Town And Out

Ex­pect dark days ahead as Hem­lock Grove gears up for its fi­nal sea­son

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Though hardly a show that skimps on crazy, Hem­lock Grove’s sec­ond sea­son ended on a cliffhanger than can only be de­scribed as “clin­i­cally cer­ti­fi­able”, with Dr Spivak trans­form­ing into a gi­ant CGI bat be­fore kid­nap­ping Ro­man’s telekinetic su­per- baby ( we told you: cer­ti­fi­able). For­tu­nately the third and fi­nal sea­son will tell us ex­actly who, or rather what, Spivak is.

“I was sit­ting in the writ­ers’ room when that con­cept came creep­ing out from be­tween my lips, and there were these looks of ab­ject hor­ror like, ‘ The guy has taken leave of his senses,’” showrun­ner Charles H Eglee says. “We did feel there was a re­spon­si­bil­ity to not only peg that back, but to do so in a way that felt like we’d earned it.”

The search for baby Na­dia will drive sea­son three, but there’s also a new threat in town – dis­eased Upir. “It seemed like that was an in­ter­est­ing, amor­phous Big Bad,” Eglee ex­plains. “We didn’t want some­thing as mono­lithic as last year’s Zealots. We wanted some­thing that was a lit­tle more ex­is­ten­tially threat­en­ing and less un­der­stood.”

With Famke Janssen’s master ma­nip­u­la­tor Olivia back to full health she takes the fight to the White Tower while striv­ing to re­unite her fam­ily by what­ever means nec­es­sary, Eglee teas­ing: “It’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing watch­ing Olivia try to make a deal with faith.” There are also some new faces to watch out for, in­clud­ing Ai­tor Quan­tic ( Richard Gunn), who strikes up a sus­pi­cious friend­ship with Shel­ley; and An­nie ( Camille De Pazzis), a strik­ing stranger who takes a shine to Ro­man. “I’m al­ways in­ter­ested when a new char­ac­ter comes to town be­cause you won­der, are they go­ing to be swal­lowed up by this toxic mess, or are they go­ing to make the toxic mess worse?” Eglee says.

So is it safe to as­sume Hem­lock Grove won’t end on a happy note? “Well, you can ex­pect dark days ahead. The ques­tion is: can a show re­side in such dark­ness?” says Eglee. “This sea­son asks: ‘ Are we get­ting nearer to the end times?’ Be­cause some­times you look at the pa­per and feel like maybe that’s what’s go­ing on. So we worked out a lot of our anx­i­eties with the char­ac­ters in Hem­lock Grove, by grap­pling with this seem­ingly over­whelm­ing dark­ness and won­der­ing if maybe there isn’t some light at the end.”

The fi­nal sea­son of Hem­lock Grove can be found on Net­flix from 23 Oc­to­ber.

don’t quote me “If I see another Spi­der - Man , I’m go­ing to ha ve to ac­tua lly hang myse lf. I can ’ t do it an y more !” Don’t ex­pect Emma Thompson to turn up in a fu­ture Spidey movie.

Ro­man and Peter look suit­ably con­cerned. Who wouldn’t be?

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