Penny Dreadful
Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." (Jonathan Hession/Showtime)

‘Penny Dreadful’ brings the End of Days

The End of Days is coming to Penny Dreadful, and only Vanessa Ives can stop it.

Catriona Hartdegan (Perdita Weeks) gives this bit of news to Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) in the latest trailer for the Showtime series’ upcoming third season, beginning at 10/9c May 1. Being a scholar with expert knowledge of the supernatural, Catriona should know.

She’s one of many new and old characters spreading the message of dread.

“Darkness will soon be upon us,” says Kaetenay (Wes Studi), a Native American who knows Ethan.

“Evil will overcome the earth, and all our days will come to an end,” he says to Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton).

The trailer teases tons of horrific scenes: Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) injecting a huge needle into someone’s eye; a woman with a mouth gag screaming; a swarm of vampires attacking; people hanging in a meat locker.

And Vanessa in a padded cell. Not sure how she’s going to save the world from there, but OK.

“This creature, he has been hunting me since the dawn of time,” Vanessa says, adding later, “He’s very close.”

And it’s all done to a creepy soundtrack featuring one line from Ursine Vulpine‘s cover of The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize.” (Listen to both versions below.)

The series comes from Chicago native John Logan, who interweaves famous characters from classic horror stories with brand new ones for a frightening and fantastic new saga.

The trailer shows other new characters, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Henry Jekyll (Shazad Latif), Dr. Alexander Sweet (Christian Camargo), a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa; Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary played by Sam Barnett; and Justine (Jessica Barden), a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney).

Other returning cast members include Simon Russell Beale as Dr. Ferdinand Lyle and Rory Kinnear as The Creature.

I don’t know about you all, but I can’t wait for May Day. Showtime is knocking it out of the park with these trailers. See more “Penny Dreadful” trailers here.


Ursine Vulpine

The Flaming Lips

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