'Being Human': Sam Witwer Teases Aidan's Struggles, Old Flames and a 'Complicated' Affair
"I hope we don't have too many fans turning against Aidan," the actor tells THR of his vampire alter ego's dark turn in season 2 of Syfy's supernatural drama.
If the first season of Being Human solidified who Aidan, Sally and Josh were, the new season will see the trio being faced with life-altering and game-changing scenarios.
For Aidan (Sam Witwer), someone from his past will come into the fold and complicate matters even more. Centuries-old vampire royal Suren (Dollhouse's Dichen Lachman), which The Hollywood Reporter exclusively debuted the first look photo, joins in on the supernatural fun -- causing Boston's vampire society to go into a frenzy (and possibly Aidan's romantic life).
Without his maker Bishop (Mark Pellegrino) by his side, Witwer tells THR that Aidan has his hands full in season 2. "With Bishop being gone, Aidan starts taking on some of his traits. It's scary to watch," Witwer says. With the new season starting up, the actor discusses Suren and Aidan's past, a new character that catches Aidan's eye and the struggles the others will face.
[Warning: Some spoilers ahead.]
The Hollywood Reporter: What is Aidan's journey and conflict going to be in season 2?
Sam Witwer: Extraordinarily dark is what his journey is going to be like. This season has a lot to do with things catching up with Aidan. In the first season, he stayed away from his old buddies and tried to stay on the straight and narrow. Now he has to deal with those people every day. What ends up happening is that the old character traits, aspects of who he once was, start returning to him. He takes a dramatic fall. Things get bad, they get worse and they get dark. I hope we don't have too many fans turning against Aidan.
THR: How does Suren's presence affect Aidan?
Witwer: Suren is someone Aidan had deep feelings for 80 years ago. The problem with Aidan engaging in a relationship with her now is that he's a different guy. In some ways, it's a sad story because these people are in the middle of a tornado trying to cling to each other. In other ways, it's a bad relationship. If they're not arguing, they're having sex. Aidan's goal of becoming a better man and kicking the habit in turns of the drugs he's been addicted to, so to speak, those goals are at odds with dating a vampire princess. It gets pretty nasty.
THR: Just in the first two episodes, there was history between them. Will that play out during the season?
Witwer: You'll see that in various ways. Not only will you see that in modern day, we tell a pretty large story that takes place in the '30s in the course of more than two episodes. We also tell another story that takes place in 1918. We relate these stories to what's happening now. You get to learn a lot more things about Aidan; we get to see all of the things we heard about in season 1.
THR: How will Bishop's absence change Aidan? You mentioned that he'll start to take on some of those traits ...
Witwer: With Bishop, he had the example of what he didn't want to be. Now that he's gone, he doesn't have that to fight against. In fact, we see that in some ways he misses Bishop. While they were constnatly at odds, there was a deep love between those guys. What we do see is aspects of Bishop will seep into Aidan; after all, he was raised by this guy. By the end of the season, Aidan has become a combination of Aidan and Bishop. And for fans who ever wondered if Aidan turned anyone, the answer is he did. We meet someone that Aidan turned and it's Aidan being in the Bishop role.
THR: There was the introduction of a new character, Julia (Natalie Brown), who Aidan meets. How will she be incorporated?
Witwer: Julia ends up being a hugely influential and pivotal character throughout the season. Julia is a wonderful character. When Aidan sees Julia, it's apparent that this is what Aidan aspires to have, a real, healthy relationship with a woman. Things get extremely complicated.
THR: There's some interesting things going on with Josh (Sam Huntington) and Sally (Meaghan Rath) when the season begins. Can you speak to where they are?
Witwer: Josh impacted Nora's (Kristen Hager) life in a way that changes things forever. The Josh story has everything to do with personal responsibility; he really ruined, or changed, the life of somebody he cares about dearly. The Sally story gets darker, until she finds herself in a story that's every bit as twisted as mine and Josh's.
THR: Is there a scene or episode this season that sticks out?
Witwer: I'm curious to see how people react to how the Aidan story goes. We said he was a bad guy, now you get to see it. In terms of memorable moments, there's an episode toward the end of the season where it's just Aidan, Sally and Josh throughout the whole thing.
Being Human premieres its second season Monday at 9 p.m. on Syfy.
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