How will Ethan and Vanessa’s “new intimacy” play out in Penny Dreadful Season 2?
Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 7). – Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME
If you enjoyed Showtime’s Gothic horror tale Penny Dreadful in it’s inaugural season, you must have noticed the seemingly intuitive understanding that Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) have of one another. Both characters are much more than they appear at first glimpse, which they seemed to sense right away. Tortured souls both, they respond to one another with an understanding that no one else quite can.
So then, it is heartening to hear (see video and press release, below) that Ethan and Vanessa will lean upon one another even more in season 2. For my money, I don’t wish to see them rush into a romance only to see it play out and be over. No, I’d much prefer seeing the relationship grow by layering on more compassion and companionship between the two outsiders.
Whatever creator and EP John Logan cooks up for us in Penny Dreadful Season 2, it will no doubt be served in an original, compelling and freaky way via outstanding work in every department– from costuming to sets to the compelling ensemble cast and the great writing. Can’t wait!
Penny Dreadful | Eva Green (Vanessa Ives) Interview
Eva Green discusses playing Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful.
LOS ANGELES, CA – (November 21, 2014) – SHOWTIME is giving viewers the first look photo from the highly anticipated second season of the network’s drama series, PENNY DREADFUL currently in production in Dublin, Ireland for a 2015 debut on the network.
John Logan, series creator and executive producer, says, “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.”
This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale , who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; andJohnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.
PENNY DREADFUL is a drama series created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris(Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street Productions.