Penny Dreadful: Season 2 (2015)

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Penny Dreadful's second season maintains the show's intense, bloody drama, utilizing a vast array of fascinating characters and locales to tell a unique story.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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Air date: May 3, 2015

Season 2 begins with Vanessa being barraged by an onslaught of disturbing occult images brought on by Evelyn Poole. Meanwhile, Ethan decides to leave London because of the massacre he committed; Dr. Frankenstein tries to bring Brona back to life; and Malcolm returns to London and learns that a new evil is haunting Vanessa.

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Air date: May 10, 2015

Vanessa is haunted by the witches and seeks solace with Sir Malcolm; Rusk tries to find the sole survivor of the Mariner's Inn massacre; Dr. Frankenstein gives the reborn Brona a new identity; Dorian meets an intriguing woman with a secret; the Creature gets a new job; Evelyn's daughter hunts down a prize for her mother.

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Air date: May 17, 2015

In a flashback, Vanessa meets the Cut-Wife who teaches her how to harness her powers, and warns her of the danger that lies ahead and the evil that pursues her.

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Air date: May 24, 2015

Lyle reveals that the Verbis Diablo relics tell a very dark and disturbing story that affects Vanessa; Rusk interviews the survivor of the attack at the Mariner's Inn; Hecate tries to get closer to Ethan; Angelique and Dorian's romance grows. Back at Sir Malcolm's mansion, Vanessa, Ethan, Sir Malcolm, Sembene and Lyle carry on their evening as something evil lurks within, ready to strike.

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Air date: May 31, 2015

Hecate returns to her mother with a gift; Evelyn works on a new totem; the mansion is attacked; the Creature grows impatient with Frankenstein; Rusk interrogates Ethan; Vanessa and the Creature's friendship deepens; Angelique is humiliated while out with Dorian.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2015

Vanessa and Ethan give Sir Malcolm tragic news; Lavinia Putney is disturbed by an encounter with the Creature; Roper hunts down Ethan; Dorian hosts a lavish ball in Angelique's honor; a glorious night turns to horror for Vanessa.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2015

Vanessa and Ethan flee to the Cut-Wife's cottage on the lonely moors where they draw closer together, until a figure from her dark past resurfaces. Meanwhile, Lyle and Frankenstein uncover disturbing information from the Verbis Diablo relics; and its learned that Lily isn't what she appears to be.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2015

The Creature unleashes his rage; Sir Malcolm goes to confront Evelyn.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2015

Vanessa desperately tries to save Sir Malcolm and goes alone to battle Evelyn.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2015

Season 2 ends with Vanessa relying on her strength to defeat the demon.

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Series 2 of Penny Dreadful finds Vanessa Ives locked in a battle against a fearsome devil intent on possessing her; Ethan becomes entwined in the affairs of a group of London vampire hunters and falls in love with a prostitute whose terrible fate may have already been sealed; Dr. Frankenstein is forced to confront the consequences of his grizzly deed; and Brona Croft confronts the reality of her horrifying predicament.

Cast & Crew

Rory Kinnear
The Creature
Josh Hartnett
Ethan Chandler
Danny Sapani
Sembene
Timothy Dalton
Sir Malcolm Murray
Billie Piper
Brona Croft
Eva Green
Vanessa Ives
Reeve Carney
Dorian Gray
Harry Treadaway
Dr. Victor Frankenstein
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Critic Reviews for Penny Dreadful Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

This dark, complex drama about good, evil and the supernatural in late 19th-century London won't easily welcome newcomers at this point, but it should nicely satisfy those who hopped onto the ride last year.

May 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Poole is an intriguing evil, at the very least because she makes Logan's series into the rare female-led series not reliant on romance.

May 1, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The second season's first two episodes have laid aside any doubt in my mind of a sophomore slump for this show. If anything, the return from hiatus has shifted "Penny Dreadful" into even higher gear.

May 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Penny Dreadful is back to the business of raising goosebumps. And business is good.

May 4, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's a gorgeous backdrop that's often a little short on canvas for the story it means to tell. But on the strength of its cast, the beauty of its design, and the sheer joy it gets from its homages, it's the sort of dreadful that's mostly a delight.

May 1, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Penny Dreadful's ambition doesn't come from its ingenuity, but from its attempts to ground the most ridiculous gothic stories with grounded emotional resonance.

Mar 11, 2020 | Full Review…

When connected with it, the viewer finds a divertimento that catches and in which it is very complicated to get bored. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

These witches were definitely scarier than other versions we've seen lately. I'm not a fan of witches in general, but I think Penny Dreadful's take is really going to work for me.

May 4, 2015 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

"Fresh Hell" was a strong return to one of the most inventive and cleverly written shows on television or the internet.

May 4, 2015 | Full Review…

It preys on your mind, giving you much to think about as it twists and turns its way down dark Victorian paths. It captures your heart. And, yes, it occasionally turns your stomach.

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Such is the allure of Penny Dreadful, taking these familiar characters from legend-and in my case, a misspent youth obsessed with vintage horror movies-and investing them with unnerving yet ennobling humanity and dramatically compelling desires.

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

With a newly coronated arch-villain and compelling storylines for all the major characters, Penny Dreadful's second season promises to be just as viciously, vividly entertaining as its first.

May 1, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Penny Dreadful: Season 2

  • Jan 21, 2020
    All over the place. Like someone drunk put this together.
  • Oct 15, 2019
    Complicated, intense and insanely scary. Incredibly good acting and a compelling story line. So glad I chose this for my Halloween watch this year!
  • Apr 25, 2019
    Wow, this show deserves all the nominations it never got and then some. Eva Green is just exquisite.
  • Oct 31, 2018
    Eva Green stands out is this seasons presentation, in a show that sets the standard for Gothic Horror powerful and compelling viewing.
  • May 23, 2018
    First two episodes were meh, the third was just abhorent.
  • Oct 07, 2017
    An improvement on the first season with great acting,superb visuals and scary vampires.
  • Aug 01, 2017
    High water mark of the show...best big bad and only slightly disjointed
  • May 08, 2017
    This is the show American Horror Story was trying to be, but failed horribly. Top notch acting by ALL the actors, top notch writing, top notch direction, scenery and costumes; the only bad thing about this series is that it's over after season 3!
  • Jan 29, 2017
    Season 2 ep depicts a woman placing a "demonic" or "anticross" on her forehead, so far this is my only problem as it isn't a proper satanic cross as I feel it is meant to be.
  • Jan 05, 2017
    Thee second season of 'Penny Dreadful' feels more fulfilled purpose-wise and in execution. The story threads and more linear and clear, and this season's character arcs take the viewer to visit a wider variety of places and meet interesting new characters that leave a lasting impression. It's hard to fault the series for its flaws given how much it gets right and how deeply it makes us root for its characters/

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