As the third season of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful draws to a close Sunday — with a two-part finale starting at 9/8c — we can’t help but feel for the series. Brilliant as John Logan’s monster mash is, it’s a bit like “all the broken and shunned creatures” with whom Dracula identifies.
How so? For starters, Penny Dreadful has never received a major Emmy nomination and has only received a single Golden Globe nod, for its exceptional leading lady, Eva Green. Plus, it’s never drawn the kind of ratings, much less generated the sort of hoopla, that, say, The Walking Dead does — and AMC’s juggernaut only has zombies, whereas Penny Dreadful has vampires, a werewolf, Frankenstein, Dorian Gray… The list goes on and on!
What’s more, this season, the drama served up not only some of the year’s most thrilling action sequences and scariest shocks but also some of its most heartrending moments. (We still get misty-eyed thinking about Vanessa and Mr. Lyle’s tender goodbye.)
So, before a stake gets put in Season 3, scroll through our picks for the most memorable moments From Episodes 1-7, then hit the comments with your favorite scene.