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“Hemlock Grove” Season 2 Trailer: Even Demons Have Demons

So here’s where we’re at with Hemlock Grove: the full ten episode second season is being released on Netflix July 11 at 12:01 AM.

Its main cast includes Famke Janssen (guess she’s not dead after all, big surprise there), Dougray Scott, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, Madeleine Martin (replacing Nicole Boivin in the role of Shelley Godfrey), Joel de la Fuente, and Madeline Brewer as town newbie Miranda Cates. And yesterday, the official trailer dropped, set to Lorde’s haunting tune “Biting Down” and paired with the usual descriptive disclaimer that it’s for “fearless audiences only” due to “fever dreams, excessive bloodletting, self-flagellation, leech consumption and human experimentation.” What, no lesbian necrophilia this time?

Season two continues with the town coming to grips with the shocking massacre incurred by one of its deadliest creatures. Roman and Peter are now faced with new responsibilities and the realities that come with adulthood. Roman’s relationship with his mother (Janssen) is all but dead as he struggles with his unwanted Upir birthright and the disappearance of his sister, Shelley (Martin).

Peter moves in with Destiny (Horn) and is forced to get a job after his mother is sent away. Meanwhile, in search of a new life, newcomer Miranda Cates (Madeline Brewer), embarks on Hemlock Grove with an unknowingly profound effect on Peter and Roman. And Norman (Scott), still reeling from the loss of his family, must face the harsh truths that are uncovered about those he still loves.

Notable scenes: Olivia is back among the “living” and dressed in black (I foresee all of her outfits this season to be black, like in season one where she mostly wore white – does that mean the inevitable season three will put her solely in red?). Peter struggles with controlling his wolf. Roman struggles be human, when he should really be struggling to swallow down those leeches because ew. What looks like Madeleine Martin’s Shelley makes a brief appearance, as well as Dr. Pryce’s mysterious box creation. Miranda Cates shows up several times throughout the trailer, one of which hints at a backstory with a lost/dead son, and another spoilery death scene which I maintain is a fantasy/hallucination. Basically, season two of Hemlock looks like it’s going to be packed to the brim with characters, drama, and horror.

Whether or not it’s any good remains to be seen.

Season two of Hemlock Grove will be released on Netflix July 11. Will you watch it?

  • Sara Linn

    Is the show worth watching? I watched an episode and a half and I just couldn’t get past the mood and tonal execution of the whole thing. It was too slow, too exaggerated, and felt like it was trying way too hard to be artsy weird. Does it change? Does it pick up pace? I didn’t care about the hairy-maybe-werewolf guy and the blond maybe-vampire kid repulsed me. I think the only person I liked was the giant girl. Her mother was pretty awful too.

    • I’m gonna have to say “noooope don’t watch it,” especially if you already feel like it drags and is faux-artsy because it doesn’t get much better throughout the rest of the season. Practically every episode feels like boring filler save for the last few minutes, where Shit Actually Happens… and sometimes that shit is still really, really boring.

      I did end up liking hairy werewolf dude by the end (he, Chasseur who I don’t think you’ve met yet, and blond vamp’s cousin Letha were my favs) but the blond vamp himself remains horrid throughout.

      I am reluctantly withholding judgement on S2 because there’s a slight chance the show could get better. The first season was a pretty accurate book adaptation that ended at the same place the book did, so S2 is going to be all new material. Maybe the writing will improve now that they don’t have to work off McGreevy’s awkward dialogue/descriptions? IDK.

      • Prince Michael

        Hemlock Grove Register. Yeah.