“Did you know, werewolf blood was toxic to vampires?”
That remark made by George in “Eve of the War” dropped into my ears like a very heavy thing dropped from a very great height. My first reaction, which I probably tweeted (as you do), was
“Oh yeah? Since when?!”
He proved it neatly at the end of the episode by gnawing a hole in his own (part transformed) wrist and force feeding his blood to Griffin. He looked wide-eyed and horrified and then expired… blowing away into smoke, just how vampires do when they are staked. Staking, previously thought to be the only permanent death for a vampire. Wrongly, it turns out. Well, probably.
I still felt as though this was a bit of pop up plot and slightly irritating. I mean, if it was that easy why did McNair not know? He was an expert in killing vampires. Why did Herrick never mention it? (I thought he told me everything – but that’s another story!) What about the risk to vampires from the cage fights and the fact that they’ve been cheerfully beating up werewolves – without the apparent need for visors – for centuries.
A couple of incidents that have been raised in relation to this are when Seth and his playdates beat up George in “Bad Moon Rising”. He got a good kicking and maybe that was so they could keep at a safe distance. It may also answer the question about why vampires almost always wear gloves! Yes they feel the chill (delicate little flowers that they are) but it also acts as protection. George and Herrick had a bit of a scrap in the same episode in the hospital canteen but it wasn’t George who was bleeding, it was Herrick so no clues there.
I suppose the cage fights have been proved to be a limited risk to the vampire onlookers as usually the werewolves win. It’s a rare human that draws werewolf blood and it could be that McNair was the only human winner. Poor old Alan! Maybe the werewolves’ blood loses its power after death. After all vampires don’t drink ‘dead’ human blood.
It’s always been made clear that vampires loathe the smell of werewolves, that to them it’s a distinctive, unmistakable scent. That is one of nature’s classic warnings – if you are vulnerable and can make yourself smell vile then it lessens the chances of you being eaten! Maybe the smell is a natural warning to vampires to be wary?
It’s quite possible that the knowledge of the danger has been lost over the ages. Most vampires rarely see a werewolf and if vampires aren’t regularly being killed or maimed by werewolf blood then why would it be a big deal? Maybe only the Old Ones really know and remember the dangers and Griffin is/was an Old One. He couldn’t resist goading George over Nina, he told him a secret and now George has told Tom – and I’m quite sure he’ll use that knowledge as a weapon should he need to.
One puzzle – I’m not sure how Herrick managed to stab McNair with his rather tiny vegetable knife and avoid all the blood, there wasn’t a drop on him (that I could see anyway) so I’m putting it down to magic pyjamas.
Look, I don’t have all the answers – and magical pjs sound good to me! OK?!
So I can accept the premise but what I do want to know is exactly how does it work? Is the blood only toxic when a werewolf is a werewolf? What about when they are in human state? Does it have to be ingested – and how much? What about if it’s splashed on a vampire’s skin? Is that fatal, damaging or does it just smart a bit?
I would demand that Toby sorts all this out – soon as you like please – but I suspect it’s part of the bigger story line, possibly even part of the prophecies, so that isn’t going to happen, is it!?
Unless, of course, he really has dropped a damn great clanger! He wouldn’t do that – would he?
And for your amusement – great Clangers of our time, well, Tiny Clanger anyway!