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Exclusive Clip: Axel And Vanessa Are In The Dark Realm In New Van Helsing Episode

Syfy's hit fantasy horror drama "Van Helsing" is gearing up to air the ninth episode of its fifth and final season, entitled "The Doorway." Ahead of the episode's release tonight — Friday, June 11 at 10 PM ET — Looper is thrilled to share an exclusive clip that teases what's ahead. 

In the clip, Axel Miller (Jonathan Scarfe) carries a wounded Vanessa Van Helsing (Kelly Overton) to safety, kicking in a door and laying her down on a couch. Her throat is slit, blood is on her hands and soaking through the gauze around her neck — but she tells Axel not to go looking for help. Vanessa lifts herself off the couch, weakly propping her body up with her arm, and asks Axel through strained breaths, "How did you get here?" Axel furrows his brow in confusion, telling Vanessa he was hoping she'd have the answer to what's going on and where exactly they are. "Where is here?" he questions. 

Then comes the bombshell: "We're in the Dark Realm," Vanessa answers. 

Secrets will come to light in Van Helsing Season 5, Episode 9

The most recent episode of "Van Helsing" — Episode 8, "Deep Trouble" — ends with Axel, Ivory (Jennifer Cheon Garcia), Jack (Nicole Muñoz), and Vanessa's daughter Violet (Keeya King) splitting up and going their separate ways. While navigating through what once was a mine and is now a theme park based on the Wild West (their truck breaks down, and walking is the only way to continue their trek to Washington, D.C.), the group realizes that sticking together isn't the smartest idea. Jack and Violet pair up and try to figure out a way out of the mine, while Ivory and Axel veer off in another direction to do the same.

But they don't get to permanently reunite once they make it out into the open air again. After a vampire and his feral daughter attack the group while they're inside the mine, they know there's no way they can put everyone at risk by remaining a foursome. This time, Violet goes off with Axel and Ivory splits away with Jack. "See you in D.C.," Jack tells Violet before they head off. 

So, how does Axel get to the Dark Realm with Vanessa, who hasn't been seen in "Van Helsing" since Season 4? That's what Episode 5 will address. Another promo clip for the new installment shows Axel on his own without Violet, standing in a field and looking incredibly disoriented (via Syfy Wire). First, a fast-moving, shadowy monster with glowing yellow eyes materializes in front of him. Then, Axel finds Vanessa bleeding and choking on the ground. According to the episode's logline, Axel and Vanessa will uncover "secrets of their past" within the Dark Realm, which should make for a pretty intense episode.

Find out whether those secrets will prove helpful or hurtful when "Van Helsing" Season 5, Episode 9 premieres tonight at 10 PM ET on Syfy.