Town And Out
Expect dark days ahead as Hemlock Grove gears up for its final season
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?