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'Penny Dreadful' recap: Light shed on Vanessa's dark past
'Penny Dreadful' recap: Light shed on Vanessa's dark past

Fateful events that render Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) susceptible to evil forces are revealed in “Closer Than Sisters,” Episode 105 of Showtime’s supernatural thriller “Penny Dreadful.” The installment begins and ends with Vanessa penning a heartfelt letter to Mina Harker (Olivia Llewellyn), a childhood friend now enslaved by a demon. “I will not rest until you are safe,” Vanessa tearfully writes. “There is no other purpose in my life.” Vanessa’s own descent into darkness begins in adolescence when she spies her mother, Claire (Anna Chancellor), fornicating with Mina’s father, Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton). ...

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