WARNING: If you don't want to know what happens in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
In 2016, the volcano at Yellowstone Park (it's there — look it up) went ka-boom, sending a whole bunch of ash and other gunk into the atmosphere, blocking out the sun and making most of the surrounding area (and maybe even the entire world) a lot safer for vampires. They called this little incident The Rising.
Now it's three years later, and the Pacific Northwest is overrun by bloodsuckers, with humans living in fear and on lockdown. For Axel, a by-the-book military man, it's a relatively quiet life as he's been assigned to do one thing and one thing only: protect, at all costs, a comatose woman named Vanessa.
Axel spends his days holed up in a fortified hospital, where he gives his own blood to his old colleague, Doc, who has since gone vampire and is now locked in a cage. Vanessa's the resident Sleeping Beauty in the next room, and, well, life goes on …
And then there's John. His wife is still out there with those monsters, and Axel won't let him go after her under any circumstances. This doesn't sit well with John, and makes this sudden impromptu family even more dysfunctional.
Whew. Okay, so Sleeping Beauty is now Awake Beauty … and she has no idea how she got there or why she would be of such importance as to have a military bodyguard. Also, where's her daughter, Dylan? She wants to go looking for her, but of course Axel won't allow that.