If there was one major takeaway from the series premiere of HBO's The Nevers, it's that Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) are going to have their hands full for all six episodes of Part One. As if trying to keep all of London from turning into an angry, torch-wielding mob looking to make an example out of "The Touched" wasn't a full-time job, there are any number of other not-so-friendly folks looking to use those with powers to their own advantage. And let's not forget "The Touched's" benefactress Lavinia Bidlow (Olivia Williams)- is she putting together her own "Victorian Avengers" or does she have a "bigger picture" plan in play, also. All of which brings us to the following preview for the series' second episodes, including preview images (throughout the post) and a whole lot of looks at what's still to come.
In the following two featurettes, the cast and creative team discuss "The Touched" and their impact on Victorian society; and then dissect the all-important opera scene from the series premiere- where "The Touched" and high society collide:
Now here's a look at what viewers can expect from this weekend's episode, "Exposure" (followed by a look at what's still to come during Part One)- with HBO's The Nevers returning Sunday night, April 18:
April 18: Episode 2: "Exposure": With the city reeling from Maladie's (Manson) opera debut, Mundi (Chaplin) takes a personal stake in tracking her down, while Amalia (Donnelly) launches an investigation of her own. Meanwhile, the charitable Lavinia Bidlow (Olivia Williams) seeks to destigmatize the Touched at a society event, Hugo Swann (James Norton) enlists Lavinia's younger brother Augie (Tom Riley) to help monetize his illicit enterprise, and a deranged doctor (Denis O'Hare) conducts a series of experiments. Written by Jane Espenson; directed by Whedon.
April 25: Episode 3: "Ignition": Penance (Skelly) creates an amplifier to spread Mary's (Eleanor Tomlinson) hope-inspiring song across the city – but first, Mary (Tomlinson) must find her elusive voice. As danger mounts against her group, Amalia (Donnelly) propositions an unlikely ally and sets out to expand the Orphanage's reach. Swann (Norton) further entangles Augie (Riley) and Mundi (Chaplin) in his business affairs.
Written by Kevin Lau; Directed by David Semel.
May 2: Episode 4: "Undertaking": While Mundi (Chaplin) seeks justice, Amalia (Donnelly) and her most trusted advisors make a list of potential enemies. Harriet (Kiran Sonia Sawar), Primrose (Anna Devlin), and the other Orphans attempt to decipher a message. Later, Amalia (Donnelly) exposes an unexpected threat.
Written by Madhuri Shekar; Directed by Semel.
May 9: Episode 5: "Hanged": As the city buzzes with anticipation over a pending execution, Penance (Skelly) grapples with a moral calling at odds with Amalia's (Donnelly) plan. With the two women at a crossroads, the Orphans must decide whom to follow. Written by Melissa Iqbal; Directed by Whedon.
May 16: Episode 6: "True" (Part One Finale): After Amalia's (Donnelly) origin story is revealed, a long-awaited reunion crystallizes the Orphans' mission. Written by Espenson; Directed by Zetna Fuentes.
Created and executive produced by Joss Whedon; executive produced by new showrunner Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes, Mary Magdalene), Bernadette Caulfield, Ilene S. Landress, Doug Petrie, and Jane Espenson, HBO's The Nevers stars Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer) as Lavinia Bidlow, the wealthy benefactress funding the orphanage for Amalia's outcasts, who are also known as the Touched and James Norton (Little Women) as Hugo Swann, the rich and irreverent proprietor of a den of iniquity. Tom Riley (Da Vinci's Demons) is Augustus "Augie" Bidlow, Lavinia's sweet, awkward, younger brother with a secret of his own, while Pip Torrens' (The Crown) Lord Gilbert Massen is a high-ranking government official leading the crusade against our heroines. Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) is Inspector Frank Mundi, who's torn between his police duties and moral compass. Denis O'Hare (American Horror Story) is Edmund Hague, a deranged doctor searching for the source of the powers.
Amy Manson (Once Upon a Time) is the tortured, murderous Maladie, who derives power from pain. Rochelle Neil (Terminator: Dark Fate) is the fire-wielding Annie "Bonfire" Carby, one of Maladie's motley gang. Zackary Momoh (Seven Seconds) is orphanage doctor Horatio Cousens, whose turn equips him with healing powers. Eleanor Tomlinson (The Illusionist) is Mary Brighton, a broken and resilient performer pursuing her dream of singing on stage. Elizabeth Berrington (In Bruges) is Lucy Best, adaptive and streetwise, her quick-wit and high spirits mask the pain of a tragic past. Anna Devlin (All the Money in the World) is Primrose Chattoway who, at ten feet tall and a dreamy demeanor, wishes to be an ordinary girl not taking up too much space.
Kiran Sonia Sawar (HBO Max's Pure) is Harriet Kaur, a young Scottish Sikh and aspiring lawyer, determined to live her life as she planned. Viola Prettejohn (The Witcher) is Myrtle Haplisch, a middle-class girl rescued from a family who cannot understand her – literally, as she can no longer speak any form of language they understand. Ella Smith (Ray & Liz) is Désireé Blodgett, a prostitute with a power that gets her in trouble and a six-year-old son who never speaks. Vinnie Heaven is Nimble Jack, a rakish and charming young thief and an expert at breaking and entering. And then there's Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) as feared criminal overlord Declan "Beggar King" Orrun.