Warning: This article contains spoilers for Penny Dreadful.
There would be little argument among Penny Dreadful fans against the statement that last season’s “The Nightcomers” was the most memorable and the most talked-about episode of the season, particularly for the creation of the Cut-Wife legend. Starring as Joan Clayton A.K.A. The Cut-Wife, Patti LuPone made her debut on Penny Dreadful in the episode that featured the relationship between LuPone’s character and Vanessa Ives (Eva Green).
Now it seems the creative team behind Penny Dreadful is building on the chemistry between Green and LuPone, even if they are bringing in Patti as an entirely new character, as reported by Variety. LuPone will play Dr. Seward in season 3 of Penny Dreadful and, much like Dr. Seward from Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, Patti’s character will also be a psychiatrist. The Seward character will be brought in to provide therapy to Eva Green’s Ms. Ives and rumors suggest that Dr. Seward is applying an “unconventional” new approach in Vanessa’s treatment.
Also coming to Penny Dreadful is Shazad Latif (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), who will undoubtedly be wreaking havoc with the team in the much-anticipated Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde role. The character is based on the Robert Louis Stevenson books.
Penny Dreadful also seems to have replaced Sembene (Danny Sapani) with Wes Studi (Hell on Wheels) as Kaetenay, described by the Hollywood Reporter as “an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett), who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton).”
More guest stars coming to Penny Dreadful in season 3 include Christian Camargo (Dexter), who will play a zoologist and a mismatched friend to Vanessa; Samuel Barnett (Jupiter Ascending) will play secretary to Dr. Seward (LuPone) and will harbor his own secrets; and finally Jessica Barden (The Outcast) will become involved in the plots of Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney).
“Season three is a real change of pace for us, which is good,” Penny Dreadful showrunner Logan said. “We can get out of the alleys and cobblestone bars of Victorian London and see a bit more of the world. Essentially there’s a pull bringing these characters together, and it’s supernatural, partly romantic, partly shared destiny.”
The Penny Dreadful season premiere has yet to be established, but, if it follows suit with season 2, the season should premiere early in May 2016.
[Featured image courtesy of Showtime/Penny Dreadful]