Penny Dreadful

Season 1 Episode 8

Grand Guignol

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 29, 2014 on Showtime
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Vanessa and Sir Malcolm face their worst nightmares while Ethan and Victor are confronted with their pasts.

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    Alun Armstrong

    Alun Armstrong

    Vincent Brand

    Guest Star

    Henry Goodman

    Henry Goodman


    Guest Star

    Hannah Tointon

    Hannah Tointon

    Maude Gunneson

    Guest Star

    Olivia Llewellyn

    Olivia Llewellyn

    Mina Harker

    Recurring Role

    Stephen Lord (II)

    Stephen Lord (II)

    Warren Roper

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • QUOTES (9)

      • Malcolm: I left my son to suffer without me. I'll not do the same to my daughter.
        Vanessa: Meaning?
        Malcolm: If I can save her, I will. If I cannot... I will end her suffering.
        Vanessa: And will that bring you peace?
        Malcolm: Don't be naive, it doesn't suit you.

      • Dorian: Would you read my future?
        Vanessa: I don't know that you have one.
        Dorian: Everyone has a future.
        Vanessa: Not everyone. Some people only have a past.
        Dorian: Then read my past.
        Vanessa: Then you would have no more mystery.

      • Vanessa: What haven't you told me?
        Malcolm: Nothing I would say would come as a surprise, so you simply want the satisfaction of hearing me say it. Very well. I would sacrifice you to save my daughter. I would choose her over you. I might even hope I get the chance. But until then you are invaluable to me. Your connection Mina is my lifeline. So I must keep you alive. I put the photograph in the drawer because I couldn't bear it. It broke my heart. Not a young girl's heart, Vanessa, but a man's heart. You must handle your guilt on your own. I'll not help you.
        Vanessa: Neither of us is free from guilt.
        Malcolm: Yes, but you want to be. That's the difference between us.
        Vanessa: Then you should put the picture back. Let it break your heart.

      • Victor: Well, You can't stay here.
        Caliban: I have no intention to.
        Victor: Then why did you come?
        Caliban: Because I have nowhere else. I had no one else. Is that not the saddest of all, Creator? I am against cast on your barren shores.

      • Caliban: Futile. All futile. What dreams I had of my mate. Of another being looking into these eyes, upon this face, and recoiling not. But how could it have? For the monster is not in my face but in my soul. I once thought that if I was like other men, I would be happy and loved. The malignance has grown, you see. From the outside in. And this... shattered visage merely reflects the abomination that is my heart. Oh, my creator, why--why did you not make me of steel and stone? Why did you allow me to feel? I would rather be the corpse I was then the man I am. Go ahead. Pull the trigger. It would be a blessing.

      • Victor: I believe in a place between Heaven and Hell. Between the living and the dead. A glorious place of everlasting rebirth, perhaps even salvation. Do you believe in such a place? Well, there is a price to pay for such a passage. As there is with all things. I know that you'll pay it easily.

      • Ethan: Federal marshals?
        Roper: Heavens no. We're in the private sector, you might say. We're employed by the Pinkerton Agency. We've been charged to bring you back to the land of ice chips and cherry phosphates.

      • Vanessa: Thank you for your kindness while I was ill.
        Ethan: Was it kindness, I wonder?
        Vanessa: Let's say it was.

      • Priest: What do you fear, girl?
        Vanessa: Those things... of which I am capable. Of which I have proven myself capable.
        Priest: Are they really so monstrous?
        Vanessa: Do you believe a soul can be taken over by another? That you can lose yourself to something dark?
        Priest: I believe in the Devil, if that's what you mean.
        Vanessa: That's what I mean. I believe in curses. I believe in demons, I believe in monsters. Do you?
        Priest: I believe more in sicknesses that can be treated.
        Vanessa: But what if the treatments fail? When science fails? What is there then?
        Priest: You mean exorcism.

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      • International Airdates:
        Canada: June 29, 2014 on Movie Network
        UK: July 8, 2014 on Sky Atlantic
        Hungary: December 22, 2014 on HBO Hungary
        Australia: December 25, 2014 on Showcase
        Finland: May 13, 2015 on Sub

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