Well, that was quick: ‘Killing Eve’ has been renewed for Season 3 — with one major change

Killing Eve” just returned Sunday with its second season, but BBC America is already looking ahead: The drama has been renewed for a third installment, the network announced Monday at the AMC Networks Summit.

But Season 3 will be a wee bit different — behind the scenes. Suzanne Heathcote (“Fear the Walking Dead”) will take over as showrunner from Season 2 showrunner Emerald Fennell, who replaced creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

“We love having this show and the brilliant Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw on our networks,” Sarah Barnett president of AMC Networks, said in a statement. “Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Emerald Fennell have delivered two addictively entertaining seasons. As we did last year, we’re renewing ‘Killing Eve’ right out of the gate, now with Suzanne Heathcote as lead writer, as a sign of confidence — we adore this show as much as our fans do. ‘Killing Eve’ doesn’t do anything in a templated way; we love giving opportunity to three genius women to make their mark.”

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Fennell’s exit is not entirely surprising since the “Call the Midwife” alum will play Camilla Parker-Bowles in “The Crown.” Season 3 has already been shot, but Season 4 starts production this summer, which presumably would conflict with Season 3 production of “Killing Eve” (Season 2 started filming in July 2018). In a statement, Fennell noted the show’s “tradition” of handing the reins to a new showrunner every year.

“It’s been such an exciting year for me on ‘Killing Eve,'” she said. “I think it’s cool that this tradition has been built into this untraditional show. Inheriting some of Phoebe’s characters was a treat – I can’t wait to see what Suzanne does next.”

Added Waller-Bridge: “I’m very excited that the ‘Killing Eve’ baton is being passed onto another incredible writer for Season 3. We can sleep soundly knowing these characters are safe in Suzanne Heathcote’s hilariously murderous hands.” Waller-Bridge stepped down after Season 1 to focus on the second season of “Fleabag.”

Seasons 1 and 2 of “Killing Eve” premiered the first Sunday in April, so there’s no reason yet to think that the third outing won’t follow the same schedule, which means we can expect it to be Emmy eligible again next year. After netting two nominations last year for Oh and writing for Waller-Bridge, “Killing Eve” is expected to vastly improve its count this year, with bids in Best Drama Series and Best Drama Actress for both Oh and Comer. Oh, who swept the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild Awards, is expected to win.

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