After three seasons, “Penny Dreadful” came to an end. It’s only fitting that the television series ends with its main character. Many of the story plots were concluded with explanations.
The origin of Ethan Chandler’s (Josh Hartnett) lycanthropy was a surprise. Nevertheless, the Apache connection was a bit murky. It’s nice to know that Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) and Chandler remained a self-selected family. This is good because Murray ran out of immediate family members to die. Let’s be honest, how many times can Chandler turn into a savage beast at the perfect time to save his life?
Poor John Clare (Rory Kinnear) found love, though tragic. He rediscovered his place in this world for a short while. Of all the “Penny Dreadful” characters, Clare was the most intriguing, even from the first time he emerged through Proteus (Alex Price). His British literature poetry will be missed.
Lily (Billie Piper), Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) were an unusual trio. A lovelorn Frankenstein finally let go. Lily made no promises, other than to be an uber-feminist by any means necessary. Gray was more wicked than anyone could imagine. When he was bored, Gray wasn’t a fun playmate.
Then, there is the beautiful, mysteriously dangerous Vanessa Ives (Eva Green). Viewers learned who Ives’s tormentor was. It was a stretch to believe his identity. Ives’s tormentor was her victim instead of the other way around. After a while, every finale about Ives getting possess grew tired.
The downside of “Penny Dreadful” being cancelled is that interesting new characters were introduced into season three. These characters were Dr. Henry Jekyll (Shazad Latif), Catriona Hartdegen (Perdita Weeks), Renfield (Samuel Barnett), and the return of Patti LuPone as Dr. Seward. Hopefully, these fresh characters will return if “Penny Dreadful” ever returns to television.
It is commended that the show went off the air in a timely matter. In a timely matter while viewers still cared about the characters. Too many times television series outlive their favorability. “Penny Dreadful” did not. It went out with graceful dignity. Maybe more television series should have a three seasons limit. Well done, “Penny Dreadful,” well done.