Being Human (US): Sins of the Mother

The Season 2 finale of Being Human (US), “It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To” promises everything a season finale should: plot twists, big shocks and a triple header cliffhanger that will keep you pulling your hair out until next season begins. SEMI-OBVIOUS SPOILER ALERT: Despite the fact that half the characters are already technically dead, the episode title is no joke.

Sally’s opening monologue sets the stage. We grow up with the false premise that being good will always pay off in the long run. If the roommates have learned anything this season, however, it’s that sitting around and trying to do the right thing gets you nothing but heartache and destruction. If you want some control over your life, you need to take charge. The roommates certainly take this message to heart in the finale.

Sally’s “good guy” guilt over shredding ghosts and learning about their sentence in Limbo has really gotten to her. Remembering what Danny said about “taking the wrong door” leads Sally on a crazy path. She’s determined to invade Limbo and save some souls. All she needs is a door to get there, but she finds that her “good guy” nature wont let her rob someone else of their door. Time to find another way.

Josh has spent his whole were-life not wanting to be perceived as the monster. Even when he tries to go to Julia’s funeral, his sister convinces him that his presence would only bring pain, so he gives in. Learning that Nora was admitted to the hospital following the eclipse, he rushes to her side. When he learns the curse is in the bloodline and killing Ray means saving himself and Nora, too, his switch is flipped. He’s finally going to take control, give into the monster and kill Ray.

Back in Boston, Aidan meets with Suren in secret for an explanation. She knew that if she stayed with him, Mother would never stop hunting them both and, in the end, Aidan would die for it. Her love for him required the sacrifice of letting him go. Without her, Aidan is safe, but she knows nothing of the extent of his loyalty to her. Through flashbacks of the last 80 years, Aidan’s yearly vigil at Suren’s “grave” and his constant struggles with Mother show his true love and also reveals the love of a parent and child. She may be older, but Mother has a lot to learn about being a real parent. Aidan’s done with playing a passive role, though, and like Josh with Ray, he’s going to kill Mother.

Aidan enlists the help of Henry in his plan for vengeance. His attention to detail is meticulous. Meanwhile, at home, Josh and Sally plot the death of Ray. Their focus is a little more scattered, though. Their toughest decision is what Josh should wear. Again, it’s a good thing you’re pretty, Josh. The human side of you is no killer. Sally helps Josh lure Ray into the woods by possessing his wife, but her actions have consequences. The Reaper was just waiting for her to fall off that wagon.

Knowing she has no choice, Sally begs her mother to shred her. She’s convinced there’s a way back from Limbo, and it’s her only way to get rid of the Reaper. Now everyone has a plan. But you know the saying: “The best laid plans of monsters and men…”

At home, Sally’s mom helps her realize what a great person she has become. This must have been her unfinished business, because her door suddenly appears. She offers Sally the door, but being the good guy, Sally still can’t go out like that. Taunted by the Reaper, Sally reaches deep within and shreds herself. Wow. Didn’t see that one coming, but it shreds the Reaper, too. In the end, Sally finds a way to communicate through radio from Limbo. She thinks she may have made a mistake. No duh. You think? 

Josh leads Ray into the woods at gunpoint. When a screaming Nora shows up and distracts Josh, Ray gets away. A fight in the forest turns into an old-fashioned werewolf standoff, with Josh on the ground, defenseless, Ray’s rifle trained on him, and Nora with Ray in her crosshairs. After the scene blacks out, there’s another gunshot finale.

Aidan’s plan fails, too. He gets nabbed and served up to Suren at the Council Celebration. Mother names Suren as her successor, but only if she has the strength to stake Aidan will she earn her birthright. Suren’s heart wins, and she collapses. In response to this weakness, Mother stakes Suren and damns Aidan to be buried alive.

Season 2 certainly lived up to its tagline, “Temptation is a beast.” Throughout this season, we’ve seen each of the roommates become addicted: to love, to blood, to reaping, to dependency, all as a result of temptation. And as LiLo or Charlie Sheen can tell you, getting back on that wagon could take countless attempts. On a whole, the series is so much more than I ever hoped it to be. While it still maintains some of the crucial threads from the UK original (limbo, werewolf girlfriends, corrupt vamp law enforcement), the differences in plot and concept are so uniquely their own that Being Human (US) has really become a beast, a monster of its own. And it’s a monster I’m happy to keep an eye on.

So, what did you think of the finale and Season 2? Who is your favorite roommate and how do you think they will get out of their own private hell? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Jim C. is a sci-fi/supernatural/federation/superhero/Cylon teacher nerd, obsessed with TV, books and film. He spent his childhood reading comics, writing morbid horror stories and being the token tormented class homo, but he thinks he turned out pretty freakin’ awesome. image