Hemlock Grove: A Netflix Horror Series Based on a Novel
Hemlock Grove is a horror TV series that premiered on Netflix in 2013 and ran for three seasons. The show is based on the novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy, who also co-created the series with Lee Shipman. Hemlock Grove follows the lives of the residents of a small Pennsylvania town, where secrets, mysteries and supernatural creatures lurk in the shadows.
The main characters are Roman Godfrey (Bill SkarsgÃ¥rd), the heir of a wealthy and powerful family with a dark past, and Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron), a gypsy werewolf who moves to Hemlock Grove with his mother. The two form an unlikely friendship as they investigate a series of brutal murders that may be connected to their own origins and abilities. Along the way, they encounter other characters such as Olivia Godfrey (Famke Janssen), Roman’s manipulative and mysterious mother, Johann Pryce (Joel de la Fuente), a brilliant scientist who works for the Godfrey Institute, Destiny Rumancek (Kaniehtiio Horn), Peter’s cousin and a psychic, Letha Godfrey (Penelope Mitchell), Roman’s cousin and love interest, and Shelley Godfrey (Nicole Boivin/Madeleine Martin), Roman’s deformed but kind-hearted sister.
Hemlock Grove is a show that blends horror, mystery, drama and fantasy genres, exploring themes such as family, identity, love, loyalty, betrayal and redemption. The show is known for its graphic violence, gore, sex and nudity, as well as its twists and turns that keep the viewers guessing. Hemlock Grove has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, with some praising its originality, atmosphere and performances, while others criticizing its plot holes, inconsistencies and lack of coherence. The show has also been nominated for several awards, including two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Visual Effects and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.
Hemlock Grove concluded its run with a third and final season that was released on Netflix on October 23, 2015. The last 10 episodes wrapped up the storylines of the main characters and revealed the fate of Hemlock Grove and its inhabitants. The season also introduced a new character, Annie (Camille de Pazzis), a mysterious upir who has a connection to Roman and Olivia.
The season focused on the aftermath of the second season’s finale, where Miranda (Madeline Brewer) and Nadia (Mia Serafino) were abducted by Spivak (J.C. MacKenzie), a winged creature who turned out to be an ancient upir. Roman (Bill SkarsgÃ¥rd) and Peter (Landon Liboiron) teamed up to find them and stop Spivak’s plan to create a new breed of upirs. Meanwhile, Olivia (Famke Janssen) struggled with a terminal illness that made her unable to feed on blood, and sought a cure from Pryce (Joel de la Fuente) and Annie. Shelley (Madeleine Martin) found a new friend in Aitor (Richard Gunn), a nomadic artist who helped her escape from her family’s troubles. Destiny (Kaniehtiio Horn) faced the consequences of killing Spivak’s son, while Andreas (Luke Camilleri) got involved in a dangerous heist that put his relationship with Peter at risk.
The season also explored the history and mythology of the upirs, as Roman learned more about his heritage and his role in an ancient prophecy. Annie revealed that she was the sister of Olivia’s first husband, J.R. Godfrey (Paul Popowich), and that she had been looking for Roman for a long time. She also claimed that Roman was the one who could end the upir curse and save the world from Spivak’s wrath. However, Olivia had other plans for her son and his destiny, and tried to manipulate him into joining her side.
The season ended with a climactic showdown between Roman and Olivia, where Roman finally killed his mother after she tried to kill him and Nadia. However, he also succumbed to his wounds and died in Annie’s arms. Peter fulfilled his destiny as the last werewolf by killing Spivak with a silver bullet, but also died in the process. Shelley decided to leave Hemlock Grove with Nadia and Aitor, while Pryce sacrificed himself to destroy his lab and all his experiments. The final scene showed Annie driving away with Roman’s body in her trunk, hinting that she might have a way to bring him back to life.