Sanctuary (season 4)

Sanctuary Season 4
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 13
Original channel Syfy
Original run October 7, 2011 (October 7, 2011)
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The fourth season of the Canadian science fictionfantasy television series Sanctuary was commissioned by Syfy on January 2011.






In this table, the number in the first column refers to the episode's number within the entire series, whereas the number in the second column indicates the episode's number within this particular season. "U.S. viewers in millions" refers to how many Americans watched the episode live or on the day of broadcast.

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
47 1 "Tempus" Martin Wood Damian Kindler October 7, 2011 (2011-10-07) 1.380[1]
Following immedietely from "Into the Black", Adam Worth (Ian Tracey) creates a time machine and travels back to London, England in 1898 to save his dying daughter Imogen, with Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) in hot pursuit to prevent him from damaging the timeline. When she loses him, James Watson (Peter Wingfield) finds her and quickly discovers she is from his future, but must keep this quiet. Magnus also has to avoid meeting her past self. However, Adam has already changed the course of history by taking Imogen before past-Adam would ask for Magnus' help. With Watson's help, Magnus finds Worth, but on the way she encounters John Druitt (Christopher Heyerdahl), however she fights him off and warns him to stay away. When Magnus later confronts Worth again, she finds that Imogen has been cured. Worth decides to chase after Magnus, but ends up accidentally killing Imogen. Magnus then gets hold of his Praxian weapon and desintegrates him, restoring the timeline. Following this, Watson suggests that to ensure the timeline stays preserved, Magnus has to live in solitude before she can resurface in 2011. 
48 2 "Uprising" Amanda Tapping James Thorpe October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14) 1.323[2]
Back in the present, with Magnus missing in action after Praxis' destruction, Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) is appointed the head of the Sanctuary Network. However his authority is ignored by the United Nations, who appoint the Lotus Defense Corps jurisdiction over the abnormal refugee camp and the advancing abnormal masses from three calderas. After Thelo dies in an explosion, Garris takes control, attempting to resolve the rioting peacefully. Henry Foss (Ryan Robbins) enters the camp and convinces Garris to release the hostages. After General Villanova (Tom McBeath) launches a cruise missile attack against the Chilean caldera, Will appoints Abby Corrigan (Pascale Hutton) in breaking into Villanova's system, where they learn Indonesia is the next target. Magnus resurfaces and find that the caldera is located over a basilisk feeding ground, and an attack could result in a cataclysmic seismic event, which would pave the way for the abnormal invasion. It is later revealed to be Fallon's plan, by faking her death in order to instigate the war. Running on this information Villanova stands down. Crisis averted, Garris arrests Fallon and agrees to have his people return to Hollow Earth to rebuild their society with Kate Freelander (Agam Darshi) being appointed to oversee. 
49 3 "Untouchable" Steven A. Adelson Gillian Horvath October 21, 2011 (2011-10-21) 1.466[3]
UN liaison Greg Addison (Brian Markinson) arrives at the Sanctuary, where Will and Magnus have to answer to a mission that went awry in Jakarta, Indonesia to capture a fugitive abnormal who can bend people to his will. A team of soldiers were sent by Addision and killed each other, but Addison suspects Magnus of allowing the abnormal to escape. Addosin proposes that the Sanctuary is to be under the UN's control. Magnus however refuses and they lose all their funding as a result. However it is revealed that Will and Magnus have access to funds not even Addison knows about, and that they want the UN to think they ended the Sanctuary Network so they can start fresh. In the meantime, Erica (Pauline Egan), Henry's girlfriend who is also a werewolf, arrives to announce she is pregnant. However there are concerns when Erica cannot control her transformations. Magnus works on a procedure to correct it, though it would slow the pregnancy to two years. 
50 4 "Monsoon" Martin Wood Damian Kindler October 28, 2011 (2011-10-28) 1.201[4]
Magnus waits in an airport in the African island of Grande Comore to meet businessman Richard Feliz for financial assistance. However armed robbers, who are later revealed to be abnormals who were former government projects until the failed invasion, are after Feliz, who apparently has not arrived yet, and they hold everybody. Magnus escapes with another hostage, Dr. Charlotte Benoit (Sandrine Holt) and alerts Feliz' plane not to land. Benoit then reveals she was to meet Feliz to hide a toxin in her possession, that can kill millions. When the abnormals know of this, they find a canister and escape with it. However, Benoit tricked them; they actual stole a canister of nitroglycerin which detonates in their plane. It is then revealed that Feliz (Carlo Rota), was among the hostages the entire time. Benoit later kisses Magnus, and they agree to spend some time together on the island. Meanwhile, Will and Henry search for a loose Steno, a revived abnormal species. However, Will discovers that Abby is also after the creature; the FBI have set up an abnormal task force following the failed invasion. After some initial friction, they work together to catch it. 
51 5 "Resistance" Lee Wilson Alan McCullough November 4, 2011 (2011-11-04) 1.258[5]
Magnus and Henry tracks an abnormal fugitive that was captured by Homeland Security's abnormal division to the "real" Area 51 in New Mexico. When they break in they find the half-vampire Nikola Tesla (Jonathon Young) is the head of a secret research lab that conducts tests on abnormals. They are dealing with a tenticled creature that appeared after the success of one of Tesla's project; using an energy rift as an alternate power source. However the rift is gaining power. As the try to shut it down, the creature abducts Henry. Tesla manages to find and rescue him in its nest, after which Magnus shuts down the rift. Meanwhile Will and Bigfoot (Heyerdahl) help Galvo (Rick Howland), a Hollow Earth refugee, to send some of his people back home, but he then kills the group. Before he is captured he reveals he is part of a faction to take back the surface. After Magnus and Henry return, they find Tesla gave them intelligence on many government funded abnormal projects. 
52 6 "Homecoming" Robin Dunne Damian Kindler & James Thorpe November 11, 2011 (2011-11-11) 1.319[6]
Will travels to the Monrovia, Liberia to provide financial aid for the nation's Sanctuary, but is later mugged, resulting in detached retinas. While he is being treated, Will has several flashbacks of his strained relationship of his estranged father (Al Sapienza) until he was indicted for fraud. Meanwhile, Magnus and Henry reluctantly work with a couple of ne'er-do-well flying abnormals in finding a shipment of redlisted abnormals. However, Magnus discovers the couple swiped smuggled diamonds in order to buy weapons, and then sell them to release and care for orphaned child slaves from an abnormal smuggler. Although Magnus confiscates the weapons and diamonds she helps free the children. Will later returns with his eye sight repaired, and decides to spend his birthday having dinner with his father. 
53 7 "Icebreaker" Martin Wood Martin Wood November 18, 2011 (2011-11-18) 1.203[7]
When Henry and a team from the UK Sanctuary gets in trouble on a stranded icebreaker in the Bering Sea where the original crew has inexplicably killed each other, Magnus and Will must figure out who is behind the mysterious happenings at sea. 
54 8 "Fugue"[8] Damian Kindler[8] November 25, 2011 (2011-11-25)[9]
A mysterious Abnormal attacks Abby, and Magnus and Will discover there's only one way to communicate with this unusual enemy - through music. 
55 9 "Chimera"[10] December 2, 2011 (2011-12-02)[9]
Magnus and Tesla become trapped in a virtual Sanctuary world at the mercy of the avatar of Adam Worth. 
56 10 "Acolyte"[10] December 9, 2011 (2011-12-09)[9]
57 11 "The Depths"[10] December 16, 2011 (2011-12-16)[9]
58 12 "Sanctuary for None (Part 1)"[10] December 23, 2011 (2011-12-23)[9]
59 13 "Sanctuary for None (Part 2)"[9] December 30, 2011 (2011-12-30)[9]


In January 2011, Syfy officially renewed Sanctuary for a fourth, 13-episode season, to air starting Autumn 2011.[11] According to Tapping, producing a 13-part season was more practical than a 20-episode season, stating "I think 13 is a good number for us. Twenty was really hard. It was a great joy because we were able to flesh things out more. And I think had we been given more lead-up to starting our season, although we had a network pickup early. [...] We really only had five weeks to prep this entire season. And if we were doing 20, I think we'd all be in an insane asylum by now. Thirteen was like, we can do 13 with five weeks. There's no way we could've been prepared for 20."[12] Robin Dunne has said that he will direct the sixth episode of the season, having had an interest in doing so. In describing what the fourth season would be about, Tapping stated the Hollow Earth story line would still be dealt with. She also requested that Magnus be given a love interest.[12] The Sanctuary panel during the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International revealed that there will be a musical episode sometime this season.[13]Retired WWE Superstar Edge, who appeared in the Season 3 finale was rumoured to appear this season when asked if he's going to be back. Although a couple scenes from the finale features him at the beginning of "Uprising", the scene where his character goes inside the tent before he's killed by an explosion is portrayed by an actor who's only shown from behind.[14][15]

For Season 4, the series will return to Friday nights and premiere on October 7, at 10 pm.[16]


  1. ^ Gorman, Bill (October 10, 2011). "Friday Cable: Cardinals/Phillies Tops Night, Plus 'Smackdown!,' 'Sanctuary,' 'Jessie' & Much More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (October 17, 2011). "Friday Cable: NLCS Leads Night Plus 'Smackdown!,' 'Sanctuary,' 'Make Your Mark,' 'Jessie' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Gorman, Bill (October 24, 2011). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Smackdown!' Ties 'SpongeBob;' Plus 'Sanctuary,' 'Boss,' 'House Of Payne' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (October 31, 2011). "Friday Cable Ratings: Discovery's 'Gold Rush' Tops Cable + 'Friday Night Smackdown,' 'Sanctuary,' 'Boss' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 7, 2011). "Friday Cable Ratings: Discovery's 'Gold Rush' Tops Cable + 'Friday Night Smackdown,' 'Sanctuary,' 'Boss' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ Gorman, Bill (November 14, 2011). "Friday Cable Ratings: Discovery's 'Gold Rush', UNC/MSU BBall Top Cable + 'Friday Night Smackdown,' 'Sanctuary,' 'Flying Wild Alaska' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ Gorman, Bill (November 21, 2011). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Gold Rush' Tops Cable + Okla. St./Iowa St., 'Friday Night Smackdown,' 'Sanctuary,' 'Flying Wild Alaska' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Sanctuary Returns For a Fourth Season". MediaBlvd Magazine. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Shows A-Z - sanctuary on syfy". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Sanctuary Syfy Schedule". Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ Gorman, Bill (January 18, 2011). "Sanctuary Renewed For A Fourth Season By Syfy". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Huddleston, Kathie (April 15, 2011). "11 behind-the-scenes secrets about tonight's return of Sanctuary". Blastr. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  13. ^ West, Kelly (July 23, 2011). "Comic-Con 2011: Sanctuary Panel". Cinema Blend. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  14. ^ Passero, Mitch (July 14, 2011). "Ultimate Opportunist pursues new challenges". WWE. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Haven Guest Star Adam “Edge” Copeland". SciFiMafia. August 5, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  16. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2011). "Syfy's Fall Programming Features Premiere of 'Paranormal Witness,' Return of 'Sanctuary' and 'Neverland'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 

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