I finally had a chance to watch the finale, and I have to say I think the writers really, really screwed the pooch with this finale. And honestly, to some degree with the whole season, given its denouement. On the whole, this season reeks of writers really rushing to a certain plot point--Villanelle and Eve working together (I would have waited for that until S3)--only to have absolutely no idea what to do once they have rushed to get to that point, so nothing particularly interesting happened and they've now yet again re-set the board with the season's end. Only the reset, while it mirrors S1, pretty much makes whatever the writers decide to do next ring hollow because it will be either uber-repetitive or totally unbelievable. As others have said, it probably would have been better for Eve and Villanelle to run off together at the end of the season and to see them both grapple with the ramifications of that decision--not because I expect them to live "happily ever after" in any way (I now agree more than ever that Eve will probably kill Villanelle before the show is over), but now I'm not sure the show can team them up believably ever again, and I think they probably DO need to team up to take down The Twelve still. So this season ending really handcuffed future seasons. You can definitely sense that there is a lack of a strong overarching creative vision for the show. Also a lack of a strong narrative thread--the The Twelve plot really needs to come back full force, because the show is just flailing about without it actually being front and center as the work plot.
What else? I am the least shocked person in the world that Carolyn used Villanelle and Eve to kill Aaron without dirtying MI-6's hands (officially), and that Konstantin went along with it. The show has been telegraphing the hinkiness there for quite a while now. Is Carolyn magically going to take Eve back again next season? Also, ouch, poor Kenny being part of the clean-up. No wonder he warned Eve off the Rome op. I'm actually surprised Carolyn didn't shoot Konstantin in the back as he was walking away from her--I was totally waiting for it given the way the scene was filmed. Konstantin-Villanelle continues to be a stealth MVP relationship for the show. Konstantin betrayed Villanelle...but he also threw her a lifeline (in a way Carolyn didn't Eve). Curious to see where that goes.
I will say the humor was on point in this episode. When Villanelle asked Raymond "how long have you been standing there?" I laughed because I had the exact same question! Other moments that made me laugh included V's confusion when Eve broke down that door--her tone-deaf "are you sure you’re okay?" was a gem, as was her little head shake when Eve said "yeah"--and Eve unexpectedly getting asked out by the assassin dude. Oh's face was hilarious. The scene where Eve killed Raymond also balanced humor and horror very, very well. Oh, and I laughed at Hugo's "Mrs. Robinson" crack, hee.
Super paranoid Aaron leaves the door to the room with his computer full of murder files open? Sure, show. That felt contrived and also really unnecessary--in fact the whole damn Aaron plotline was a hot mess. As if Villanelle was ever going to join forces with him. I really enjoyed Villanelle brazening her way out of the villa, though. It was so very Villanelle (complete with Eve's "you're an asshole," heh).
I hope Jodie Comer gets a LOT of awards love for this season. She found her footing with the character in the middle of the first season, and was just spectacular this year. Really magnetic. I don't think Sandra Oh's performance was as strong as in S1; then again, the material for Eve wasn't nearly as good either. I'll definitely be watching the third season, but I hope the show can rebound.