Episode Synopsis: Van Helsing explains the details of their trip to the dock. They met the owner of a ship called the Czarina Catherine which took on a box of dirt, and dealt with a tall, thin man who had very specific desires for the placement of the dirt. He only boarded the ship to check the location of his box when the tide was at it’s fullest, and although no one saw him exit the boat, the loading crew assumes he left at some point. Van Helsing explained that they can stop the boat at Varna, insisting upon doing a specialized customs check, and there dispatch the Count while he sleeps in his dirt. Mina presses again that they might simply let the Count go and not risk themselves, but Van Helsing won’t have it. He explains that even if Mina’s soul weren’t in danger, the Count is different and more powerful than other undead of lore, accounting perhaps to the geography of his homeland. He also states that powers like the Count’s combined with modern discoveries and technology as well as increasing modern skepticism of old supernatural folklore would make him an even greater adversary to those who would combat him as time goes by.
Seward and Van Helsing confer, having both come to the conclusion that Mina is turning and might present a danger to them. If she is able to relay the Count’s movements, so too might she be compelled to relay their movements to the Count. Fortunately, Mina independently came to the same conclusion and elected to remain in the dark before either of the men had to state it openly. In their meeting, the men arrange to leave for Varna so as to arrive no later than one day before the ship docks, arming themselves in preparation for any foe. Van Helsing asks Jonathan to remain in London with Mina and not join them on their journey.
Jonathan worries about Mina’s choice to not partake in the meeting. At exactly sunset, Mina awoke from sleeping and asked Jonathan to promise not to tell her of any details about the Count’s capture. He acquiesces.
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