July 27, 2012
Blog for HBO’s Series True Blood Reports What Was Overheard On Set
Internet blog, Inside True Blood, posted some possible teasers for the Season 5 finale of the HBO series. On June 10, 2012, the day the first episode of Season 5 aired, the cast and crew of True Blood were preparing to film the season finale. Blogger Gianna Sobel posted about the work being done.
After posting that the finale was going to be ‘crazy’, Ms. Sobel shared some of the things that were overheard during the prep meeting for the finale.
The tamest of the statements was, “It sounds like I’m going to need to get some torsos and some heads”. Fans are probably aware that is typical for an episode of True Blood. However, “We do have latex codpieces, they only take 20 minutes to apply” has some interesting implications. Finally, “I would deluge her completely in blood. She’s exploding! The blood would go everywhere. We should be prepared to throw a couple of body parts at her”. Any guesses on who or what that might be about?
Source: Inside True Blood
July 26, 2012
Author of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels Reminds Fans HBO’s True Blood Makes Changes:
In a Facebook post dated June 11, 2012, 1:51 PM, Charlaine Harris told her readers that she loves True Blood. The author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, on which HBO’s popular series is based, stated that her love included the differences between True Blood and her novels.
Ms. Harris went on to remind the readers that she only writes the Sookie Stackhouse novels, and not stories or scripts for True Blood. Charlaine acknowledges that many readers and viewers often confuse the two. Citing a common error, Ms. Harris clarified that she did not give Eric Northman two makers. In her novels, Godric is not Eric’s maker, in fact they are not even friends. It was the writers for True Blood who wrote Godric as Eric’s maker, establishing a distinct change from Ms. Harris’ novels.
July 26, 2012
So Roman has really met the true death! In Episode 7 of HBO’s True Blood we also discover what we had earlier suspected: Salome, Nora and Russell Edgington were all besties and just biding their time until the Sanguinistas could rise again.
We find Sookie passed out and having her ‘luminescence’ checked by the faeries. She is introduced to the idea that her magic is finite and she may, one day, be just a plain human. Are the fae telling the truth about this? Only time will tell, but it doesn’t prevent Sookie from doing a little soul searching and then trying to intentionally deplete her magical powers. Could we stand to see Sookie as a mere human?
Andy and Sam find themselves in a small spot of trouble when they are interviewed over the death of Junior. Kenya also suspects that something isn’t quite right with Sam after his strange behaviour smelling out masks used in the supe killings, and rolling around on the floor like a puppy with a bad itch. He does offer up some valuable advice as to who the suspects may be though.
Hoyt has been rescued by the same people who are responsible for the supe shootings. Looks like the dark path Hoyt is following just got a whole lot darker. He is happy to join up with their little hate group run by some guy named ‘Dragon‘. The writing is on the wall that Jessica’s fate, and Hoyt’s loyalty will be tested as this hate group is going to try to avenge Hoyt, and the pain he has suffered at the hands of Jessica.
Bill and Eric are discussing the implications of the Sanguinista uprising. Eric is devastated by the role his sister, Nora, has played in this plot. It seems Molly is on their side and is eager to find out exactly how her i-Stake program failed. Will Bill and Eric join up with the Sanguinista to save themselves? Russell seems to think so, to the point of allowing Eric to live – I wonder what big plans he has for the tall viking? There will be more to keeping Eric and Bill alive! Salome the temptress admits to digging up Russell as part of her plan to have Lilith return. It is obvious that Salome is a man eater, can’t wait to see when all these Vamp men are actually going to realize it!
Alcide and his second, Rikki, are ‘training’ for the pack master challenge. When Rikki suggests they use “V” to even the playing field, Alcide is offended and would rather die than use vampire blood. Martha then interrupts a romantic interlude between the pair and swears that JD doesn’t use “V”. Later on though, she discovers the painful truth. Not only is JD a V” addict, but he is not above offering vamp juice to Martha’s young granddaughter!
Arlene is coming to grips with losing Terry. The video of their wedding is bittersweet as we catch glimpses of happier times for not only Arlene and Terry, but Hoyt, Jessica, Lafayette and Jesus. Holly tries to convince her to make amends with Terry since she is not convinced he is as crazy as Arlene says.
Jason is still on the vampire warpath, although his feelings are a little confused. He is still trying to convince Sookie that they are bad since they killed their parents (wonder if it’s a vampire we know?). But he also goes to Jessica to talk to her. Things don’t go well there with Jason catching Jessica with her mouth full. An argument ensues and let me just say, while a bullet to the head shouldn’t be humorous, when it’s a vampire being shot, their indignation can indeed be funny. Needless to say, I don’t think there will be much love felt between Jessica and Jason any time soon.
Lafayette tracks down Jesus’s grandfather and is lured into a trap. It seems that his grandfather blames Lafayette for stealing his grandson’s magic. He attempts to dig the magic back out of Lafayette’s head but is murdered by his pregnant wife instead. I hope she is on Lafayette’s side and not just crazy. Lafayette may not be out of the woods just yet.
A heart-wrenching scene follows, Tara’s mother appears at Fangtasia and bids her daughter farewell – after all, a good preacher’s wife can’t be known to have a vampire for a daughter. Pam certainly redeems herself as a maker with her kind response, even if she does try to cover it up in her usual Pam-style. Just on a side note, did anyone else hate Pam’s crimped hair in this episode? I sure hope they go back to her impeccably groomed style next week.
Salome holds a ritual that involves the drinking of Lilith’s blood. When Dieter is beheaded by Russell after showing his disgust, everyone else decides to be swayed to the Sanguinista side in a bid to save their own heads. So the blood of the ancient vampire is consumed: can anyone say ‘drunk vampires’? Once intoxicated by Lilith’s blood, the vampires crash a private party at a karaoke bar. According to a lot of fans, this scene is their least fave for the season. A feasting orgy erupts. It just goes to show that no matter how complacent we become around vampires, we must always be on our toes.
Patrick and Terry come face to face with the Ifrit. But it seems it is happy to toy with the last two members of the cursed squadron. Terry comes very close to killing himself as a result but Patrick manages to pull him back from the edge. I must say, it’s nice to see Patrick finally apologizing for making Terry kill the civilian who cursed them.
During the bloody feast at the karaoke, Lilith appears from a pool of blood. The vampires are amazed by her naked form but she compels them to feed some more – just when you think it couldn’t get any bloodier! Eric is visited by the ghost of his maker, Godric, during this scene. It seems the love for his maker is stronger than the power of Lilith’s blood coursing through his veins. We end this episode with Godric pleading with Eric to save his sister from the clutches of Lilith.
Do you think Eric can free Nora? Are the fae lying to Sookie about her powers? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
July 19, 2012
Our Favorite Show Will Be Back for More!
HBO has just recently announced that they have decided to renew True Blood for a sixth season. This is great news for fans of the show. Although we can surely expect more of what makes the show great, there will be a few changes. Most notably, the show’s creator Alan Ball will be stepping down. Although he will stay on as an executive producer, Nurse Jackie’s Mark Hudis will be taking over the running of the show. We’ve known for a while that Ball was leaving, but it hasn’t always been apparent who would be taking over. Only time will tell if it was the right choice.
Although True Blood is still Sunday night’s highest rated show, it is still experiencing a steady decline in viewers. How this is happening is beyond me, but make sure you and all your friends continue to tune in on Sunday nights to keep our favorite show alive. Or undead, at least.
Photo Credit: HBO
July 19, 2012
True Blood Convention News:
Boy are Australians in for a treat this year in relation to True Blood events! Not only do we have the Hub Productions convention occurring at the end of this month, but a second convention is also booked for the end of the year. Not to mention the awesome True Blood-inspired Halloween party that Seamus O’Toole’s holds every year in Melbourne…
Firstly, for those of you who ordered tickets for the Tru Blood 2 convention, Carissa from Hub Productions has verified that due to a printing issue, tickets will now be collected from the venue – so make sure you bring your photo ID for collection. So far, Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) and Charlaine Harris (Author of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series that inspired HBO’s True Blood) are the only confirmed guests but negotiations are still under way and there should be a final announcement shortly.
If you are unable to make the Tru Blood 2 convention, why not aim for the one being run by First Contact Conventions: Full Blood. $120 will get you entry unlimited access to all areas of the convention. $500 will get you VIP tickets which includes a seat in the first two rows of the Q & A sessions with the stars, exclusive access to the VIP Chill Out room, a ticket to the Club Fangtasia Halloween party and so much more. Full details can be found here. So who are the guests for this event? The confirmed actors so far are: Kristin Bauer (Pam), Tara Buck (Ginger), Kevin Alejandro (Jesus) and Lauren Bowles (Holly). Wow – what a line up!
Finally, we come to Club Fangtasia, the awesome True Blood-inspired Halloween party that Seamus O’Toole’s runs every year in Melbourne. This year it will be a little different — there will be True Blood actors attending! Unfortunately, all the VIP tickets for this event are sold out, but if you are really lucky, you might be able to snap up one of the few remaining general admission tickets here. While this ticket means you can’t hang out all night with your fave True Blood stars in the VIP room, you will still be able to see them during the night when they come downstairs for the auctions and other special appearances.
So who has tickets for any of these events yet? Let me know in the comments below. Also, what questions would you like me to ask Sam and Charlaine?
Sources: Hub Productions – Tru Blood 2: A Second Bite
First Contact Conventions – Shock Horror Full Blood
Seamus O’Toole’s – Club Fangtasia
(Photo Credits: Hub Productions, First Contact Conventions & Seamus O’Toole’s)
July 19, 2012
More True Blood Twins to Arrive This Fall:
Unlike their characters Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton, the married True Blood co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer seem to be living quite happily ever after together, as shown by the announcement of their upcoming arrival of twins. The True Blood actors have been married for two years since first meeting through the show and are excited to add their two children to their family of four consisting of Moyer, Paquin, and Moyer’s two children from another relationship: Lilac, 10, and Billy, 12. Moyer says,
“I love my kids so much. And I think that the fact that Anna is pregnant just adds more crazy to the bundle of fun.”
Amazingly enough, these twins to come are not the first to arrive on the True Blood scene. Moyer and Paquin’s co-star Sam Trammell has 11-month-old twins, Winston and Gus, with his girlfriend Missy Yager. Trammell seemed happy to help the expecting couple, saying, “I’m so excited for them. We sent them a special gift. It’s so interesting that True Blood has become, like, the ‘twins’ show.”
As far as advice for his friends, Trammell says: “It’s harder, having twins, but it’s all we know. So we’re trying to impart some decent wisdom. I told them to hold on tight!”
We wish them the best of luck!
Photo: Jason Merritt via UsMagazine.com
July 17, 2012
Fairies vs. Vampires?
It seems Russell Edgington still has the support of the werewolves in Episode 6 of HBO’s True Blood. We start this week with Alcide being dragged away by weres and Sookie having to use her microwave fingers on Russell. Eric takes this opportunity to make Russell’s death final. Bill threatens to stake him as a result – he’d rather use Russell as a negotiating tool for their lives rather than get revenge. The Authority arrives just in the nick of time and prevents any further discussion on the matter.
I must say, it’s nice to have Russell back. His maniacal rants are a delight! Needless to say, the Authority are not at all impressed with him. Not to mention the fact that the clean up with the humans gets incredibly messy — but did we ever expect them to come out of this alive? At least they agree to Sookie and Alcide being glamoured. Cheeky Eric, though, makes it unbelievably hard for Alcide to pursue Sookie any more. Bet that won’t go down well with Sookie.
After the opening credits, we find the bitch fight from hell — Jessica and Tara in an epic battle at Fangtasia. Luckily Pam is on hand to break things up, but a little praise wouldn’t go astray, that’s for sure. It doesn’t look like Jess and Tara will be the besties that we first thought. Poor Hoyt finds himself thinking that Jessica still has feelings for him as a result and it’s sad to see his downward spiral after they talk; you almost wish Jessica would glamour him happy.
Thankfully, Luna and Sam managed to survive being shot since we find them in the Emergency Room. Luna’s daughter has made her way to her grandma’s house. This scene feels like a weird take on Little Red Riding Hood — I feel like Jessica should be in this scene. It provides a headache for Luna later on though when her daughter is returned to her by the dreaded mother-in-law. They do manage to come to a compromise though. I hope Luna doesn’t regret her decision later on.
While Alcide can’t seem to work out where he is and Sookie is all crying in the car with him, Bill and Eric’s lives still hang in the balance. Bill hedges his bets and publicly states that he is leaving it up to Lilith to decide his fate. Eric, however, is not pandering to the ways of the Guardian and the Authority. By this stage you are wondering how much time Eric has left on the series with blatant displays of defiance like this. Meanwhile, Alcide is still trying to work out what page he’s on. He’s having confusing images of Sookie and him in the throes of passion, but the recoil for her is also apparent. Sookie manages to help him remember his true memories.
So what about Terry and Patrick? We know they escaped last week, but how are they faring? Seems Terry is not about to follow Patrick into what he considers certain death. I’m not so sure how Terry will get out of this mess, but he desperately tries to keep Arlene out of his curse by breaking all ties with her and the children. Poor Arlene, at this point she thinks Terry is off his meds and she’s just been dumped by another loser. I hope she has the chance to realise how good a guy he really is.
Next we find Lafayette with his mother. And she certainly knows more than we first thought. Turns out she’s not so crazy after all. Not only can she understand what Jesus is saying, but she has been able to see spirits for a long time. Somehow I get the feeling that Lafayette’s mother will play a bigger role in this season than ever before.
Jason is now trying to draw Sookie into his anti-vampire sentiment. He admits their parents were killed by vampires and leads her to the field where the fairy party was held. Sookie can hear all the voices of fairyland around her and somehow manages to find the doorway from the real world which leads to the land of fae. Is anyone else finding fairyland a fusion of a Baz Lurmann movie and a red hot Jason Gilkison ballroom routine? Either way, it sure seems like a great place to be.
Claude makes another appearance and introduces Sookie to all his sisters. Hadley is still there and tries desperately to get Sookie to stay. Claude explains that he is no longer affiliated with Queen Mab and this secret place is separated from the rest of fairyland. Can anyone smell a fairy battle coming on?
Hadley also elaborates on how Sookie and Jason’s parents were killed — seems the vampires were sniffing out Sookie’s blood and her parents were just collateral damage. Sookie gets upset and uses her magic microwave hands on Claude — it turns out that a lot of other people seem to have the same magic here!
Sam and Andy strike up an unusual partnership. He offers to help Andy find the shifter-haters by scenting them out. What an awesome spin off show this would make, it would be like MacGyver meets Inspector Rex! They end up at the local camping-come-vampire-hunting store. The owner looks edgy when Sam enters the store — does he know Sam is a shifter? And if he does, how? Before we can find out, Sam has shot him with a crossbow and saved Andy’s life in the process.
Alcide has had enough of the weres sucking up to Russell Edgington and decides to run for the role of pack master — even if there already is a new leader. Were-lore states that he can do this but he must have a second to back him up. Surprisingly he finds one within the pack.
Finally, we find out Bill and Eric’s fate. Thankfully, the dreaded iStakes are removed and we no longer have to live in fear of a twitchy finger. It gives Eric another chance to speak his true mind about his beliefs. He also announces he wants to see his sister, Nora. Roman agrees, so long as Eric is present for the execution of Russell. This announcement seems to shock Eric. How tight is he with Russell, I wonder? Eric agrees and Roman orders Salome to silver Russell again as well as putting an iStake on him before the execution — apparently he doesn’t want to get his hands dirty.
We return briefly to Hoyt. It seems he is still taking his break up with Jessica pretty harshly. A random vampire is sucking him dry! Before we can lament his possible demise, a truck appears filled with masked vampire-haters. They quickly dispatch with the vampire and drag Hoyt to safety. Are these the same people that are shooting at shifters? I think so.
Eric gets his visit with Nora. He finds her praying to Lilith, she is relieved that Russell is going to be executed. It seems Eric has a revelation of his own in this scene, but we have little time to ponder this thought as we are quickly brought to Russell babbling about how much he loves to drink humans. Roman gets sick of this pretty quickly and his trigger finger hits the iStake button.
If the trigger worked, Russell would be dead right now.
It seems that Russell isn’t as doped out on silver as we were first led to believe. And why didn’t the iStake work? Was he even wearing one? Anyway, Russell leaps at the opportunity and stabs the Guardian. Roman’s face distorts and there is blood spatter — is he really dead? Salome seems to think so, since she is crying tears of blood. Nora also thinks so since the last shot of the episode is of her thanking Lilith.
Is Roman really dead? How come the iStake didn’t work? Any other things that made no sense in this episode that you would like to discuss? Let us know in the comment section below.
(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)
July 16, 2012
Time is Ticking – Let’s go Hunt Russell Edgington!
In the last episode of True Blood we see things heating up between Alcide and Sookie. Episode 5 promises more of the the same in the open scene – until Sookie throws up on Alcide. To make matters worse, Bill and Eric get to witness this grand occasion. Talk about awkward dished up on top of Ew!
Things are also spiralling downwards for Lafayette this week. Not only do his statues start talking back when he is having a heated argument with God, but he finds the image of dead lover, Jesus’s (albeit only his head), complete with his mouth sewn shut, smack bang in the middle of his coffee table. We also find Lafayette’s mother having the same vision, only she seems to be able to understand what Jesus is saying.
So what’s happening with Terry and the Sergeant? Well, they are still holed up but after Brian reveals he saw one of their squad dying in a fire, Terry has a flashback. Seems he remembers a certain little curse muttered by one of the dying civilians. Enter the new supernatural creature: the Ifrit. Should be fun to see what HBO and Alan Ball do with this fiery beast. A battle of wits ensues between the three men. Terry and Patrick manage to escape, it’s not a lucky day for Brian though.
Next we find a very confused and extremely naked Jason having visions about his childhood. He sees his parents with bloody vampire bites. Next we see Andy, who is just as naked, although a little less confused. Arlene’s response to naked Andy is priceless.
Oh boy, isn’t the sexual tension simmering not so far below the surface between Sookie, Alcide and Eric. This story line is so much fun! Between all the testosterone though, Sookie agrees to help Bill and Eric track down Russell Edgington before the dead by dawn deadline the Authority have unleashed on the pair — not that any of them know this yet.
We find out that Sookie can easily get into the head of the only worker who witnessed Russell being freed from his concrete hell. And yes, the Authority seem to be involved. Once more, the political plot thickens deliciously. The addled worker is able to lead Sookie and the others to a deserted mental institution — oh what fun!
Pam decides it’s time to put Tara to work at Fangtasia — it’s not long before she regrets this and orders Tara to never feed in public again. I am starting to wonder if HBO’s Tara is starting to merge with Charlaine Harris’s Thalia character in the book. She sure is cutting enough for the role. Luckily, Jessica arrives just in time to be a friend to Tara, just two newbie vamps talking about being turned. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last for long, as we find out a little later in the episode when Tara decides that Hoyt is a delicious feed. Seems Jessica still has feelings for him.
Jason and Andy are now at the scene of the shifters murders. While Jason wants to discuss fairyland and the bar they went to, Andy is afraid of messing things up with Holly. Andy then questions Sam about his dead friends. Sam reveals to him they were two-natured. Interestingly, Andy discovers that the bullets used to kill Sam’s friends are wooden. Is the killer after vampires too? It appears that Jason is now starting to develop a real hatred towards the undead. Wonder how that will pan out in future episodes? A showdown between him and Rev. Newlin perhaps?
At this point Bill and Eric find out the clock is ticking quickly towards the true death. The argument after this between Sookie and Eric about who gets to hunt for Russell is hilarious — go Sookie and her microwave fingers! But enough of that, what do Sookie and the gang find in the creepy old asylum? Humans in straight jackets, that’s what. To make matters worse, they’re all hanging about like meat on hooks — at least they’re still alive.
Sam decides to confront (and warn) Luna about what has happened to their shifter friends. After apologizing to each other, Sam leaves. A truck arrives and shoots him. Luna rushes outside and is shot also! Luckily, her daughter shifts just in time and avoids the bullets with her name on them. Who will survive? And what on Earth is going on in the shifter world? Is this retaliation for the pack master murder perhaps?
Roman appears to be grappling with the deceit occurring around him since the death of the child vampire in the last episode. We finish up this week with a fascinating speech by him to the Authority. While he is talking, we are taken back to the asylum. Sookie has found Russell Edgington. Eric is threatening to finish what he started, but before he can do anything about it, we hear barking and Alcide drops to the ground. Is that Alcide changing or is that another werewolf on the scene?
Let us know your theories in the comments below.
(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)
July 15, 2012
Everyone please congratulate @Liras for having the Secret Code and winning this wonderful headset! Please check out V-moda’s website as a thank you for sponsoring the contest!
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July 9, 2012
Lisbeth Scott to Discuss Providing Her Voice to the Music of True Blood:
HBO’s series True Blood will be a topic of multiple discussions at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. ‘Behind the Music with CW3PR: Perfect Sound for TV & Film’ is a panel highlighting singer and composer collaborations that create memorable music in TV and film. One panelist is singer Lisbeth Scott, who has lent her voice to the score of True Blood, among other notable projects (Avatar, Iron Man 2).
Ms. Scott will join top composers and singers from TV and film to discuss the singer and composer collaboration. Topics that will be covered are: how these dynamic partnerships work, how they are essential to create poignant and memorable music, and how a singer’s voice can amplify an original score. Ms. Scott is one of only two singers featured, along with four composers.
The panel featuring Ms. Scott and her work on the score of True Blood will be held at SD Comic-Con on July 15th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in room 7AB of the San Diego Convention Center. Attendees of the panel will receive exclusive giveaways. They will also be the first to see and hear surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects of the panelists. A fan-led Q&A will follow, as per usual.
Source: Lisbeth Scott