“Hemlock Grove” is inarguably the weirdest of Netflix’s original scripted shows, but fans expecting the same off-the-walls craziness of Season 1 in its newly premiered second season will be surprised by just how toned down Season 2 starts off.
Instead of hyping up the mystery of the town of Hemlock Grove, the show instead assumes that the audience has a general grasp of what’s going on. There’s no build up to the werewolf transformation; that happens early. And instead of continuing to examine the mystery of Olivia (Famke Janssen) and Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgard) through an entire season, “Hemlock Grove” hits the ground running with Roman’s struggles with his blood hunger and the explanation for why Olivia is alive again.
Though that shift in focus changes the tone of “Hemlock Grove” in its second season, it also allows for the audience to get closer to the characters. There once again is a blonde who comes between Roman and Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron): Miranda (Madeline Brewer), instead of the dearly departed Letha. But Miranda also brings them together, at one point literally.
It’s delving into the relationship between Miranda, Roman and Peter, and how that spreads to Dr. Pryce (Joel de la Fuente), Norman Godfrey (Dougray Scott), Destiny (Tiio Horn) and Shelley (newcomer Madeleine Martin) that takes up the bulk of the first six episodes of Season 2. There’s not much mythology to explore, so the story instead follows these characters finding one another again in the aftermath of Season 1’s devastating ending.
But that allows Season 2 to end on its own devastating finale. There are deaths, revelations and complete WTF moments buried in the finale for viewers who have been itching for some “Hemlock Grove”-style weirdness. The cliffhanger of Season 2 is a real shocker, and even the cast has admitted to Zap2it that they have no idea what comes next in Season 3 — and that’s exactly where “Hemlock Grove” needs to be.
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