After witnessing the series’ titular hero and devoted followers battle the vagaries of a global vampire pandemic for four years, Van Helsing prepares to return for its fifth and final season with a virtual appearance on a Comic-Con@Home Panel Discussion. Though short on specific plot details about the upcoming season, the cast and crew, nonetheless, give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the daunting challenges the show faces as the first television series to resume production in North America.
Of course, fans of the Syfy post-apocalyptic horror tale are most concerned with when Van Helsing will return to the air and whether the oft absent Vanessa (Kelly Overton) will resume her role as the chief vampire slayer after disappearing into a mysterious vortex in last season’s seventh episode. Executive Producer Chad Oakes revealed that though the network likely won’t make an announcement until September, its intention remains for the show to “return late fall, early winter – November, December and back on the air for season five.”
Not surprisingly, for a series whose central plot threads center on a tightly bound family of vampire killers, the cast and crew of Van Helsing stressed the importance of the family atmosphere that enabled the team to return to work while other shows remain on the sidelines. Series lead Kelly Overton remembered her first opportunity to work with newcomer Tricia Helfer (The Dark One). “She was lovely to work with. It was a crazy scene. Going into the vortex and the abyss.”
But for Helfer, who joined the show last season, the opportunity to interpret Dracula in a new light, brought a new set of obstacles. “To start a character with that scene (descent into the vortex with Vanessa), it’s a little daunting. When you start a character, you kind of have to live in her a little bit.”