Being Human, the saga of supernatural roommates who just want to be ordinary folks, loses its lease Monday after four seasons on Syfy (which adapted the British hit of the same name). Sam Witwer, who plays Aidan, the hunky and tortured vampire who bunks in a Boston townhouse with werewolves Josh (Sam Huntington) and Nora (Kristen Hager), and Sally (Meaghan Rath), the ghost he finally realizes he loves, tells TV Guide Magazine about the finale, and reveals why the show will stop chomping on our hearts.
TV Guide Magazine: A lot of your fans wanted at least one more year of the show. Why is it ending now?
Sam Witwer: If it makes them feel any better, this was really the best thing for the show under the circumstances of how difficult it was to make.
TV Guide Magazine: What made it difficult?
Witwer: Mostly budgeting reasons. When you don't have enough budget to do what the show requires, then you have to call in favors. For example: getting friends to guest and putting them up in apartments. I will have to say that filming in Montreal, the crews are amazing, but the acting talent pool is limited, unless you're OK with them speaking French. So we had to get actors from Toronto and Vancouver and that costs money.
TV Guide Magazine: When did you know that this would be the final season?
Witwer: We requested it.
TV Guide Magazine: Really?
Witwer: More specifically, executive producers Anna Fricke and Stefan Pleszczynski and me, among others. Frankly, because if they asked us to do a fifth season, it would have been a bad version of the show.
TV Guide Magazine: Well, then you've had a long time to craft a good series finale, haven't you?
Witwer: The whole season is an ending, Because we requested it, Anna Fricke made a deal with Syfy that we'd be allowed to write to an end this year. I want to give Syfy major credit for allowing us to do that, not just have three episodes to end it with. The other part is that the British series did 37 episodes, while we did 52. That's a lot of stories between a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost.
TV Guide Magazine: How is the cast feeling about the show's demise?
Witwer: We feel great. We just have to remind ourselves that this was a shock for our fans, even though we've been preparing for a year.
TV Guide Magazine: What can you tell those fans about the series finale? It turns out their house itself is an evil spirit inciting mayhem.
Witwer: The episode is largely about moving on. For Josh and Nora that looks like trying to finally be a normal married couple and create family. In the case of Aidan, the episode is about whether this guy deserves any kind of redemption or whether he's just going to wink out into nothingness.
TV Guide Magazine: He's done centuries worth of bad stuff, does he deserve redemption?
Witwer: Is it enough that for a few years, he's been trying to be a good guy? This season we saw a flashback where he murdered two women and he thought it was hysterical. This is a guy always in danger of flipping back to the dark side.
TV Guide Magazine: Sally is the one who understands and forgives him. Their loving relationship in the alternate future was so touching. Where are they at the end?
Witwer: That's been such a fun relationship, with some Bogart-Bacall moments because they kind of disliked the fact they have this connection. But at the end, if we've done our jobs right, you will need tissues.
TV Guide Magazine: Will there be any questions left unanswered?
Witwer: It is very, very final. There can be no Season 5 after this finale. You can't do it.
TV Guide Magazine: Can we expect some final deaths?
Witwer: Absolutely. Not everyone makes it out of this.
TV Guide Magazine: I'm teary already. Is there a final message here?
Witwer: Self-acceptance. The theme in this episode is accept what you're capable of and try to move beyond it. But wouldn't it be nice if someone was there with you, accepting what your flaws are. Anna Fricke really knocked it out of the park with this finale.
TV Guide Magazine: What's next for you? You just did a guest spot in Grimm.
Witwer: Really no idea. I'm the type of actor who gets nervous under contract and likes to move from job to job. Being Human is the first time I've been OK with a long-term job. Being Human was such a fun, challenging job that I never wanted out. I didn't spend any of my money from Being Human. I banked it so that I could be selective and that's what I'm doing now — saying no to stuff.
The series finale of Being Human airs Monday at 9/8c on Syfy.