Penny Dreadful confirmed for third series

Penny Dreadful cast
Penny Dreadful cast

Fans of the gothic Victorian set drama Penny Dreadful will be pleased to know that it will return for a third series. After a fantastic first series battling vampires and introducing us to every monster and well known character from the era’s literature, the second series slowed down to a more sedate pace being more character driven with a deeper plot. It even had splashes of humour thanks to Ferdinand Lyle played by Simon Russell Beale.

Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Simon Russell Beale provide a little light relief in series two.
Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Simon Russell Beale provide a little light relief in series two.

According to CinemaBlend, the seventh episode, “Little Scorpion,” achieved a 0.19 rating – notably lower than the show’s average of 0.23 in the 18-49 demographic. The inconsistent ratings of the second series could have worked in its favour, however, if the studio thought it was going consistently downhill they could have pulled it.

Maybe they will go back to the first series formula of more action and darker villains.

Eva Green as Vanessa Ives
Eva Green as Vanessa Ives

It can’t be all bad, though, because the programme has also spawned a game. Produced by Midverse Studios, the game is a world away from the guns and horror of the show. It’s actually more akin to a collectible card game where you can collect characters in your deck of cards before playing other characters online. Rizwan Virk, the CEO of Midverse said about the game: “With Penny Dreadful, SHOWTIME and series creator John Logan have created a beautiful and haunting world of supernatural creatures and storylines, all intersecting in Victorian London. But the real battles are happening in the demi-monde – a half-world between what we know and what we fear – and we look forward to bringing the unique creepy, intelligent style of Penny Dreadful to our mobile game.

Robert Nairne as a vampire in Penny Dreadful (season 1, episode 4). - Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: PennyDreadful_104_0248
Robert Nairne as a vampire in Penny Dreadful (season 1, episode 4). – Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: PennyDreadful_104_0248

We also expect that the mobile game will introduce the unique characters of Penny Dreadful to new players that may never have watched the show.”

The game – currently titled Penny Dreadful: Demimonde –  is currently in production and will be released on Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Kindle.

 

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