Explore Multiple Facets of Mexican Supernatural Lore
We know the new series will have some serious ties to Mexican-American culture based on the official synopsis and the first image, but hopefully we see specific references to legends like La Llorona and more. Clearly, based on the key-art, there will be ties to Dia de los Muertos/ the Day of the Dead, but hopefully those things are just the tip of the iceberg, as there is so much to explore here.
Storylines Tied To The Golden Age of Hollywood
With the series set in 1930s Los Angeles, that puts it smack dab in the middle of the Golden Age of Hollywood, when the studio system was in full swing, and movie star legends like Clark Gable and Bette Davis ruled the world of cinema. This was also the era when the Universal Monsters became pop culture icons. There has to be some way to tie all these things together in a horror-infused series. Hollywood is filled with ghost stories and urban legends, so use some of them!
Bring Back Original Series Actors
With this new chapter, it appears that Penny Dreadful is going the anthology route, much like American Horror Story. And like AHS, we sincerely hope John Logan is bringing back some of the ensemble from the original series, specifically Eva Green, who gave the performance of a lifetime in the original Penny Dreadful. But really, the entire cast was great, so we’d love to see any of them return in some form, even as completely different characters.
Tie-In The Two Series Together
Another thing American Horror Story has done that fans have loved is the connections between seasons, something being fully exploited right now with AHS: Apocalypse. So while this is an all-new story, set decades after the original and an ocean apart, I think there can be some clever ways to tie it into the original series. After all, Dorian Gray, Lily Frankenstein, and John Clare are immortal right? And several of those characters had loose plot threads that could be touched on again.
More Ghosts Please!
The original Penny DreadfulÂ mainly focused on creatures from Gothic literature and legends, like Dracula, Frankenstein, werewolves, and more. But the show lacked actual ghosts. And since Los Angeles is replete with ghost stories, tied to the previously mentioned Golden Age of Hollywood, and other historical events, this newÂ Penny DreadfulÂ has the perfect opportunity for spooky spirits.
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