It seems inevitable but for every program out there, there comes a time when fans are hit with a bottle episode. On Sunday (May 22), that’s exactly what “Penny Dreadful” delivered to its audience with the episode titled, “A Blade of Grass.” Last week, Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) pressed Dr. Seward (Patti LuPone) to hypnotize her so she could get some much-needed answers on who, or what, is hunting her.
Transported back to the white room where she was previously hospitalized, about roughly 50 minutes of the story explored here felt like emotional fluff. Sure, audiences are given some insight into John Clare (Rory Kinnear) and Vanessa Ives’ relationship before poor Mr. Clare died — and subsequently came back to life — the real bombshell delivered in this episode is that Lucifer and Dracula are brothers. Wait, what?
It’s hard to really figure out what is real and what is an embellished dream from her fugue state. But the concept that Lucifer and Dracula are related felt a bit far-fetched. Sure, it’s a supernatural story based on classic genre characters but making these monsters family just feels like some lazy fan fiction one would find on Reddit at 3 am on a Friday.
How exactly will this realization play out in future episodes? That remains to be seen but something gives us the notion that Miss Ives may be stuck in some sinister sibling rivalry for a while.