Penny Dreadful has returned with Season 3 on Showtime, and the premiere episode has been offered to the entire country for free viewing. Suffice it to say that if you have not watched the show before, you should be advised that it is rated TV-14-DLSV for some mature content in the video below.
What Season 3 of Penny Dreadful brings you is the return of your favorite characters, which in one way or another had parted ways at the end of Season 2.
Penny Dreadful showrunner John Logan also offered up some helpful clues as to what this season is going to feature, especially in the pilot episode, according to Entertainment Weekly.
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He said that if the premiere episode for Season 3 of Penny Dreadful was any indication, then you can expect to see the show’s characters in “London, Africa, America, and the Arctic.”
Logan said that he never wanted to simply do the same Penny Dreadful show every year, but rather mix it up a bit. That could be a key indication as to why he has situated the show in the wild American West.
“I’ve always just loved Westerns, and I’ve always known, from the beginning of the series, that I wanted to take Ethan back home for a final reckoning with his demonic father, who Brian Cox plays later in the season, brilliantly,” Logan told EW about Season 3 of Penny Dreadful. “So it was always sort of my plan, and at the end of last season when we broke the family up and scattered them to the winds, I thought it would be really exciting to see how they all functioned separately and were drawn together.”
What he has basically done is taken the Penny Dreadful characters and gave them a little mix up so that when they reunite, it would not be on the same old stage in Victorian era London. Instead, Vanessa will have some time with Ethan on horseback in America when the era featured cowboys, Indians, and outlaws.
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Vanessa will also be torn apart in so many ways that the actual plot of Penny Dreadful, which is basically her own struggle with faith and darkness, eclipses all of the monsters that keep coming out of nowhere and plaguing her. Of course, they are the monsters of legend that fans of the horror genre have been reading about in classic literature for centuries now.
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Season 3 of Penny Dreadful will also feature the debut of Dr. Jekyll on the show. That is going to make for an interesting mix when Vanessa starts her psychotherapy with Dr. Seward, who will be portrayed by the returning actress, Patti Lupone. Lupone actually played the part of the Cut-Wife in Season 2 of Penny Dreadful.
“I wanted to introduce Dr. Jekyll because I wanted to bring in another character from the gothic Victorian horror canon to the story,” Logan told EW. “Originally I wanted to use Dr. Moreau, from the H.G. Wells novel [The Island of Doctor Moreau], but the rights weren’t available. And I love Robert Louis Stevenson, so the idea of doing Dr. Jekyll was very exciting.”
He also mentioned that even though Penny Dreadful has many different conflicting themes, the main running theme that ties all of the characters and stories together is the duality that is always present. That becomes even more common when Penny Dreadful introduces characters from classic literature.
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There will also be the Penny Dreadful character of Lily, who will now have an overpowering presence on the show, given that she has entered into a dark union with Dorian Gray. Although they seem to be a perfect match for each other, in an odd way, they could also be the bombs that the show has planted, waiting for someone to pull the trigger.
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