THE FINAL ACT
MITCHELL...! Is this really it? After three series, countless hours, the ecstatic highs and devastating lows, it was George who finally did the deed and ended Mitchell's long life with the words "I'm doing this because I love you".
So it's with a heavy heart we say John Mitchell... RIP.
We've gone behind the scenes of the final act of the series to see exactly how Mitchell's powerful and emotional final scene was made and to say goodbye to the fantastic Aidan Turner.
Damn, it's not easy to say those words. Alas, there are times in life when words just can't do justice to feelings. On those times we turn to Toby Whithouse, the creator of Being Human, to explain the full story...
From the first moment we met Aidan, we knew we were really only borrowing him from global super stardom. The same goes for all our cast. You can't have actors as good as Aidan and Russell and Lenora and Sinead and Jason, and not expect someone else to notice.
I guess it really hit me back when we were doing series 2, and perhaps unconsciously I shifted the stories in a way that paved Mitchell's exit. I thought it'd be better to have him go out in a scripted satisfying way, rather than lose him between series and open up with the rest of our heroes standing over a grave, with one of them saying "Wow, who'd have guessed Mitchell was SO allergic to bee stings..."
The consequences of the Box Tunnel Massacre were always going to be the cause of his demise, but whether that happened at the end of series 3 or series 33 was never defined. Contrary to a lot of the posts on the blog assuming that we'd chosen to kill him off, I didn't want to write him out until I had to. And certainly right up until the shooting script of episode 8, Mitchell was still going to be undead and kicking when the credits rolled.
But then Peter Jackson came along. And it turns out he's a fan of the show. Oh Irony, I could punch you in the neck.
Once we'd all stopped congratulating Aidan and envying him we had to decide what to do with our favourite vampire. Despite his commitments to Middle Earth, we were still planning to keep Mitchell 'alive'. Perhaps, we thought, Wyndham could dispatch him back to Bolivia and maybe (though we had to concede it was pretty unlikely given what Aidan's schedule would be for the next 3 years) we could get Mitchell back for an episode of series 7...?
But y'see, that Turner fella is smart. He knew that ending, while leaving the door open for him to return one day, would be ultimately unsatisfying. And so it was his decision - and with his encouragement - that we ended Mitchell's story there.
It was like one of your children leaving home. You're excited for them and wish them all the best... even though you really want them to stay with you forever. But like I said, with actors of that quality, it's inevitable that they're going to be offered other extraordinary opportunities.
Nonetheless, we shouldn't let the end of Mitchell's story define all that's gone before. For me it's been an honour to work with Aidan over the last 3 years. Watching him mature as an actor has been one of the great pleasures of working on this show. And aside from his skill and professionalism and talent, he's also a ridiculously nice and funny guy, and...
Actually, damn him. Seriously. I'm glad he's dead.
So let's raise a glass to Aidan Turner. It's been a blast. You appallingly talented man.
There's more to come from the world of Being Human... Come back to the blog tomorrow for a very special announcement. Plus, there's brand new Becoming Human that's just been released, plus you can recap the whole series and discover the killer in a 50min TV special next Sunday at 9pm on BBC Three.
But tonight belongs to John Mitchell and the phenomenal Aidan Turner. Leave your tributes and share your feelings in the comments below...