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After THAT kiss between Mitchell and Annie and the prospect of George and Nina moving from couple to pack it seems timely to look back at the romantic exploits of our favourite supernatural beings…

Despite George’s inauspicious beginnings he is surprisingly successful with the laydees.  Of course, our first view of his attempts to chat up Becca (“You smell like a polo.  Do you have a hole?”) don’t give us a great deal of hope.  The sight of a grown man trying to disappear into a pillow case in horror still makes me cringe for him.  What a different story it would have been if it had been George swapping embarrassing stories in the bar with Becca instead of Mitchell.  Of course after he sees Nina and is thoroughly chastised by her the die is cast for George.  Kismet?  Karma?  Fate?  Whatever it is these two are magnetically drawn to each other and it’s clear that most of the time they have no idea why.  Even after meeting Nina, the true love of George’s life, he does quite well in the romance stakes.  Daisy takes an interest straight away – takes rather more than an interest in fact!  Sam falls for George despite his werewolf Tourette’s and his headlong rush into a proper grown up, serious relationship (and tobogganing…)  Even when he tries to have the worst ever blind date with Kirsty she can’t resist George’s charm – or was it his neat centre parting and love of obscure subtitled cinema.  And kebabs…

Nowadays (or Barrydays!) George and Nina seem quite settled and content with each other although the prospect of cubs may well rock the boat.  Nina still has her reservations about Mitchell and maybe the prospect of a Mitchell/Annie relationship will appeal to her as it will balance the numbers and make more space for her and George to be a ‘proper’ couple.  I’m sure she thinks that Mitchell leads George astray – and not in the normal inappropriate friend way of drinking and dodgy takeaways but more like covering up for murderers and dismembering the odd vampire…

When we first met Annie she still knew that Owen was her one and only, her reason for being and lots of other dodgy songs…  The romance was rather dented  – partly due to Annie being dead but mostly due to the realisation that Owen killed her.  Her revenge was both sweet and powerful and that new freedom allowed Annie to move on.  She didn’t move far, just to the pub down the road where she met sweet Hugh and wide boy Saul – both of whom fell head over heels for the local ghost.  Of course Annie went for bad boy Saul and of course it was a bad choice.  Not only was he a lunger but he was sent by the men with sticks and ropes (and feathers) to get Annie through to the other side.  Despite the exhortations of Sir Terry Wogan Saul liked Annie too much to finish it and he let her go.  Payback came when she went looking for Hugh only to find she was invisible again.  Oh Hugh… the one who got away, the one who would wait forever for Annie, who’d climb mountains, kill bears and admit to a childhood fascination with Fatima Whitbread.  Even arch-cynic Gilbert fell in love with Annie and although it was unrequited it allowed hin to pass over peacefully.  I suspect Sykes may have had a bit of a soft spot for her as well.  Not that he’d ever admit it through that (mostly) unquivering upper lip.  Young Adam, the spotty vamp – well, he had something for Annie but I really don’t want to think about what that was!!  Eeww…

And now Mitchell.  Both unchanging and immortal, they have been through much together but is it enough?  Annie’s choices haven’t been great and a 117 year old mass murderer is sadly much in line with her usual type.  She doesn’t believe she needs to know what he has done, how blood soaked his past is, as she is sure it is just that – his past.  She’s blinkered to the truth of her vampire friend – the disturbing behaviour before they went to the facility, the hints of bloody rampage.  Can she forgive him all of this?  Should she?  In fact is the Annie/Mitchell romance real at all?  Lia pushed them together for her own ends, her long game.  Although they always had chemistry it was never crackling with passion, more with warmth, comfort and friendship.  Not to mention the rather prurient speculation about – well, lets leave it at mechanics…

Dark hearted Mitchell – the Lothario, the poon hound (thanks for that image Tully!), the lady-killer in more ways than one but the worst romantic record of the lot!  Mitchel is in love with love – he sees it as the one thing that can save him from himself, from the blood and death and desire that are part of every vampire.  Sadly it seems he is doomed to failure.  Josie was his perfect women – except that she grew old and how could she bear to see Mitchell unchanging, forever young?  She died at Mitchell’s hands, as she had always suspected she would do – although for good reasons, for love.  Lauren, a passing conquest, never intended to be serious but made a vampire.  She continued to want Mitchell but just reminded him of who and what he is – and again he killed her at her own request.  He walked away from Becca, fearing the temptation, but that still didn’t save her.

Then there was Lucy… well, where do we start?  She was always in charge – she played Mitchell so beautifully that he never caught her up – even when Kemp killed her she had Mitchell on her side.  He met Lucy when he was clean, off blood, and maybe that was his weakness.  Without that desire to hunt, to conquer and devour – maybe those vampire instincts are not so sharp.  Mitchell saw Lucy as a new Josie, a fresh start to a clean life – she just saw evil.  Some rather pretty evil but evil none the less and despite her claims to Kemp that Mitchell could change I’m not sure she ever believed it herself.  We are supposed to see Mitchell as irresistible and magnetic and I admit I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crisps (or commuters) but…  He doesn’t actually have women falling at his feet and Lucy has to firmly put herself in his way to get him to buy her a two-for-one pint of scrumpy (way to treat a lady, Mitchell!!)  In reality our sexy vamp is a solitary figure, he’s lonely – he needs his friends more than he needs love.

When we saw Mitchell and Daisy ready to massacre the train passengers and revelling in the bloody aftermath and in each other we saw the real truth of vampires – the sensual, amoral physicality.  They are not programmed for a human happy ever after, they don’t play by our rules.  They don’t even play by their own rules!

Sweet, loyal, tea making Annie and Mitchell – “A great man.  A terrible man.  An orphan maker.  A breaker of hearts.”  Those he loved, he killed – it can’t possibly end well…

Despite their love of blood and hunting the vampires are a soppy lot.  Daisy and Ivan – or should I say Pooh Bear and Piglet – are devoted and committed (although possibly not exclusive!)  The only reason Ivan is prepared to takeover as vampire management is because Mitchell is in lurve…  Bless.  Carl had been with his human partner for many years before he kills him – an act that seems as inevitable as it is tragic.  Even Cara and Herrick have an overblown glory that is almost as romantic as it is bonkers!  Cara resurrected her Dark Lord and undoubtedly has plans for him… (and probably also for Mitchell).  One last vampire couple – Emma and Richard.  Outwardly suburban, golf club members (I assume) and immaculately turned out – but actually blood sucking fetishists…  Maybe there really is some secret for a happy (if short-lived)  marriage in killing and drinking blood…

We don’t see much of ‘normal’ couples in Being Human.  I can’t see Janey sticking around once Owen went mad, after all just what shoes do you wear for asylum visiting?  The one success story was Hugh and Kirsty – after Annie lost her visibility and any hope of a future with Hugh she made sure they got back together and it looked like a proper happy ever after.  Although… call me a cynic but I’m quite sure the defective washing up and the lack of coasters will annoy Hugh just as much as it ever did before long!

Of course we should never forget the most enduring partnership of all – the bromance between Mitchell and George.  They’ve come through thick and thin, fur and blood… but who knows what is coming for them now.  The wolf shaped bullet, Lia’s manipulations, Herrick and Cara, not to mention Nina’s decided disapproval of Mitchell and that’s only what we know about!

Let’s hear it for the boys!

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If you enjoyed this you’d like my book about series one and two – Being Human – unofficial and unauthorised

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