Things are about to get very tough for Being Human's hunky vamp Aiden as season two of the Syfy series premieres tonight, said actor Sam Witwer, who plays the role. However, don't think you know how the season's going to turn out just because you watched season two of the British series that inspired it.
"There are a few things that happen that are similar [to the British version], but only a scattered few," said Witwer in an exclusive interview with Blastr. "Not really on any regularity. I mean, a part of it is that our writers haven't seen the second season of the British series. They stayed away from it on purpose. They wanted to have this season be entirely its own thing, and they felt the only way to do that was to maintain ignorance over what had happened on the British series. ... We definitely take a few risks and diverge quite a bit from what we established in the first season."
Season two will be "a lot darker than the first season. Quite a bit darker. I mean, bad, bad things happen, and, yeah, my character takes some very, very dark turns," he said with a laugh. "So I can't, like, end up giving away too much there. The whole thing with Aidan, in the first season he was trying his best to stay away from his own kind, and this season it's not really an option."
Aidan is drawn back into the vampire fold by a character named Mother and her daughter Suren. Dollhouse's Dichen Lachman joins the cast as Suren.
"So we see how that affects him in a really, really bad way. And there's just ... there's some very cool overtones in terms of the story as it develops and Aidan finds himself in a dysfunctional relationship. I'll put it that way," said Witwer.
Aidan ends up on a destructive path. "A really destructive one, and eventually self-destructive. So yeah, if you are invested in that character then it's going to be a painful season to watch, I think. Yeah, I'll be honest, I actually am concerned that people are going to turn on Aidan in terms of the fanbase. On the other hand, maybe they'll stick with him no matter what," he said with a laugh.
Last year we saw flashbacks from the '50s and '70s as the story dug into Adian's past. "Now we get to go and spend a good deal of time in the '30s. We spend a ton just on the backstory of who Aidan was in the '30s and what happened to the vampires back then. Because the vampires we've seen are, they hide in the shadows and they have day jobs and they try to keep a very low profile. Well, back in the day, that wasn't necessarily the case. Things were a lot cooler for these guys, and they had a lot more money, and they had a lot more prestige, and they were a little bit flashier, and we learned why they felt it was necessary to change that and head for the shadows and seek a low profile and really just hide out. We learn why they changed, and we also learn what part Aidan had to play in that. So it's really cool stuff. We even spent some time in World War I," said Witwer.
As for ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath) and werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington), "the good news is that the writers are able to raise the stakes with the other characters as well, quite a bit more so than they did last year. So that's kind of fun."
Sally will be dealing with the repercussions of missing her door, and Josh will hunt for a cure for being a werewolf. And they'll also have to "deal with characters from their past showing up and shaking things up," said Witwer.
The actor believes that Being Human can go places other types of television shows can't go.
"Science fiction at its best is always examining very real issues and real human stories through the lens of, 'Oh, don't take us too seriously, we're science fiction,'" said Witwer. "But in the case of Aidan we have not forgotten this whole drug-addiction metaphor. In fact, it comes into focus very clearly in this season."
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at season two:
Being Human premieres its second season tonight on Syfy at 9 p.m. ET.
Will you turn on Aidan if he does bad, bad things this season?