VAN HELSING – Season 3 Episode 10 – SPOILERS
On her way (presumably) to Renfield House to find the fourth Elder (and possibly The Dark One), Vanessa encounters The Oracle. We get to see the oracle up close in daylight and she has blood on her chin like a vampire might. (This brings back fond memories of Dmiitri and Rebecca, who had table manners.) Vanessa recognizes The Oracle as the same person who took her from the scene of the car crash that killed her foster parents, the Sewards. (One assumes that the Sewards were killed in the crash. We don’t know that for sure, but it was a head-on with a formidable-looking pickup truck and they haven’t been seen since.)
Here is the most important part of Vanessa’s conversation with The Oracle:
ORACLE: “I come to those who show promise.”
VANESSA: “Promise of what?”
ORACLE: “I think you know deep inside of you.”
VANESSA: “Who are you and what do you really want?”
ORACLE: “I’m a seer. A messenger. A caller to the chosen.”
VANESSA: “You look like an Elder to me. Or worse.”
ORACLE: “You threaten me with your blade of steel. You cannot destroy what you harbour.”
VANESSA: “And what’s that?”
ORACLE: “Your seed of thirst. Anger. Rage. Now the seed has taken root. Fed by the blood of a sacrifice.”
The Oracle is referring to the guy in the camper Vanessa killed at the end of the last episode. She goes on to tell Vanessa: “Nurture the darkness and you will find yourself. Be who you really are. Spawn of the darkness. Holder of its blood.” And Vanessa responds: “I will find that last totem and I will raise the Dark One. And then I will carve out his heart and leave it to rot.”
It is interesting that The Oracle uses the pronoun “it” referring to The Dark One, while Vanessa says she will carve out “his” heart. If The Oracle took Vanessa from (and probably caused) the car crash that killed the Sewards, what influence did The Oracle have on Vanessa’s life after the crash?
After The Oracle vanishes and a little further down the road, Vanessa encounters Mohamed (Trezzo Mahoro) and after chasing him for a while and becoming accidentally impaled on a hanging hook in an abandoned slaughterhouse for a while longer, she turns him human again. Vanessa forgives Mohamed for past betrayals. Will she do the same for Sam when she inevitably encounters him? There is what feels like a real danger that Sam will kill Mohamed, who decides to follow Vanessa against her wishes. Mohamed always seems to do what he thinks is the right thing, even if that goes directly against the wishes of the people he is trying to help.
While she is on the hook in the slaughterhouse, she has visions, brought on either by The Oracle, or by loss of blood. She sees Susan, and Sam, and Dylan, and John (the guy she killed for trying to attack Susan), and Julius. (Julius and Sam are the only characters in her visions that are not dead.) She feels guilty for not killing Sam when she had the chance. (She left him to suffer and die a slow death, but instead he became a vampire.)
If Scarlett gets off the island and meets up with Axel (who is enroute from Denver), they will be able to locate Vanessa eventually because Scarlett heard everything that the Third Elder told Vanessa about where the Fourth Elder might be found.
As Vanessa walks through the woods (before meeting The Oracle), the song in the background is
“Runnin’“, track three on the album Falling Into Place by New Zealand hip hop artist David Dallas. “New World In My View” by King Britt from the album Sister Gertrude Morgan.
Asked about Mohamed’s return, showrunner Neil LaBute told SyFy Wire: “The end of the episode took a nice turn with the return of Mohamed and his helping save Vanessa while subsequently being turned back into a human. Mr. Trezzo Mahoro did some real acrobatics in this episode, such as hanging upside down by a wire and a few other semi-spectacular feats of daring including the fight on the rooftop. He’s such a gifted physical performer, and it was great to have him and Vanessa back together again and both of them happy and smiling, if only for a moment… but who knows for how long? Actually I know for exactly how long, but that would be cheating if I told you.”
This episode was written and directed by Jackie May. She has written six other VAN HELSING episodes, including the one airing next week. (One might speculate that it will be a continuation of this one.) She wrote “Stay Inside“, the episode in which Axel shot and killed John’s wife from the roof of the hospital, and she also wrote “Love Bites“, the episode in which Vanessa’s daughter Dylan turned to dust. Both those events are among the subjects of discussion between Vanessa and her apparitions while she is caught on the slaughterhouse hook. (She did not write the episode in which Vanessa killed John after he assaulted Susan, but she wrote the one immediately following.)