Globes with Andy Samberg as an indirect result of her work on this.
Her screen partner is pretty legit too
We make it sound as though Oh carries this thing, but we really need to point out Jodie Comer’s brilliance when it comes to her role as Villanelle. She’s funny, scary, smart and damaged, and plays several characters within her character as she goes “undercover” for her assignments. Whenever she’s on screen we can’t turn away, which means we’re pretty much glued to our TVs every single second. Ah, and as for those times that both actresses actually share screen time? We can’t. They’re just THAT great together and we can’t gush enough.
Anything can happen on this show
Remember when (spoiler alert!) Ned Stark died on the first season of Game of Thrones and NO ONE SAW IT COMING? There are a couple of moments like that in this series, and we almost felt like we needed therapy to deal IRL. Obviously we don’t want to spoil anything here because that would ruin the fun, but we promise, there are lots of twists and turns that are totally worth tuning in for.
There’s a Harry Potter link
So, you’re a fan of Harry Potter, are you? You’ll be pleased as punch to know that Aunt Petunia herself, a.k.a. Fiona Shaw, also has a starring role in this as Eve’s savvy and celebrated boss. While we’re not always sure what to make of her character, Carolyn Martens, that intrigue only adds to the compelling nature of the role. For those keeping track, Shaw rounds out a trifecta of onscreen ladies, by the way.
Season two is going to be even more mind-blowing
No spoilers here, but we’ve seen the first two episodes of the second season and we were dying the entire time. So far this run has everything we loved about the first season and more: mystery, random fashion choices, stress-eating and a clever storyline. Meanwhile, it picks up where the first season left off, which means you’re pretty much catapulted right back into this high-stakes story as though you’ve entered a marathon mid-stream. It’s almost like there’s no time to catch your breath, but what a journey you’re on.
In other words, stream the first season immediately if you haven’t already. And if you have, well buckle up. Eve and Villanelle are back, and once again they’re killer.
Cristina Yang, who?