True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… Then and Now

August 24, 2014

How Much Have Our Favorite True Blood Stars Changed From Season 1 to Season 7?

As we lead up to the final episode ever of HBO’s True Blood, let’s take a moment or two to look back over our fave True Blood characters who have managed to survive from Season 1 through to the Season 7 finale, Episode 10 (entitled Thank You) of the hit vampire show:

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin)

For a human, there’s surprisingly little change for telepathic fairy Sookie:

Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBOs True Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer)

It seems consuming the blood of Lilith and then contracting Hep-V has actually improved Bill:

Stephen Moyer stars as Bill Compton in HBOs True Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Alexander Skarsgard (Alexander Skarsgard)

He still smoulders, but we sure are glad Eric Northman ditched the long hair:

Alexander Skarsgard stars as Eric Northman in HBOs True Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Pamela Swynford De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten)

While Pam has had to deal with many time eras via flashbacks, her everyday look has become more casual in Season 7 as opposed to Season 1:

Kristin bauer van Straten stars as Pam in HBOs True Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis)

While his predilection to head scarves have remained (except for that short time when he rocked a modern Mohawk), Lafayette’s addiction to eyelashes and accessories has grown:

Nelsan Ellis stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBOs True Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell)

Sam is sporting a few more grey hairs and a less structured style than in Season 1:

Sam Trammell Stars as Sam Merlotte in HBOs True blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston)

Gone is the red wig for Arlene. She has also shortened her hair and gone with a darker, less sunset shade of red:

Carrie Preston stars as Arlene Fowler in HBOs True Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Ginger (Tara Buck)

I thought Ginger had changed more than this over the seven seasons. Besides less eye make up in Season 7, she is still as blonde as ever:

Tara Buck stars as Ginger the screamer in HBOs True Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer)

It seems that Andy has gotten buff since Season 1:

Chris Bauer stars as Andy Bellefleur in HBOs True Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten)

Look how young Jason is in Season 1! Still as chiseled as ever in Season 7 though:

Ryan Kwanten Stars as Jason Stackhouse in HBOs Season 1 vs Season 7

 

Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack)

Hoyt is another character who has grown up over the seven seasons, but his darker, broodier Hoyt in Season 7 is certainly more appealing than the puppy that tagged along behind Jason in Season 1:

Jim Parrack stars as Hoyt Fortenberry in HBOs Treu Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll)

In Season 1, Jessica Hamby was a 17 year old virgin. In Season 7 Jessica is also a 17 year old virgin, it’s just she’s a vampire now. While she has explored her dark side in previous seasons, Season 7 brings Jessica back to a more innocent version of Jess:

Deborah Ann Woll stars as Jessica Hamby in HBOs True Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

Lettie Mae (Adina Porter)

Lettie Mae has always been partial to a good floral frock (even when passed out drunk), but gone are the hats in Season 7:

Adina Porter stars as Lettie Mae in HBOs True Blood Season 1 vs Season 7

 

Who do you think has changed the most over seven seasons of HBO’s True Blood? Let us know in the comments below!

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Even Stephen Moyer Was Surprised Bill Said No to a Hep-V Cure!

August 24, 2014

Will Bill Die in the True Blood Season 7 Finale?

Stephen Moyer stars as Bill Compton, the latest Hep-V victim, from HBO's True Blood Season 7In Episode 9 (entitled Love is to Die) of HBO’s True Blood, many fans were shocked to discover that even though Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) had been doing her very best to find a cure for Bill Compton’s (Stephen Moyer) accelerated dose of Hep-V, he said no when the antidote was finally found inside the blood of Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp). It turns out even Stephen Moyer was a bit confused as to Bill’s decision:

I had a slight issue with it, because I couldn’t understand why he would go to the storeroom to Fangtasia and then say no. Ultimately, he goes because he wants to do right by Sookie. His decision to not turn around then and there is his going along with what Sookie has tried to make happen, and it’s really only when he’s right there that he thinks, ‘no.’

But where will this leave Bill leading into the final episode of HBO’s True Blood ever? Will Bill finally meet the true death? Stephen has this to say about Episode 10 (entitled Thank You):

At the end of [episode] nine, he has called Sookie and had the conversation with Eric, Eric’s gone back, and he knows that he’s going to talk to her. He’s going to see her, because she deserves it and is owed it, to know what’s been going on for him and why he is doing what he’s doing. We sort of enter into the episode right there.

Right, so that’s as clear as mud now! However, there is also this last piecel of information:

One of the things that Anna and I said — we had a dinner with Bucky [showrunner Brian Buckner] a year ago, before we had started filming, when they were just conceiving of this year, and quite frankly sat down with him and said, “We do not need in any way need you guys to try to tie up the Bill-Sookie love knot. If you don’t feel like that’s part of the show, we absolutely don’t need for it to be that.” I had said, “If you want that, we both do. If you see the show as Alcide [Joe Manganiello] and Sookie, that would be totally cool by us. If you see it as Eric [Alexander Skarsgard] and Sookie, that would be absolutely cool.” I certainly didn’t want to play an obvious part. One of the things we’ve been good at is surprising the audience, not always giving them what they want or expect. So for me, it’s been interesting to sort of find that character again. He’s been so many things. I think he’s had the most difficult arc in many respects, trying to find that sustenance and feeling.

Well, your guess is now as good as mine as to where the end of True Blood is headed in the final hour. Let us know your theories by commenting below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter – ‘True Blood’ Finale: Stephen Moyer on Whether to “Tie Up the Bill-Sookie Love Knot”

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True Blood’s Tara Buck Talks About the Origin of ‘That Scream’

August 23, 2014

Ginger the Screamer is a Fan Favorite – But What Got the Ball Rolling… erm… screaming?

Tara Buck rides Pam's coffin as Ginger in HBO's True BloodIn last week’s episode of HBO’s True Blood we saw a break from Ginger tradition. The Fangtasia waitress saw the end of an Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) dry spell – and rather than scream about it, she moaned. For three seconds. Before passing out on the fall in a puddle of fangbanging glory.

But where did that scream originate from? The actor who plays Ginger, Tara Back, admits it all started back in Season 1 with the death of Long Shadow (Raoul Trujillo). But it was really the second scream that cemented her role as Ginger the screamer. This event occurred in Season 2 when she shot Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis):

That was really the first scene that the scream made its way into the character’s profile. I screamed in the first scene of the season before, so season 1, but this was the first time Ginger had come back. I think it may have been written in the script that I screamed once, and I just thought it was funny. I thought it was funny she shoots him. She says she hates guns … she comes out … she’s so tough — trying to be so tough — and then personally I thought it was hilarious. But then she picks up the towel and brings him a towel and screams and looks at towel and screams because it’s so dirty. I just thought — the more she can scream the funnier it is when he’s the one who is shot and he’s laying on the ground — just … “Jesus Christ who is this woman?!”

So, there you have it, as far as Tara Buck is concerned, it was her second screaming incident that really made her character into the one we know and love so much today!

Let us know your fave Ginger screaming moment by commenting below!

And, if you can’t remember them all, why not check out this video of all Ginger’s screams to jog your memory (and burst your eardrums):

Sources: Huffington Post – “Slobbering on the Coffin” – Oddball Interview With True Blood’s Ginger, Tara Buck

YouTube – True Blood – Ginger Screaming (ALL SCENES / COMPILATION)

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True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll Hints at Bill’s Fate

August 23, 2014

Will Bill Compton Survive the True Blood Finale?

Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) gets released in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')With such little time until the very last episode of HBO’s True Blood ever, there still seems such a long wait to discover whether Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) lives or dies. Deborah Ann Woll, however, was recently interviewed by Zap2It about the True Blood Finale and let slip a few intriguing hints about Bill’s future – or lack of it in Episode 10 (entitled Thank You). The first one occurs when she is asked about the evolution of her character, Jessica Hamby (who is the progeny of Bill):

By the end, and I think it’s illustrated best in her relationship with Bill, she needed a strong father figure and she had that in Bill over the last six, seven years. Now that he’s leaving — and there’s more growing to do, certainly, in the last episode, and we’ll see how that relationship pans out — but she asked to be released in [Episode] 9, and I think there’s something in that that says, “I am a grown woman. I’m capable of taking care of myself. I need you to recognize that, and recognize my independence.”

Now that he’s leaving‘ – as in dying? Or just moving towns? Sounds a bit ominous to me.

The second interesting snippet of information comes when Deborah is discussing why Jessica wanted to be released from Bill:

He chose to go through something that’s going to be very painful for everyone around him, including himself. I don’t know that Jessica wants to have to experience that. I think that’s a very human and universal feeling. When someone you care about and love so deeply is going to be in pain, I think we get scared and we want to push it away. In that moment, she was so hurt and just thinking, “I can’t sit and watch him turn black and blue and bleed and die. I just can’t do it, and I need to be divorced from that.” Without giving too much away, that’s something that Jessica’s going to have to confront in the finale in terms of how she’s going to either choose or not to reconcile with Bill based on what he chooses to do with his time.

So Jessica will have to make a choice whether to reconcile with Bill? To me this sounds like Bill really will go through with his plan to let the Hep-V run it’s course. Or will he be reprieved at the very last minute perhaps?

The third quote from Deborah comes when she discusses all those Bill flashbacks, what they all really mean and whether there is still the chance he might chose life over Hep-V:

He has room to change his mind. I would point out to people that we spent a lot of time this season looking at Bill’s human life. There’s a reason for that. I think there’s a strong reason for why we’ve seen how much he loved his human family, how much he missed of them. If you think back to Lorena, she basically made him give them up. He lost so much when he became a vampire, and I think that’s why we’ve seen him struggle so much with being one. I think Jessica is a part of his salvation in that a little bit. I think he loves her very dearly, and it was his chance to have a family in the way that he misses them, but I can understand Bill not really wanting to continue this — just for his own personal reasons, beyond the idea that maybe he’s causing Sookie or Jessica or people pain. There’s maybe more peace for him in death than there is in continuing to be a vampire, perhaps.

Hmmm… it really does sound like Bill definitely wants to die. But will he? Or is this just a very cleverly worded interview to make us truebies think Bill really is going to meet the true death?

Let us know your thoughts in this by commenting below!

You can view the entire Zap2It interview with Deborah Ann Woll by clicking here.

Source: Zap2It – ‘True Blood’ series finale: Jessica’s story will ‘end with Bill,’ says Deborah Ann Woll

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Check Out Ryan Kwaten’s Newest Movie Trailer for Northmen

August 23, 2014

True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten Set to Star as a Christian Monk:

Ryan Kwanten Northmen German movie posterRyan Kwanten (who plays Jason Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood) is set to star in a new movie called Northmen: A Viking Saga. It is due for release in Germany on the 23rd of October 2014. As yet there is no release date for the US. But check out the newest movie poster! Isn’t it great? Ryan will star as a Christian monk called Conall.

Synopsis:

In the 9th century a group of Vikings, commanded by captain Asbjörn, is approaching Britain, aiming to plunder the rich monasteries in the north of the island. But their ship gets caught in a storm and is smashed to pieces on the rocks off the coast of Scotland, the only part of Britain without any Viking settlements. When Inghean, daughter of the Scottish King Dunchaid, by chance falls into Viking hands, they see the opportunity for demanding a large ransom. King Dunchaid immediately sets his “wolfpack” – a group of mercenaries well known for their savagery – on them. The Northmen with their hostage now have to force their way through the rough highlands, where they meet the brave and mysterious Christian monk Conall. Having the wolfpack close on their heels, a desperate race against time begins. A battle over life and death…

You can check out the trailer video below:

Will you be going to see this? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Sources: Northmen – Facebook page

Northmen – Movie website

YouTube – NORTHMEN – A VIKING SAGA – International Trailer

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VIDEO: More True Blood Cast Say ‘Thank You’ on Instagram

August 23, 2014

Todd Lowe, Anna Paquin, Lauren Bowles, Michael McMillian and Chris Bauer Thank the Fans:

Here we have it, another group of cast members – past and present – from HBO’s True Blood all saying thank you to all us truebies on Instagram! If you missed the other thank you videos, then you can view them here, here and here.

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe sends a thank you to all of the military support he has received over the years. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

Anna Paquin

We literally couldn’t do this without you. “ @_AnnaPaquin sends her love to all Truebies out there. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles sends a thank you to the #TrueBlood fan base. Watch the final episode this Sunday at 9PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd

Michael McMillian

@McMillzz thanks all of the loyal #TrueBlood fans. Send off the series this Sunday at 9 PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd

Chris Bauer

“Without you there is no us.” Chris Bauer thanks all of the loyal #TrueBlood fans. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

Source: Instagram – TrueBloodHBO

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True Blood’s Carrie Preston Wins a EWwy

August 23, 2014

Entertainment Weekly Interviews Carrie Preston About Her EWwy Win:

Carrie Preston stars as Arlene Fowler Bellefleur in HBOs True Blood Season 7 Episode 7 entitled May Be the Last TimeEntertainment Weekly recently celebrated their EWwy awards. True Blood’s Carrie Preston (who plays waitress Arlene Fowler) was lucky enough to win one for her work in The Good Wife. Carrie was on the line during the presentation, ready to speak to EW about her win. Considering the fact she is phoning in from the set of The Good Wife (where she was having a costume fitting), there is plenty to talk about in relation to that.

But they do touch on Carrie’s role in HBO’s True Blood – in particular the fact that in seven seasons, she only just celebrated her very first True Blood sex scene. This leads into a discussion about Arlene’s evolution since she was held captive by Hep-V positive vampires early on in Season 7. Also discussed is the fact that while all the cast of True Blood were given the option of requesting items to keep from the True Blood set, the cast didn’t actually get to keep many of the items with the exception of a few costumes. All the items were cataloged and many are now being sold via auction on ScreenBid. As for the final upcoming episode of True Blood, Carrie reveals she will be watching it at home with her family.

You can check out the full interview in the SoundCloud below:

Let us know what you think of this interview by commenting below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly – Pablo Schreiber, Carrie Preston, Pedro Pascal accept guest EWwys

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VIDEO: True Blood’s Nathan Parsons Opens Up About Being James

August 22, 2014

Nathan Parsons Chats About What’s Next After True Blood:

Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) and Nathan Parsons (James) star in HBO's True Blood Season 7Recently, Nathan Parsons (who plays vampire James and the latest love interest of Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) on HBO’s True Blood) was interviewed by Access Hollywood about saying goodbye to True Blood and what is next on the cards for him.

Nathan reveals there is a period piece coming up for him but wasn’t able to elaborate on this role any more than that. So once we find out more, you will be the first to know! As for True Blood, Nathan couldn’t disclose any spoilers on the finale this Sunday, however, he did reveal that he thought True Blood ended perfectly – what ever that means. 😉

Access Hollywood also bought up the fact that Nathan’s character, James is in a gay relationship with True Blood stalwart, Lafayette. They were glad to see that being a gay character no longer holds the stigma it used to on television. This in part is thanks to shows like True Blood who never shy away from complicated or difficult subject matter.

Make sure you watch the video below to find out just where Nathan has been on a road trip to recently as well:

Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: Access Hollywood – Nathan Parsons on Saying Goodbye to ‘True Blood’

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True Blood Season 7: Episode 9 – the Ratings Are In!

August 22, 2014

Once More HBO’s True Blood Wins Rating War:

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) star in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')Last week, we saw HBO’s True Blood pipped at the post by a shark documentary. Not so this week for Episode 9 (entitled Love is to Die)! Once more, True Blood Season 7 has won it’s time slot on the night. It maintained the same amount of viewers in the coveted 18 – 49 age bracket as last week in it’s premiere screening, but overall, viewers grew a little on last week’s performance. You can view the top 5 ratings winners for Sunday night below:

TRUE BLOOD HBOM 9:02 PM 3556 1.8
NASCAR SPRINT CUP       L ESPN 1:00 PM 5150 1.2
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 9:00 PM 2433 1.2
FAMILY GUY
ADSM 11:00 PM 2137 1.0
STRAIN FX 10:00 PM 2283 1.0

 

It seems the newest vampire series, The Strain, has slipped somewhat as it still finds its feet. Maybe it’s ratings will improve once True Blood meets the true death?

Source: Zap2It – Sunday Cable Ratings: ‘True Blood’ Wins Night, ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’, ‘The Strain’, ‘The Last Ship’, ‘The Leftovers’ & More

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Michael Lombardo Reveals Why True Blood Had to Meet the True Death

August 22, 2014

HBO’s Programming Head Discusses Why True Blood was Axed:

Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's True Blood Season 7 finaleFans of True Blood have been begging HBO to bring back their favorite vampire series since it was announced last year that it wouldn’t be renewed beyond Season 7. With ratings this year as strong as in previous seasons, many fans are questioning why a show as successful as True Blood should go. HBO’s programming head, Michael Lombardo has finally released a statement on this matter:

This season, True Blood is one of the highest-rated shows across the board; it gets over 10 million views an episode. But the minute you feel you’re airing it for the numbers we start questioning it. Every season we sit down with the creator and say ‘Tell us what the next year will be like.’ And if there aren’t exciting, unbelievable, undeniable ideas in the coming season, we’re questioning. And I think in the case of True Blood, it just felt like we had reached a place where the storytelling was hitting a wall. And to stay just because the ratings were strong felt not who we are and we needed, quite honestly, the money and Sunday night space for new shows.

And, for a network whose income is based on subscribers rather than advertising, perhaps he has a point here. What HBO needs to keep doing is creating phenomenal content for the audience they are targeting. However, for the millions of True Blood fans out there, next Sunday night will be a particularly sad one for them.

You can tune in to watch the True Blood Season 7 finale on HBO at 9PM EST on Sunday 24th August 2014.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter – HBO Programming Head Talks ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Why ‘True Blood’ Is Ending

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