Anna Fricke and Jeremy Carver Talk Being Human Season 2 (Part One); New Promo Photos Revealed!
Q: Can you talk about what has been the most challenging storyline to create so far?
Anna Fricke: For us this season - but I'm glad that we did it because I think it's a necessary aspect of Aidan's background to tell - it's been a little tricky to figure out the realm of vampire politics. Because vampires are obviously by nature so old and things go so far back, we just wanted to make sure that we got things right, and I think we did. But that was a lot to take on, and it was an exciting challenge; but you know, when you're talking about people who are thousands of years old, it gets a little complicated. So that was a challenge for us this year I would say.
Q: Has there been a storyline that you have wanted to tackle but for some reason or other have not been able to yet?
Jeremy Carver: Yes, there is. It's an existing Aidan storyline actually, which...
Anna Fricke: Well, there are many... We really keep on wanting to get back into what exactly happened with Aidan's family, with his wife.
Jeremy Carver: The original, back in Revolutionary times.
Anna Fricke: Yes, his original life and child. So we won't say what we're thinking about for that, but that is a story we actually wanted to get into but have not had time for this year.
Jeremy Carver: It's a story that we all know, we all love, and can't wait to spring should we be lucky enough to have a future season.
Q: With the vampire politics kind of overtaking that storyline, will there be some similar organization or coming together of ghosts and/or werewolves?
Anna Fricke: Yes, I think it's safe to say that this season we sort of see a new form of every monster. So we have the new form of vampires, and we will also see different kinds of ghosts and a sort of different ghost society that we had touched into before, and also a different kind of werewolf. And so while it may not have that same mob structure with the vampires, I think yes, we do see a sort of greater world and hierarchy in the ghosts and in the werewolves.
Jeremy Carver: I'll go further to say, for example, in the werewolf world, I think last year we had Josh introduced to just one other wolf, isn’t that right, Ray?
Anna Fricke: Well, and the professor.
Jeremy Carver: And the professor, correct. Sorry, I forgot that. And this year we are basically starting to expand the types of werewolves that we're seeing, and there will be a particular type that Josh comes across that will greatly alter his world. And we'll be seeing that there is basically more than one kind of species of werewolf in our world, and we're really excited about that.
Likewise, with Sally, she's not just making friends with ghosts as a result of turning down her door; we're also going to be introduced to a different, I'll call it, species of ghost that she may have unwittingly caused to come into her world by virtue of essentially screwing with the heavens as it were and passing up her door.
So we're going to see, just like Anna was saying, a hierarchy introducing different sub-species - this is all sounding very technical - sub-species of monster as it were. It's tremendously fun, it's really scary, and like I said, we couldn't be more excited about how we have expanded the reach this season. It's pretty ambitious what we set out to do, and we're really excited to share it with everybody.
Q: Sally finds a new power that ghosts have in the first couple of episodes; is that something that is going to come back up and she'll be using throughout the season? Or has that been pretty much resolved in the first few episodes?
Anna Fricke: Yes, her new knowledge is something that she will continue to struggle with and come up against.
Jeremy Carver: Yes, we talk about this power. We're talking about things a little bit clinically here in terms of different species of this and different species of that, but at its heart we're always going back to our characters. And our character Sally has been desperate to move on from her existence as a ghost, right? That's basically what all of last season was, "How do I move on from this place?" And with her door not an option anymore, how does she go about escaping what is essentially the eternal loneliness of being a ghost? So when she's presented with new ways of "being human," she leaps at it, and she does so knowing that it could lead her down a darker path. And just because it leads her down a darker path doesn't necessarily mean that she's going to stop doing it, which of course is the underlying theme of the season: temptation. And that's what we're seeing all three of our characters [struggle] with - how far is far enough?
Q: I know you guys can only speak in very general terms, but I was wondering if you could perhaps tell us a little bit about some of the biggest writing and/or production challenges you found with the Season 2 opener and carrying on the story from last season into this year.
Anna Fricke: Well, part of it was the timeline because of ending Season 1 with, "She wants to see you." We sort of married ourselves to having to pick things up pretty quickly and having to explain who the heck "she" was. And always with the storylines sort of working around the full moon for Josh's change and things like that [plus] figuring out that timeline in the beginning in terms of what was happening with Aidan after Bishop's death, what was happening in Boston, what was happening with Josh. And we couldn't go past the full moon because you've got Josh, you've got Nora's been scratched, and we don't know what's happening there.
Jeremy Carver: I think even in a more general sense you always hope that Season 1 is going to attract more people to Season 2. So while we're a pretty serialized show and we want to give the returning fans what they're looking for, just throw the red meat and let's get it going, there's a certain element of, "We have to make sure we're bringing in new viewers and keep making them feel welcome as well." So...
Anna Fricke: We want to set up all the new characters and the new things that we're excited about.
Jeremy Carver: Exactly! There was a lot of setup of new things for seasoned viewers while still wanting to grab the new viewers by the ankles and make sure they weren't left behind. So openers are always some of the trickiest because there is so much almost calculus that has to be done. As much mathematical equation as there is heart and emotion and all that stuff. So I think unto itself a season opener is just tricky business.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about casting the new characters? Did you have people specifically in mind?
Anna Fricke: We had to look for Suren, whom Dichen plays. We went through some searching for that. Kyle was actually someone we had read before and was not available for various reasons last season. So we were sort of throwing out names for that character and then, "You know who it would be great to see again, Kyle Schmid," and he turned out to be perfect for the role.
Jeremy Carver: We were both great fans of Dichen. So it was a really happy moment when her name came across our desk because she just seemed perfect for the part.
Q: My favorite part of pretty much any supernatural show - or any show really - is the sort of smaller relationship stuff. And I know you've said that they have their own paths this season, but is there some more "roommate romance" among the characters?
Anna Fricke: Yes, absolutely. That's also our favorite kind of story to tell. And we always try to make a point of having those roommate moments with all three of them and also the romance, which we love writing as well. I think Aidan and Josh definitely have a lot of great conflict this season, they get pretty enmeshed in each other's lives due to decisions they've both made, and yes, definitely there's more of that to look forward to.
Jeremy Carver: It's the notion of these three as roommates and having to deal with each other through the good, the bad, the funny, the not funny... I mean, maybe we take that for granted. But we're with you; that's the DNA of the show, that's why the show essentially works. Nothing is more alive than the three of them on the screen together, or some combination of. So that is always there. It's just, to go along with your point about the characters because this isn't - okay, I'll go there - it's not Scooby Doo and they're not all sort of investigating crimes together, you know, and they're not riding in a van together, they each need to have very full and vibrant storylines of their own.
So we don't think anyone gets the short script this year in terms of their individual worlds... We'll always land back with them because that is the beating heart of the show right there.
Q: Is Nora integrated more into it this season?
Jeremy Carver: Absolutely. Nora is a fantastically integral part of the show, and we haven't spoken about her enough. Kristen Hager is an absolute gem and deserves a mention all her own in that she comes into her own in a way that she never expected, and that is surprising and exciting and dangerous and tempting. And Nora very much goes down a completely wholly sort of self-sufficient road this year that has massive implication with her relationship with Josh. So she absolutely, as a character on the show, blossoms in terms of storyline and screen time.
And with that little tidbit we'll close out Part One of our chat with Jeremy and Anna. Look for Part Two early next week in anticipation of the Season 2 return of "Being Human" on Syfy Monday, January 16th.
In "Being Human" leading normal lives is a lot harder than it looks for three roommates – vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath), and werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) – who share their secrets and a Boston brownstone. The Season 2 action picks up nearly a month after last season’s explosive finale as the three continue to struggle with their supernatural double lives and discover that temptation truly is a beast!
Executive Producers are Michael Prupas, Adam Kane, Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke (both of whom are also writers/showrunners), Rob Pursey, and Toby Whithouse. Irene Litinsky is Producer.
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