“The underlying theme of the season…is each of our characters is being tempted by something that is leading them down a darker path,” Being Human executive producer Jeremy Carver reminded critics, LA TV Insider Examiner included, on a conference call to promote the second season airing on Syfy.
“And I think that one of the things that we’re playing with is that in trying to become more and more human they are in actuality being forced to confront their monstrosities more than ever. Whereas last year you maybe had a few of the characters going down darker paths and being able to rely on the other characters, this year each of our three main characters is being so enmeshed in sort of a darker path that there’s a little bit less of a safety net this year in each other, in that basically what do you do when you’re falling, falling, falling, and your support system isn’t necessarily there for you when you need them.”
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So at least for the first part of the season, we should expect Josh (Sam Huntington), Aidan (Sam Witwer), and Sally (Meaghan Rath) to be on separate paths, only intersecting for a few moments in each episode, usually in the house, to kind of catch each other up on where they are in their lives. In fact, at least for Sally right now, when she realizes she needs help from the other roommates, they are nowhere to be found, leaving her to turn to some newer friends. Yes, Sally meets some new ghosts this season (as well as sees a return from a number of people from her own past– some living and some as ghosts, as well), and they, in large part, are responsible for her own temptation when they teach her that she has the ability to inhabit a living person’s body.
Feeling again is something that Sally takes to like a drug, even though she is well aware of the repercussions on herself (she can’t stay in someone else’s form forever), as well as the person whose body she hijacks.
“Sally has been desperate to move on from her existence as a ghost, right?” Carver pointed out. “That’s basically what all of last season was, “How do I move on from this place?” And with her door not an option anymore, at least as she thinks here…how does she go about escaping what is essentially the eternal loneliness of being a ghost? So when she’s presented with new ways of, “being human,” she leaps at it and she does so knowing that it could lead her down a darker path. And just because it leads her down a darker path doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s going to stop doing it.”
The character of Aidan was always a dark one on his own, but this season that will be amped up, even without Bishop (Mark Pellegrino) to start. Carver was happy to report that Bishop absolutely will be back, but Carver was very quick to add “in some form.” You can feel free to speculate on exactly what form in the comments below, but before we get to Bishop, Aidan– and the audience– will have to deal with the sort of “vampire mob politics” that are in place without him.
“Mother basically is going to sort of essentially…offer Aidan his freedom if he agrees to train her disgraced vampire daughter to be the leader of Boston. So that opens up a whole can of worms in terms of Aidan having to deal with this pretty unpredictable daughter who he has known frankly, for about close to 100 years,” Carver teased.
“Along with that we’re going to be introduced to Aidan’s vampire protégé, who is basically the last vampire Aidan ever turned, and that was back in the early 20th Century. He makes a return to Aidan’s life. That’s the character of Henry, played by Kyle Schmid, while the character the vampire daughter is played by Dichen Lachman from Dollhouse. And both of these people will greatly, greatly complicate Aidan’s life and will play a major part in sort of leading him down this dark hole that he may end up going down this season.”
Just because things are getting dark and twisty for a moment, though, Carver doesn’t want fans to count out the great “roommate moments” to come.
“That’s the DNA of the show, that’s why the show essentially works. I mean nothing is more alive than the three of these on the screen together, or some combination of,” he acknowledged.
“So that’s what we were just trying to say that, we don’t think anyone gets the short script this year in terms of their individual worlds, while of course we always, I mean the three of them together in that house is like our [True] North.”
Being Human airs on Monday nights at 9pm, only on Syfy.
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