VAN HELSING – Season 4 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
Hansen (Neal McDonough) has been in disguise for quite some time. Bathory (Jesse Stanley) calls him by his true name, which is Willem, and urges him to show his true form, which he does not do. (Beginning in Episode 4.8, Dakota Daulby will play a character named Willem.) It turns out that Jack and Violet are the results of in vitro fertilization of Van Helsing ova, harvested from a very young Vanessa and Scarlett by Abigail (or rather the woman who pretended to be Abigail Van Helsing in “Base Pair” and “Black Days“). The fathers are unidentified military personnel. Jack and Violet are half-sisters, and each have roughly an equal chance of being either Vanessa’s niece or her daughter.
In the following exchange, we find out what Hansen’s really been up to.
HANSEN: “It’s time to join the modern world. Leave the coffins and capes behind.”
BATHORY: “Blasphemy. Keeping the traditions is the only way to survival. These so-called Daywalkers, they are an abomination.”
HANSEN: “I’ve created a stable food source. Humans that are resistant to death and injury, who heal from wounds, that we can feed on again, and again, and again.”
SAM: “They taste like shit. Oh, you didn’t know?”
Max (Richard Harmon) is also more than he initially seemed to be. He survives a bullet to the head and a bomb blast, which means he likely has the same recuperative powers as Phil and Julius. He’s not a Daywalker, so the only way we know about that he can get this power is to be bitten by a Daywalker and then cured by a Van Helsing (or the other way ’round). He might be another of Hansen’s experiments.
Not since the first season have we seen vampires with table manners. The Dark One’s sister/wives, Bathory and Michaela, join Hansen, and the new, improved Sam to feed on Avery (Anna Galvin), who has been dressed in white and bound to the dinner table. They feed on her, do not make a mess doing it, and do not kill her. She had been planning to betray Hansen to his superiors, but after being fed upon she is entirely cooperative with Hansen and the gang.
After watching her father and the others feed on Avery, Violet (Keeya King) breaks into her father’s lab and discovers the true story of how she came to be. She packs a few things and sneaks off the base. Sam follows and watches her leave. He knows that Violet will probably be drawn to Vanessa, and that’s who Sam wants to kill.
Michaela (Heather Doerksen) and Bathory will soon be off looking for Vanessa and her bottomless vial of the Dark One’s blood. Since Violet has escaped, they will need to capture at least one Van Helsing alive, so they will not be pleased if Sam attempts to interfere.
After he survives a bullet to the head from Jolene and a bomb planted by Axel, Max abandons Loveland in favour of his operations to the east, and takes Jennifer (Holly Elissa) and her son Owen (Alexander Brophy) hostage. Jolene, and Axel head to Denver where (Axel says) ninety percent of the population is dead. Phil leaves with them, but with the intent to track Max and free his family.
To place things in a geographic context, Loveland is about 22 kilometers south of Fort Collins. Denver is 78 km south of Loveland. The first major city due east of Fort Collins is Chicago, 1600 kilometers away. It is mentioned in Episode 3.3 that Lillian Van Helsing and her husband lived in Chicago in the 1890s.
Neal McDonough (Hansen) will be Konrad Harlan, discoverer of Harlan’s World, in the second season of ALTERED CARBON. (Harlan’s World is the only habitable planet in a star system about eighty light years from Earth.) The show’s eight-episode second season is set 30 years after the first, and will loosely follow the second book by Richard K. Morgan, Broken Angels, which has a re-sleeved Kovacs (Anthony Mackie) searching for a Martian artifact that has the ability to open inter-dimensional portals. Showrunner Laeta Kalogridis told Entertainment Weekly that the second book had to be scaled down for television. “Richard [Morgan] came and worked with us in the writers’ room for a couple weeks,” she said, “to try and hammer out a story that was able to use elements of the second book without creating the vastness that is the second book.” ALTERED CARBON wrapped production at the end of June, and will be on Netflix early next year.
Maya Nadine (hunter in “Fresh Tendrils”) will play an army officer in the sixth episode of MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM, a story set in an alternate America where (centuries ago) witches ended their persecution by making a deal to use their magics to defend the American government. The series will follow three young witches: Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams), Raelle (Taylor Hickson), and Tally (Jessica Sutton), from basic combat magic training into early deployment. (In this world, women are on the front lines fighting terrorist threats with supernatural tactics and weapons.) Kai Bradbury (WARIGAMI) will be Gerit, Tally’s love interest. MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM will premiere on Freeform in Spring, 2020.