Hal did a bad, bad thing. Actually, he did a lot of bad things, but killing Cutler’s wife and tricking him into drinking her blood must be in the top 10 somewhere between eating a baby and scaring the bejesus out of 17th century England. We learned a lot about Hal last night. He once preferred double-breasted suits. He had two freaky henchmen. He’s Cutler’s maker. And he should have killed Baby Eve as soon as he got to Cardiff, because according to the missing piece of the skin scroll, she doesn’t save the world from vampires by growing up, she does it by dying. Oops. Perhaps it’s a good thing that evil Mr. Snow and the Old Ones have finally arrived to kill everybody anyway.
Below, Being Human creator and exec producer Toby Whithouse talks about the big mix-up, Cutler’s backstory, Baby Eve’s future, and what it all has to do with next week’s finale.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The sight of Cutler’s wife covered in blood, with tubes sticking out of her torn jugular, was the most horrifying image I’ve seen on the show.
TOBY WHITHOUSE: Really? Oh, good, our work here is done then.
Does that mean you’re planning something worse for the finale?
There will be worse things that happen symbolically. Or, actually, literally.
Do you and the writers spend hours thinking of creative ways to grotesquely extract massive amounts of blood from people?
That’s the prop guys. We get to the end of the week and they might have a lot of blood left over, so they’ll splash it around quite liberally. But for that scene in particular, we wanted it to be shocking for story-related reasons, not to be gratuitous. The whole point was that it had a colossal effect on Cutler. The gore and carnage was necessary to elicit that.
In that moment, Hal became one of Being Human’s most evil characters. Then why do I still like him?
That’s good writing and Damien [Molony]. We’ve gone to great lengths to dramatize the horror Hal feels because of his own actions. This isn’t somebody who has a glib attitude about what he’s done in the past. He is constantly tormented by it, which propels him to be good in the here and now.
But isn’t Cutler basically right when he tells Hal that feeling sorry isn’t good enough?
God, yes, I would think that if somebody did that to my wife, “sorry,” wouldn’t cover it.
He makes a spiffy 1950s gangster, though.
That wasn’t on purpose. The vampires’ cover story for the werewolf fights is dog fighting and they are pretending to be figures within the underworld. The costumes fit that quite well, but having them look like gangsters wasn’t something we scripted.
Is it written in the script that vampires must always use decanters? They’ll be in a filthy, abandoned storage locker, but still drinking blood out of mom’s best crystal.
Oh, but vampires are renown for their enjoyment of the aesthetic.
Then what about that slab of bones and dirt that’s in the middle of the warehouse?
That’s their altar.
Does Cutler have any humanity left in him?
From the moment that he sees his wife killed, that’s it. It’s been interesting to look at the reactions to him on online. I’m very pleased to see that Cutler has a lot of fans. There are also quite a lot of people who are hoping that there is a bit of decency left in him and that he will redeem himself. That’s something Andrew [Gower] imbued in the character, because it wasn’t on the page. That people are having questions about him is a testament to his performance, because in my mind, the best way of telling if Cutler is lying is if his lips are moving.
So, should we be worried that he now knows Baby Eve is alive?
At this point, can we be absolutely sure that the Girl in Yellow is Eve?
By sending Hal to Honolulu Heights, didn’t Eve inadvertently create a future in which she doesn’t have to die?
It’s true that if it weren’t for the sobering influence of Annie, Tom, and the baby, that Hal would have reverted back to the very craven, ambitious creature we saw. But you have to wait and see in episode 8. By changing the past, Eve is actually jeopardizing her own present and future.
I laughed when Tom referred to the battle to save her in episode 1 as a “kerfuffle.” Who still uses that word?
It’s quite a nice word! Micheal Socha never overplays a line. Tom is somebody who hasn’t been to school. He was raised by one man, who had a slightly old-fashioned attitude and frowned on swearing. So even though Tom lived a violent and itinerate life, he had core values instilled in him in terms of politeness and how to conduct himself. That makes him an interesting character to write for, and I’ll choose words for him that one wouldn’t necessarily choose for anybody else.
Now that Allison is gone, will he ever get another sweetheart?
I don’t know. You always worry for whomever it’ll be because most of the time love interests end up dead, so…
Like how you slyly introduced Alex, got us to like her as a possible girlfriend for Hal, killed her, and then hung her up by a utility hook? I felt tricked.
Good. That’s storytelling.
Should we be concerned about her door not appearing?
Concerned or intrigued. The choice is yours.