On the day of The Rising, Julius creeps into a room full of sleeping junkies and feeds on one of them. His skin burns whenever the sun hits him. Outside, the ashes from the volcano start to block the sun. Julius then lets out his hand, and for the first time, he is not burning. Now able to walk during the day, he went outside and starts biting any person he sees. One of his victims is Flesh, who turns into a vampire almost instantly and starts killing his own family.
In the present day, the survivors holed up in the hospital talk about Vanessa’s healing powers. Axel is feeding Doc his blood. Someone starts calling for anybody. It is Flesh, the vampire-now-turned-human, who they threw in the garbage chute the night before. He reveals that Vanessa’s blood turned him back to being a human. The surprised Vanessa cannot believe what Flesh just told them. She claims there is nothing special about her.
A commotion outside brings Axel, Vanessa, and the rest of the group to the rooftop. Vampires down the street are taking Wendy as a hostage. They demand that Vanessa be surrendered to them in exchange for Wendy. John, Wendy’s husband, is more than willing to make the trade. Axel, however, objects and shoots Wendy instead. John trips on the wire as he attacks Axel. The turbine that keeps the UV lights running falls on the street. Now without the hospital’s primary source of defense, Axel tells them they only have three hours to live. Axel plans to go on a trip to scavenge parts for the generator. Vanessa goes with him. They leave Mohamad and Sam in-charge.
John suggests to the group that they kill Flesh and Doc before Axel returns. Mohamad and Sam step in to protect them.
Axel and Vanessa arrive at an abandoned ferry. Axel goes underwater to retrieve the part they need. Vanessa stands as a lookout. Ferals attack them. One of them bites Vanessa, vomits blood, and then died.
Back at the hospital, the power goes off. Vampires start attacking the door. Axel and Vanessa arrive but they cannot get in. Flesh goes outside and talks to his former comrades. He tells them he is now human, and that Vanessa caused it. The vampires get scared and fled. Vanessa and Axel brought Wendy’s body inside.
After having seen what the world is like, Vanessa talks to Axel as to what could have been the fate of her daughter Dylan. She asks Flesh why he risked his life to save them. Flesh tells her how he murdered his children as soon as he turned into a vampire, and left his wife with pieces of their children all around her. He tells her how it is like to be a vampire.
After fixing the generator, Axel asks Vanessa to turn Doc back to being human again. Vanessa goes into Doc’s cage and forces her to bite. Doc refuses, so Vanessa bites her instead. Doc passes out.
The vampires who attacked the hospital arrives at Julius’ place. They relay to him what Flesh has said. Julius orders to send word to Dmitri about the news.
Just as when Axel thinks that Doc is dead, she wakes up. Doc is relieved that she is human once again.
It is 2016, Vanessa is selling her blood at a blood clinic for a few extra dollars. Dylan waits for her outside. Newsflashes about a volcanic eruption near Yellowstone National Park. Meanwhile, a vampire who has stolen blood from the clinic is drinking Vanessa’s blood. He gets ill and vomits blood.
Dmitri and Rebecca await for their blood delivery. Dmitri points out that their terrified delivery boy has turned into a human. Rebecca recognizes that the reversion would pose a threat to their kind. She says it must be stopped before it is too late. She then orders Balthazar to find the source of the blood and to do what must be done.
It is Dylan’s birthday. Vanessa and Dylan arrive at their apartment. Their neighbor Susan is fighting with her boyfriend, Tommy. Vanessa kicks his ass and breaks his nose. Outside, ashes from the volcano start to fall from the sky like black snow.
Dylan’s dad calls to greet her a happy birthday and to cancel their weekend plans. Heartbroken Dylan hides in her bedroom closet. Vanessa prepares Dylan’s cake. She then looks for Dylan. An intruder reveals his face and attacks Vanessa. Vanessa defends herself, but he is no match to the feral vampire. He bits him then falls to his knees, vomits blood, and escapes. Vanessa is bleeding. She tells Dylan to look for Susan, call for the police, and call his father. Before taking her last breath, she tells Dylan she loves her.
Doc opens up a cadaver bag to reveal the dead Vanessa. She notices that the lividity is unusual, the body is not cooling, and that rigor has not set in. She concludes Vanessa is not alive, but not dead either. Perplexed, she decides to conduct more examinations and blood work. She calls her sister Grace, who works for the military and tells about her findings. Grace mentions of a classified advisory from the Pentagon and requests for a copy of the results.
Military men arrive at the hospital and talk to Doc about Vanessa’s body. The sky darkens with the ashes. Another volcano erupted. When they reach Vanessa’s body, Doc explains that she is dead and not dead at the same time. The military prepares to transport the body despite Doc’s objections. But the power went off. The cloud ashes are blocking the sun. Streets are in chaos. A patient starts attacking people. Axel and the other marines are ordered to protect Sleeping Beauty until they get a secure position and transport.
Three years later, Vanessa still lies at the hospital in the same operating table. Somewhere else, Dmitri and Rebecca pay a visit to a certain doctor who conducts experiments to solve vampire sterility. The doctor says the woman (referring to Vanessa) who has the abilities of some kind could be very helpful. Dmitri declares that her existence could be the end of the vampires. Rebecca opposes that she could be the future. Dmitri orders Rebecca to find the said woman.
Back at the hospital, supplies are running out. Ted decides that he, Smith, and Gomez go back to their base which is 40 miles away, and recon with whatever weapons and ammunition they could carry. Despite Axel’s protest, they pushed through with the plan. They are outnumbered by the vampires outside the hospital. Smith tries to go back but Doc is closing the door on him. She gets bitten in the arm by one of the ferals before finally closing the door. The ferals then feed on Smith.
Inside the hospital, Axel and Doc try to cut her arm but it is too late. Axel points a gun at the distraught Doc and says she made him promise to shoot her if ever she gets bitten. But Doc changes her mind. She does not want to die. Axel helps her out, straps her down, and promises her that he will keep her safe until they find a cure. Doc then turns into a vampire.
It is 2019, three years since “The Rising” began and civilization has fallen. Only whispers of a human savior have given mankind hope. Vanessa “Sleeping Beauty” Seward lies on a hospital bed. She has been sleeping for three years now. The hospital is being attacked by a group of vampires who are on a mission to kidnap her. While everyone is busy fighting back, three vampires reach her. The group leader named Flesh takes one bite on the sleeping Vanessa. He feels ill, vomits blood, and falls to his knees. Vanessa wakes up from her three-year coma. The other two vampires attack her. She has no problem defending herself.
Thirty-six hours earlier, Axel feeds the vampire Doc with his blood. The alarms went off. A group of human survivors who are being chased by vampires is knocking on the hospital door. One of them is Ted, Axel’s comrade. Axel opens the door for them. Wendy, one of the survivors did not make it inside. One of them is severely injured. John, Wendy’s husband wants to go back outside to look for her but Axel won’t allow it.
Ted and Axel talk about what happened to Doc when Ted, Gomez, and Smitty went out. They talk about what happened to Ted during his trip. Meanwhile, the new-comers are planning on killing the vampire Doc. Mohamad steps in to stop them. Sam backs him up. John and the others retreat.
The vampire attack has begun. Axel and the rest move to action. They find Vanessa pinning a vampire on the floor. She kills him and stands up then calls for Dylan. Shocked, she asks them who they are then pass out. They then throw dead vampires on the garbage shute.
Vanessa is still aghast that she got bitten by one the vampires and nothing happened to her. She is worried about what happened to her daughter Dylan. One of the survivors blames her for the attack, saying that she was the reason for it. Axel tells her that her daughter is probably dead. Ted reveals to her that the world went to shit a couple of years ago — a fact she did not know. Ted tells her he can help her get out of the hospital so she can find her daughter. He adds that Axel is a good guy but he is just a little by the book.
Axel and Vanessa talk in the shower. She asks him what happened to her. Axel says he does not know. He does not even know she has a daughter. He says he was sent to the hospital to pick up a dead body three years ago but a volcano goes off in Wyoming and wipes out half the Western states. That thereafter, people just started killing each other and it is called “The Rising”. He reveals that half a dozen of them were dropped off at the hospital and that his orders were to protect Vanessa and the Doctor — a duty that he is still fulfilling up until now. Vanessa is curious why is anybody interested in her when she is nothing special. Axel has a theory that it has something to do with what is happening to the world.
Vanessa coerces Axel at gunpoint to let get out of the place. Ted helps her but they are stopped by Axel. Axel reveals that he knows it was Ted who stole the lock codes from his notebook and opened the hospital door so the vampires could attack. Ted then attacks Axel. Vanessa makes for a run to get out while Ted and Axel fight. Mohamad and Sam came to Axel’s rescue.
Vanessa reaches the rooftop. She sees the sky is covered with ashes blocking the sun. Ted reveals that his true intent is to deliver Vanessa to the vampires, dead or alive. He hostages Vanessa. Vanessa fights back but Ted stabs her right hand. Vanessa hits him in the eyes with the knife stuck at her hand, killing him. She pulls the knife but the wound heals instantly.
Flesh, the dead vampire emerges from the garbage shute with blood all over him. This time, he is no longer a vampire. He says it was Vanessa’s blood that turns him back to being a human.
The Van Helsing Season 1 story revolves around Vanessa Van Helsing who is humanity’s last hope to save it from the vampire-stricken world. In 2016, the volcanic eruption at Yellowstone Park caused ashes to block out the sun making the world safe for vampires. The event was called The Rising and the vampire apocalypse began.
On the first day of The Rising, Vanessa was attacked by a vampire which rendered her comatose for 3 years. While in a coma, she was protected by a lone soldier named Axel. When she woke up, the world is already ruled by vampires. She soon discovers that with her unique powers, she is humanity’s last hope. While on the search for her daughter, she was hunted by the vampires. Vanessa soon learns the secrets from her past and finds herself at a crossroads. Van Helsing Season 1 ended with Vanessa reunited with her daughter who is now a vampire.
Below is a summary of each of the episodes for Van Helsing Season 1:
Episode 1: “Help Me”
After three years in a coma, Vanessa woke up to a world now ruled by vampires. She finds a lone soldier Axel protecting her. She also discovers she has special powers. Not only does she have rapid healing abilities, super-strength, and excellent fighting skills, her blood can also reverse the effects of vampirism. She joins other human survivors who are holed up in the abandoned hospital. Airdate: Jul 31, 2016
Episode 2: “Seen You”
Three years before her awakening, Vanessa Seward is merely a struggling single mother in Seattle. She was attacked by a vampire named Balthazar on the first day of The Rising. Vanessa was brought to a local hospital. She was separated from her daughter, Dylan. Doc’s report of the strange properties of Vanessa’s blood prompted a military investigation. But vampires attacked the hospital before the soldiers could extract Vanessa’s body. Airdate: Sep 23, 2016
Episode 3: “Stay Inside”
The hospital’s damaged power source jeopardized the protective UV lights which leave Vanessa and the survivors extremely vulnerable to a vampire attack. The incident prompted Vanessa and Axel to head out into the ruins of Seattle to scavenge for parts. Meanwhile, the other survivors stayed behind and fight against the vampires. Airdate: Sep 30, 2016
Episode 4: “Coming Back”
Vanessa turns Doc back into a human. Accompanied by another survivor named Mohamad, she heads out to visit her old apartment in search of clues as to the whereabouts of her daughter, Dylan. It seemed that Dylan made it out of the apartment alive after Vanessa was attacked. But her whereabouts remain a mystery. Meanwhile, in the hospital, Cynthia is discovered dead of an apparent suicide. But then Doc starts to suspect that a killer could be amongst the group. Airdate: Oct 7, 2016
Episode 5: “Fear Her”
Vanessa is later captured and taken to Julius compound. She was reunited with her neighbor, Susan. Vanessa turns the now-vampire Susan back into a human. The two of them escaped back to the hospital. Meanwhile, concerns of a mystery killer that seems to be picking everyone off one by one started to escalate. They are planning a coup against Axel. Airdate: Oct 14, 2016
Episode 6: “Nothing Matters”
Vanessa and Susan are chased by mutated feral vampires in the sewers. At the same time, a brief but deadly power struggle ensued when another group of survivors led by a man named Brendan wrestled control from Axel. When Vanessa returns to the hospital, Axel escapes and guns down most of Brendan’s group. Brendan and his remaining followers were forced to journey the outside world. Airdate: Oct 21, 2016
Episode 7: “For Me”
Julius eventually stages a siege at the hospital. Vanessa and Axel lead the hospital’s last stand against Julius and his vampire soldiers. Dmitri arrived with his vampire “Death Squad”. A possible civil war is brewing among the two vampire factions. The turn of events led the gang to hit the road. Airdate: Oct 28, 2016
Episode 8: “Little Thing”
With vampires closing in all around them, Axel leads the surviving members of their group near his old military base for shelter, an underground lab known as The Farm. The Farm is the location of top-secret experiments and research. However, they found the lab abandoned and in disrepair. Separated from the group, Mohamad tries to stay alive and catch up while navigating hostile territory. Airdate: Nov 4, 2016
Episode 9: “Help Out”
Trapped in the underground lab, the group discovers that The Farm is contaminated with radiation. Vanessa discovers that Axel has been hiding a secret about her past. Rebecca makes a calculated play. While Mohamad befriends a girl who doesn’t fear vampires. The group encountered a feral vampire during the evacuation. Axel is fatally bitten. Doc is haunted by her leaving Axel to die. Airdate: Nov 11, 2016
Episode 10: “Stay Away”
Still grief-stricken by the loss of Axel, Vanessa and the group find refuge at Eden. The gang is reunited with Mohamad. Eden is a utopian community that seems peaceful but conceals a dark bargain with a vampire named Magdalena. Magdalena lets the community live in peace in exchange for human infants on which to feed. Vanessa breaks this pact and Flesh stays behind to rebuild Eden. Airdate: Nov 18, 2016
Episode 11: “Last Time”
Vanessa and the group take shelter in Susan’s family farm. Meanwhile, the true serial killer among the group is finally revealed. Sam’s final victim is poor Susan. Vanessa and Mohamad take drastic action against him. Rebecca’s latest experiment to create Daywalkers fails; and Dmitri’s patience grows thin. Airdate: Nov 25, 2016
Episode 12: “He’s Coming”
Sam’s reign of terror recommences tenfold after he’s bitten by a Feral, which turns him into a vampire. He stalks Vanessa and Mohamad as they infiltrate a vampire camp, where Vanessa hopes to find her daughter Dylan. Vanessa and Mohamad walk into a trap that places one of them in great peril. Vanessa soon realizes she’s been sold out to Dmitri by Mohamad in exchange for being reunited with Mohamad’s long-lost sister, Sheema. Airdate: Dec 2, 2016
Episode 13: “It Begins”
Now in Dmitri and Rebecca’s clutches, Vanessa is told of her real identity. She’s a Van Helsing, a descendant of the fearless vampire killer of Dracula lore, Abraham Van Helsing. Flesh and the Resistance accelerate their timeline to rescue Vanessa. Mohamad is heartbroken by his betrayal. Dmitri plans on using Vanessa’s blood and eggs for experiments that will hopefully result in vampires being able to walk around in daylight and procreate. Vanessa ends up embracing her own vampire side which seems to give her even more superhuman strength. She severely wounds Dmitri and faces off with Rebecca. Dmitri enters into an unholy alliance with the leader of the human Resistance. Vanessa finally reunites with Dylan. Axel becomes a vampire. Airdate: Dec 9, 2016