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.
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.
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.
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.”