Last year, Showtime’s new drama Penny Dreadful became a surprise breakout hit. The gothic, Victorian tale wove together a number of familiar characters — Doctor Frankenstein, his Creature, Dorian Gray — along with several new faces, all wrapped up in an engrossing vampire-slaying series. But even the old felt new again, as Penny Dreadful exposed some incredible beauty in the story of the Creature (Rory Kinnear) in particular. Hit the jump for more on what to expect from the series’ second season, which is currently in production, as well as an exclusive Penny Dreadful Season 2 clip from behind the scenes featuring Reeve Carney.
“This season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace. Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together.”
Demons are never far from the stars of the series. At Sir Malcolm’s (Timothy Dalton) Home for Waywards and Sundries, Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) embraces his inner adventurer, and will work alongside Sembene (Danny Sapani) to help Sir Malcolm fight the evil that continues to lurk at their door (quite literally, in some cases).
Patti LuPone is also set to guest start as an important, but mysterious, part of Vanessa’s past, while Helen McCrory will return as Madame Kali / Evelyn Poole. Simon Russell Beale will also be back as the loony Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. According to Showtime,
“Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.”
In the production clip, Reeve Carney (who plays seemingly immortal seducer Dorian Gray) hosts a short, behind-the-scenes look at what is in store for the upcoming season — including the fact that he is not naturally a good dancer (forsooth!)
Penny Dreadful‘s excellent first season set up plenty of things for the show to explore in its second, and an update on the Creature, as well as Brona (Billie Piper) are particular points of interest.
If you haven’t indulged already, there is still plenty of time to get caught up in Penny Dreadful‘s captivating, baroque world of ghoulish horrors (and sometimes, unexpected delights).