Netflix’s V-Wars Season 1 finale recap: Bloody but Unbow’d

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 04: Actor Ian Somerhalder attends the Build Series to discuss "V Wars" at Build Studio on December 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 04: Actor Ian Somerhalder attends the Build Series to discuss "V Wars" at Build Studio on December 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images) /

The season 1 (and, apparently, series) finale of Netflix’s V Wars begins with Mila Dubov (Laura Vandervoort) accidentally revealing her vampire nature to her girlfriend, Detective Elysse Chambers (Bo Martyn).

The finale also reveals that Amélie (Sarah Abbott), daughter of Senator Sasha Giroux (Laura de Carteret), is a vampire after they find she’s fed from a cat (and Amélie ran away in self-disgust). Meanwhile, muck-raking blogger Kaylee Vo (Jacky Lai) leaks info on the government’s tentative agreement with “Blood” vampire leader Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes).

Also, Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Somerhalder) reveals to the media that treatment for vampirism is under works. As this goes on, Fayne is having to defend the truce with his gang, and they’re less enthusiastic about it. Fayne also reveals to Danika Dubov (Kimberly-Sue Murray) that he doesn’t want to “feed” on blood anymore, fearing that he’ll end up breaking the truce and wrecking reconciliation if he does.

V Wars: Humanizing vampires

V Wars isn’t the first depiction of vampires not simply being monsters. The film Daybreakers does plenty of that, too, and here the “Bloods” might get synthetic blood if they keep to the nonviolence pact. On that note, there are humans trying to break the truce, such as General Aldous May (Jonathan Higgins) who learns from Senator Smythe (Ted Atherton) that there is footage of Fayne near the President’s daughter (Brittany Raymond). Fortunately, Dez (Kyle Breitkopf) becomes more interested in helping his father, Dr. Swann, in his research on immunity, no doubt inspired after seeing Amélie’s condition.

Meanwhile, amidst growing fears that synthetic blood has been tainted, Fayne tries to stop vigilante Bloods from taking vengeance. In contrast to the now peace-oriented Fayne, Smythe wants to arrest Senator Giroux under martial law, no doubt while citing some flimsy pretense. Elsewhere, Dr. Swann heads out to look for his ex-wife, Rachel (Nikki Reed). A “Blood” vampire leaps onto his vehicle along the way and, even though the creature was shot to death by random people, it’s not clear if the Blood was simply feral or if it was a more orchestrated attack.

Everyone under threat

Next, V Wars builds on the premise that Michael Fayne is also not safe, as one among the Blood gang (Geoff Meech) attacks him. Danika tries to talk Fayne into leaving the Blood’s compound. Dr. Swann’s not safe, either. When he shows up at Rachel’s, a cop has a gun pointed at him, telling him that the Senator was arrested.

Back at the Blood place, Danika’s sister Mila shows up looking for her. She knocks out the guard (Xavier Schoppel) after he tells her where Danika is. As tensions mount at the compound, Danika, Fayne, and Ava O’Malley (Sydney Meyer) are all planning to leave. However, Ava pulls a classic doublecross maneuver and declares herself the new leader of the Bloods, as Fayne pleads for the Bloods to spare Danika a cruel fate.

Nearing the end…or a new beginning?

Dez and Swann leave, and Jimmy Saint (Michael Greyeyes) watches over Amélie. However, soon after departure, some Bloods attack Dr. Swann and his son, capturing them. Meanwhile, back at the Bloods, Mila and Danika end up in a gun battle, culminating in Danika being shot (though apparently not killed). Shortly after this, a bloodied Dr. Swann wakes up to a broadcast from Ava declaring that Calix Niklos (Peter Outerbridge) is their new leader.

Niklos declares that they will never deal with humans again (implying he’s a vampire), adding that he’s put the vampire prion in city water supplies. It’s also revealed that they have Dez kidnapped to ensure they will thwart any research into cures (Dez was apparently immune to vampirism). The episode ends with an apparent time-jump where Dr. Swann is planning to attack Niklos for his actions against Dez, as well as, you know, what the madman’s done to all of humanity.

As for the future of the series, Netflix has canceled it a while ago.  Still, Ian Somerhalder has apparently said he’s interested in bringing the series back., quoted as saying: “No, no it’s not the end of the road for Dr. Swann or V Wars. There are a lot of great stories to tell and I’m going to tell them.”  Obviously, if people are committed enough to resurrect this vampire series, it can happen.  Then again, the longer the clock ticks, the harder it will be to bring back the dead.

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