The six-episode run of Being Human's first season has already begun airing on BBC America, and writer Toby Whithouse promises a big finish in less than five weeks. He compares the season finale to the British card came Top Trumps, where opponents try to trump each other with the highest cards.
"I would say that the last episode is like a game of Top Trumps," Whithouse said in an exclusive interview this week in Pasadena, Calif., at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "We have a werewolf versus vampire. It's the match everyone's been waiting for."
In Being Human, a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire try to live together as roommates. In season one, vampire roomie Mitchell (Aidan Turner) falls in with the bad crowd of vamps. Wolfy George (Russell Tovey) fights for his friend in the finale.
"It was awesome," Tovey said in a separate group interview. "It was a brilliantly well-written scene, and the actor who played the bad vampire was Jason Watkins. He's a phenomenal actor. It felt like a really important scene. As an actor, when you get the new scripts, there's nothing more exciting than something really dramatic and emotional. I had to get my top off, so I went down to the gym really intensely for a few days beforehand."
Turner offered a few more details on the finale fight. "That's the climax of the [season], when Mitchell goes to fight Herrick [Watkins], who's Mitchell's mentor, I guess, as a vampire during that whole vampiric sort of lifestyle that they were living way back then," Turner said in a separate group interview. "He was the one that was going to step up to the plate, and George comes in and does it for him."
With vampires and werewolves at each other's throats, pun intended, what is left for a ghost to do? "The ghost is essential to that, of course," actress Leonor Crichlow said in a separate group interview. "For Annie, she's not seeing the werewolf. She sees her friend George, so she's there for her friend. What's at stake is her friend Mitchell. She's probably the least involved in the supernatural world as such. She's much more interested in just being their friends. For her, it's about friendship, loyalty. She actually comes out of herself and does most of her growing when what is asked of her is to be brave for her friends."
Whithouse added that the finale will wrap up season-one arcs but offer a tease of what's to come in season two. "Even though there is a hook at the end of the last episode for the next arc, ultimately the main story is finished," Whithouse said. "Then we start up again, and it's eight episodes of a new story."
Being Human airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on BBC America.