Herrick: “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.”
Herrick back from his sojourn in la-la land, the body count tonight
was freakishly high. Standard penultimate episode etiquette dictates
that, come the closing credits, at least one main character must be
either dead, seemingly dead or dying. Tonight, Toby Whithouse chose Nina
as his sacrificial lamb. I was so shocked by what happened to her that
I actually tweeted Sinead Keenan to express my concern. In case
anyone's wondering, Sinead's fine. Nina... less so.
top of Nina's little mishap, there was a whole host of assorted
carnage to enjoy. We now know that McNair killed Daisy. (So, sadly, she
won't be returning for any last minute hurrah.) Honolulu Heights was a
veritable blood bath come those last ten minutes. Is DC Reid dead, or
does Herrick have other plans for her? (Like turning her into a
vampire.) More importantly: is Nina dead? I thought for a moment that
Herrick had exhibited a rare moment of compassion. If he did, then it
was short lived. I cheered when he killed Nancy. I nearly cried when he
stabbed Nina. I feel so guilty for liking Herrick. How cruel of
him to dangle the carrot of freedom in front of Nina, only to return
moments later and knife her. Psychologically, I found that quite
In fact Nina had a terrible episode all
round. Despite being right about Mitchell's involvement in the box
tunnel massacre, her reporting him to the police has had disastrous
repercussions for all of them. She did try to mitigate her
mistake by attempting to deflect blame onto Daisy, but the damage was
already done. If Mitchell's outed, then they're all in peril. Wouldn't
it be ironic if Nina ended up being the one who eventually saves
Mitchell? Maybe she could be his protégé? Would that make up for her
betrayal? I think it would. That's assuming she lives.
situation between Annie and Mitchell is so complex, it's making my
head hurt. Mitchell's screwed up big time, there's no denying that, but despite his crisis of conscience, it's still way too early in his
rehabilitation to tell whether he'll stay the course. He almost sent
Nancy to her death tonight. Admittedly, he saved her at the last minute -- but it was a close thing. Short of killing himself, I'm not sure what
Mitchell can do to to make amends for the suffering he's caused.
Daisy's dead, so there's no justice to be had there. And he's
undoubtedly making progress. He does seem more compassionate this season -- but he's so on the limit. It feels as though anything could push him over the edge.
he have told Annie about his part in the box tunnel massacre?
Probably -- but it's not as though he didn't try. Annie just didn't want
to listen. And, thus, the lie was compounded. Personally, I think
Annie's solution to their dilemma is too
simplistic. She's completely ignoring the fact that Mitchell's not a
normal human being. He's a vampire, and vampires don't go to jail. They
can't be photographed. If they are, then the secret's out. No wonder
Mitchell implored Annie to try and understand the impossibility of what she was asking of him. What a mess.
Mitchell, moving to Barry was supposed to be the start of a new life -- it was a way of wiping the slate clean. But his past has caught up with
him. The most efficient way of solving all his problems would
have been to (a) let Herrick kill Nancy, (b) beat the secret of
resurrection out of him before he becomes too strong, and (c) kill
Herrick. Job done! I know he promised George that he wouldn't
kill him, but that was before everything went to hell in a handbasket.
Things are different now. What are a few more deaths on Mitchell's
conscience? Like he said to Herrick, killing can be heroic. It can save
But, if Mitchell wants to be with Annie, then the killing has
to stop -- so Mitchell's being forced to compromise his safety, the
security of his friends, and the anonymity of his people, for love.
Not that I'm against love. It's lovely -- hence the name -- but Annie's
solution just seems too dangerous. What kind of fool would agree
to it? Plus, the Old Ones are going to be mondo pissed when they hear
about Mitchell's latest indiscretion. He's already in their bad books
over the box tunnel massacre. Why antagonise them further?
was surprised that McNair died so easily. Why was there a knife lying
in the middle of the Herrick's bedroom? It looked kind of heavy for a
piece of cutlery. There was something sad about Herrick killing McNair.
Herrick was directly responsible for McNair's condition. McNair dying
felt like Herrick having the last laugh. Despite setting him free,
Herrick never really let him go. Herrick seems to catch up with
everyone, eventually. The Question is: will Tom catch up with Herrick?
James Watkins knocked it out of the park again tonight.
I've never really appreciated Herrick's cruelty before. Barbarity
seems like such a hackneyed part of being a vampire, but contrasted
with Uncle Billy's helpless old man routine, it made Herrick seem all
the more evil. Was there ever a chance he'd let Nina live, or was his
dilemma over whether to kill her all part of the psychology of a
murderer? The galling thing is, Nina's indirectly responsible for her
own downfall. If she hadn't shown Herrick compassion in the first
place, and let Mitchell kill him, then she'd never have been stabbed.
Oh, the cruel irony!
So now Nina's half
dead, George is on his way to help Mitchell, Annie's vacillating
wildly between being upset and illogical, and Mitchell's about to
reveal the existence of vampires to an unsuspecting world. I've no
idea where they're going with this.
Bits and Pieces:
What's Annie doing agreeing to stay with Mitchell? What does a man
have to do to scare her away? Shoot puppys? I do feel for Annie though.
She's too sweet for this kind of life.
-- Nancy Reid is a terrible
detective. Firstly, she's too young. Secondly, no detective says
“cocking” to people they don't know. Thirdly, when you're trying to
escape from someone, don't keep shouting at them. They can hear your
voice and know where you are.
-- When George said “we've got guests,” what did Mitchell mean when he said “That's five”?
-- I guess Herrick wasn't faking his amnesia after all.
-- Nina's baby is 16 weeks in size after just 8 weeks. I hope the little fella lives.
-- I think we can rule McNair out as being the wolf-shaped bullet. Nina, too, probably. Which leaves Tom and George.
-- Tom's chicken was much bigger than George's. Ain't it always the way?
-- What was all that grunting at the police station about? They didn't do that when I went and reported my bike missing.
-- What did McNair write down before he died?
-- That was totally a safety razor Nina used to shave Herrick. You could see the lines in the foam.
How big is their house, exactly? The soundproofing must be awesome.
Mitchell's been kicking the crap out of Herrick for days now and no
one's heard him?
Mitchell: “This is first contact. It's biblical.”
Nina: “You're not going mad. But any other reaction in this house would be insane.”
George: “You shouldn't be killing vampires from a shitty camper van. You... you should have chlamydia and a 24 hour hangover.”
Mitchell: “I know you're in there. You old bastard! I can see you sniggering behind his eyes.”
Annie: “There has to be justice. Whatever the cost.”
Mitchell: “Prophecy, my arse.”
Annie: “Was Daisy even involved?”
Mitchell: “Yeah, but it was my idea.”
Annie: “Thank you. That's probably the first honest thing you've said to me in months.”
Annie: “It spreads, Mitchell. What you've done has contaminated us all.”
Mitchell: “You've no idea what you've done.”
Nancy: “Get your coat love, you've pulled.”
Policeman: “Date of birth, Mr Fuck You?”
Mitchell: “It can't happen like this. Not here. Not in Wales!”