Sunday, January 8, 2012

Syfy's 'Being Human': Season Two inside tips, spoilers from the actors

Being Human's Rath, Witwer, Huntington.
Courtesy Syfy
Syfy's Being Human premieres in just a week, on Jan. 16 at 9 p.m., and the buzz is building. We have more interviews coming, but if you're only interested in the meat and potatoes of Season Two, look no further.

We've compiled quotes from separate interviews from actors Sam Witwer and Sam Huntington, and executive producers Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke to uncover some inside tips on storylines, character development and new monsters. These quotes do appear out of order, and arranged by topic. (After the jump)

To compare how the actors and producers compare this season to the first, check out Season One interview with them.

Also, as a bonus, we've included never-before-seen video of Witwer and Huntington goofing off with each other before an interview. Wonder if the actors get along with one another off-camera?  This should answer your question. (Beware of adult language and content ahead)





On Season Two deviating from the British series

Sam Witwer: Happily, the idea was always that we would start in a similar place to the British series, and as we went on, we’d deviate more. And the second season would be totally different. Being a big fan of their series – which I have been after we shot our first [season] – I’m really, really happy with the direction we’re taking. It feels like a very natural direction.

Sam Huntington: That was ‘their’ mantra during Season One. You never really know until you get there if that’s actually going to be the way it is, and sure enough it is entirely, 100 percent, new territory. It’s so interesting and unique.

On relationships between characters and monsters

Jeremy Carver [Executive Producer, showrunner and writer]: We are introduced to another sort of - another aspect of the vampire hierarchy in current day America, which involves sort of this overall leader known as Mother. And Mother basically is going to sort of essentially trade Aidan his freedom - give Aidan - offer Aidan his freedom if he agrees to train her disgraced vampire daughter [played by Dichen Lachman of Dollhouse] to be the leader of Boston … We're going to be introduced to Aidan's vampire protégé [actor Kyle Schmid], 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 ... We can expect to see our character of Bishop returning in a certain way this season as well.

Pellegrino,
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SW: One of the things with Bishop [Mark Pellegrino] is that the guy is like three or 400 years old and still living out of a garage. He’s like, ‘I thought I was going to be a lot further along in this point of my life.’ That actually has a lot to play into with Season Two. We actually learn at one point, things were pretty good for the vampire population in Boston. Things were actually completely good, and some things happened that send them all scurrying underground and seeking out these really low-profile covers and disguises and staying way out of the public eye. It wasn’t always like that.

SH: The stuff that happens with [Witwer] is totally unique and interesting. It deals with issues that are equally as human and relatable as Season One, but completely different issues.

JC: Josh of course is dealing with the fallout or at least is totally unaware that at the end last season, that he scratched Nora when he turned into a werewolf, and so as we come into the new season we find Josh and Nora both anxiously awaiting the rapidly approaching full moon, neither knowing what's going to happen. The results of which have sort of an explosive effect on their relationship, plus we'll see some more people from Josh's past reenter the picture in a surprising way.

SW: Josh’s character [Huntington] is basically trying to manage a situation that is crumbling very fast because we see … god, I can’t say anything.

SH: I know, that’s the big thing. With Josh, in the beginning, there’s a lot. A lot that happens with his relationships.

JC: [Sally, played by Meaghan Rath] will be introduced to basically lots of new ghost characters this year who will be sort of tempting her with new, sort of spectral -- if that's the proper term -- spectral temptation that will also, excuse me, lead her down a much darker path … we're also going to be introduced to a different, I'll call it, species of ghost, that she may have unwittingly caused to come into her world by virtue of essentially screwing with the heavens as it were and passing up her door … [On Sally’s new power]: 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.

On new characters and monsters this season

SW: Way more characters in this season. What’s interesting with the scope of our series, it looks more expensive ... For example, we do this thing. I was begging them last year, ‘Can we go to the ’30s?’ We go to the 30s for more than one episode ... We have these scenes with 100 extras, all in period gear and these incredible locations ... We offer tons of new characters ... New kinds of werewolves, new kinds of vampires, new kinds of ghosts. Crazy stuff.

Anna Fricke [Executive Producer, showrunner and writer]: I think it's safe to say that this season we sort of see a new form of every monster. So we have the new sort of form of vampires and we will also see different kind of ghosts and a sort of different ghost society that we had touched into before, and also a different kind of werewolf.

JC: You're going to see variations of the species we've already introduced, but we're not necessarily seeing new monsters … you might see a third cousin type of werewolf that you have seen before or it's in the same family tree of monsters, but we're not introducing for example fairies.

On the Season Two theme

SH: At the end of season one – [Witwer] says this a lot – we all come together at the house at the end of Season One. It’s obvious to us that we need each other … So, Season Two, we have all these characters coming in, trying to pull that apart again.

JC: Sort of the underlying theme of the season - as you've seen in some of the press materials - is each of our characters is being tempted by something that is leading them down a darker path. 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 … 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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