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Dig a few quotes from the new trailer for Penny Dreadful: “I’ve conquered death.” “Do you think you’ve never sinned? I wrote the bloody book!” “I walk in blood every step.” “I have been touched by Satan.” Broad comedy it’s not. Welcome to Season 3 of Showtime’s horror show in which history’s creepiest literary characters come to life to dampen your day. There’s Dorian Gray, Dr. Frankenstein — not “Fronkensteen” — Dracula and, joining the monstrous mash this year, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll. It’s all set to Grace’s eerie cover of Leslie Gore’s hit “You Don’t Own Me.”
Joining stars Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton this season are three new regulars: Patti Lupone, who guested last year, plays Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Green) with an unconventional new approach; Wes Studi as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American who has a deep connection to Ethan (Hartnett) and also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Dalton); and Shazad Latif as Dr. Jekyll. Billie Piper and Reeve Carney also return for the third go-round, and guest stars include Christian Camargo, Sam Barnett and Jessica Barden.
The mayhem commences on May Day. Meanwhile, here’s our first look at the Season 3 poster. Unpleasant dreams.