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The original Being Human already has a solid fanbase and when the North American version debuted earlier this year, it was clear the franchise was securing its hold.
Season 2 of Syfy’s Being Human, which launches next January, sees Aidan, Sally and Josh all going through significant characer changes, so what should viewers be expecting? “Werewolf babies!,” joked Sam Huntington, who plays werewolf Josh. “We had this seven-month break and the whole time I was looking forward to picking up where we left off.”
Josh is “stronger and he’s more in tune with who he is. His relationship with Norah has developed in very interesting ways,” Huntington continued.
Sally, played by Meaghan Rath, said her character (a ghost) has learned “more about who she is in her death than she’s ever had in her life. We leave off three weeks after we stopped.”
Sam Witwer’s Aidan, whose “father figure” Bishop is no longer around, “has been strugglign with going clean,” Witwer said. “He had this father figure [for 200-plus years and] at the end of the season, Aidan frees himself from that. If youre trying to get off what is essentially a drug habit,” which means staying away from the vampires, it proves to be difficult.
When asked if Witwer took from other vampire shows or movies to ready himself for Aidan, the actor revealed that he hadn’t “seen True Blood or Vampire Diaries or Twilight.”
“I actually don’t know if it’s actually original or done what a lot of other people have done,” Witwer added of his portrayal of Aidan.
In the upcoming Season 2 premiere, however, the cast revealed some minor spoilers. “I snuck a Star Wars reference in the first episode,” Witwer revealed, citing his work on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game as Galen Marek/Starkiller.
Executive producer Jeremy Carver, who along with wife and fellow EP Anna Fricke, developed Being Human for North America, discussed how they went about adapting the hugely popular BBC version to theirs. “It’s always challenging … the way we sort of blended the BBC version and ours,” Carver said. “This year, we’ll see that we’re striking on a way farly different path. We’re laying down our own framework here.”
Carver teased that there will be “new types of werewolves, vampires and ghosts” in the upcoming season, which just began shooting two weeks ago.
But it was clear throughout the panel the great rapport Rath, Witwer and Huntington have with each other. At several points, Witwer impersonated Arnold Schwarzenegger and poked fun of his own dimple chin. During one of the highlights, Rath and Witwer went on a two-minute run pretending to have high-pitched voices and funny accents, a gag that Huntington shared could go on forever.
As always, things aren’t fine and dandy in the Being Human household. With Aidan in particular, Witwer said, “He always tried to play it like he was on his game [even though he’s not]. He’s completely off the rails this season because Bishop is not around. .. It’s a huge deal for Bishop to be gone.”
Witwer continued: “First episode, he kills a girl, oops. This is a guy who isn’t ready to be on his own yet. He’s trying to be more open with his roommates but we see that that’s not [what he’s used to doing].”
Huntington told the crowd to rewatch Season 1 because his “voice gets a little more husky” as the season progresses.
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Thomas Brodie Sangster