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I’ve been pondering further on that bit of parchment revealed at the end of series four.  He will rise.

Of course it may be a complete dead end or a particularly annoying red (beige) herring but who knows? Apart from TW of course…

As an enigmatic hint it’s, well, enigmatic but I can’t help wondering how the ancient vampire recorders with their skin parchment and their cryptic symbols suddenly started writing in plain English?  Maybe they had a bit left over?

“Look we’ve used the front, even though it was a bit bumpy, this is what’s left.  Where’s it from?  Best not to ask really but it was hell to flay…  Oh and you did file the nipple off that other bit didn’t you…  You didn’t.  Never mind, no one will ever notice.”

Maybe someone snipped a bit off the ancient scrolls, you know what it’s like, you need to write a shopping list and there’s never any paper around and you end up forgetting the cornflakes and the toilet duck…

Anyway, back to the point (sort of) as I have a theory on this and if you thought that forgetting to file off the nipples was a bit far-fetched then…  Look, it’s a work in progress, all right?

If we assume this follows on from the fifth vampire dream then it has to relate to the prophecy but in S4E8 the scrolls were interpreted in two different ways.  That’s after Woman in Gloves extracted the final piece from her handbag, brushing off the odd boiled sweet and dusty tissue.

Cutler believed that the death of the War Child meant the end of the vampires.  He believed it enough to force his way into Honolulu Heights despite the immolation that ensued and he said it as clearly as speaking through the sagging remnants of your parboiled face would allow.

“I’m signing the death warrant for my entire species.” 

Remember?  It was shortly before the rather squelchy gurgle that left him proper dead.  Allegedly.  Yes, OK, I know…  And Hal probably agreed – he immediately read the scroll in Honolulu Heights as the fate of Eve being inextricably linked to the fate of the vampires.  He may have had it back to front but the meaning seems pretty clear.

Mr Snow put it differently.  As he would.

“The death of the Godhead, humanity lives.”

So… different versions but in the end the War Child died, blown into Pampers clad pieces by a blast of Crisp ‘n’ Dry.

So did the vampires die?  Well, the ones in range did!  But Hal didn’t.  Did any more survive?  Presumably there are lots more all over the place, Wooton under Edge for example, and I have no doubt that there are some more Old Ones.  The ones not canned and exported from Bolivia.

Did humanity live?  Seems that way – although did we actually see any real humans after the explosion?  It depends on when the Mr Rook scene was set but I suspect even our distracted supernatural threesome might have noticed if everyone had disappeared.

Was humanity saved?  Trickier…  Saved from what?  From whom?

Maybe all it meant was that humanity was saved from that particular future, the Mr Snow eating the PM/guts for garters/poster boy Hal future.  There could be infinitely more terrible futures still in store, ever more nasty threats.

Oh goodie!

But what if Cutler got it right?  Killing Eve killed the vampires… but it just doesn’t happen straight away.  Perhaps they can no longer recruit?  It would take a while but it would eventually finish them.  Maybe it’s easier to kill them – if they became vulnerable to disease or injury they have no inbuilt defences.  That would work – the immortal undead wiped out by man-flu.  Or could Annie have changed everything?  We keep getting told she’s special, unique.  Could her sacrifice alter the prophecy – or even help it?  Maybe all the rules have changed.  Now wouldn’t THAT be a useful plot device!  And don’t forget the parchment was the fifth dream – wonder what the other four were?  I’m sure there will have been one about naked flying while all your teeth (fangs) fall out – there always is.  Or is that just me?

For the sake of finishing off this rather rambling post let’s assume the parchment isn’t a red herring, part of a shopping list, a wallpaper sample or an ancient beer mat and someone will actually rise.

So who might it be?  The first thought is that it’s about resurrection which is normally someone who’s dead – proper dead that is.

Mr Snow?  Nice thought – surely that powerful a vampire can survive pretty much anything but would Mark Gatiss return?  Not sure…

Herrick?  Well you know how much I love Herrick.  (I have mentioned that somewhere haven’t I?)  But no.  Herrick is done and gone and it would be so wrong to drag him back again

Kemp?  Well, technically he didn’t die and that might be an interesting idea but Donald Sumpter is a very busy boy and it harks too much back to the Bristol/original threesome days to be viable now.

Cutler?  Plausible.  If you want to wriggle out of the rules does staking a melted vampire count in the same way?  But that is stretching an invented change of rules a bit too far.  So no, not Cutler.  Damn.

You don’t need me to list all the vanquished and staked and anyway, I doubt it’s any of them.

Maybe the rise isn’t resurrection.  It could be a coming to power or a deliberate and long plotted event.

How about the men in grey and the wonderfully mysterious Mr Rook?  Could they be planning to take a more prominent role in the supernatural world?  I think they’ve been around a very, very long time – the archive is vast.  Mr Rook has an interestingly timeless look and a level of influence in the government that I’d like to see explored.

But then again – look at Wyndam.  Big Bad Edgar.  The wrath of god.  The scourge of the pineapple hedgehog.  Dangled and dumped before we ever got the chance to love or hate him.  Mr Rook and Arthur may well go the same way.

The obvious answer is that he who will rise is Hal.  If he is or is thought to be the oldest Old One left there must be obligations and power attached to that.  Who’ll come looking for him?  Or will he go looking for them?  An interesting question is that the ‘he’ could be good or evil – and so could Hal.  (Although good, OCD, occasionally wibbling idiot Hal is not much fun and would be as dull as used washing up water for six episodes.)

I don’t think he is the oldest left; there must be others that weren’t packaged up in Bolivia, others like Hal who ran away or wouldn’t toe the vampire line.  Hetty is about fifty years younger – is her maker still around?

I don’t think that Hal can be the answer for no other reason than because it is the obvious answer.  When was it ever made so easy for us to guess what’s coming?  That’s right.  Never.

Which leave us with the unknown.  Maybe it’s the mysterious new villain, the more evil than ever before villain that has been hinted at.

Or some sort of saviour?  TW does like to flirt with the odd religious theme so could this be a good supernatural?  Vamp on a white charger?  SuperWerewolf?

Actually I hope not…

Bring on the villains I say and the eviller the better!


A reminder of evil Hal and Fergus, cleaning up Richmond in 1855…