"Fresh Hell"
Series Penny Dreadful
Season 2, Episode 1
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Air date May 3rd, 2015
Writers John Logan
Director James Hawes
Producers Nicholas Brown; James Flynn; Morgan O'Sullivan; Sheila Hockin; Chris King; Karen Richards; Pippa Harris; Sam Mendes; John Logan
Starring Reeve Carney; Timothy Dalton; Eva Green; Rory Kinnear; Helen McCrory; Billie Piper; Simon Russell Beale; Danny Sapani; Harry Treadaway; Josh Hartnett
Episode guide
"Grand Guignol"
"Verbis Diablo"

"Fresh Hell" is the first episode of season two of the supernatural period drama Penny Dreadful, and the ninth episode of the series overall. It was directed by James Hawes with a script written by John Logan. It first aired on Showtime on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at 10:00 pm. In this episode, Ethan Chandler must deal with the ramifications of his latest "black out", while Vanessa Ives finds herself the target of a coven of monstrous witches. The Frankenstein Monster assumes a new identity and gets a new job. Victor Frankenstein attempts to recreate his original experiment using Brona Croft's body as the subject.

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Principal Cast[edit | edit source]

Note: Listings marked with a (†) symbol indicate cast members who are credited in this episode, but their character does not make an appearance.

Guest Starring[edit | edit source]

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In order of appearance

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode opens with a "Last season on Penny Dreadful recap voiced by Eva Green.
  • This is the fourth episode of the series with Michele Conroy as editor.
  • Beginning with this episode, actors Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale are added to the main cast list. However, Simon Russell Beale does not make an actual appearance in this episode. Both actors made appearances in season one of the show.
  • Actor Reeve Carney is credited in this episode, but does not make an actual appearance.
  • This is the third appearance of Madame Kali on the series. It is her first appearance as an antagonist. She is revealed to be a witch and a Satanist in this episode. In her previous appearances in "Séance" and "Grand Guignol" she was presented as just a medium.
  • This is the first appearance of the Nightcomer witches (not counting Madame Kali).
  • Madame Kali bathes in a pool of blood in this episode. This is an homage to the 16th century historical figure Elizabeth Bathory, who believed that she could maintain youth and vitality by bathing in the blood of virgins.

Explicit Content[edit | edit source]

  • Female frontal nudity: All of the nightcomer witches, except for Evelyn, are presented completely naked (hairless bodies) while in monster form. Brona Croft's corpse is presented fully naked with visible pubic hair.
  • Female rear nudity: When Brona Croft is resurrected, she is shown standing completely naked; full buttocks exposed.
  • Female topless nudity: All of the nightcomer witches, except for Evelyn, are presented completely naked while in monster form. Brona Croft's corpse is presented completely naked with underwater close-ups of her breasts. Unclear whether this is actress Billie Piper or a body double.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Madame Kali: Do you know what this room holds? The old Romans called them, 'Memento Mori.' Tokens of death. The story goes that a famous general was returning from battle, his chariot piled high with the golden spoils of his victory. He thrust out his chest to proclaim his invincibility to the people. Well, a slave saw this and threw an old bone at the general's feet, saying, 'Remember, death comes for us all.' And from that day, it became a custom in Rome that a slave stand in the chariot behind every general returning in victory, holding a skull and whispering into his ear...






  • Ethan Chandler: They were branded and deeply scarred.
  • Vanessa Ives: The devil's mark. Those in the service of the demon are irrevocably marked. His claws rake across them to seal their obedience. No, Sir Malcolm, these were not the creatures we faced before.


  • Gladys Murray: A hollow thing, wasn't it? Putting an empty coffin in Peter's grave. His body left in Africa. Such a need we had for the ceremony of it. I don't know which makes me sadder. Mina's full coffin or Peter's empty one.


  • Malcolm Murray: We were happy once, you and I.
  • Gladys Murray: No, Malcolm, you were happy once. Everything that was left between us is buried here. We shall remain married, despite all. That modicum of decency I'll insist upon for myself. But I'll live in the house here. You stay in London. Or go to Africa. I don't care.
  • Malcolm Murray: If only you knew how much I tried to save her.
  • Gladys Murray: We have no more children for you to save. Or to kill.


  • Madame Kali: Master. My beloved Lucifer. I have found her for you and she shall be yours. I shall assault her days and her nights, her dreams and her prayers. No corner of her soul shall be safe. Every beat of her heart shall know only suffering. I will not fail you. I will not fail you. I will not fail you.

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1891 | 19th century | Blood bath | Bride of Frankenstein | Carriage | Cemetery | Coachman | Corpse | Dead animals | England | Explorer's Club | Frankenstein | Frankenstein Monster | Horses | Laboratory | London | Mariner's Inn | Putney's Family Waxworks | Reanimates | Scientific experimentation | Scorpions | Slit throat | Smoking | Wax museum | Witches

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