“All you had to do was save the world.”
No pressure, then.
Yes, after weeks of chat about it, the Old Ones have finally arrived. Led by the unspeakably evil Mr Snow – in a spectacularly frightening turn by the brilliant Mark Gatiss – they’re here, not just for the end of the season but for the end of the world, and it’s up to our trio of reluctant heroes and Alex (really?) to stop them. The question, however, is whether they’re prepared to sacrifice Eve to do it.
Everyone deals with the dilemma in different ways. Tom and Hal try to find other ways to save humanity, and there are some funny, sweet scenes as their friendship continues to grow, bomb-making, blood-drinking and all. Alex flits about taking orders and making forced wisecracks, setting herself up as the new ghost on the block. And much is made of poor Annie’s agonies, once again forced to choose between the person she loves (Mitchell, Eve, whoever) and the rest of the world (the gruesome scene involving Cutler’s attempt on Eve’s life is particularly uncomfortable to watch, if not entirely convincing).
But, agonies notwithstanding, of course it’s ultimately up to the only original character left, Annie, to her usual end-of-season thing: set aside the ditziness the writers saddle her with when she’s not saving the world, dig out the warrior queen under the grey cardie and Ugg boots and kick some bad guy ass.
I think I made clear from the start that this wasn’t the story I wanted this season to tell, but I can’t deny that this episode told it incredibly well. Very few other shows would dare to have Annie do what she did — I still can’t believe Being Human actually dared — and finish her story that way. It was controversial, but, as an episode, it was also exciting, compelling and fitting for a show that hasn’t shied away from dark themes and desperate choices in the past, and looks like it doesn’t intend to start now.
Is Annie gone, though? I hope so. I still think her story should have finished with Mitchell and George’s, but now it’s come to another (super)natural end, and I hope that, her business finally finished, her boys are waiting for her behind that door. Dragging her back like they did George would be a further slap in the face of the sacrifice she made; the two codas at the end already took enough away from it.
Regardless, it has been confirmed that the show will return with a 5th season next year, with, I’m guessing, the new ghost, werewolf and vampire battling the world’s clean-up crew. It’s definitely not the show it used to be, and this season started dreadfully, but I’d say it’s still, for now, a show worth watching. I think I’ll be back for the 5th season too.