Van Helsing Season 1 Overview

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

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