Over the past month we got our first glimpses at Amazon Prime Video’s new series, Carnival Row. However what we’ve seen have only been small glimpses into the show and its characters. Until now. Amazon just dropped the first official trailer for the Victorian fantasy series and it is visually stunning, and rich with plot. 

At SDCC 2019, we got to see two featurettes introducing the main characters, Philo (Orlando Bloom) and Vignette (Cara Delevingne). We learned of the Victorian world filled with humans and creatures of the fae. They each lived in peace until a war fought between them.  When fighting for the humans, Philo falls in love with Vignette and they are separated. In this new trailer, we find out why. Vignette thinks that Philo was killed. We also see her unhappily discovering that her true love is still alive and their reunion. There is still much love in this forbidden romance. 

We’re also given more plot details. With the war over, the fae have become refugees in The Burg and are treated terribly due to their immigrant status. Something that mirrors our world today. There’s a murderer on the loose and we learn that it’s “unnatural” and “neither man nor fae.” Philo is a detective that’s trying solve these dark, horrific murders. 

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Carnival Row is from Amazon Originals and Legendary Television. The series has already been picked up for second season by Amazon. It premieres Labor Day weekend on August 30th.

The series was created by René Echevarria and Travis Beacham and is based on 2005 Hollywood Blacklist script, A Killing on Carnival Row. Alongside Bloom and Delevingne, Carnival Row stars Jared Harris, David Gyasi, Karla Chrome, Indira Varma, Alice Krige and Tamzin Merchant. 

Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in Carnival Row, a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures. Feared by humans, they are forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective and a faerie rekindle a dangerous affair. The city’s uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals a monster no one could imagine.



Audrey Kearns