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Van Helsing is an American-Canadian dark fantasy horror drama television series that premiered on September 23, 2016, on Syfy in the United States.[1] Kelly Overton plays the titular character of the series,[2] which was inspired by Zenescope Entertainment's graphic novel series Helsing.[3] In December 2018, Syfy renewed the series for a 13-episode fourth season.[4]

Van Helsing
Genre
Created byNeil LaBute
Based onHelsing
by Zenescope Entertainment
Starring
Composer(s)Rich Walters
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Chris Rudolph
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Editor(s)Bridget Durnford
Production company(s)
  • Echo Lake Entertainment
  • Dynamic Television
  • Nomadic Pictures
Release
Original networkSyfy
Original releaseJuly 31, 2016 (2016-07-31) –
present
External links
Website

On August 14, 2019, it was announced that the fourth season will premiere in September 27, 2019.[5][6]

Contents

PlotEdit

Van Helsing is set in the near future, where vampires have risen and taken control. Vanessa Van Helsing, a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, awakens from a three-year coma after her supposed death to find herself in a post-apocalyptic world. She is humanity's last hope, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires. She has been protected by a Marine ordered to keep her safe, and the doctor who saved her, so she can lead a resistance against the vampires that plague the world's survivors. In Season Two she journeys east towards a safe haven in Colorado and discovers her long lost sister Scarlett, who has been trained to kill vampires since birth. In Season Three, Vanessa and Scarlett begin hunting the Elders, the original vampires, in order to defeat them for good. [7]

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Kelly Overton as Vanessa Van Helsing[8] (formerly Vanessa Seward), humanity's last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost in a post-Rising world, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires into humans.
  • Jonathan Scarfe as Axel, a former Marine with unwavering devotion and loyalty to both duty and Vanessa, despite years of isolation.
  • Christopher Heyerdahl as Sam, a deaf survivor of the Rising who relies on his strength and observational skills to stay alive. Sam turns out to be the serial killer haunting the survivors. His secret uncovered by Mohamad, he explains to Vanessa that he has always been a killer. Vanessa cuts his tendons and leaves him to die. A feral vampire turns him. He is now a serial killer vampire and a minor antagonist, hunting Vanessa for revenge.
  • David Cubitt as John (season 1; guest, season 3), a survivor of the Rising whose actions are fueled by anger, prejudice, suspicion and fear. He was killed by Vanessa after a knife and severed fingers were found in his bag. Unfortunately, Sam turned out to be the real serial killer, not John.
  • Vincent Gale as Flesh, a vampire who was originally a human named Phil Fleishman. He became one of the first vampires turned by Julius during the Rising. After the Rising, he served as one of Julius' top lieutenants, and was sent to bite "the dead woman", Vanessa. As a result, he was cured and regained his humanity. He is haunted by his memories of killing his children in front of his wife and leaving her alive with their dismembered bodies.
  • Rukiya Bernard as Doc, a Seattleite medical examiner and scientist, whose real name is Sarah Carol. She was a vampire before being cured by Vanessa. She struggled with being turned human again and, after abandoning Axel to die, tried to get a vampire to turn her back. It turned out that Vanessa's bite has immunized her against vampirism.
  • Trezzo Mahoro as Mohamad (seasons 1–2; recurring, season 3), a happy guy, despite all of the evil in the world. He and Sam have a strong bond. He works in season 1 to deliver Vanessa to Dimitri so that he can set his sister free, only to find that she is happy with the arrangement she has, living in relative luxury and safety as a result of informing on the resistance to Rebecca.
  • Laura Mennell as Rebecca (season 1, and episode 2.1), an ancient, high-ranking vampire who sees very little use in human life. Rebecca works with Taka to overthrow Dimitri. She also turned Dylan, Vanessa's daughter. Rebecca is weakened in a fight with Vanessa, in which Vanessa holds her face to the sun, burning it, and then killed by Dmitri's sister Atanasia.
  • Paul Johansson as Dmitri (seasons 1–2), a vampire turned long before the Rising. He is now the patient and calculating leader of the vampires, and obsessed with finding Vanessa, whom he believes to be the solution to the vampire dream of walking in daylight.
  • Aleks Paunovic as Julius (main, season 1; recurring, season 2–present), a former vampire that existed for some time before The Rising as a warlord, though now he was turned human by Vanessa and now serves her.
  • Hilary Jardine as Susan (season 1; guest, seasons 2–3), Vanessa's neighbor and best friend up until The Rising, during which time she became a vampire. She was later cured upon reuniting with Vanessa before being killed by Sam. The First Elder, one of the original vampires, takes Susan's form in the third season, so as to facilitate interaction with Vanessa and the others.

RecurringEdit

  • Hannah Cheramy as Dylan, daughter of Vanessa. Vanessa finds her with Rebecca at the end of season 1. Her DNA has been altered by Dr Sholomenko so that a bite from Vanessa will be fatal. Vanessa initially tries to keep her alive by feeding her human blood. Julius volunteers to provide some, but Dylan finds it tainted by Vanessa's bite and cannot drink it. Then Vanessa tries capturing a human, but the man tries to shoot Dylan and Vanessa is forced to kill him. The man has children who are calling for their father, and Vanessa is dismayed by what she has done. Unable to find blood to keep Dylan alive, Vanessa reluctantly bites Dylan. At first it works, and Dylan becomes human, but then, standing in the sun, she burns like a vampire and dies.
  • Jennifer Copping as Quaid (season 1), a member of the Portland Human Resistance.
  • Ben Cotton as Campbell (season 1), a member of the Portland Human Resistance. He is killed when a resistance cell is uncovered in an ambush inadvertently set up by Sheema.
  • Gia Crovatin as Atanasia (seasons 1–2), an ancient vampire like her brother Dmitri. She is killed by Scarlett.
  • John DeSantis as Gustov (season 1), a vampire from Julius' Brood.
  • Terry Chen as Brendan (season 1), the effective leader of a group of survivors from Idaho. They take over the hospital, imprisoning Axel and the others. Axel sends him and the remaining Idaho survivors out of the hospital to fend for themselves, as this was what they had done to Mahomad and planned to do to Axel and co. He survives and joins the resistance, meeting up with Flesh again. He is shot by Taka in the final episode of season 1.
  • Sarah Desjardins as Catherine (season 1), a member of a group of survivors from Idaho, who were lucky enough to be rescued by Vanessa as they passed through Seattle. She is killed by vampires after being banished.
  • Christina Jastrzembska as Mama (season 1), mother of Julius, as well as a member of his Brood. She is killed by vampire Sam as she tries to extract information from him about Mahomad. Mama was dying in a charity hospital in the 1920s when she was turned by Julius in a desperate effort to save her.
  • Macie Juiles as Callie, a member of a group of survivors from Idaho, who after being saved Vanessa, forged a bond with her. She is known for everyone around her dying but she always survives. She helps Axel when he first escaped from the locked quarantine section at the farm, supplying him with blood so that he does not have to kill. Later she joins another group of young people known as "the Johnson's", where she meets up with Vanessa again.
  • Avery Konrad as Cynthia (season 1), an average teenage girl that somehow managed to survive The Rising for as long as she did.
  • Duncan Ollerenshaw as Dr. Sholomenko (season 1), a human doctor, who was forced into working for Dmitri and Rebecca in order to create day walking vampires with components from Vanessa's blood. He is killed by Vanessa when she rescues Dylan.
  • Rowland Pidlubny as Scab, a vampire servant from Julius' brood.
  • Ryan Robbins as Taka (season 1), a leader of the Portland Human Resistance. Taka aligned himself with Rebecca, who wanted to overthrow Dimitri. Rebecca promised him 'Fox Island' as a place where humans could live without interference from the vampires. When Taka is in a position to kill Dimitri, Dimitri tells him that Fox Island has been overrun by vampires and that it is no refuge. Taka kills Brendan rather than Dimitri, who offers him the prospect of a deal. He is in turn killed when Atanasia saves Dmitri from him and Rebecca.
  • Naika Toussaint as Sheema (season 1), a sister of Mohamad and is a member of the Portland Human Resistance. She was found out and used as a Judas sheep to trap other members of the resistance. She is desperate to be turned into a vampire and implores Mohamad to get one to do it when she is trapped under rubble during the resistance attack on Dmitri's headquarters. Mohamad kills her to put her out of her misery.
  • Alison Wandzura as Nicole (season 1), a survivor held up in the Seattle Valley General Hospital until it was over run with vampires.
  • Gwynyth Walsh as Magdalene (season 1), an ex-wife of Micah, and is in allegiance with Julius.
  • Andrea Ware as Lucky (season 2), a member of the Portland Human Resistance. She becomes Flesh's friend.
  • Caroline Cave as Jolene (season 2–present), a triage nurse in a camp of human survivors.
  • Phil Burke as Mike (seasons 2–3[Note 1]), one of the leaders of a group of mostly children refugees who hide out in the woods.
  • Donny Lucas as Chad (seasons 2–present), one of the leaders of a group of mostly children refugees who hide out in the woods.
  • Missy Peregrym as Scarlett Van Helsing (seasons 2–3; formerly Scarlett Harker;[9] credited as "Special Guest Star"), Vanessa's sister,[10] who may share some of Vanessa's special abilities.
  • Jennifer Cheon as Ivory (season 2–present), the eventual leader of The Sisterhood, an all-female faction of very powerful vampires.
  • John Reardon as Dr. Harrison (seasons 2–3), a human performing experiments involving vampirism in a mountain fortress. He shares a mysterious connection to the Van Helsings.
  • Andee Frizzell as The Boss/Abby (seasons 2–3), who is in charge of a human survivors outpost in the mountains, above the clouds. She claims to be Vanessa and Scarlett's mother.
  • Colleen Winton as Abigail (seasons 2–3), a scientist who works with Dr. Harrison, and claims to share a past relationship with Vanessa.
  • Michael Jonsson as Barry (season 3), one of a group of survivors whom Vanessa, Scarlett and Axel come across in San Francisco.
  • Danny Wattley as Dre (season 3), one of a group of survivors whom Vanessa, Scarlett and Axel come across in San Francisco.
  • Vanessa Walsh as Marybeth (season 3), the purported leader of a group of survivors whom Vanessa, Scarlett and Axel come across in San Francisco.
  • Julie Lynn Mortensen as Lillian "Lily" Van Helsing (season 3), Vanessa's great-grand mother have special abilities to pass on generations, Lillian Van Helsing was a member of the Van Helsing family that lived in late the 19th to early 20th Century and a vampire hunter.

Special guest starEdit

  • Sara Canning as Carter (in "Been Away"), the anti-social member of a group of survivors in Axel's hometown, who may have links to Axel's past.[11]
  • Neal McDonough as The Boss (in "Birth Ritual"), the ruthless head of Blak-Tek.[12]

Development and productionEdit

Syfy acquired Van Helsing from Nomadic Pictures in November 2015, with a 13-episode order beginning production in January 2016, and a series premiere scheduled for Fall 2016.[13] On October 14, 2016, Syfy renewed Van Helsing for a 13-episode second season,[14] which premiered on October 5, 2017. It was revealed during San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that series star Kelly Overton was pregnant during the production of the second season of Van Helsing.[15]

On December 19, 2017, Syfy renewed Van Helsing for a 13-episode third season,[16] which premiered on October 5, 2018.[17] Syfy renewed the series for a 13-episode fourth season on December 18, 2018. After three seasons, Neil LaBute stepped down as showrunner, with series writer Jonathan Walker taking over as showrunner for season 4.[4]

CastingEdit

It was announced on May 14, 2019, that Tricia Helfer had been cast as Dracula in the fourth season, and that Richard Harmon, Nicole Munoz, Keeya King and The Big Show will join the series in its fourth season, in undisclosed roles.[18]

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113July 31, 2016 (2016-07-31)December 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)
213October 5, 2017 (2017-10-05)January 4, 2018 (2018-01-04)
313[19]October 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)December 28, 2018 (2018-12-28)

Season 1 (2016)Edit

No.
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Title [20][21]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [20][21]U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Help Me"Michael NankinNeil LaButeJuly 31, 2016 (2016-07-31)[a]1.24[23]
The body of a woman lies in a hospital room. Three vampires burst in and one bites her on the neck. She awakens and kills the other two. The one that bit her coughs up blood and collapses. Earlier in the day, Axel had been feeding Doc, whom he has locked in a cage because she has been turned into a vampire, with his blood. He is interrupted by action at the front door of the hospital. It is Ted, one of his marine colleagues, who has been outside for about six months and who has returned with a collection of fellow refugees from the vampire apocalypse (Sam, Mahomad, John, and two others). They have settled in for the night when a group of vampires get through the defences and attack. Having awoken after three years, and knowing nothing about the apocalypse, Vanessa wants to leave and Ted promises to help. They try to sneak away, but Axel stops them, and Vanessa runs onto the roof, pursued by Ted. He has done a deal with Julius to deliver Vanessa to him. There is a fight on the roof, during which Vanessa kills Ted with the knife that he had thrust through her hand. When she pulls it out, her hand heals. Later that evening, Flesh, the vampire who had bitten Vanessa crawls up the waste disposal chute, now turned human.
22"Seen You"Michael NankinSimon BarrySeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)0.83[24]
On the day of the beginning of the apocalypse, Vanessa Seward is selling her blood at a local hospital. A vampire steals blood from the blood bank, including Vanessa's, to take back to Dmitri and Rebecca. Before he does, he drinks from the blood bag containing Vanessa's blood and is turned human. He returns to the nest with the rest, alerting Dmitri to Vanessa's existence. Dmitri sends another vampire to kill her. Meantime, Vanessa steps in to help Susan, a neighbor, when she is getting hassled by her boyfriend. Later, celebrating Dylan's birthday, Vanessa is attacked by Dmitri's minion and is killed. She ends up in the morgue, where Doc finds that her condition is unusual and contacts her sister in the military. A squad of marines is sent to recover Vanessa's body. Outside, ash from a supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park darkens the skies, allowing vampires to come out in daylight and there is chaos as they turn humans in a cascade. Axel and Ted's commander orders them to protect Vanessa's body while she goes to help in the streets. Time passes and she does not return. Ted gets stir-crazy and decides to try to make it back to base with the other marines, leaving Axel and Doc. Doc is bitten as she tries to shut the door to the hospital. Axel locks her in a cage rather than killing her.
33"Stay Inside"Michael NankinJackie MaySeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)0.66[25]
In the present day, the group regard Flesh with suspicion and debate whether to kill him as he struggles with the guilt of what he did while a vampire. When vampires use John's wife as bait to try to lure the humans out, Axel kills her. John attacks him in anger and their struggle destroys a wind turbine powering their UV light defenses, leaving them with a few hours before they are overrun by vampires. Axel and Vanessa are forced to leave the hospital to scavenge parts to restore the defenses. Vanessa denies she is special but is persuaded to try to turn Doc human again, and is successful. Julius, a powerful vampire, learns of Vanessa's abilities and notifies Dmitri.
44"Coming Back"David J. FrazeeJonathan WalkerOctober 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)0.62[26]
A girl, Cynthia, is found hanged at the hospital, an apparent suicide. However, on examining her body and finding her finger was severed, Doc concludes she was murdered. Suspicion and mistrust rise among the group as they try to uncover the culprit. Vanessa and Mohamad leave the hospital in search of Dylan and Mohamad's sister, Sheema. They encounter another group of survivors, led by a man named Brendan. When feral vampires under Julius's command arrive, Vanessa stays to fight them by herself, buying time for Mohamad to flee with Brendan's group back to the hospital. Vanessa is defeated and taken away to Julius.
55"Fear Her"David J. FrazeeJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)0.61[27]
Vanessa is brought before Julius and reunited with her friend Susan, now a vampire. Vanessa fights her and turns her human and the pair flee into a subterranean network of tunnels, with Julius's ferals in pursuit. Mohamad's sister Sheema, a member of a human Resistance group, is captured while spying on Rebecca, but the vampire lets her go. At the hospital, Axel tries to assert control over Brendan's group while keeping the murderer's existence secret from them. An injured member of Brendan's party dies under suspicious circumstances, with his finger missing; John then reveals the murderer's existence to everyone. Enraged that Axel withheld this information, Brendan's group stages a coup and imprisons Axel's group. When Brendan threatens to eject Axel's entire group from the hospital to get rid of the killer, Mohamad steps forward and claims to be the murderer, and is exiled from the hospital.
66"Nothing Matters"Amanda TappingNeil LaButeOctober 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)0.64[28]
Tensions at the hospital escalate when one of Brendan's followers is nearly killed by one of Axel's booby-traps. Brendan demands Axel reveal all the traps he has set, but he refuses. The Resistance group is ambushed while attacking Dmitri's headquarters. Campbell, the group leader, accuses Sheema of betraying them to the vampires. Rebecca appears and slaughters him, rescuing Sheema. While escaping with Susan, Vanessa is bitten by mutated ferals. On returning to the hospital, they tell Brendan they will stay out of the dispute between him and Axel. However, they plot with Doc to help Axel take back control. Axel breaks free and kills most of Brendan's party, then kicks Brendan and the remainder of his group out of the hospital.
77"For Me"Amanda TappingSimon BarryOctober 28, 2016 (2016-10-28)0.53[29]
Vanessa's wounds fail to heal and her condition worsens. Julius's vampire hordes besiege the hospital en masse and batter down its external defenses. They then retreat and allow Dmitri's elite soldiers to enter. Doc operates on Vanessa, removing a vampire tooth that was preventing her from healing. The group prepares to make a last stand against Dmitri's forces. Nicole is separated from the rest of the group and kills herself rather than be turned into a vampire. After destroying the hospital to wipe out Dmitri's soldiers, Axel and the remaining group members escape in an armored ambulance. Mohamad watches them leave, realizing they are heading away from him.
88"Little Thing"Jason PriestleyNeil LaButeNovember 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)0.61[30]
The group heads to the Marine base where Axel was formerly stationed. There, Vanessa finds a file with her name on it, but it is empty. A man named Gorman is living at the deserted base and joins the group. Mohamad continues following Vanessa's trail. Axel then leads the group to a mysterious underground military lab called the Farm. They are forced to blast the door open, and after they enter, the entrance collapses, sealing them in. The group finds food and supplies and relaxes. A drunken John attempts to force himself on Susan, and Vanessa knocks him out. After seeing the marks John's hands made on Susan's neck, Doc suggests John is the serial killer. When the group finds a severed finger in John's belongings, he breaks free and takes Susan hostage. Vanessa then kills him.
99"Help Out"Jason PriestleyJackie MayNovember 11, 2016 (2016-11-11)0.68[31]
While disposing of John's body, Axel and Flesh discover a pile of rotting corpses. Axel admits to Vanessa that he stole and read her file back at the Marine base, claiming it was heavily redacted but stated her mother gave her up for adoption; Vanessa replies her mother died in childbirth. While searching for a feral vampire that entered the Farm, Axel and Susan discover a blood-stained laboratory. Rebecca frames a woman named Quaid for the betrayal of Campbell's group to help Sheema win the trust of Taka, a Resistance leader. While performing autopsies, Doc's hair begins to fall out and she realizes the entire facility is contaminated with radiation, and the group will die if they stay too long. Doc tearfully confesses to Axel that when she was turned, she wasn't trying to save Axel's fellow Marines from the vampires, but to save herself. Sam discovers a passageway leading to the surface, and the group evacuates. Axel remains to search for Gorman, with Doc's help. When a turned Gorman attacks Axel, a terrified Doc locks him inside the lab and flees, telling Vanessa he was killed by Gorman. Vanessa finds her file in Axel's belongings and reads it.
1010"Stay Away"Simon BarryJonathan WalkerNovember 18, 2016 (2016-11-18)0.60[32]
Vanessa and the group members come across Eden, a seemingly idyllic human community. Micah, Eden's leader, reveals he has made a truce with a vampire, Magdalene, giving her a monthly tribute of blood in exchange for Eden's freedom. Vanessa becomes suspicious of Micah after Susan observes there are many pregnant women in Eden, but no babies. Sam sees Mohamad's T-shirt and is imprisoned while searching for him. He breaks free and finds Mohamad, but strangles the man who imprisoned him in front of a horrified Mohamad. Doc confesses to Vanessa that she abandoned Axel, and Vanessa coldly tells her she is no longer part of the group. Vanessa learns Micah is lying about sending Eden's infants to a safe haven, and confronts him. Sam reveals that before being turned, Magdalene was Micah's wife, and it is revealed that Micah gives her the infants as part of the truce agreement. Micah rants that the vampires will kill Vanessa's friends and take her to Julius, but Flesh kills him. Vanessa, Sam, Susan, and Mohamad leave Eden, while Flesh chooses to stay and help the community rebuild. Doc begs Magdalene to turn her back into a vampire; to her horror, she discovers she is now immune to being turned, thanks to Vanessa.
1111"Last Time"Simon BarrySimon BarryNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)0.65[33]
Julius interrogates Magdalene, learning that Vanessa has been to Eden. Vanessa and the remaining group arrive at the farmhouse where Susan grew up. They learn Susan's mother died before the Rising of the vampires, but that her abusive father did not inform her. They find an old ham radio and manage to contact a man named Gordon, who says Denver is a safe haven. The group finds Susan's father, now a feral vampire, and Susan kills him in a fit of anger. While mourning in the woods, Susan is comforted by Sam. However, he soon strangles her to death. While searching for Susan, a suspicious Mohamad discovers a collection of human fingers in Sam's belongings, proving Sam, not John, is the serial killer. He and Vanessa march Sam into the woods at gunpoint. Sam urges Mohamad to tell Vanessa "the truth," but Mohamad dismisses this as a trick. Vanessa severs Sam's hamstrings and leaves him in the woods. Vanessa and Mohamad finish burying Susan and hear Sam calling for them, saying he can hear them. Realizing he has been turned, they flee the farmhouse.
1212"He's Coming"Amanda TappingShevon Singh, Jeremy Smith & Matt VenablesDecember 2, 2016 (2016-12-02)0.50[34]
Mohamad convinces Vanessa to go to a camp controlled by Dmitri in order to search for Sheema, rather than to Denver to look for Dylan. The vampiric Sam attacks the duo but is blinded and driven off. Sheema observes an unknown vampire helping Taka escape Dmitri's camp after he plants bombs there. Julius and his forces attack Eden, finding it abandoned. Magdalene says Doc must have warned them, and Julius kills Magdalene. While helping the Edenians flee, Flesh runs into Brendan, who takes him to Taka. Julius is summoned by Dmitri over his failure to capture Vanessa. The older vampire spares Julius's life, saying the vampires must be united in order to resurrect the "Elders." Julius's advisor, Mama, finds Sam and feeds him, restoring his sight. She demands he tell her everything about Vanessa. Julius returns to find Mama dead and her finger severed. Vanessa and Mohamad infiltrate Dmitri's camp by posing as human collaborators. They split up and Vanessa learns the supposed "camp" is a blood farm. Vanessa tries to find Mohamad and escape, but Dmitri appears, revealing Mohamad has been working with him in exchange for Sheema's freedom. Vanessa attacks the vampire but he defeats and taunts her, claiming she looks just like her mother.
1313"It Begins"Amanda TappingNeil LaButeDecember 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)0.56[35]
Dmitri gloats over the captured Vanessa. Dr. Sholomenko, a human scientist working for Dmitri, tells Vanessa she may hold the key to immortality, to creating vampires who can withstand sunlight, and to allowing vampires to procreate. Sheema tells Mohamad she is willingly collaborating with the vampires. Horrified, he visits Vanessa and begs her understanding for betraying her. He leaves her a knife, and she attempts suicide, failing due to her healing powers. Dmitri forces Vanessa to feed on human blood to see if it affects her. The Resistance ready to assault Dmitri's citadel; Taka says they will kill everyone they find, Vanessa included, while Flesh vows to rescue her. Dmitri prepares to artificially inseminate Vanessa with his sperm. Greatly strengthened by the blood, Vanessa breaks free and grievously wounds Dmitri and battles Rebecca. Mohamad argues with Sheema, demanding she abandon the vampires and leave with him. She refuses and knocks him unconscious. Taka tells the injured Dmitri that Rebecca was his vampire collaborator; she promised him a private island in exchange for his help toppling Dmitri. The vampire replies she was lying, claiming he can make a better offer, and Taka is intrigued. Vanessa pursues Rebecca, who reveals her secret weapon: Dylan, who has been turned. A turned Axel emerges from the Farm.
  1. ^ The pilot episode of Van Helsing, "Help Me", was aired as a special commercial-free "preview" on July 31, 2016, almost two months before its formal television premiere on September 23, 2016.[22]

Season 2 (2017–18)Edit

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141"Began Again"Michael NankinNeil LaButeOctober 5, 2017 (2017-10-05)0.46[36]
Dylan rejects a heartbroken Vanessa. Vanessa fights and nearly kills Rebecca, however Dylan knocks her out before she can deliver the final blow. Mortally injured, Sheema begs Mohamad to help her become a vampire, but he refuses and suffocates her instead. Flesh joins up with Lucky, a Resistance fighter, to destroy the generators in Dmitri's fortress. Rebecca urges Taka to finish off Dmitri, but she is killed by his sister Antanasia. Dmitri kills Taka, then escapes with Antanasia. Flesh and Lucky follow Dmitri's trail, but break off their pursuit after nearly being killed by a booby trap. Vanessa awakens and manages to find Dylan, but Mohamad startles Dylan and she flees. Julius vows to conquer Dmitri's citadel or die trying. Dr. Sholomenko captures Dylan. As he leaves with her, he is confronted by Mohamad and Vanessa, who kills him. As Sholomenko dies, he warns Dylan has been genetically altered and will die if Vanessa tries to turn her back into a human.
152"In Redemption"Michael NankinJonathan Lloyd WalkerOctober 12, 2017 (2017-10-12)0.45[37]
Antanasia and her soldiers catch up to Vanessa, Dylan, and Mohamad. He makes a last stand against the vampires to buy time for Vanessa and Dylan to escape. A mysterious masked fighter appears and slaughters the vampires, saving Mohamad. At the Resistance camp, Doc is working as a surgeon and trying to put the past behind her, when Callie, one of Brendan's former followers in Seattle, arrives at the camp. Doc discovers Callie is stealing blood packs from the camp for a vampiric Axel. Axel coerces Doc into stealing more blood and accompanying him to look for Vanessa. After learning of Doc's actions from Callie, Raoul, a Resistance leader, orders his subordinates to find and capture her. Flesh and Lucky rescue Mohamad. Dylan attacks Vanessa and flees, running into Julius. Vanessa battles Julius and bites him, restoring his humanity.
163"Love Bites"Michael NankinJackie MayOctober 19, 2017 (2017-10-19)0.49[38]
A flashback to 1936 reveals how Julius was turned by Dmitri. In the present day, Julius offers to let Dylan feed on him, but she finds his blood inedible. Axel begins to starve when Doc's blood packs run out, however he refuses to feed off her. Flesh confides in Lucky about his former life as a vampire, and the Resistance group confine him in a cell after they find out. Feeling guilty, Lucky breaks him out and they depart the camp with a still-injured Mohamad. Sam plays a sadistic game with a group of juvenile delinquents, forcing one of them, Felix, to help him torture the others. Vanessa kidnaps a man for Dylan to feed on. He shoots Dylan and Vanessa kills him. Realizing the situation is untenable, Vanessa attempts to turn Dylan into a human. The attempt is initially successful, but Dylan burns up and turns to ash after being exposed to sunlight. Vanessa's screams of grief awaken an ancient, slumbering vampire.
174"A Home"Jason StoneJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesOctober 26, 2017 (2017-10-26)0.46[39]
Vanessa goes on a vampire-killing rampage after Dylan's death. She and Julius are captured by a group of "skinners," vampires who skin their victims. They are rescued by the Johnsons, a couple who take in young orphans and train them to hunt vampires. Doc ties a hungry Axel to a tree when bloodlust overtakes him. Sam continues slaughtering the juvenile delinquents, while grooming Felix to be Mohamad's replacement. The masked fighter continues to follow Vanessa's trail. Vanessa comes face-to-face with Sam again.
185"Save Yourself"Jason StoneNeil LaButeNovember 2, 2017 (2017-11-02)0.37[40]
Vanessa and Sam battle while Julius and the Johnsons rescue the juvenile delinquents. Sam gets away and murders many of the Johnsons' children. Dmitri flies into a rage on learning of Antanasia's death. He conscripts Julius's former troops into his own army. Flesh and Lucky grow closer as they and Mohamad search for Vanessa. Alone, Vanessa tracks Sam to an abandoned church and confronts him; Sam nearly strangles Vanessa before Julius arrives and stops him. Cornered at the top of a tower, Sam leaps to his seeming death; however, his body is nowhere to be found. Axel recognizes an image Doc drew from her dreams as a real place. Vanessa tells Julius of her visions of a red door: visions that Julius shares.
196"Veritas Vincit"Kaare AndrewsJonathan Lloyd WalkerNovember 9, 2017 (2017-11-09)0.30[41]
Vanessa and Julius reunite with Doc and Axel. Despite the latter being near death from starvation, Vanessa refuses to turn him out of fear that she might kill him. Vanessa returns to the Farm to find the red door, with Axel following her. There, she comes face to face with the masked fighter, who identifies herself as Scarlett Harker. Dmitri, who is also having visions of the red door, sends his subordinate Scab to negotiate an alliance with a group of vampires called the Sisterhood. Vanessa and Scarlett explore what lies behind the red door, finding a laboratory, a nursery, and finally a playroom which triggers repressed memories in both women, revealing that they are sisters. They also uncover a mysterious key linked to the Elders. As they make their way out of the Farm, they run into Dmitri and his hordes.
207"Everything Changes"Kaare AndrewsJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesNovember 16, 2017 (2017-11-16)0.35[42]
A flashback to 1976 reveals that Dmitri was once captured and kept at the Farm as a test subject. In the present day, Vanessa and Scarlett fight a pitched battle against Dmitri and his forces. Vanessa bites Scarlett and drinks her blood to boost her strength. Dmitri threatens to kill Scarlett unless Vanessa surrenders the key, but the sisters manage to escape and trap Dmitri inside the lab. Axel threatens to kill himself unless Vanessa tries to turn him. The attempt is initially successful, however he later collapses and Doc is unable to revive him. Scab is rebuffed by the Sisterhood's leader, Maya, who holds a grudge against Dmitri. Scab then kills Maya and assumes control of the Sisterhood. After the group buries Axel, Vanessa and Scarlett are able to hear his heartbeat and they exhume him, finding he is alive. Sam kidnaps a still-injured Mohamad while the latter is traveling with Flesh and Lucky. As Vanessa's entire group begins having visions of the Elder, a military chopper arrives and knocks them out with sleeping gas. Masked soldiers descend and carry Vanessa away.
218"Big Mama"David WinningNeil LaButeNovember 30, 2017 (2017-11-30)0.34[43]
While following Vanessa's trail, Axel, Doc, Scarlett, and Julius stop at a human settlement governed by a sheriff, Walt, who invites them to spend the night. Flesh and Lucky come across Dmitri's forces in the woods and free Dmitri's human prisoners, who include Callie and Jolene. While Walt initially seems friendly, Axel and Scarlett discover he and his deputies are vampire-eating cannibals. Revolted by this revelation, Julius kills Big Mama, Walt's cook, and Axel's group are captured by an enraged Walt and his men. Julius tells them he was a vampire, and Walt sentences all of Axel's group to death by hanging. As they are about to hang Scarlett, the Sisterhood attacks the settlement, and Walt and his men go to confront them.
229"Wakey, Wakey"David WinningJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesDecember 7, 2017 (2017-12-07)0.49[44]
Flashbacks reveal Scarlett's childhood training as a vampire hunter under her father. In the present day, Axel and Scarlett split up from Doc and Julius in order to evade Dmitri and the Sisterhood, giving Julius the key. While taking refuge from the Sisterhood inside an abandoned armored car, Axel and Scarlett talk about their past and become intimate. Dmitri and Scab hunt down Doc and Julius. The former steal back the key after savagely beating Julius and terrifying Doc. The Sisterhood surrounds the armored car and smokes out Axel and Scarlett. During the ensuing fight, Scarlett is bitten by one of the Sisters. The bite heals instantly and the Sister reverts to a human. The last Sister kills her former companion and flees. Scarlett theorizes Vanessa's bite has awakened abilities similar to hers.
2310"Base Pair"Paul JohanssonJackie May & Michael C. Natchoff
Teleplay by : Jackie May
December 14, 2017 (2017-12-14)0.36[45]
Vanessa awakens, finding she is being confined in a scientific facility operated by an organization called Blak Tek. The Blak Tek director, Dr. Harrison, claims Blak Tek is researching a cure to vampirism and believes Vanessa is the key. Investigating the facility, Vanessa finds a book that suggests Abigail, one of the Blak Tek scientists, is her mother, Abigail Van Helsing. Vanessa and Abigail have an emotional conversation, and Vanessa reveals Scarlett is alive. Abigail convinces Vanessa to turn one of their vampiric test subjects, and tells Vanessa that the Elder is very important and dangerous. When the turned test subject suddenly dies, a suspicious Vanessa confronts Harrison, learning his real goal is to use the Elder's genetic material to perfect a longevity serum. Vanessa tries to break out of the facility, taking a reluctant Abigail with her. As they are on the verge of escaping, Abigail pleads with Vanessa to stay and cooperate with Harrison, and Vanessa realizes "Abigail" is an imposter. The imposter taunts her, saying Blak Tek no longer needs her since they can follow Scarlett to the Elder, and shoots her.
2411"Be True"Jonathan ScarfeJackie MayDecember 21, 2017 (2017-12-21)0.49[46]
In an isolated camp in the woods, Sam forces one of his captives, Cara, to treat Mohamad's wounds. Flashbacks reveal Mohamad and Sam first met when Mohamad saved Sam from committing suicide; and also that Sam's father boxed his ears after a young Sam attacked him, rendering Sam deaf. Sam releases Cara at Mohamad's request, but then hunts her down. Mohamad confronts Sam and tries to get him to release Cara. Sam reveals that when they first met, he was planning to kill Mohamad, but changed his mind. Mohamad rejects him, saying no one loves him. Angrily, Sam bites Cara, and Mohamad kills her to stop her from turning, then kills himself. Sam tries to turn Mohamad, but he does not revive. Grieving, Sam attempts to hang himself, but begins laughing when Mohamad finally rises as a vampire.
2512"Crooked Falls"Paul JohanssonJonathan Lloyd WalkerDecember 28, 2017 (2017-12-28)0.55[47]
2613"Black Days"Jonathan ScarfeNeil LaButeJanuary 4, 2018 (2018-01-04)0.48[48]

Season 3 (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [20][21]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [20][21]U.S. viewers
(millions)
271"Fresh Tendrils"Jonathan ScarfeNeil LaButeOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)0.39[49]
282"Super Unknown"Jonathan ScarfeNeil LaButeOctober 12, 2018 (2018-10-12)0.48[50]
293"I Awake"Michael NankinJonathan Lloyd WalkerOctober 19, 2018 (2018-10-19)0.39[51]
304"Rusty Cage"Michael NankinJackie MayOctober 26, 2018 (2018-10-26)0.42[52]
Sam remembers some of his former life when his father, whom he had stabbed in the eye after receiving a beating, placed him in the juvenile correctional center. He was bullied by other inmates, but protected by one of the correctional officers. Sam eventually exacts revenge on his tormentors and also kills his protector. In both past and present, he sees the figure of an elder. In the present, he is told that it is time but that Mahomad must be worthy to accompany him to the elder's presence. Mahomad is unable to control his urge to feed. Sam tries to teach him, but tracking down some of the Johnsons. Mahomad loses control while chasing Felix into the underground shelter the Johnsons have set up. Felix escapes out the second exit. Sam decides that Mahomad is irredeemable and locks both exits, trapping Mahomad. He turns Felix and teaches him to control his impulses, making him worthy of going to the elder.
315"Pretty Noose"Jason PriestleyJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesNovember 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)0.46[53]
326"Like Suicide"Jason PriestleyJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)0.42[54]
The elder tries to turn Axel, but discovers that he is immune. She decides to use him as bait for Vanessa, sending her his dog tags covered in his blood. Vanessa tracks them down and kills the ninja vampires before she and Axel dispatch the elder, providing them with the blood needed as the antidote to the poison in Scarlett. Meanwhile in Denver, Doc learns that the "vampire repellent" vaccine is causing violent tendencies in the population, including Joelene. Flesh, who wants to be called Phil, gets depressed and shoots himself in front of a crowd in a bar, but comes back to life. Julius learns that Phil's wife is in Denver, but this information is not enough to stop Phil jumping off a tall building. Axel volunteers to help a group of survivors from San Francisco make it to Denver, while Vanessa and Scarlett head off on their mission to take down more elders.
337"Hunted Down"Leslie HopeNeil LaButeNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)0.36[55]
348"Crooked Steps"Jonathan ScarfeNeil LaButeNovember 23, 2018 (2018-11-23)0.35[56]
359"Loud Love"David WinningJeremy Smith & Matt VenablesNovember 30, 2018 (2018-11-30)0.32[57]
3610"Outside World"Jackie MayJackie MayDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)0.38[58]
Vanessa is haunted by visions of the man she killed after abandoning Scarlett on the lighthouse island. She encounters the "Seer", who tells her that her path is in the balance and could tip toward darkness or light. She attempts to kill the Seer, but she vanishes. Vanessa then finds Mohammad drinking the blood of a wolf and chases him, intent on turning him human again. Mohamad leads her onto the roof of an abandoned abattoir, and as they struggle, Vanessa falls through and is caught on a hook. Unable to free herself, the struggle between light and dark plays out through her subconscious conjuring various people from her past. In the end, she realises that she needs to turn Mohamad so that he can free her. She entices him with her blood and he drinks. Human again, Mohamad frees her and they set off together. Vanessa tells Mohamad that it is too dangerous for him to accompany her, and makes him promise not to follow her. He ignores her, under the smiling gaze of the Seer.
3711"Been Away"Jacquie GouldJackie MayDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)0.34[59]
Axel reaches the meeting point he agreed with Scarlett, a store in which he used to work as a child. While looking for food, he encounters and assists a small group of people being attacked by daywalkers His former boss, Lorne, is among the group members, but his short-term memory is shot and within a few minutes he is introducing himself again. The group follows Axel's advice in how to deal with the group of daywalkers, but Lorne loses the plot and a group member is killed. The daywalkers are wiped out, but the remaining woman was accidentally shot in the stomach by Lorne. It is revealed that she is Axel's sister, Polly, who went missing when they were both young. She had been taken by Lorne and kept in a basement for many years. The wound is fatal. Meantime, Sam returns to the Johnson's to free Mohamad, but finds that Mohamad has escaped and sets out in pursuit. He comes across the Johnson's and kills one of the adults in front of his partner. The Seer advises him that Mohamad is with Vanessa.
3812"Christ Pose"Leslie HopeJonathan Lloyd WalkerDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)0.32[60]
Scarlett eventually gets off the island and makes it to the rendezvous point she agreed with Axel. They head off together, but are ambushed by daywalkers while scrounging for fuel. During the fight, Scarlett notices a man walking by with a fishing rod and fish. Axel is blinded by a shotgun backfire while fighting and Scarlett takes him to the stranger's camp, where the stranger reveals that he is unconcerned by the vampire apocalypse because he has faith that God will protect him. He helps Scarlett treat Axel's wounds, including locating some antibiotics, but Axel's fever worsens. Scarlett finds a daywalker and forces him to bite Axel, curing Axel and giving him the invulnerability shared by Julius and Phil. Scarlett and Axel head off to find Vanessa. Meantime, Phil and Joelene are on the prison bus taking them to Lovelands when one of the other prisoners attacks a guard, seizing his weapon. She kills the guards and the driver, allowing Phil and Joelene to escape. They find a vehicle and head off to Lovelands to find Phil's wife.
3913"Birth Ritual"David WinningJonathan Lloyd WalkerDecember 28, 2018 (2018-12-28)0.38[61]
Mohamad follows Vanessa but is captured by Sam, who takes him to the Hall ahead of Vanessa. They fight until they are frozen by the Seer, who reveals that the fourth Elder is yet to be created, that it will be either Sam or Vanessa after they sacrifice something they love. Scarlett and Axel arrive. Sam kills Mohamad. Scarlett says that her destiny is to sacrifice herself so she puts a blade in Vanessa's frozen hand and impales herself on it. Axel declares undying hate for Vanessa for allowing this to happen and leaves. The Seer turns Sam into a goat-horned Elder. Back in Denver, Sarah ("Doc") is confronted by a senior member of Blak-Tech who forces her to work on a way to defeat the daywalkers. Julius volunteers to go with the soldiers who are going to attack the daywalkers. They enter the occupied zone and find a group of humans caged as bait, including Callie. Vanessa engages the horned Sam in the crypt, where the preserved body of Lily van Helsing lies in an open casket. Vanessa's splattered blood splashes onto Lily, reviving her. Together they confront Sam.

Broadcast and releaseEdit

Syfy aired a commercial-free preview of the pilot on July 31, 2016;[22] this was followed by the series premiere on September 23, 2016.[62]

The series was originally slated to premiere in Canada on Super Channel,[63] but because of Super Channel's ongoing bankruptcy proceedings,[64] the series was ultimately dropped from their schedule and instead premiered on Netflix on December 23, 2016.[65]

ReceptionEdit

The series' pilot episode received 4.5 stars from Den of Geek.[66] In his review of Van Helsing, Keith Uhlich of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "It's pretty good... or is at least, to quote that old critic's saw, 'better than it has any right to be'."[67]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2017 Leo Awards Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Simon Barry for "Last Time" Nominated [68]
Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series Simon Barry for "Last Time" Nominated
Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series John Gajdecki, Ryan Epp, Steve Desroches, Brae Norwiss, Shawn Duddridge for "Seen You" Nominated
Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series Jayne Dancose for "Stay Inside" Nominated
Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series Kimani Ray Smith for "It Begins" Nominated
Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Hillary Jardine for "Last Time" Nominated
Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series Jonathan Scarfe for "Help Me" Won
Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series Christopher Heyerdahl for "Last Time" Nominated
Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Rukiya Bernard for "Seen You" Nominated

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Credited as a "Special guest star" in the episode "Been Away".

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