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Season 3
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Original Air Date
Premiere: October 15th, 2010
Winter Finale: December 17th, 2010
Season 3.5
Spring Premiere: April 15th, 2011
Finale: June 20th, 2011
No. of Episodes

Season 3 of Sanctuary premiered at 10:00pm on Friday, October 15th, 2010 on Syfy in the US and SPACE in Canada, in the United Kingdom at 9:00pm Tuesday October 19th, 2010 on WATCH and on Thursday October 21st, 2010 on SciFi in Australia.


Ultimately, Big Bertha/Kali is saved and Terrance Wexford is ousted, but more questions are raised than answered. Dr. Will Zimmerman visits the spirit plane via induced cardiac arrest, and while there he sees two other powerful beings in addition to Kali; encounters Helen's father, who gives Will a message for her; and then spontaneously returns to life with no brain damage after an unprecedented length of time. The Sanctuary team speculate that the beings are avatars of Abnormals as powerful as Big Bertha, one of which may have been the source of the earthquake that stopped a destructive tidal wave started by Kali's wrath. Meanwhile, Gregory Magnus' message leads the Sanctuary team to old birthday gifts that he had given to Helen years before, which in conjunction produce a tangible holographic map or miniature representing an unknown steampunk-style city. This is eventually revealed to be Praxis, an advanced underground civilization of humans and Abnormals. After an initial period of mistrust (exacerbated by the antics of Adam Worth (Ian Tracey), an old enemy of Helen's who inspired "Jekyll and Hyde", Helen and her team save the world and reach an entente, with Gregory acting as ambassador. However, the peace does not last long. Worth, who escaped, manipulated unhappy Abnormals in Praxis while experimenting with a dangerously unstable energy source to power a time machine. The end results of his machinations were the destruction of Praxis, several armies of displaced Abnormals marching on the upper world, and his escape to the past to attempt to save his daughter, with Magnus hot on his heels.

About the Season

The third season of the Canadian science fiction–fantasy television series Sanctuary, premiered on Syfy in the United States on October 15th, 2010 and consists of 20 episodes. Created by Damian Kindler, the series was adapted from a series of webisodes released in 2007. The increased number of episodes in this season allows the producers to include numerous story arcs. The second half of the third season premiered on April 15th, 2011 until it was moved to Monday nights on April 25th, 2011.

The Sanctuary team deal with the aftermath of the gigantic tidal wave released by Big Bertha while Dr. Will Zimmerman's life remains in balance but soon the errand comes to an end once Will leads one final plea to "Kali" A.K.A. Big Bertha in his near death experience to stop the destruction. Following Will's return to life two abnormals appear to him to rekindle his memory and in doing so Will remembers an important message that Gregory Magnus sent for Helen to find an underground city with great technology and secrets.

Later Nikola Tesla sends an SOS call and after his rescue continues to help Dr. Helen Magnus in discovering the secrets of the city which eventually leads them to a Hollow Earth atlas. Soon Adam Worth, a former acquaintance, tricks Helen and causes radiation poisoning (that should kill both Helen and Adam in a few weeks) so that she may show Adam the Hollow Earth. Upon Adam's interference Helen, Will, Henry Foss and Kate Freelander enter the city to save Gregory and find a cure for the poisoning but only to be executed immediately when caught while Adam imprisons John Druitt, leaving Tesla and Bigfoot alone in the mysteries. Magnus is then revived by Ranna Seneschal for answering and Magnus finds out that she needs her to help an abnormal from the events of 'KALI', thereby Magnus and the gang is revived and she given the cure and is reunited with her father, together Gregory and Helen save the abnormal and reach the surface back again while John kills Adam.

The show returned to its original format, featuring a new short story for every episode until Tesla and Magnus discover a Praxian Stronghold. This is revealed to have been taken by Vampires and as such was a Vampire Stronghold where a whole army of Vampires and their queen were buried to be awakened someday. Magnus views this as a threat and destroys the stronghold, but not before restoring Tesla to a Vampire again.


Amanda Tapping Robin Dunne Ryan Robbins Agam Darshi Christopher Heyerdahl

Series Regulars

Recurring Characters

Guest Appearances


  Kali, Part III October 15th, 2010 3x01
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Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Martin Wood
Dr. Helen Magnus risks her life to save Big Bertha from Terrance Wexford, and a tidal wave threatens the coast of Mumbai, India. Meanwhile, Dr. Will Zimmerman's life hangs in the balance as he tries to reach out to Kali by re-establishing his mental connection.

  Firewall October 22nd, 2010 3x02
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
Following his near death experience, unwanted visitors attempt to find what is locked in Dr. Will Zimmerman's memories.

  Bank Job October 29th, 2010 3x03
Written By: James Thorpe
Directed By: Peter DeLuise
The Sanctuary team are forced to stage a bank robbery after a routine mission to retrieve an Abnormal egg goes wrong.

  Trail of Blood November 5th, 2010 3x04
Written By: Gillian Horvath
Directed By: S.A. Adelson
The team travel to the mountains of Colombia to track a call for help from Nikola Tesla.

  Hero II: Broken Arrow November 12th, 2010 3x05
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Mairzee Almas
After a biohazard alarm is triggered in the Sanctuary, Kate Freelander's body is taken over by an abnormal the team encountered before.

  Animus November 19th, 2010 3x06
Written By: Miranda Kwok
Directed By: Martin Wood
Henry Foss and Dr. Will Zimmerman investigate a werewolf sighting in England, while Dr. Helen Magnus and Nikola Tesla try to crack a secret left behind by Gregory Magnus.

  Breach November 26th, 2010 3x07
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
An anonymous call leads Dr. Helen Magnus in to a trap and a confrontation with an old enemy seeking vengeance for a past betrayal.

  For King and Country December 3rd, 2010 3x08
Written By: James Thorpe
Directed By: Lee Wilson
After capturing a dangerous enemy with ties to her past, Magnus is forced to recount a time she would rather forget. A time when the young Five were almost destroyed and horrible secret was discovered.

  Vigilante December 10th, 2010 3x09
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: S.A. Adelson
While the Sanctuary team keeps looking for a way to enter Hollow Earth, Bigfoot has to deal with a dangerous enemy who targets Abnormals.

  Hollow Men December 17th, 2010 3x10
Written By: James Thorpe
Directed By: Martin Wood
Dr. Helen Magnus and her team enter Hollow Earth and get to know the inhabitants, some of which are friendly while others prove hostile.

  Pax Romana April 15th, 2011 3x11
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
The team is brought back from the dead to help find Adam Worth, who has stolen a powerful artifact from Praxis.

  Hangover April 22nd, 2011 3x12
Written By: James Thorpe
Directed By: Andy Mikita
Returning home from an overnight trip, Dr. Helen Magnus is stunned to find the Sanctuary in a complete and utter shambles - only hours before a scheduled inspection by the United Nations.

  One Night April 25th, 2011 3x13
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Amanda Tapping
Looking to share a quiet, "normal" evening out with Abby Corrigan, Dr. Will Zimmerman and his date are abducted en route to the restaurant by a desperate gang leader who faces certain death without their help. Then, upon learning the abductor's identity, Dr. Helen Magnus suddenly ceases all attempts at rescue.

  Metamorphosis May 2nd, 2011 3x14
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Andy Mikita
Dr. Will Zimmerman is uncharacteristically absent from the morning team meeting. His reason for not attending has him literally climbing the walls.

  Wingman May 9th, 2011 3x15
Written By: Miranda Kwok
Directed By: Peter DeLuise
Dr. Will Zimmerman and Henry Foss's double date goes awry when Dr. Helen Magnus insists they do a straight-forward delivery of an Abnormal on the way to their dinner reservations.

  Awakening May 16th, 2011 3x16
Written By: Gillian Horvath
Directed By: Lee Wilson
Nikola Tesla and Dr. Helen Magnus encounter Afina, queen of the vampires.

  Normandy May 23rd, 2011 3x17
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
In a look back to World War II, Dr. Helen Magnus, Dr. James Watson, and Nigel Griffin experience the events of D-Day... and Magnus's role in one of the most important events in history is described.

  Carentan June 6th, 2011 3x18
Written By: James Thorpe
Directed By: S.A. Adelson
A colleague vanishes amid unexplained disappearances in the French town of Carentan, where Dr. Helen Magnus and her team run into a military blockade during their investigation.

  Out of The Blue June 13th, 2011 3x19
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
Dr. Helen Magnus and Dr. Will Zimmerman find themselves in an alternate reality, living as suburban neighbors, who experience unsettling dreams that disrupt their new careers.

  Into The Black June 20th, 2011 3x20
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Damian Kindler
A group of abnormals has to be contained, and Dr. Helen Magnus finds herself in a jurisdictional battle with the UN and a private security firm that wants to seize control of the Abnormals and take over the project from the Sanctuary Network. ( Season Finale )


On December 12th, 2009 Sanctuary was renewed for a third season consisting of 20 episodes. It will conclude the second-season cliffhanger. The expanded season will also give the producers the opportunity to involve "really big story arcs", as well as exploring more on Helen's past and deal with "something that's much bigger than Big Bertha." Former Rome and "Caprica" actress Polly Walker will guest star as antagonist Ranna Seneschal in two episodes during the middle of the season. In addition, former wrestler Edge (Adam Copeland) will guest star as an abnormal named Thelo in the season finale, scheduled to air during the Spring 2011. Production of the season commenced on March 15th, 2010.

Broadcast, Ratings, and Awards

Broadcast and Ratings

Syfy originally announced that the third season will premiere alongside the second season of "Stargate Universe" on September 28th, 2010. However, they later announced it will be delayed until Friday, October 15th on their original 10 pm timeslot. The season premiere "Kali, Part III" was seen by almost 1.8 million viewers and 1.3 household ratings. Viewership increased 17 per cent in total viewers, and 12 per cent among adults aged 18 through 49, compared to the average for season two. After the fall season concluded, the first ten episode averaged 1.483 million viewers, with an adults 18–49 rating of 0.4, per episode, making it one of the higher rated shows in 2010 for the network.

The spring season began airing on April 15th, 2011 with 1.217 million viewers, a season low. Syfy later announced it would swap the show with "Urban Legends" where it was moved to Monday nights and be paired with "Stargate Universe" starting April 25 due to the low rating from the mid season premiere. However ratings for the show worsened, with 868,000 viewers watching "One Night". Ratings hit an all-time low when only 656,000 saw "Normandy". However, the last three episodes of the season saw a sizeable recovery, likely due to the ending of the 2010/11 broadcast season from the major networks; nearly 1.3 million watched the season finale. The spring season averaged 997,000 however, though Syfy picked up the show for a fourth season in January 2011. In Canada the season premiered on the Space channel on October 15th, 2010. In the United Kingdom, the satellite channel Watch bought the rights to show the third season of the show. The previous two season were shown on ITV4.

Awards and Nominations

The third season won three Leo Awards out of seventeen nominations. Jean Tejkel, Kevin Sands, Hugo de la Cerda, Kevin Belen won "Best Overall Sound in a Dramatic Series" for "Kali, Part III". Christina McQuarrie won "Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series" for her role in "For King and Country". Ryan Robbins won "Best Supporting Performance by a Male" for his role in "Animus". it was the second time he won the award in the category, the first time being in 2009. The season was also nominated for "Best Dramatic Series", but lost out to the final season of "Smallville".

Home Media Release

The third season was released on DVD and Blu-ray by E1 Entertainment in the United States on September 13th, 2011 and in the United Kingdom on September 26th, 2011. The six-disc set consists of all 20 episodes, with audio commentaries from cast and crew on selected episodes. The set also includes numerous special featurettes: Visual Effects of Sanctuary Season 3, Amanda Tapping Directs "One Night", Hollow Earth, Damian Kindler: In the Director's Chair, The Music of Sanctuary, Behind the Scenes: Normandy, and Character Profile: Nikola Tesla, as well as a blooper reel.

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References, External Links, and Websites

  1. Paul McGillion on The Internet Movie Database
  2. Callum Blue on The Internet Movie Database
  3. Sahar Biniaz on The Internet Movie Database
  4. Polly Walker on The Internet Movie Database
  5. Adam Copeland on The Internet Movie Database
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