Penny Dreadful Video: Behind the Scenes in the Wild West… Er, Spain

Since Season 3 of Penny Dreadful was to follow wolfman Ethan (Josh Hartnett) home to the States and across the New Mexico territory, series creator John Logan set out to recreate “the authenticity of the West”… by taking the production to Spain, he reveals in this exclusive behind-the-scenes video.

Turns out, the city of Almería on the Mediterranean Sea is, as Logan puts it, an “amazingly convincing” stand-in for the Wild West. And what little the show wasn’t able to accomplish just by filming the scenic vistas and repurposing structures left over from the spaghetti Westerns that shot in the city, it managed to pull off by bringing in enormous fake rocks.

Mind you, the clip is more than merely a making-of mini-doc. It also features Hartnett analyzing Season 3’s separation of its main protagonists in vastly different locales. (Only Eva Green’s Vanessa and Harry Treadaway’s Victor are currently in London.) “Splitting the group into multiple factions,” the actor suggests, “has made the show simultaneously more intimate and has opened it up.”

Click PLAY on the video above, and check it out for yourself, then hit the comments. Did you have any idea Penny Dreadful‘s “Wild West” was actually Spain?

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  1. TatiaHB says:

    I don’t care where they film, as long as they bring everyone back together. Vanessa is going to need help against Dracula.

  2. MTMSLG says:

    I am continually impressed with the production values of Penny Dreadful. It looks gorgeous. Great cast, great writing. Where is the LOVE for this show?? I can’t get enough!

  3. Cornelius says:

    Was Ethan carrying Hecate near the end? Please don’t kill her I’ve really come to like her character. Plus, they could use a witch to help with Dracula.

  4. redjane12 says:

    No big surprise there… Many spaghetti westerns (inc. The good the bad and the ugly and Once upon a time in the west) were filmed in Almeria’s desert of Tabernas not the city obviously…. also Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  5. dman6015 says:

    Doctor Who episode “A Town Called Mercy” also filmed in Almería to simulate the Wild West.

  6. A major part of Lawrence of Arabia was shot over there and How I won the war, with John Lennon, who wrote Strawberry Fields Forever in 1966. So this place is a guarantee for every moviemaker. Keen to see this new episodes.