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14 April 2012 @ 08:42 pm
Introducing Hal the Vampire  
My Olympic abilities at procrastination had me reading some bits of information about the future of Being Human. During this "research" (what a fancy term!), I found out random facts about Hal, the show's latest vampire in the house.

Below the cut are a few factoids and me rambling about them. There's nothing spoilery about season 4 in terms of plot.


1. Supposed full name is Henry Yorke. This could be true as apparently Yorke is a surname that existed back in the days when Hal was still human. I'm a little less convinced about the Henry part.

2. He was born in late 15th century to a prostitute who worked in a brothel with five others. Hal never found out which one was his actual mother but loved all six. I'm curious how it is that Hal never found out which one was his mother. Surely the women knew. Unless there was a bunch of kids born to these women around the same time as Hal and they lost track?

3. He was turned by an army surgeon at the Battle of Orsha in 1514 (how did he end up in Lithuania? Was he fighting on the side of the Russians or the Poles?) after he was fatally wounded. This makes him almost 500, not quite, in vampire years plus the years he was alive as a human versus the 118 years Mitchell was alive. This also means that we know the exact date of Hal's turning (September 8th). I wonder if he used to celebrate that day with a whole lot of killing and drinking back in the day? I bet he did. I bet he used to celebrate in true Old One style with lots of ostentatious fanfare and gory debauchery.

4. Apparently every vampire currently in existence fears Hal apart from THAT Old One you meet at the end of the season 4. I'm curious if others are afraid of him because he's like the 2nd oldest vampire ever or if because he's done seriously scary things. 500 years doesn't seem that old for a vampire for some reason. But maybe in this day and age, making it to that age without getting killed is considered an accomplishment. I also didn't find Hal that vicious, even with the glimpses we got of him during his bloody past. I mean, no more so than usual. But perhaps the really awful stuff is not fit for audience members' eyes.

I think now the show should tell us some current facts about Hal. Really mundane things like favorite color (I'm guessing blue because its calming although watch it ironically be red) or favorite country (currently in existence since during his time he's probably seen a few come and go).

 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Being Human s4aelfgyfu_mead on April 15th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
1. Why not Henry? I had already figured his name must be Henry—both Hal and Harry were common nicknames for that name in the late Middle Ages/early modern era (as in Henry V). Henry was quite a popular name at all levels of English society then, I believe.

2. Yes, I'd think the women would know and would keep track of their own children! Odd.

3. I'm guessing I don't know about Lithuania yet but will get there.

4. REALLY? 500 is the second-oldest vampire still living? Wow. I have a guess about who plays THAT Old One. When I went looking for s4 images, my Google search didn't work too well; I was looking for "Being Human Annie Tom Hal" but turned up some images with none of them, including one familiar face I totally didn't expect to see! With ginger hair, if I'm not mistaken, but then I told myself "Spoilers!" and grabbed a promo pic before I could see anything that might give away more.

Hal seems rather reluctant to give up personal information—aside from what he needs to stop him going into a killing rage. What was that list he gave in the episode where he got a job? I think it included electricity, indoor plumbing, and Radio 4, but it was a good bit longer. I found it hilarious!

I'm coming to love Hal in a way that I never loved Mitchell. I'm glad that Annie clearly isn't forgetting George and Nina one whit, though. And Tom is very dear too. After that first episode of the season, I thought I might quit, but I fell in love with the New Boys, even though differently than I did with the original crew (plus Nina, if I don't count her as original).

formerly lifeinsomniac: HalDominosjoonscribble on April 15th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
REALLY? 500 is the second-oldest vampire still living? Wow.

Actually I completely speculated this as I'm not sure what strikes fear in vampires more: viciousness or age. But after reading an interview with Whithouse, I'm guessing the former.

including one familiar face I totally didn't expect to see! With ginger hair,

There's an interview with Gatiss who said he specifically asked for ginger hair. As well as a few other make up choices.

aside from what he needs to stop him going into a killing rage. What was that list he gave in the episode where he got a job? I think it included electricity, indoor plumbing, and Radio 4, but it was a good bit longer.

I think those 3 were the essentials he listed. But let's face it: Hal needs WAY more than that to keep things in check. Have you seen the blog entry that details his experience at the small animals circus that was vaguely referenced by Leo and Pearl in the 2nd episode? Hal's apology letter is AMAZING.

but I fell in love with the New Boys, even though differently than I did with the original crew

Me too. It's a completely different dynamic that works wonderfully in a very different way than the original trio. At times I can't believe how much I grew to love the new characters but I'm completely sold at this point.