Huw John
March 04, 2012 at 06:00 AM EST

So, like Mitchell, Hal is a complex, self-hating vamp, but that’s where their similarities end. First off, he wears his shirts buttoned up to his Adam’s apple. He’s about as charismatic as death. And no one could ever accuse just-scruffy-enough-to-be-sexy Mitchell of having OCD the way Hal, with his “systems” and fear of gas stations on the left side of the road, obviously does. But Hal has his own charms—sensitivity to Annie’s pain, 55-plus years on the wagon, loyalty to Leo, a very pretty face, and I’m sure we’ll discover more. He also has a different relationship with Tom than Mitchell did with George. Where the latter two were diehard friends to the end, Hal and Tom respect the vampire-werewolf feud while begrudgingly having each other’s backs—if only out of decency and mutual respect for Annie.  (Also, the mini-clashes between Tom, who grew up in the woods, and Hal, who was alive during the coronation, gave rise to many of last night’s best lines.)

That brings me to Tom. You may not like Tom as much as George. You may not even like him as much as Nina. But if you outright hate Tom, I suggest you do some serious soul searching. Besides Annie, he’s one of Being Human’s only honest-to-goodness kindhearted supernaturals. George was a great guy (and my favorite character on the show)—but it was Tom who offered to kill George and then let Nina slay him so that they wouldn’t hurt her or her unborn baby when the trio was forced into a dogfight last season. I don’t remember George coming up with any self-sacrificing ideas. Plus, Tom refuses to kill anyone in Annie’s house or in front of Baby Eve. That’s pretty sweet. He also has ninja-like reflexes. And that’s pretty helpful—especially considering that the Old Ones are on their way and new baddie vamp Cutler is planning something “big” that involves the video footage he took of Tom and George transforming.

Now that Griffin’s death has left Wales’ vampires without a leader, Cutler and Fergus are both after the top spot, yet Cutler is the real guy to fear. Fergus may know Hal (as we find out at the episode’s end) and eventually hunt him down. He may also have an entourage of vampire henchmen and be planning an offense of “fists and fangs.” But Cutler is smart, suave, sophisticated and inclined not just to violence but intense cruelty. He’s like vamp hero Ivan—but evil, shorter, and not Welsh. He also has an intense streak of self-preservation—witness how he snuck away during the premiere’s epic battle between Tom, Annie, and George and the vampires at Stokers. Plus, Griffin implied last week that someone very important, who is no longer around, turned Cutler into a vampire—which I’m guessing is either Hal or upcoming über Old One Mr. Snow.

NEXT: Coming up on Being Human and this blog…

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