Greetings again, listeners, and welcome to the penultimate episode of Penny Dreadful, Season 2. I can’t believe there is only one season left after this, and I’m wondering how they can possibly wrap up all these different threads in a satisfying way in such a short span. On the plus side, however, there only being one season left will be a great help to me now that The Leftovers has come back for its final season, so this might just be perfect.
This episode gets pretty intense pretty quickly as everyone heads to the Witch’s Castle (Is there a children’s book by that name? Because I really kind of want to claim it). Ms. Poole is using Malcolm as bait for Vanessa, and though Vanessa is perfectly aware of this, she is also aware of the kind of damage that can be wreaked on someone’s psyche in a few hours. She ignores the advice of the others to wait until daylight to go see the Witch, and of course they wind up having to go after her.
While they’re doing silly things like splitting up and getting locked in rooms with werewolves, Lily!Brona is off with Dorian letting him know that she’s totally aware of his power and biting off his ear so that she can see it for herself. If any of you can help me out with how exactly she knows what he can do, I would be delighted to hear it, because I had a bit of a problem with that. Meanwhile, Caliban is getting himself locked in a cage because he’s too dense to realize that a book of poetry sitting on the floor of a cell is obvious bait. Or maybe he’s just too trusting. Either way, he’s locked up and as much as I hate him I’m really hoping that Lily!Brona comes down there and wreaks havoc, although I’m not sure how she would even find him.
I can’t wait to see the finale! Thanks for listening, and see you all next week!