Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Roman Godfrey is half human, half Upir, and one of two surviving children of Olivia Godfrey and J.R. Godfrey. He is from and resides in the supernatural-esque town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania in the Godfrey estate with his mother Olivia with whom he has a volatile relationship and younger sister Shelley Godfrey over whom he is very protective. Roman is best friends with Peter Rumancek, whom he first meets in episode one. They have a close relationship. He is also very close with his cousin Letha Godfrey. At one point, he is mesmerized by Olivia to rape Letha resulting in the birth of Nadia in the episode Birth.
Roman is the eldest living child and only son of Olivia and J.R. Godfrey. His parentage, however, has come into question since Olivia was having an ongoing affair with J.R.'s brother Norman Godfrey at the time of his conception. Norman is Roman's biological father. He was born with a caul (a skin membrane covering the head and face), a fact in which Olivia took great pride.
In Roman mythology, the caul indicates that the child would be destined for greatness, which Olivia strongly believed. It is easy to see how much his mother believes in this: after removing the caul, Olivia later eats it. When Roman was just a child, he found his father dead on the living room floor, and discovers that he had committed suicide. He later tells Peter that his firsts thought was that he believed his father would get into a lot of trouble for making such a mess.
Throughout The SeriesEdit
Roman personifies the stereotypical "rich boy" who shrouds his insecurities with his wealth and drugs. Roman is sensitive, as seen in how he cares for Shelley, and lonesome in nature, as seen in how he adheres to his first friend Peter. Roman seems to display a power-struggle where he tries to act superior to others, yet is easily dismayed at times by his mother, Peter, and others. He shows his more evil nature when he raped a girl, scared a woman by cutting into his chest, and ripped out his mother's tongue. He also made a police man who he could have just made leave his home stick his sidearm in his mouth and threatened to make him shoot himself if the other did not leave his home with his friend.
Roman is tall and fairly well built; his skin is pale, and hair a dirty blonde color, streaked with darker shades of black. His eyes are a green/hazel color. He is always clean shaven and very well dressed at all times embodying his wealthy persona.
In the first Season, his hair is often unkempt and pushed back all the time. At times he sports cuts on his face from drug-induced self-harm. His clothes are also mostly lazy/casual styled as well.
In the second Season, Roman's hair is very well kept and usually slicked back formally. He's seen wearing more suits and less casual clothing, as he's taken his spot within the corporate world.
- Peter Rumancek: Peter is Roman's first real friend. Their relationship is strained given their mothers' dislike for each other, but they grow to become best friends. Roman clings to Peter; he needs Peter so that Roman himself can believe there is something good in him. He reaches out to Peter to bring out this side in him that is apparently hidden. Peter and Roman are later shown to be distantly related. They share the same dreams, and care deeply for the same women (Letha and Shelly). They are related through Olivia; her bastard child Magdalena is likely the grandmother or great-grandmother of Peter's grandfather Nicolae, and thus Olivia is Peter's great-great-great-great-grandmother - as well as Roman's mother. After Letha's death in childbirth, Peter leaves Hemlock Grove with his mother at the one time Roman needs him most. Roman hates him for this. After Peter's return in season two, they mend their wounds and over time, the broken relationship builds back up.
- Shelley Godfrey: Perhaps Roman's one redeeming quality. He is incredibly protective of Shelley, at the cost of confronting even his mother, whom he generally fears. He tends to her affectionately, but considers her to be powerfully insightful. In the labyrinth of his mind Shelley appears as his angelic guide.
- Olivia Godfrey: Roman's mother adores him more than she does any of her other children. She expects great things from him, as a result of him being born with the caul, upon which she privately feasted. She later proclaimed to Roman's father, JR, that, "He will always be mine." She is incredibly controlling of Roman's actions, but seemingly desires his rebellion. She often taunts Roman into action; manipulating him and several other characters throughout the story. The relationship between the two is often hinted to be slightly sexual. At the least they are generally pretty open with one another. She is incredibly permissive of Roman's excess, and has plans for him that only become clear at the end of the first season.
- J.R. Godfrey: Roman's father whom he remembers little of, but confronts in his coma. When he was very young, he found his father dead in the living room after he'd shot himself. Roman also learns that he may not in fact be his real father.
- Letha Godfrey: Roman's cousin/half-sister and the mother of his child with whom he shares an incestuously close relationship. Before the arrival of Peter in town Letha was Roman's only friend. At the end of season one, it is found out that Letha's father, Norman Godfrey, might in fact also be the father of Roman.
- Dr. Norman Godfrey: Letha Godfrey's father and Roman's father(as admitted by Norman Godfrey season 2). Norman seems to carry a suspicious attitude with regard to Roman and Letha's relationship, but as the season progresses it is reassured that Roman cares deeply for Letha. In Roman's coma he appears as Roman's therapist.
- Nadia Godfrey: Nadia is Roman and Letha's baby daughter who is a quarter upir and has the ability to kill someone by staring at their faces.
Powers & AbilitiesEdit
- Enhanced Strength: Roman has used his enhanced strength countless times, once even to send a person flying 20 feet through the air while other times he has grappled with and overpowered others or choked them with one hand in an grip seemingly the strength of metal. His strength has allowed him to overpower humans, even someone like Johann Price, with little effort while performing feats such as sending people flying into the air or tearing flesh with his bare hands requires more effort. He was able to rip Peter's wolf form in half and pull him out of its shredded body.
- Mesmerization: Who ever has Romans face and eyes in their line if sight and whoever Roman has in his his line of sight, Roman can control by speaking. Roman has used his power of mesmerization countless times, he has used it to make women have sex with him, he has used it to make a cop stick a gun in his mouth and to make people lose their memory.
- Enhanced Durability: Even as a half Upir Roman would constantly cut himself without feeling much pain, though he was taking drugs like cocaine at the time, after he had became a full upir his durability advanced he was able to slam his head on a mirror with great force without feeling it and without a single scratch. He was struck in the back with an metal pole when he attacked and fed on a homeless man but it landed on him like he was made of metal and did nothing to him
- Regenerative Healing: Roman can heal in a very rapid time. though not as fast as his mother and not to the point were he will be able to avoid great discomfort.
- Immortality: Because Roman is a full upir he will can not age and is immune to all diseases.
Because Roman is a full upir his weaknesses are limited:
- Decapitation: Decapitation will temporally kill him, but only burning him will completely kill him.
- Stabbed in the Heart: If Roman is stabbed in the heart, they will be weak enough to burn and completely kill.
- Burning: Fire is the one thing that truly that can kill an upir.
- Desiccation: If an upir is abstained from blood for too long then, they will be weak and rabid, causing them to be reduced to a feral state and lose control of themselves.
- Physical Trauma: If he is drained of blood he will become capable of experiencing damage and pain, though only being fully burned will truly be fatal while anything else will simply bring him pain and cripple him until he feeds.
- 'Roman' comes from the Latin word "romanus", which means "of Rome". In this initial sense, the title "Roman" means "a citizen of the Roman Empire", a man of Roman (or Byzantine) culture, Latin or Greek.
- The name is significant because it comes from the Etruscan founder of Rome, Romulus, who was raised by a she-wolf, and was known for being both ruthless and fair, and was also a god separate from men as he was himself the descendant of Mars the god of blood and war.
- Olivia's Romanian origin also gives the name significance because Romania and is populous that come from the intermarriages of the Romanians and the Goths
- Godfrey, is however, of Germanic origins and derives from the personal name 'God-Freida'. This was composed of the elements 'guda', meaning good, and 'frid' - peace, which is somewhat ironic for the shows portrayal.
- "I don't want to progress. I want to be human." (season 2, episode 2)
- By the second season Roman is 1
- Roman drives a Jaguar XK150 in the first season and a Maserati in the second.
- Roman was born with a caul (in Roman mythology, a sign that child was born for greatness) which may be significant in Olivia's decision to name him thus, given her apparent belief in the Roman myth.
- While in the second season Roman had an extendable mouth that he can use to enhance his jaw strength further than his own great jaw strength, he had canine teeth the transformed into pointed and elongated fangs in the first. This is a reference to the actual book that the series is based on, as Roman had grown fangs at the end of the book.