SDCC 2019: ‘Carnival Row’ explores relevant issues in a fantastical way

Amazon’s new show, Carnival Row is set to drop on the streaming service on August 30th and the hype is already building thanks to their SDCC 2019 visit. The show stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne and will offer a take on real world issues like immigration and racism, with the Victorian, fantasy driven back drop.

At SDCC 2019, cast members and the creators commented on the show’s social relevancy during their press conference. The fae and other fantasy creatures were forced from their lands and must integrate into an intolerant society. On top of it all, a darkness is growing that threatens to destroy everything.

Carnival Row synopsis:

Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in Carnival Row, a series set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. This growing population struggles to coexist with humans — forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective, Rycroft Philostrate (Bloom), and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Delevingne) rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society. Vignette harbors a secret that endangers Philo’s world during his most important case yet: a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row.

The sets of Carnival Row were described by Orlando Bloom as very high in detail. “It felt like a fully formed playground,” Bloom added when he spoke at the SDCC 2019 press conference. The entire panel agreed that the level of detail in the set pieces was incredibly complex and interesting. The press conference didn’t really get into the characters themselves, but Amazon Prime Video has released two prologue videos for Bloom and Delevingne’s characters!

Meet Vignette

Meet Philo

Watch Carnival Row on Amazon Prime Video August 30th!


Meg Bonney

Meg is a TV obsessed writer based in the Midwest. She is also the author of the award winning YA-Fantasy novel, EVERLY and tends to be overly caffeinated. Find her on Twitter to chat about TV, books and Bellamy Blake's freckles.

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