The following contains some pretty heavy spoilers about the series three finale of Being Human. If you have not seen it yet and do not wish to be spoiled please read no further.
Being Human‘s third series ended with an event that might have been a shock if not for the common realization that Aiden Turner was going to get other acting jobs and most likely leave Being Human and the Mitchell the vampire he plays on the series behind. No one could quite guess that he might not make it out alive, fangs or no fangs.
Even more fantastic was the fact that he died at the hands of Russel Tovey’s character and main Being Human cast member George.
However, Entertainment Weekly was lucky enough to get some face time with Toby Whithouse, creator of Being Human and writer of the final episode. Questions about the finale were of course top priority, starting with the hows and whys of losing one of his his stars to Hollywood:
To be honest, the first time I met Aidan. I knew he was somebody we’d only be borrowing from movie stardom. In the U.S. you’ll contract actors for seven seasons — we don’t have the finances to do that. So every time we start a new series, we have to renegotiate with the actors and see whom we have left. Sure enough, Peter Jackson came along and saw Aidan and whisked him away to New Zealand. The thing is, I was kind of preparing myself for that on series 2 when I wrote the sequence where he kills all those people on the train. I always knew that would ultimately be the reason for the character’s exit, whether it happened at the end of series 3 or 33.
As it was, we had Aidan for series 3. He got offered the job toward the end of filming that [season], so I hadn’t written the last episode yet. I think even the shooting script had a number of different endings, including one where he gets whisked back to Bolivia with the other vampires. As a matter of fact, it was really Aidan who pushed for Mitchell to be killed, because he thought that was the appropriate ending for the character.
Also discussed were plans for the future. Besides Whithouse telling us that there will be a future vampire on the show of a good nature, that a story for the online spin off Becoming Human resident vampire Adam could be a possibility with the right script in the future and also about the cast f0r series four:
Lee Ingleby [Wyndam] is coming back for some of [series]4. We’re also bringing back Tom, the young werewolf. The cast of the show is constantly changing and evolving and growing and shrinking. We’ve been very lucky that pretty much every single guest actor we’ve had, as they’ve been leaving, has said “You know, I could come back if you wanted me to.” Being Human is a bit like a Mexican daytime soap — even if someone dies, it doesn’t preclude them from coming back at some point.
And also on what may happen to George after his “act”:
I couldn’t possibly say. We have a very loyal, tenacious, passionate fan base. They often ask me questions through the website. On the one hand they’re saying, “Can you tell me what’s going to happen on the next series?” On the other, when some of the press kit went on the Internet, they bemoaned that there were spoilers in it. I write on Doctor Who and I think I feel the way about Doctor Who that Being Human fans feel about Being Human: The downside of working on it is that I know the stuff that’s coming up, so I don’t watch it as an audience member. In a way I sort of want to say to the fans, “Hang on to that lack of knowledge. You’ll regret it when you don’t have it.”
Being Human will return for a fourth series sometime in 2012.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)