What We Do in the Shadows Season 5 Finale: Can Guillermo Really Get Cured?

What We Do in the Shadows season 5 closes out with a major twist on an old tradition, but it doesn’t fix Guillermo’s deeper problem.

Guillermo (Harvey Guillen) in What We Do in the Shadows season 5 episode 9.
Photo: Russ Martin | FX

This article contains spoilers for WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS season 5 episode 10.

There may be more to the title of What We Do in the Shadows’ season 5 finale than meets the eye. Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) makes some major changes in “Exit Interview,” and Colin Robinson’s (Mark Proksch) questioning means more than just how much the Staten Island vampires will have to pay his successor. The familiar and bodyguard with the Van Helsing DNA makes a choice, but now he has to live with it until he dies a natural death.

What’s Up With Guillermo’s Beard?

Vampires are immortal, spending their nights eternally frozen at the moment of death. They no longer breathe; they only consume blood, they don’t pump it; all their bodily functions cease. In Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire novel, Claudia rebels against her vampiric nature, defiantly cutting off her hair to prove she still has the power to change some things. She wakes up with it at the same length after her descent into daytime death. In the AMC series, Lestat (Sam Reid) reads Claudia’s diary, mocking her curiosity over whether she’ll always be a virgin if her skin grows back like her hair does. The same rule applies to Guillermo.

When Guillermo was turned, all his bodily functions stopped, even though he wasn’t a full vampire. His limbo still locked him into what he looked like when they died. Guillermo grows a full beard because he didn’t need to shave since Vampire Derek (Chris Sandiford) turned him. With the vampire condition removed, Guillermo’s body reverts to its natural state. It continues to grow hair and fingernails, gains weight, breathes, pumps blood, and ages. All that hair which appears on his face all at once would have grown in slowly during the interim between the first bite and the final pulling up of stakes.


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