Interview: Meaghan Rath discusses ‘Being Human’ again in Season 3

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The third season of Syfy’s Being Human is game changer with Josh (Sammy Huntington) reversing the curse, Nora moves in (Kristen Hager) Aidan (Sam Witwer) was unearthed from the ground and is trying to stave off a virus that’s wiping out the vampire race, and Sally (Meaghan Rath) was brought back from the dead as a re-animated corpse.  It’s safe to say that the US version has become its own creature. But Season 3 is about getting the gang together again, as many times possible, playing in that perfect balance of funny wit and dark supernatural fun.

For Sally Malik, Season 3 promises to be sexier, more fashionable, and more importantly, happier because she takes full advantage at the second chance at life she’s been given. It’s a bold direction and even though there’s that threat she could become a ghost again, there are all new rules and her supernatural world is less defined. Her new life though comes with new kinds of problems, and because there is a catch, Sally starts this season like a fugitive, living in the city she died. So bumping into old faces has already been a problem and Sally’s anxiety is sure to come back, on if she has to become a shut-in once again. But she has a new roomie to bond with and a new outlook on life as a re-animated corpse. We spoke with Meaghan Rath, about the new rules established this season, that paths Sally will take this season and coming face-to-face with her corpse.

Meaghan, Sally got to enter this world of ghosts where we saw her adapting and learning what this new world was going to become. Now that she’s a re-animated corpse, there’s probably not a lot like her, aside from Stevie (Robert Naylor) and Nick Pat Kiely). Is there going to be someone else who she can work out what she’s become?

Meaghan Rath: You’re absolutely right, there aren’t many re-animated corpses walking around Boston for Sally to seek out.  Sally definitely does start to understand what exactly this deal Josh and Nora made with the witch. It really becomes about trial and error for her, as she sort of pushes her limits to what she can do as a re-animated corpse. She pieces together what she is and what that deal entails?

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Does her support group grow outside of Stevie and Nick at all this season?

MR: It doesn’t. You’ll see what happens with Stevie and Nick. A lot of people thought they wake up in Sally’s body and as we saw in episode two this season their coffins had to be dug up by Josh and Nora too.

We were teased that limbo was such a dangerous place but we only got a taste of that in the season premiere, do we get to see any flashbacks as to what that full experience was for her?

MR: We do discuss a little bit of what happened in limbo. What is interesting about the way our writers came up for limbo is that it’s all very personal. We’ve all figured out each what our own individual limbo is. For Nick it’s drowning and staring up at Zoe  (Susanna Fornier) the entire time, over and over. Stevie is hanging from a tree staring at his parents and that doesn’t make sense because that’s not the way he died. Stevie died by taking pills. Limbo is vaguely your worst nightmare. Sally’s limbo is running through it, trying to find the people that she’s wronged. She’s trying to fix the mistakes she’s made. That’s what her limbo is and that’s her cycle is on repeat. It’s really different for everybody.

Because Sally could potentially die again, does limbo become a threat again?

MR: Yeah, it definitely comes up again.

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On the flip side, of the three characters, we feel like Sally could logistically separate herself from her supernatural world the most since Josh is tethered to the werewolves with Nora and Aidan is forever tortured as this vampire, will Sally always be fearing she could go back to that supernatural world? Does she ever get to look forward as opposed to looking backward?

MR: She definitely, definitely looks forward. I think she sees this for what it is. It’s completely impossible, and she never, ever in a million years thought she would have this opportunity so she’s going to take advantage of it, go forward and not look back. But as things start to complicate themselves, that threat of going to the supernatural world is a possibility.

What did you think about when they created your corpse when Josh and Nora dug up your remains? Did you have any input on how it looked?

MR: [Laughs] That’s not a replica of my body, that’s a corpse that they had in the special effects department because it didn’t need to look like me because it was completely decomposed. I did get to see it before they put it in. The most disgusting part of that were my hipbones and legs were just, disgusting. What was funny was the day they shot that scene with Josh and Nora digging me up, that was my birthday. Everytime Sammy would open up the coffin and sing, “Haaaappy Birthday to you,” and it was all different levels of disturbing. So that was a good memory.

Did you get to choose your dress?

MR: No I didn’t. [Laughs] It was a strange dress. But they purposely put me in something purple, which was a homage to Season 2, episode 10, “Reaper.”

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By taking away the sense of touch the first two seasons had to have established a particular type of approach to executing that character. How does the ability to touch you co-stars this season change that experience in Season 3?

MR: It changes in a huge way. It’s crazy how much as a character how much you appreciate it, and as an actress I really appreciate it having that physcial contact, just because of who these characters are. It’s funny because when I work on something else, of course you can touch people and that’s just how it is. When I’m on Being Human, I appreciate it for the characters, they’ve been friends for so long, and has never been able to touch them or feel what they feel like. Or even know how hot or cold they are physically. It brings it to a new level for the characters.

Watch Meaghan Rath Monday nights on the new season of Being Human on Syfy, 9/8c and for serious Being Human fans, look for her later in a film written and directed by Pat Kiely (Nick) called The White Buffalo. Rath is also one of the executive producers and the film stars her Being Human co-star Sammy Huntington and Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage, Tron Uprising).

Being Human Season 3 Episode 2 Review: Sally’s Appetite for Destruction

“Dead Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

They were separated for over a year but Sally (Meaghan Rath), Aidan (Sam Witwer), Nora (Kristen Hager) and Josh (Sammy Huntington) were reunited and it felt so good. The kitchen was full of life again, the team back together was as good as we hoped because this episode was full of funny moments and the roommates getting reacquainted with each other and how the last year affected them. This included Sally and Josh celebrating being normal, Aidan and Sally sharing a moment, and Aidan shaking his finger at Josh for dealing with witchcraft.

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Being a re-animated corpse shook up the balance of existence. So when Stevie and Nick came through her life raft, Sally’s future worries seemed to multiply by three. The golden rule from the premiere was that none of them could meet people they knew from when they were last alive. That’s how Nick is able to hook up with Zoe, but something ain’t right with Stevie. There’s simply no way he can stay away from his family.  And then there’s Sally, who met her brother’s friend Travis at the bar, gave him sex eyes and kissed him. Then the party fell flat after that, and Travis ended up flat on his back dead in the morning. Oh and this makes him a ghost for sure, so Sally gets to be on the other end of being haunted now.

But what will give Travis peace to see his door? My bet is telling Robby, Sally’s brother, that she’s back from the dead, but that’s just an early guess. The problem for Sally is that she stayed in the same city she died in so something bad was bound to happen and honestly, we don’t want to see our roommates living in complete harmony. What I like about Sally’s storyline this year is that she is appreciating being with the living. She knows what she missed and is soaking it in. She’s got a voracious appetite for life and she realizes that she was living trapped when she was with Danny so she’s going to use her second crack at living as a gift. She didn’t even flinch in offering up her body to Aidan to feed. Unfortunately living in the fast lane means at some point she’s going to crash, so unless she pulls it back some, Sally will be back among the spirits. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen anytime soon because it would be more interesting to see adjust and figure out how to navigate the city and not get recognized. It was such a great episode for Sally that she had two of the episode’s best lines.

Best line to Josh: Could you be a mensch? Could you get me another one of these Pomegrandinis?
Best line to Aidan: You’re not as cold as I thought you’d be.

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Aidan
The pool of pure blood was further compromised when Aidan let young Henry’s (Kyle Schmid) pet loose. How’s that for thanks? If it wasn’t for Henry, Aidan would probably be dust. There’s always been something rotten between these two, mostly Aidan trying to team him how to be better than the rest of the species, and Henry just wanting to embrace the virtues paved by his maker. They’ve run through this cycle about three times now, so it’s time one of these two forces the issue and asserts himself. Henry was just finding a way to survive, meanwhile Aidan still hasn’t found a source of good blood. Tracy the pro works for the wolves now, Connor’s dad is looking for his killer, and he realizes two of his roommates now have blood pumping through them. Who didn’t love Aidan and Sally on the couch, looking at each other, touching hands and sizing each other up? That was a hot moment that couldn’t have been achieved with that fugly gray sweater. Some people may want to see them hook up somehow or some way; it would certainly change the dynamic up

Best line to Josh: Remember when you said you didn’t want to see us turn? There are still things I don’t want you to see

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Nora just had three scenes in this episode but they were big ones. First it was nice seeing her getting into the kitchen jousts. The gang was back and she fits in perfectly. There will be plenty of time for roommates squabbling, but it doesn’t get any better than when all of the roommates are in one scene making sweet love with the comedy and dialogue. What will be the first of many more scenes, the added estrogen in the house is a welcomed addition. For you Being Human shippers out there, this season has started off with much to consume. The roles have been reversed; Josh is a human and Nora is a wolf and the only way she could rid herself of the curse is to kill Josh. So they must be content with this anguish and their scene where Josh comes clean with his guilt, and Nora telling him that she knows he still waits by her storage unit on full moons to take care of her most assuredly got a chorus of “awwws” from Team Nora.

The role reversal makes it so much more interesting though. In one sense Josh cares for Nora when she can’t but when it comes to their supernatural lives, Nora is now the protector and shield. With Josh and Sally out of the game, could we see Nora and Aidan taking care of business when it comes to things that go bump in the night? Wolves have supposedly run rampant, hunting down vampires, so how Nora handles this situation with Aidan, especially now that Connor and Brynn’s father, Liam (Xander Berkeley) is in play. He’s looking for Connor’s killer and it appears the worst thing that can happen is that they find Brynn (Tracey Spiridakos) who would surely spill the beans on Aidan–if she can escape being on NBC’s Revolution for a scene or two.

Best Line to Josh: We did this for nothing if you can’t let yourself be free. You’re still living like a wolf… Don’t let us hold you back.

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That means Josh’s symbolic proposal is going to have to change and I have to agree with Sally, he does seem like he’s rushing things along. He may have Nora’s consent to live his monthly full moon on normal activities but both of them still have a lot to work out. How will he help Nora out now? What will be his way to get back and help Aidan. Not being a wolf will keep him limited to help his friends. The problem with Josh is that he didn’t have a circle outside of the supernatural world and now he may feel alienated from the world he wanted to escape. What I am really most concerned about Josh is that Sally is going to bleed him dry… of money. He’s buying her clothes, her food and her drinks. Homegirl needs to get a job, quick, fast in a hurry. And let’s not forget he dug up the graves of Stevie and Nick and gave them his clothes.  He somehow paid for an engagement ring on an orderly’s income and now he has to pay for a broken storage unit.

Best line to Aidan about Nora: I haven’t seen anything from the slutty punk phase. That’s good, glad she’s showing Sally.

We’ll see how Travis comes back to give Sally the evil eye, if Aidan finds good blood and where Nora and Liam ran off to on the next episode of Being Human, “The Teens are a Changing” Monday on Syfy at 9/8c.

‘Being Human’ Season 3 Premiere Review: Digging For Trouble

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Episode 301: “It’s a Shame about Ray”

Last we saw our roommates of 3638 Mayford, they were each clinging on the side of a cliff for us to theorize how they would get out of their separate situations. Aidan (Sam Witwer) was buried alive by Mother, Sally (Meaghan Rath) was stuck in ghost limbo, and Nora (Kristen Hager) and Josh (Sammy Huntington) in a standoff with Josh’s maker Ray (Andreas Apergis). Last season was about separating each of the roommates as each of them were tempted by the dark side of their supernatural lives and it could be argued that they are in these precocious situations because they didn’t stick together. Season three promises to much different, by concentrating on the reunion of our roommates, putting back the supernatural Beatles (Hager is a series regular now) in the same room and letting them jam. But first, we had to get the band together again and that’s what happened in the season three premiere, “It’s a Shame about Ray.”

Being Human avoided all of the potential sluggish start by picking up where they left off. Aside from Josh and Nora, there would be no quick resolution for Sally and Aidan so it was a wise move to move ahead 15 months at an exciting new beginning, disorienting the audience. Aidan is sporting a beard, hallucinating conversations with Josh and Sally, even Bishop (Mark Pelligrino); Sally keeps saving her fellow limbo buddies (who she helped put in there) Stevie (Robert Naylor) and Nick (Pat Kiely) only to be shut out of her apartment since no one is there to open the door to the living; And Nora and Josh are visiting psychics and mediums to recover their lost friends.

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Josh
He did survive, but there was never any doubt? He killed Ray but not until he threatened Nora and in a passionate rage, Josh gave Ray a serious skull crushing and reversed his curse. This was a brave direction as I thought the curse reversal was a bluff, but when our lovebirds went to their storage lockers, only Nora turned. So that gives our neurotic and already ashamed Josh a new reason to feel guilt. He’s the one who scratched Nora unknowingly, subjecting her to a life living with the worst menstrual cycle ever and even though he’s human–if he remains true to his character–a bulk of this season will be spent living in the guilt of being able to enjoy his humanity once again. He can’t walk away from Nora, and the only way she can be released of her curse is for her to kill him. Will he savor his humanity or will he open himself to the curse again so Nora is not alone in that pain? That’s pretty tragic stuff.

But “being human” presents all new dangers for Josh, considering his recent crowd. There are vampires and wolves and with witches now in play, who knows what else is out there? Yet his devotion to his friends is unparalleled. He found a way to not only bring back Sally, but bring her back to the living–well sort of, along with Stevie and Nick. He dug up Ray, Sally, and by the end of the episode, Josh realizes he may have to dig up Stevie and Nick too. Donna Gilchrist (Amy Aquino) looks to be a recurring guest-star this season and we’ll explore all of the havoc a witch can do in the BH world, ironically enough in the headquarters of a community kitchen. And Donna looked like she had plans for Ray’s rotting corpse–zombies anyone? The fact that Josh killed Ray intrigued her now makes Josh a new play toy if she wants. Josh’s insults could be bulletin board material for her. Could Ray come back as a ghost? There’s a lot of material to play with here.

Best line #1: How is a witch entrusted in feeding the needy?
Best line #2: Why would Sally say Stevie Nicks is here?

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Nora
Since Nora is a regular cast member, she deserves her own exploration. Her regular presence is a welcomed addition as is her banter with Josh. Her scenes with Sally were highlights of Season 2 and the thought of Aidan having to deal with either dealing with a couple living with him or being outnumbered by two women makes for some potentially funny situations. Her relationship with Josh appears to have strengthened as we can imagine Josh is likely still escorting her in and out of the storage facility. Rather than explore all of the same material that we’ve see Josh trudge through in Seasons 1 and 2, let’s not forget that Nora embraced the curse with Brynn, making her path very different. Where did Nora and Brynn go on those nights? What did they do on those wild nights that will come back to haunt Nora? Syfy’s Being Human has always been such a study of consequence, so now that Nora is the “lone wolf” a deeper exploration of that community would be wonderful since Josh always had such repressed feelings about being a werewolf.

Now that there is that there is proof the curse can be reversed, the writers have a thread to play with down the road. I think it’s being hinted at ever so slightly, especially with her lack of effort digging at all of those graves that there could be envy or a wandering desire to being a human again and what would need to happen for that to occur. We couldn’t imagine Nora doing that to Josh, but it would be reasonable for her to contemplate that as an out for her curse, knowing we’re eventually going to escalate to something bigger at season’s end.

Best line: I think the fact that we get “Garden and Gun” and “The New Yorker” keeps them guessing. 

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Sally
Limbo is hinted at as an undesirable place to be, but I don’t think we’ve seen the worst of it yet; have we really escaped it completely? It’s now become the dreaded place that ghosts could go to but still return to the story since the individual doors are a one-way opening for that specific ghost. Sally was able to communicate to Josh and Nora through the radio but the longer one remains in limbo, the less tethered they become to the living. Donna said that the point of limbo is that it’s in between, and that there’s always some place worse. Of course, she never dispelled if that worse place was hell of some sorts, or maybe she meant the world of the living? The natural path of death is to get your door and go through it. Everything Sally has done since passing up her door has been unnatural. Coming back from the dead can’t be an easy road either. Considering that the story doesn’t move out of Boston, Donna’s warning to Josh that anyone resurrected cannot pick up their lives prior to their death is a warning that will surely go ignored or spark a whole new dilemma for Sally or Josh. Allowing Stevie and Nick to come through her life raft complicates things, and makes it harder to prevent all of them to visiting people from their past. How difficult it would be to control those urges? Neither of these guys had their doors appear to them, so they both have unresolved issues and just imagine them now being in the living to right those wrongs.

Best line as a hallucination about Bishop: I kind of want to make out with him. 

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Aidan
The best thing that could have happened to Aidan was getting stuck in that coffin. I thought of a half-dozen directions Aidan’s story could have gone, but I didn’t see the vampires being wiped out from a flesh-eating virus and being exsanguinated by a greaseball being one of them. Now I suspected that Atlee (Kyle Gatehouse) would come to the rescue somehow, but not exactly how it actually played out. Atlee disintegrating at the wheel was one of the better vampire expirations, but this plague adds a new element of danger since it’s not known where Aidan will get his sustenance from, and what will be the source of untainted blood. How does he even test it? Might we be seeing Aidan feeding on animal blood? One thing it does, is take Mother (Deena Aziz) out of the game as a major bullet dodged. At some point he’ll be saved by Josh, Sally, and Nora, but what state is he going to be in? He was entombed for a fraction of the time that Suren was and she still survived. But being tapped of most of his blood he’ll need blood soon and a lot of it–oh and a serious shave.

Provided he’ll navigate through this problem, what will be Aidan’s reaction to his home changed? Three’s company, but four’s a crowd. Nora’s moved in. Josh is a human. And Sally is alive–again sort of. Oh and Aidan has that need for blood thing. Yeesh. What’s a vampire to do? The central torment for Aidan is that he wants to renounce his association with vampires, but will so many of them being killed off make him less passionate about wanting to be human? He still wants to live, but as what? If he remains a vampire, he’ll eventually contract whatever it is that is killing them. The one thing that was keeping him alive all of these centuries, is likely going to kill him. Is there a way to reverse his curse too? Could he be human? And would that save him? Could he get the necessary immunizations now to stave off the plague? Josh and Nora still work at the hospital. The one roommate that needs to be human has no way of becoming one. And that’s the stinging tragedy that makes this such a great show.

Best line: We’re not going to die… I’m not going to die.

The market for supernatural TV shows can feel like a saturated one, but Being Human is arguably one of the most satisfying ongoing series and it’s aiming for a new high mark in Season 3. It rarely uses the supernatural elements as a crutch; the torment continues to be human at its core whether it’s unrequited love, social and self-acceptance, or moving forward in life instead of backward. Keep in mind this season’s tag line, “Be careful for what you wish for…sometimes you get what you asked for.” By giving our roommates a taste of that desired life takes the season into fresh territory with new twists and elements. The end game is muddy now that transition from monster to human is sure to be a difficult path, especially when shortcuts are taken.

Spoiler Alert: More Love and War in ‘Being Human’ Season 3

Production is underway in Montreal for Season 3 of Syfy’s Being Human and we’re beginning to get details of some story ideas that will take center stage. As we know Season 2 finale left us with Sally (Meaghan Rath) in limbo, Aidan (Sam Witwer) buried alive, and Josh (Sammy Huntington) and Nora (Kristen Hager) in a werewolf version of a Mexican standoff. But we know that in the game of television, until we see their deaths that there’s no danger in any of the four leads. That’s right, I said four leads. Hager was added as a series regular for Season 3, so we’ll no longer see her name in the “guest-starring” section of the opening credits. Congrats to Kristen and read below for the spoilers.

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A new romance was announced for Aidan (who may be sporting some heinous facial hair this season) on Zap2It. Her name is Kat, and is a friend of Nora’s who’s a history scholar and that’s a logical leap given how he’s been around for the last couple centuries. They meet during a stressful time for Nora (could that be Josh-related or just that time of the month for werewolves) and then meet again at the hospital.

Okay that’s interesting stuff mostly because where the show ended it looked like there was no way Aidan could find his way back to the hospital, unless he’s freed in relative short time after being buried. He could always use his power of persuasion to get his job back, but that still doesn’t solve his problem of getting blood, which was put on lockdown in Season 2. Rumors are that he’s going to find a new method at obtaining sustenance. Now if Aidan and Kat do hit it off, that could set up some hilarious double dating scenes with Josh and Nora. Unfortunately, anyone who hooks up with Aidan also has a death wish so we wish Kat all the best, if we forget to say it later, it was nice knowing ya.

But wait, there’s more! Last week Deadline announced that Xander Berkeley will be joining the cast, fresh off the set of Nikita. Berkeley who can be best remembered for his roles on 24, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and countless super-hero cartoon voices, will play the werewolf father of purebred twins Brynn (Tracy Spiridakos) and Connor Mclean (Jon Cor) who has arrived at Boston to see where his kids disappeared off to.

Whenever there’s an old school werewolf in town, expect there to be clashes with the vampires, which we’ll recall is now being run by Mother’s (Deena Aziz) old school guard. Last season it was Aidan keeping the vampires off the scent of Nora and Josh who had killed Heggeman. It looks like it’s time for Josh to return the favor. Let’s remember that Connor was killed by Aidan in Season 2 and Brynn was told to leave Boston. That’s not going to be a nice meet-and-greet when it does eventually happen.

Plan for Berkeley to be a regular fixture of Season 3 as he’s also rumored to develop a mysterious relationship with Nora. Berkeley is a great character actor who always stirs the pot where ever he goes and Being Human will be no different. Spiridakos by the way was joined the cast of J.J. Abrams new NBC high-concept apocalyptic series, Revolution so if Brynn does come back to Boston, it probably won’t be but for a few cameos.

With these two spoilers, we can begin to see Season 3 take shape. I would expect a time jump at the beginning of the season to explain Aidan’s hair growth and time spent buried, but he also has to figure out where he stands with Mother and her rule over Boston. There’s still no concrete ideas of what Sally’s arc will entail, but we can assume she’ll make it out of limbo or purgatory or whatever state she’s in at some point and rejoin her roommates, but not without some kind of permanent change. Hopefully we’ll find out more at Comic-Con and get another gem like this:

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What do you think about what these announcements mean for Season 3 of Being Human? How do you think Sally gets out of limbo? What type of relationship do you think will develop between Nora and Brynn’s father? Share your thoughts below.

Being Human Season 2 Finale Review: Shredded Apart

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The Season 2 finale of Being Human, “It’s My Party and I’ll Die if I Want To” completed a circle for Josh (Sammy Huntington) and Aidan (Sam Witwer) that began at the season premiere, “Turn This Mother Out.” Sally’s (Meaghan Rath) funny but poignant line–their last scene in the house together by the way–summed up the entire episode.

Sally: You two are about to go on two killing sprees for women… That is so hot.

Josh and Nora (Kristen Hager) found themselves in another standoff– this time against Josh’s maker, Ray (Andreas Apergis) and as humans, not wolves. In “Turn This Mother Out,” Aidan dug up his former love, Suren (Dichen Lachman) after an 80-year punishment and his fate is unknown after he’s thrown into the same casket that she laid in for decades but with her ashes covering his body.

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At the start of Season 2, Bishop’s death brought in the upper echelon of vampires upon him. Instead of being elevated, he was forced before the council by matriarch, Mother (Deena Aziz) to unearth his long lost blood-sucking love, her daughter, to become Bishop’s successor. Aidan was quickly drawn back to his darker days, even without the influence of Bishop, simply motivated by love for Suren as well as his “son” Henry (Kyle Schmid) who had come back into the fold and proved to be his tool.

In the finale we didn’t get another flashback of star-crossed lovers, instead we see two scenes where Aidan and Mother met above her grave on the anniversaries of her grounding. Mother’s punishment was meant for Aidan as much as it was Suren.

Aidan gave up his freedom to assassinate Mother but the tables were quickly turned on him, winding up as the final test for Suren to get the keys to Boston. All Suren had to do was kill Aidan, but stayed true to her weak ways and in return was killed by her mother.

No matter what your hopes are of your children, kids are going to be what they’re going to be. Mother still wanted some type of gratitude for the immortality she gave Suren and now she’ll always know that she took it away from her too.

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What Season 3 Holds for Aidan?
The writers need to determine how much time passes between seasons. We’ve seen what 80 years does to a vampire in a coffin. He’s certainly not going to die, but who will pull him out? If, and this is a huge IF, Henry is still alive, he’s a candidate. Last we saw him he was hanging in Mother’s lair though and he was in no shape to help anyone.

But I’m betting it’s going to be old Atlee (Kyle Gatehouse) coming to Aidan’s rescue. He was there to witness the burial; he knows where he was buried and I’m willing to also wager that Mother will make her reign so unbearable that Atlee comes digging. Aidan made some deal with the Dutch, hell, he drove out to Amish country and even though that was to help ensure his and Suren’s safety, Atlee is the his best option to get out of his predicament and help him defeat Mother.

SALLY
I said coming into Season 2 that Sally’s future was the most open-ended and her story of temptation could have gone any number of ways. Becoming so bogged down with the idea of passing up her door and manifesting a grim reaper alter ego though was definitely not on the list. The writers did a superb job bringing new ideas, surprises and trials for our ghost; it was an arc that provided levity as well as fear. Death is scary enough without knowing fellow ghosts may shred you to death for a second time. Possession, reincarnation, a super-stylish gray and purple intervention–Sally explored it all, watching others who are less tortured and less burdened, obtain their doors.

She managed to lose a potential love in Nick and nearly lost a friend in Zoe (Susanna Fournier). Her last ditch attempt at cheating the system was to walk through someone else’s door, even her own mother’s.

• When the door for her mother appeared, Sally finally got the approval she always hoped she’d hear. In fact that was a theme for this finale as Mother-to-Suren, Aidan-to-Henry, and Ray-to-Josh all expressed their pleasure or displeasure in their children.

Aidan to Henry: I am proud of the man you’ve become.
Ray to Josh: Your weakness is my biggest disappointment.

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What Season 3 Holds for Sally?
For whatever reason Sally sacrificed herself to limbo to rid her of the reaper alter ego, to pay for the lives she ruined. Based off of Danny (Gianpaulo Venuta) and Nick’s (Pat Kiely) reaction to limbo, we know that hell could only be worst for ghosts. I imagine that we haven’t seen the last of Danny or Nick. She not only removes herself from the plane of existence she shared with Josh and Aidan, she has no idea on how to return–all new problems for Sally to deal with. The likelihood of seeing those magical scenes with all three roommates in the house all but vanished, leaving us with the teaser that she made a big mistake.

Josh: For most people, going home is a safety net. A place to hide until the worst passes.

We know that eclipses seem to break the imprisonment of limbo but for how long? Sally will need to find a way to reach out to Zoe again, but then she’ll realize that Nick is suffering too.

JOSH
And then there was Josh. Who would have thought that our judgmental, neurotic werewolf would have the most emotional story line of season 2? Ever-tortured with the reality of being a werewolf, Josh discovered he turned Nora. But instead of bonding over their added complexities, Nora embraced her inner wolf, while Josh continued to pursue a cure. Having had his ex-fiancée / rekindled lover, Julia (Natalie Brown) die in front of him after an eclipse, was one of the most heart-breaking things played out on modern television, especially when he realized that the Julia he had been speaking with was a ghost and her discovery of Josh’s secret gave no such satisfying closure like we had all hoped. It signaled the arrival of her door.  Josh’s torment would only worsen when Julia said she would have stood by him had she known. He just never believed it enough.

The seed planted by Nora to absolve him of this curse, to kill his maker, grew like a twist and wild vine, as Josh’s attempt to kill Ray, went wrong. He was enraged and motivated by being responsible for ruining Julia and Nora’s lives and this undoing of the curse was the one way to get salvation. We never did get to see who got shot. Two different guns were fired and Josh was not holding one.

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What Season 3 Holds for Josh?
Someone had to die, right? I think it would only work if someone did. If Josh dies, then one of the main three characters falls. It wouldn’t be a total shock, but then again, it would. Nora would become the wolf we follow. If Ray died, then Josh becomes human, no longer gets to see Sally and again, Nora is our werewolf. If Nora died then everything is status quo. Ray might be dead too in this case but it wasn’t Josh who pulled the trigger. Then again, how much doubt do we have that this curse could actually be lifted?

Temptation was a beast! Sally got on a one-way ticket to near destruction, it clouded Aidan’s judgment and forced him to take uncalculated risks, and in trying to keep Nora from being tempted, he experienced the most brutal fall from grace. Give Being Human, Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke credit for stirring up the successful and fun harmony established in the first season. They delivered as promised, a darker season that put our protagonists in uncomfortable positions. While the first season felt more about bringing Aidan, Josh and Sally together, this season was about tearing them apart–but for how long and how much more will they be changed when and if they reunite?

Share your thoughts on Season 2 below.

Being Human Season 2 Episode 8 Review: Career Change

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Episode 208 “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

After last week’s surprise ending where Aidan (Sam Witwer) blasted a hole in Connor’s (Jon Cor) heart, we expected him to lay low and deal with the aftermath, but he managed to top that feat this week. Also Josh (Sam Huntington) gets an intervention and Sally (Meaghan Rath) considers her current status of unemployment in what was another fine week of Being Human.

Sally
Last week’s haunting of Sally was a tease because we actually thought Danny (Gianpaolo Venuta) was back this season but thankfully (?) he was shredded by the Grim Reaper (Dusan Dukic), but what was unsettling heading into “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” was knowing that Sally’s time was coming. The Reaper had to fill his quota, and maintain the balance in the afterlife.  What would be her way out? Become the grim reaper and decide each day who should be allowed to wander the Earth and who should be vaporized. Now Aidan tried to help Sally and made her believe that she can shred the shredder, but that attempt only helped support the Reaper in his decision.

Reaper: I picked you because you know the dark… You’re destined to be a reaper.

We’ve seen Sally wrestle with earning her door, then losing it. She’s tried possession, reincarnation, finding love, and even reuniting with family was not what it was cracked up to be.

And while reaping helps Sally satisfy her need for that rush of power, it gives her purpose while she figures out how to bring her door back or until she finds something that will give her some happiness. But now she needs must take some ghost’s afterlife every day and that seems easier than what it sounds. She can’t heal these apparitions; she can’t turn their lives around. The reaper used Stevie as a test and he proved to be unsettled enough to shred and this week will be her first real test in slicing and dicing ghost.

Emily to Josh: No one should be destroyed twice

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What a sad turn of events for Sally. Every path that seems like a passage to happiness as a ghost is a dead end. And as we experience the afterlife through Sally it’s becoming clearer that the ghost world is sad and directionless, and perhaps even more dangerous than the living as you venture further out of your usual haunting space. While Josh’s experience is a metaphor for homosexual struggling with his identity, and Aidan’s is a recovering drug addict, I have finally figured out the thing we connect most with Sally. Many of us wonder what lies beyond the point of death. Because of that Sally’s world is the one that we ourselves can fear the most. In other words: Never miss your door.

Pinned into a corner, Sally has no choice but to take on the role of reaper. She’s run out of options and escape plans and after being tethered more to this world, she is doing whatever she can to stay connected to it, more so than when she was living, even if she must become the harbinger of death. We get a brilliant scene between Witwer and Rath at the end of the episode, still trying to keep it light, but they both play it so honest. There are no more hug-it-out moments in the house, no more picking on Josh, just two monsters who are coming to the realization that sh*t just got real.

Aidan: What did you learn about yourself?
Sally: I’m still hurting
Aidan: Me too.

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Aidan
No longer thirsting for blood, Aidan’s turned his attention to cleaning up his messes. From satisfying the investigation for Heggeman’s killer to incinerating Bishop’s orphans with a bit of real estate trickery, Aidan covered his pale butt for Mother’s (Deena Aziz) next visit.

He also made a deal with Suren (Dichen Lachman) to spare Henry (Kyle Schmid), which she agreed to on the condition that she gets to skin him alive, Mongolian style. Sounds harsh, and I liked that we didn’t get to see it happen. The suggestion and our collective imagination of what Suren was doing was plenty enough for us to see Suren in a different light. When she wants to go there, she can play the role of a vampire monarch quite well. Henry lucky to be spared when you consider how his infidelity led to Suren’s 80-year-long “grounding.”

Aidan’s connection to Henry is stronger than what he leads on. Is that just part of the vampire and maker connection? You would think he has every reason to let Henry burn, but look at the leash that Bishop gave Aidan. Whether he wants to or not I think Aidan is sworn to protect Henry regardless of the trouble he’s in, because that’s what parents do.

Aidan: Henry is my blood, He had better be alive when I come for him.

Suren played to Aidan’s earlier temptations; the lifestyle, the responsibilities and the human blood that vampires need satiated his hunger and led to him stepping into his role as Suren’s #1. Henry complicates things. Henry can tempt Aidan to do what he wishes as we’ve seen him make compromises already. Let’s just remember this, Henry will not leave Boston now. He’ll never live the life that Aidan so desires for himself and is exactly where he wanted to be 80 years ago. He’d also be more willing to do Suren or Mother’s wishes than Aidan would. Is Henry’s skinning his application for Suren? The question for Aidan is who will he be most loyal to when it counts? Will he carry out Suren’s requests and ultimately Mother’s because he wants to be free, or will he protect Henry to a fault?

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Josh
It’s safe assume that Nora (Kristen Hager) has been spending time with Brynn (Tracy Spiridakos) to grieve the loss of Connor. We know that Nora doesn’t have remorse for what she does as a wolf. That might make an awkward confrontation the next time Nora and Aidan meet in the hospital hallways. This episode instead gave us the chance to see Josh and Julia (Natalie Brown) reconcile their differences thanks to Josh’s intervening, cute and usually inebriated sister Emily (Alison Louder).

I think as an audience we’re inclined to think that something was going to happen between Josh and Julia, especially out of this depressing funk that Josh has been in since Connor and Brynn came into his life and showed Nora to embrace her wolf–but I’m glad they didn’t. It would have been a storybook ending of sorts, but Josh would still have the reality to deal with that he is a werewolf. He almost let it slip out, and we’d like to think Julia would come to understand for Josh’s sake, but honestly that would have put her in a worse spot. She came back to Boston to look for Josh and she may walk away thinking that he did her a favor.

Josh to Emily: Julia is safe from me.

Is she though? Something tells me we’re not done with Julia (thankfully). First of all they still work in the same hospital. I truly adore Josh’s scenes with Nora, but the way that Huntington and Brown mixed it up in Julia’s apartment, you could feel the history between their characters. That’s not easy to convey in such candidness in what was a handful of scenes between the actors as opposed to what Hager and Huntington have forged with the audience. It feels like we’re going to see a moment where Josh will save Julia–perhaps from Nora–as a wolf, if but to give her real closure. Emily does not need to see her brother turn, yet anyway, but there’s a big part of me that wants Julia to see it. Anyone else agree or disagree? Share all of your Being Human thoughts below.

See what happens to Sally as she takes her next big step as a reaper-in-training in “When I Think About You I Shred Myself” on Syfy, Monday night at 9pm. Below is a sneak peek.

Giancarlo ‘Gus Fring’ Esposito Enlists in JJ Abrams’ ‘Revolution’

giancarlo esposito revolutionGreat character actors never have a shortage of work and Giancarlo Esposito is already working towards his next gig, which is J.J. Abrams’ (Lost, Alcatraz) NBC pilot, Revolution. Variety is reporting that Esposito will play a southern lieutenant with an “air of mystery” in the post-apocalyptic drama following a group of individuals trying to survive in a world without energy and reunited with their loved ones.

Supernatural head writer Eric Kripke will write pilot and Bryan Burk (Super 8) will executive produce. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) will direct. Three others have been cast including Tracy Spiridakos (seen currently in Syfy’s Being Human), Anne Lise Phillips and Graham Rodgers.

We’re still riveted by Esposito’s recent turn as Gustavo “Gus” Fring on the best show on television, Breaking Bad. He created one of the most complex characters we’ve seen and and he’s most recently showed up on Once Upon A Time as The Mirror/Sidney Glass. The versatile actor will be guest-starring in a future episode of Community as well and play Gilbert, an associate of Pierce’s (Chevy Chase) father.

EDITOR’S PICK: Is NBC The Right Network For REVOLUTION?

Esposito should feel at home in the authoritative role in Revolution as he has put in memorable campaigns as a detective in Bakersfield P.D., an FBI Agent in The Usual Suspects, and Agent Mike Giardello in Homicide: Life on the Street. We still have our reservations about NBC landing Revolution but are happy to see Esposito snag a featured role on a hot pilot. Now we have another reason to join the Revolution!

Being Human Season 2 Episode 5 Lead-In: Roommates Squabble Over Late Night Indulgences

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Suddenly it’s not feeling like Three’s Company anymore. As Aidan (Sam Witwer) and Sally (Meaghan Rath) succumb to their temptations in Season 2 of Syfy’s Being Human, tempers are beginning to flare in the household. Josh (Sam Huntington) and Aidan have always been able to poke fun at Sally because they always thought she was too chicken to do dark-natured acts that ghosts do. But we all saw Sally possess Dr. Forrest’s girlfriend last week as the third base coach was waving her home. Not to be outdone, Aidan also took a bite out of crime, and blood too, lots and lots of blood from the mobster looking to be made into a vampire. As Aidan and Suren (Dichen Lachman) fed, she summed up the trouble that would soon come after them.

Suren: Mother’s going to be pissed.

Editor’s Pick: Read our interview with Being Human star Dichen Lachman

In tonight’s episode, Sally is suffering from a severe hangover from Dr. Forrest and when Josh and Aidan find out, they’re none too happy. When she gets the third degree from them, she breathes a little fireball of her own. Check out this preview of “Addicted to Love”

• What do you think is going to happen tonight?
• How far do you think Aidan and Sally will get “addicted to love”?
• How far do you think Josh is willing go to advance his efforts in finding a cure?
• Will Brynn make a move on Josh? Will Nora get to meet the werewolf twins and see Brynn’s interest in Josh?

Share your thoughts below and tune into Syfy tonight at 9pm to find out.

Being Human Season 2 Episode 4 Review: When A Little Isn’t Enough

I hope you enjoyed the fun-loving atmosphere in the house because the you-know-what is about to hit the spreader. Give showrunners Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke credit for risking the image of their three likable lead characters in an attempt to explore their dark sides. We may not be able to unrecognizable them in the end. To take them from a very comfortable place and endangering them threatens to push each character to the edge shows guts. The aggressive start and not knowing how far they’re willing to push the roommates makes each episode a can’t miss, with key ingredients that will carry important character-building moments for down the road. Aidan (Sam Witwer) falls off the wagon and crawls closer and closer to a version of himself that he fears, Sally (Meaghan Rath) continues to hit roadblocks in finding a new direction forcing her to act on her impulsive desires, and then there’s Josh (Sammy Huntington) who is no longer alone with Nora (Kristen Hager) a full blown werewolf, meets two more just like them.

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Josh & Nora
On the same day that Proposition 8 is ruled unconstitutional in California, we feel the aftermath of Josh’s night out with purebred wolf twins. Why is this relevant? Well if you haven’t paid much attention to the way Huntington plays the Josh character, he does so thinking as if being a werewolf is a metaphor for someone who comes to the realization that they are gay and wants to reject that part of them. The quest for a fictitious cure, the isolation, and his fear of embracing who he really is are textbook responses of denial.

Connor McLean (Jon Cor, Saw 3D) and his twin sister Brynn (Tracy Spiridakos, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) toy with Josh by taking him out as a thank you for springing Connor out of the hospital psych ward. They also offer to help fund his research for a cure because if Josh can find a way to turn the wolf on and off, they hope he can find a similar way to permanently turn it on.

Josh: The wolf is everything I hate!
Brynn: Everything that’s special I have to push down… You feel like a monster one day a month… Connor and I feel like that the other 29.

They’re simply asking him to respect their decision to embrace their identity and quit denying his. This same argument was beautifully illustrated in the X-Men: First Class film with Magneto, Mystique and Beast, and it’s fully bloomed for Josh in Season 2. Connor and Brynn are a great addition to Josh’s arc. They’re similar but very different. Purebreds would obviously feel differently than those who were made and both sides want to get at the root of their transformations, but for very different reasons.

Josh’s neuroticism and the lack of confidence are directly tied into his unhappiness, whereas Connor and Brynn lead a much different life standing on the opposite end of the spectrum. Huntington has performed this metaphor through 1.25 seasons but he needs these two to cattle prod him into producing results. Hunting has been wonderful portraying this metaphor as his rejection of his true self is consistent with the household he was raised. That his sister is gay may be the person who ultimately helps him accept who he is would be poetic but where he goes from here, will be something to see.

I think he’s still a far distance from hearing Brynn’s wisdom. He made a call to Nora (who was absent this episode) to tell her that they’re not alone and that maybe they could collectively hang together. This of course while an overlay shows Connor and Tiffany devouring a deer and they didn’t even turn into animal form.

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Aidan
In episode 203 we’re left with this stunning reveal of blood prostitutes for vampires and Aidan circling back to his old habits.  This week Aidan’s still going to the prostitute but like a drug junkie, her arms show tracks of being tapped and Aidan would have killed her if she was sucked again. She tells him to come back later and she’ll have someone who he can tap but when a little girl answered the door with a pocketknife, well that jolted some reality into Aidan. He killed one kid already, he couldn’t think of doing it again.

Flashbacks to the 1930 continue to show the history between Suren (Dichen Lachman) and Aidan. But their history had another player who was playing the two of them. Henry (Kyle Schimd) was the last vampire Aidan turned, and he tried to push Aidan onto Suren to defy Mother to initiate some friction within the vampire ranks. At first he resisted, fearing how Suren would be forced to turn her back on her royal chair, but when Aidan realized he had a small window to act on, Henry snuck in and bedded Suren. But Henry’s intentions with Suren are self-serving as he wants to move up the ranks. Based on previous conversations with Suren in the present day, we can assume that Henry must have done a number on her.

Henry: You opened the door for me, now you have me on the outside looking in.

The hunger for blood took Aidan back to this memory and he is letting nothing stand in his way. When he was supposed to turn a mobster into a vampire, Aidan instead drains him of his blood and invites Suren to feed with him in what I’m sure was a blur of hunger and desire.

Aidan: This time, she’s mine!

The mobster was supposed to help them get access to the crime underworld and leverage amongst the Boston politicians but since Aidan has taken the plunge, it is Suren who has a moment of clarity in the afterglow of their feed.

Suren: Mother is going to be pissed.

Let’s keep the fact that Heggeman’s death was covered up, a new policewoman was turned into a vampire, Bishop’s orphans are robbing children in the daylight and now they’ve killed someone that could bring them attention of a different kind, the mob. Mother believes that vampires live best when no one knows about them, so indeed, she will not be happy with the damage that’s been done by her daughter and Aidan.

All of that hard work to stay “sober” and stay away from vampire activity lasted but a few months. Obviously the lockdown on the hospital blood supply led to this major lapse but no matter how bad it appears for the roommates, Aidan’s mistakes seem to carry more risk than the others. Aidan knows how bad he can be and it looks like we’re going to be introduced to a whole new Aidan next week.

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Sally
While Aidan and Josh’s story arcs are these metaphors for something much bigger, I can only commiserate with Sally’s terrible luck in the afterlife. For every good thing she discovers she can do as a ghost, she runs into so many more barriers to leave her depressed. For example, how lucky is it that she runs into ghost-medium Zoe (Susanna Fournier) at the hospital and while Sally wasn’t stupid enough to be reincarnated into a newborn, Zoe was nice enough to be her guide though getting rid of the darkness that is after her. As a thanks to Zoe, she tried to play Cyrano de Bergerac and hook her up with the new doctor in town, Dr. Forrest (Martin Thibaudeau).

Josh: Weird Zoe and the hot doctor? C’mon, It’s kind of like Jack Bauer dating Chloe, you kinda want to see it but not really.

But while at Zoe’s ghost support group (I didn’t stutter typing that) big-scarf Nick (Pat Kiely) walked back into Sally’s afterlife. You might remember him as Sally’s old college crush who re-enacted his drowning each day. Yeah, that was kind of a turn-off for Sally. But then she finds out that by chickening out on a relationship in the afterlife, Nick found love with Zoe! Dun-dun-duuuuuun! They can’t consummate their relationship but when he met Zoe, he instantly stopped reliving his death. Even worse, both Nick and Zoe thank Sally for being responsible for their odd fortune in finding each other.

Sally to Nick: You rather die every single day than date me?

Ouch. We’ve had two absolutely heart-crushing rejections. Last week Nora told Josh that he didn’t protect her like he did his former fiancée, Julia and now she was cursed. Now we have Sally being rejected in her final days of living by Danny, and now Nick would rather be in a relationship that he can’t physically act on instead of revisiting the possibility of hooking up with Sally.

My mind wandered a bit with Sally’s story because it seems like she’s so close to some happiness and so far away. I made the leap that a Chasing Amy moment was needed. Sally could have possessed Zoe and Nick could have entered Dr. Forrest’s body. That way everyone would have been happy and wake up all dirty in the morning. But Sally chose a different route. She just went after Dr. McForrest herself and jumped into his girlfriend’s body. This is obviously a selfish move on her part, but you can’t really blame her. You’re happy for Sally that she went out and got something for herself and then you’re not because you know that she’s on the lip of the ravine into the darkness. This is all new ground for Sally and Meaghan Rath fans. Is Sally the type that feeds off the corruption? Will she open herself to more? Could she do something that fans might be angry at? Yes, yes, and yes? We’ll find out next week.

Catch new episodes of Being Human on Syfy, Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT.
Here’s a preview of next week’s episode, “Addicted to Love”

Interview: ‘Being Human’ Star Dichen Lachman Talks About Being Vampire

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She’ll seduce you with her eyes and enchant you with her smile but don’t let that fool you because Suren is a deadly vampire on Syfy’s Being Human and is responsible for a bloody massacre 80 years ago. Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse) plays Suren and has been a recent mainstay of science fiction television and playing a complex vampire fulfills one of her most coveted roles as an actor. I recently spoke with Lachman on a conference call with other journalists to talk about her character and experience of joining the Being Human cast.

Lachman describes Suren as “incredibly complex,” and “very damaged and reckless in many ways.” That spells out trouble for Aidan (Sam Witwer), a vampire who is doing his best to kick the vampire lifestyle, who has his own bloody trail of murder that’s followed him to the present day. He makes a deal with Mother, the vampire matriarch to train her daughter to succeed as the leader of the Boston chapter and be released of his obligation and duties to the vampire nation.

“At the same time,” Lachman said. “She’s sort of striving to grow up and mature and be the woman that her mother would like her to be. I think you guys will enjoy watching her journey through the show because she’s one of those things that just keeps pulling Aidan back into the world of vampires which he’s constantly trying to escape.”

Just as we saw with Bishop in Season 1, Aidan has a long and storied relationship with Suren, but Aidan has changed from the savage killer he once used to be several decades ago. She has to adjust to what he’s become and work together with him or meet the wrath of her mother.

“Well, it’s one of those love-hate relationships. They’ve had a very long history together–a very complicated past and I don’t think their relationship has ever been consummated. It’s a very strong attraction they’ve had. She’s been away for 80 years underground and he’s had the opportunity to go through all these changes and change his ways.”

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But is her character going to fall under the same central theme of temptation that the others will experience? I asked Lachman whether or not there will be something to pull her down too and whether the theme extended beyond the three (four counting Nora) main characters.

“I think there is some. She’s just been in this world for so long and she’s so deeply entrenched in that because her mother is like, the queen of the vampires. If it’s there it’s very fleeting because she knows her fate and that’s why in a way she’s so damaged.

“You’ll see more of the temptation creep in with Aidan who’s constantly being pulled back into this world. He’s always trying to escape it and he’s always trying to sort of run away from who he is and the people around him. And Suren’s just there pulling him back in.”

Since this was one of the central stories of the new season, I asked Lachman if there was a difference in playing Suren in the flashbacks as opposed to the present day where she’s been unearthed and given the responsibility of Boston.

“It all becomes relative and if you’ve been alive for 500 hundred or 1000 years, 80 years isn’t really that long. In the grand scheme of things, maybe it’s like, five years or something. But yes, she’s been a part of his life for a very long time and yes she was gone for a little while. But, she’s back and so is that sort of feeling with him, even though he’s never let it really live and occupy too much space [in him].

The fact that he’s working so closely with her is making that harder and harder for him. So I think you will see her go through a little bit of that [temptation], but her fate is very much, pre-determined. There’s no question where her future is. And it’s a very hard thing I think ultimately for her to accept, but it’s just something that she knows.”

We will come to find out that Suren has always let her mother down and Mother’s standards were always too high to achieve. Lachman described the relationship as “very strained,” with hate, resentment and disappointment. Because Lachman has such a wonderful relationship with her own mother, she found it difficult to find a personal experience to connect to in trying to bring that out in the performance. I asked Lachman whether her interactions with Deena (Aziz) more on a flashback basis or if we’ll see Mother lurking in the background as a constant presence watching over what Suren and Aidan are doing?

“Yes, she is in the flashbacks. Absolutely, but Suren’s relationship with mother is played out in the present and in her conversations with Aidan and you really understand that dynamic with the way Aidan and Suren communicate.”

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Lachman worked diligently on Suren’s accent with her dialect coach Mary McDonald-Lewis, creating something unique. She was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and her mother is Tibetan descent, her father is Australian. And like so many Australian actors, she can morph and create something specific to the role. Lachman had her ideas and Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke shared theirs. Does she sound like someone who was living 500 to 1000 years old? How does lying in the ground for 80 years affect that? On the first day of shooting they had to come up with Suren’s sound and after finding it, Lachman went to the sound booth to nail the accent down in ADR.

“We were trying to find sort of that balance,” Lachman shared. “What does she sound like? You have mother who sounds very, specific and strong. And so does she sound like her mother exactly or is she a little bit different? Finding the voice, the accent was very tricky on the first day. We designed sort of an accent and a voice for her that was a little bit American, but a little bit British, sort of like a mid-Atlantic-esque type accent, but not specifically. We kind of modernized it slightly and made her a little bit more youthful.”

Lachman continued to explain her reasoning for the ADR work. “I wanted there to be some consistency with the character obviously, because you don’t want that to take someone out of the show or getting carried away with the storyline. If something doesn’t sound right, people won’t believe it. And it’s very important for me for the characters voice to be specific and consistent and settled. Hopefully you like her sound and it’s something that fans respond to because it was one of the things that was really important for me.”

The alluring Aussie who looked ravishing and ravenous as a brunette in her first episode of Being Human went on to describe the biggest physical challenges included acting with her mouth open far enough in certain scenes to allow dots to be seen for visual effects to add in the fangs in post-production. Another was to act with the black contact lenses that all actors playing vampires are required to wear. They cover nearly the entire eye making them cumbersome to wear.

“It’s very uncomfortable for the first sort of 15 minutes because the things are so large and so foreign in your eye,” said Lachman. “There’s a tiny little hole for your pupil to see through, but it’s not very big. So your vision is limited. You can still see, but your peripheral vision becomes extremely limited and you can only really see what’s directly in front of you.”

“I remember Sam (Witwer) and Kyle (Schmid) had a big fight scene and they wanted them to wear these contacts and they were like on the top of a building with no balcony. They’re on the roof and Sam just had to say, ‘We can’t do this with the contacts in. We may fall off and we can hardly see.’ It was so completely dangerous.”

But what brought a smile to Lachman was shooting the flash backs, because Asians are rarely cast in period pieces outside of stereotypical roles like servicemen, hookers, or extras – a reason perhaps more futuristic and science fiction roles have opened up for her. She’s dreamed of being on a period western show like Deadwood, but unless some a producer and casting agent out there is reading this interview about the following scenario, she doubt that will happen.

“It’s sad because I am half-Australian and my father’s family is European and I really respond to that,” Lachman said. “I understand that time and I would love to explore that, but I can’t. Unless someone writes a show or a movie about one of the little people or the women who work in like in an opium den way back or something, it’s just not going to happen. Obviously there are stories like that that are really fascinating, that occurred in those communities, but I feel like no one wrote them down.”

dichen lachman glam“So one of the most exciting things about reading the scripts as they came in I knew I could be a person or a vampire at least, but in that period. I get to be a person that people acknowledge [and fear] and not just like one of the Asian people that do something in the background. So that was really exciting!”

In Being Human Lachman gets to exist, roleplay in the 1920s and 30s and her character belongs there. It all makes sense. One of the coolest things about supernatural stories is that they can set the rules, then break and redefine them. They have all the flexibility to bend the genre to make it original. That’s why Lachman was a perfect choice for Suren. She’s the freshest breath of air amidst the thick fog of pale-skinned British and American actors who have seemingly cornered the market on playing vampires.

Lachman’s character has this fascinating back story where she appears to be responsible for an uncontrollable killing spree and that was the last time she walked above ground. We don’t know how long Suren and her mother have been vampires, when they were both turned, and how Mother rose to power, as well as, how long Suren has had the weight of vampire politics on her shoulders. We’ll soon find out when Suren’s story eventually bleeds out; it is all a part of being vampire after all.

Follow Dichen on twitter @DichenLachman and see what incredible things are in store for her in seven episodes of Being Human Season 2 on Syfy, Mondays at 9pm ET/PT.