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Being Human: Whithouse Discusses Ending

being-human-series-5-endingSpoilers if you haven’t watched the last episode yet, obviously!

Being Human creator Toby Whithouse has given his thoughts on the ending of the show.

Speaking on the official blog he said: “A word or two about the ending. We wrestled with the exact nature of the conclusion for a long time. Should it be definitive? If so, should it be a happy ending? Or would that feel somehow cheap and convenient? Should it be bleak? Would our heroes sacrificing themselves to save humanity be a fitting finale? But instinctively I felt that this would be too neat. I think I wanted the ending to be a comma, rather than full stop. The fact is that there simply isn’t an ending that will please everyone.

As I’ve said before the world and the characters should belong to the fans now, and by leaving them dead or even human again would rob the audience of that. And so we settled on something deliberately ambiguous. Though I hope you’ll agree that it preserves the defining qualities of the show. Our heroes are left courageous and united – wherever that may be.

But it doesn’t quite end there. On the DVD there will be an extra scene – one that takes place, in my mind, a week or so after the end of Episode 6. It answers the question I’m sure you’re all asking yourselves now – what’s happened to them? Did they save the world? And at the same time it allows scope for further stories, a future life for the show and the characters.”

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  • Jakest123

    Right now, I’m just imagining an advert about five to seven years in the future, in which a man on a pale green motorbike rolls up outside a familiar hotel, wearing a long leather jacket with a skull on the back. He begins to walk slowly up to the hotel door, and then we see him withdraw a scythe.

    All three of the trinity cheated death, and now he wants revenge.

    Too cliched?

  • snowcat60

    Interesting ending in light of the Merlin ending debacle……I would have preferred ambiguous for the Merlin show instead of definitely DEAD. No one ever wants to see their heroes/characters DEAD when ending a show. It is too depressing.

    …even if they are already dead…..lol

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0132324 ThePowerofSherlock

    Speaking for myself, I loved that ending. Genuinely couldn’t have asked for a better one

    Can’t wait to see what that extra scene on the DVD is :-O

    • ShalkaDoctor

      Agreed. It was a great ending. My concern is that this DVD extra will spoil it. It was nice leaving it slightly open (though my personal thoughts are that the devil won). It may be better if I don’t watch the extra to preserve that element.

  • http://www.facebook.com/admillar Anna Doc Marten

    Really loved the last episode but like many I am sure I am also sad to see an end. A great series, nuff said

  • Penny

    Quick question: when does series 5 release on DVD?

    • http://thetardismatrix.weebly.com/ Esterath

      April 18th, I think.

      • Penny

        Thank you :-)

  • http://thetardismatrix.weebly.com/ Esterath

    Loved the ending. Great ending to a great series.

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0132324 ThePowerofSherlock

    :-O

    Just read a theory on Den of Geek. I don’t know if anyone else had the same idea in their head, but it’s new to me

    I won’t say what it is, but if anyone is curious, it’s on Den of Geek

  • http://twitter.com/sakurapandatea SakuraPandaTeaTime

    In retrospect it was the best ending, but it came as such a surprise that the series was over that I couldn’t enjoy it. I mean, why did they bother going through all the trouble of changing the main cast (and be one of the very few shows to do this successfully; i think Doctor Who is probably the only other one) only to end the series! Ridiculous! It could have gone on for much longer and now I’ve lost one of my all time favorite shows.

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