Ever since Carnival Row was announced for Amazon Prime, I have been eagerly awaiting more. The show, set in an alternate Victorian fantasy world, ticks off all the boxes for me. Vague steampunk aesthetic, a dark detective mystery, creatures from Irish mythology, an exploration of the class system with said mythical creatures, and Jared Harris (Chernobyl). Oh, yes, and Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevigne as well.
Bloom and Delevigne star as Rycroft Philostrate and Vignette Stonemoss. Philo is an orphan who was born in The Burge and who grows up to become a detective in Carnival Row. Vignette is a fae with a dark secret that threatens Rycroft’s precarious existence, especially in the face of a monstrous string of murders. Harris plays Absalom Breakspear, husband to Piety Breakspear (Indira Varma), the powerful, cunning, and regal matriarch of the family who runs The Burge.
There is so much possibility and so many interesting things to breakdown just from what little we know about the show. Delevigne said at SDCC that her character is pansexual (all fae are) and that Carnival Row is timely in that it deals with an increasingly intolerant society and it deals with the issue of immigration and race and class relations, just with mythical creatures.
The new teaser thankfully shows more of The Burge and Carnival Row, where the creatures live, as well as more character such as David Gyasi (Interstellar) as Agreus, a wealthy faun who defiantly moves into an affluent human neighborhood, Karla Crome (Under the Dome) as Tourmaline, a faerie poet, and Tamzin Merchant (Salem) as Imogen Spurnrose, a woman who thinks Agreus is an opportunity to turn her aristocratic family’s fading fortunes around.
The teaser is set to Billy Elish’s song “Bury Your Friends” and the haunting tone of the song fits the trailer perfectly. This isn’t some fairytale. It’s going to be a dark, broody, twisty, joyride. Thankfully, the show has already been renewed for a second season. Here’s to hoping Harris will actually survive the run of the series? Let’s be real, he’s really the only reason I’m here. The other stuff is just an added bonus.
The eight-episode series airs globally on Amazon Prime August 30th.
Watch the new trailer below!