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Dracula “The Blood is the Life” 

Photo Credit: Jonathon Hession/NBC
Photo Credit: Jonathon Hession/NBC

Sir Clive Dawson: “How can we properly mock him if we haven’t set eyes on the man?”

The Basics:

Jonathan Rhys Meyers‘ Alexander Grayson is a wealthy American industrialist who was run out of the United States by Thomas Edison. He’s trying to bankrupt the Order of the Dragon so he can destroy them. Sunlight and beheading will kill him, but a stake through the heart will not. Jessica De Gowu‘s Mina Murray is the very image of his late wife, who was killed in front of him.

New to me:

I thought I knew a lot about Dracula (I know a little bit of history on Vlad the Impaler, I’ve watched and enjoyed Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I’ve watched A LOT of vampire shows), but I’ve never even heard of the Order of the Dragon. Someone always has to bring religion into things, don’t they? But it makes so much sense, especially for Dracula’s backstory. His wife was burned at the stake as a heretic. He was “made” by the Order during the Crusades.

Similar, but with a twist:

Oliver Jackson-Cohen‘s Jonathan Harker is a tenacious and ambitious reporter worried he won’t be able to provide for Mina, should they be married. Her father is a man of position and wealth while Harker’s father is a criminal. He wants to make something of himself before he proposes.

Mina is a medical student, which is definitely unusual for the time. Her father’s position as a doctor at a prominent hospital probably helped get her into medical school.

Thomas Kretschmann‘s Abraham Han Helsing, a vampire hunter, is responsible for Dracula’s resurrection. They are uneasy allies since both Van Helsing and Dracula lost everything to the Order.

Random and interesting tidbits:

Jack the Ripper was an invention to cover up the work of a vampire eight years before our story begins.

Van Helsing and Grayson have “schemed and built an empire of lies” to get where they are today. They’re bound by their mutual hatred of the Order.

More than once, the British put Grayson’s “colonial interloper” in his place.


Who put Grayson in suspended animation and how long had he been out of commission before Van Helsing helped to reanimate him?

When will we find out who’s on the High Council and what is their purpose? Is their purpose merely to govern the Order or do they have another purpose?

Dracula airs Fridays at 10/9c on NBC.

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