Are you still nursing the Game Of Thrones anger? Still hangover from the unsatisfactory finale you waited for, for so long? Fret no more. There’s cure for your particular state of resentment, or as some very loud Twitter aficionado’s defined it – pain.

I skipped last few seasons of GOT, for some reason; I don’t quite recall why, maybe I got tired of fantasy, dragons, swards & incest, and traded it for the type of TV I could relate more to, at that particular stage of my life. I needed realistic, raw material; I needed humor, darkness, cynicism. I needed the TV my particular demons can relate to. I needed a present day female perspective, and less fantasy agenda.

What was my cure then, and I bet you everything I’ve got will be yours (if it already isn’t), all fits into a 33 year old woman, with savage brand of wit. A complete masterclass of storytelling. Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Creator of Killing Eve and prior to that, phenomenal Fleabag.

Do you ever find yourself resisting something, only to stun yourself with – “Omg, how did I not see this before or read this before?!” I truly believe good art finds us at the exact right time when we’re suppose to experience it! Not sooner, not later. At just the right time. When there’s a lesson around the corner.

You probably already watched Killing Eve. If you didn’t, (warning) this post will contain some spoilers ahead! Before I started to watch it, I haven’t read anything about the show. Didn’t know what is it about, no plots no nothing. I was interested in a person, the writer, the creator – Phoebe. I have read one interview with her, prior to watching. She was asked to say 3 words that describe her writing process. Her response: “Panic. Panic. Hope.” That was it. Sold! Have you ever tried to write something? Try it.

What I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I was yearning for a show with female perspective. Now, the times we’re living in, at the moment, everything with the word female in it – automatically means feminist. Agenda! That bothers me. And funny thing, in another interview with Phoebe Waller-Bridge I read, she said the similar thing:

“If you go into the mainstream with a female perspective that seems to resonate with a lot of people, you have a political agenda imposed on you, you are told that you are a feminist. Since you said those things about women, therefore you are a role model and an icon and you can’t fuck up now because you have to be sensitive to something political”.

Now, so many people today have no clue what word feminism means. Specially large group of men who think (fear?) the women are raising up with rakes in their hands, starting a revolution, with a devious plan to destroy all men. No. Feminism is equal line. Not having to think about difference between sexes. Being able to live without noticing the difference in sexes.

And that is where Phoebe does an exceptional job in Killing Eve. The assassin, Villanelle, is a woman. Not once you see her as a weaker sex. Recall the usual movies or tv-shows you regularly watch. When there’s a fight between a woman and a man, you flinch a bit, right? You are afraid for the woman, no? You ARE aware she is a woman, he is probably stronger, and she will probably stay laying on the street in pile of blood, while he walks away.

In Killing Eve, you don’t feel that. You actually fear for the men she’s killing. There is no doubt in your mind she can’t take these men. Watching her, it’s actually chilling. The scene in the club, before she stabs Bill on the dance floor, that moment she makes eye contact with him, before she lounges towards him, I was actually fucking afraid.

Another example of chillingly brilliant female perspective writing is age and sexuality. Villanelle is 20-something. Eve is almost 50. Yet you don’t feel the importance of that detail, you don’t even notice it in their dynamic. Sexuality? In the beginning, you’re not even aware about what Villanelle’s sexuality is; it’s part of her job to seduce men and women. But when you start realizing she prefers women, there’s no pomp in presenting that, there’s no big fanfare leading into the fact, it’s written so effortlessly.

This is how men’s world functions since beginning of times. It’s easy. No one questions men about their age, capabilities; it’s refreshing to see a story written from a female perspective where all that doesn’t seem to matter, either.

Even though the whole cast of the show is brilliant in their portrayals, the role of Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer is something that left me (and you too, no doubt), breathless. When I finished the first season, I sat on my bed, feeling like I have been just hit by a bus. I felt “attacked” by her brilliance. I sat for few moments, thinking, taken, confused, teary eyed even. I’m one of those weirdos that won’t cry for something sad, but will cry when I see talent, recognition in all its glory.

When you start striping down her role, realizing what she has done in front of camera is more chilling than watching her slash people on screen. In addition for being the primary source of humor in the show, she also has to be convincing as the cold-blooded killer stripped of all emotion, while looking amazing in (probably) very uncomfortable but very chic clothes, switch back and forth through the variety of languages & accents, while embodying the menace and childishness, mystery and vulnerability, predator and prey – in equal measure.

In the sea of untalented people vying to be actors, not realistic enough to understand it’s the fame they are seeking, and not the actual craft; Killing Eve is a must see cultural phenomenon, but also the masterclass in performance.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge succeeds spectacularly in creating complicated, flawed women with questionable actions who provoke your empathy. Villanelle, most of all. There is something so refreshingly funny in her dismissal of all consequence, seeing her do things we wish we can do with such effortless ease (not the killing part), but flipping the ice-cream in the kid’s lap, swearing off the Instagram influencer who approached her asking to take the photo – “No, of course not. Don’t be pathetic. Get a real life!” In the current world of such nonsense and constant noise, useless things people engage in, to “meet” a character stripped of all that nonsense, void of small talk and bullshit of any shape or form, doing exactly what she feels, how she feels – is simply a groundbreaking television.

What I also noticed, and maybe the most important culture shifting detail of all; even though sexually charged, Killing Eve doesn’t feel sexually exploitative at any moment. Female killer in pretty pink dresses yet there’s no feeding into male fantasy territory. The women on the show are not even the slightest bit defined by men in their lives. Now that is the true power of Phoebe Waller-Bridge and writing from a strong female perspective, and having supreme talent to convey your words onto the screen.

Speaking of words, I want to finish this article with my favorite dialogue from the bunch, bellow. It wasn’t easy to pick, but the tiny cup takes it home for me.

Here’s a tiny cup in my air, for Villanelle, the character we didn’t know we needed so badly!