True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… The Music

August 24, 2014

Nathan Barr Discusses His Musical Choices:

True Blood composer Nathan BarrWhen you ask anyone what song they think of when they are asked about HBO’s True Blood, most people would answer Bad Things by Jace Everett. But there is someone else who is just as responsible for giving True Blood its musical groove: Nathan Barr. He is the TV show’s composer and is the one who makes the song choices for each episode. According to Nathan, creating an original music score for True Blood is easy because he is a fan first, composer second:

If I can react as a fan then it gives the music a chance to really be a part of the show in a way that’s going to be of the best benefit and please the audience.

And, being such a fan of the show, it was his idea to push for True Blood: The Musical. It is an idea that has stayed with him from the time he composed the song Take Me Home for the scene in Season 1 when Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) eats her Gran’s pecan pie after her death. While his idea may never come to fruition, he is still hopeful:

There are no guarantees at this point… It’s more about finding the essence of what the story is about and if you look at it from that point of view, it actually becomes quite simple because a musical is two hours.

But before he can even seriously push for a True Blood musical, there is still the question of the True Blood finale: who will live and who will die? Considering the fact Nathan hasn’t seen the episode yet, but he has composed the music for it, he has this final gem to add:

I haven’t even seen [it] yet… I know that the absolute last scene in the show is going to be really, really emotional.

What do you think he means by this? Let us know your thoughts and theories on the True Blood finale by commenting below!

Source: Out.com – A True Blood Fan First, Composer Second

(Photo Credit: NathanBarr.com)

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More Secret Vampire Swag! – Thanks!

August 21, 2014

Surprise Pkg from HBO True Blood - Whatever can it be?

Surprise Pkg from HBO True Blood – Whatever can it be?

I’ve been a member of fandom for a lot of years. It started when I was nine and became an instant Start Trek fan (I am now, and will always remain, a Trekie!), then the Monkees, The Highlander, and after a long wait, finally, eternally, True Blood. I’ve been on Parmount’s lot, I’ve been in Disney’s attic, I went to Roddenberry’s memorial, to Davy Jones’ birthday party, and have been on vacation with Q and his kids. But I have NEVER been so well treated by any organization as I have been by True Blood and HBO. I was invited to go on the set and got to sit where Vampire Bill sits on his first visit to Merlotte’s, I got to meet with Stephan Moyer when he was in my ‘neck’ of the woods, and we have been gifted by True Blood and HBO with many items to give away to the most important folks of all, you, the fans. (We’ll be giving away the last of these posters during the series Finale on Sunday, Aug 24th 2014!)

Since season 7 has started, I’ve gotten surprise packages from HBO and True Blood. It’s like a secret Santa campaign, only, it’s August and it’s vampires! (Hey, they both look great in red!) First I got a Joe Manganiello doll, then an awesome piece of art from the set (still trying to figure out the provenance of that if anyone can help!) Then today, the big brown truck visited and delivered this:

Well that looks… spookie! No not SOOKIE it looks SPOOKIE!

I gingerly opened it up…

A coffin - with our name on it!

A coffin – with our name on it!

 

And then I #PulledaGinger! How amazingly freakingly kewl is THAT! (And a bit scary!) It’s a True Blood coffin with my name on it!  I wanted to see what was inside.. but what if it’s a voodoo doll with my name on it! I decided to have a little drinkie poo to steel my nerves first. Those that follow me know, it was True Blood beverage and tequila! (I didn’t need the full LaLa which would have included a bit of ‘medication’ and I’m flat out of V so…

True Blood Thank You Card

True Blood Thank You Card!

 

A thank you card, from True Blood! It says, “TrueBlood To the Truebies who have celebrated seven seasons and are staying #TrueToTheEnd Your dedication warms the coldest hearts. We raise a bottle of Tru Blood to you!”  I had to get a hanky then, OK, it was industrial strength paper towels but you know those blood tears just stain everything!

I sipped my cocktail and sneaked a peek under the card.

Coffin Contents

Coffin Contents

On no! It was a Voodoo doll! Oh, wait, it’s OK, I don’t have a beard. It’s a Alcide Herveaux doll! And…. what is that rolled up at the bottom? Why it’s a #TrueBlood T-shirt!

 

 

Bloody T Shirt

Bloody T Shirt – the perfect thing to wear during the finale!

You can’t really see it, but that dripping blood is filled with a zillion twitter account names! Pretty kewl. And of course, it says True Blood on the back. I’m going to wear it for the finale. At least when I start crying you’ll hardly be able to see the bloody teardrops. Also, in the box was a the most awesome keychain  that’s made of a true blood beverage cap, some tats, a merchandise discount card, and a book of quotes from you the fans!

Oher swag in the coffin

Oher swag in the coffin

 

So to @TruebloodHBO and everyone associated with the show – a deeply felt THANK YOU! This is FANGTASTIC! And you really didn’t need to do it, you had me at “Sookeh!” But while you’re in a giving mood, what about a spin off or a Special or even a movie in a year or two? You know, to give we Undying Fans something to come out of the coffin for…

#TrueToTheEnd #GoodbyesSuck #UndeathIsForever #BillMustLive #Fangs4TheMemories

Credits: HBO, @HBOTrueBlood

Photo Credits: Kasandra

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True Blood Writer Craig Chester Discusses Episode 7

August 5, 2014

May Be the Last Time Writer Tells When it Truly Felt Like the Show Was Ending:

Chris Bauer stars as Andy Bellefleur in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 7 (entitled 'May Be the Last Time')For fans of True Blood, finding out the news last year that HBO had not renewed their popular vampire series, was probably when they felt like the show was truly ending. Then, when the theme song played for the first time on Season 7, once more it felt like the end all over again. But what about the crew? When did they feel like the show had come to an end? For Episode 7 (entitled May Be the Last Time) writer, Craig Chester, and show runner, Brian Buckner, they pointed out a particular moment in Episode 7 as their defining ‘end’ moment. It involved Andy (Chris Bauer) crying as he looked over a lake in Oklahoma:

When Bucky and I saw that scene for the first time edited, Bucky turned to me and said, “You know, for the first time in the series, I got the feeling that it’s ending.” There was something about that scene that hit both of us in a way that this is ending. Arlene and Andy started this series off as comic relief. And what I loved about writing this episode is it’s the episode where they both kind of come full circle as fully fleshed-out three-dimensional human beings… When we shot that scene, everybody was so torn up watching Chris, because it’s Andy. Andy’s crying. Oh my god, it’s really bad if Andy’s crying. And her reaction to that is our reaction to that—the first time you see your man cry, it’s a big deal. That’s one of my favorite scenes in this season because it’s very real. It’s what we’re going for this season—we’re getting into the characters. There’s a lot of love for these characters, and it’s really important that that come across because we’re saying goodbye to them. I think that’s why Bucky said, “I feel like that’s the first time I realized this show is ending.”

For Episode 7, there was plenty for Craig Chester to discuss, including why they decided to revisit Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) running through the cemetery in a white dress:

A lot of discussion went into that scene, which I think some people have been waiting for for a very long time and others have maybe not. [Laughs] We did shoot, shot-for-shot, Sookie running to Bill’s house in a white dress, so it is literally a callback to episode six of season 1. But one of the things that we talked about is that these are two very different people now that are reconnecting, who obviously have this deep love for each other. It’s loaded with this history between them. That was something that Anna [Paquin] and Stephen [Moyer] beautifully conveyed, having played these characters for so long and knowing exactly where they’re at as they rekindle their feelings for each other.

This scene, which leads to the romantic pairing of Sookie and Bill once more, had left many Team Bill fans very uneasy about the conclusion of True Blood. Episode 7 seems a tad bit early in the final season to get Sookie and Bill back together – especially for a permanent pairing. There is even speculation that Bill really will die of Hep-V now. Craig remained tight-lipped over this possibility, instead pointing out that they remained vested in that relationship and were committed to exploring the complexities of it. What ever that may mean.

There is plenty more Craig Chester had to say about Episode 7 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7 and you can view his interview with EW in it’s entirety by clicking here.

Source: EW – ‘True Blood’ postmortem: Inside Sookie’s ‘May Be the Last Time’ choice

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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VIDEO: SPOILER-True Blood Season 6 Finale-Behind the Scenes

August 21, 2013

Inside True Blood Season 6 Finale:

True Blood's Season 6 Finale

HBO/Ryan Kwanten, Rob Kazinsky, Rutger Hauer

Well it goes without saying that there were probably many happy True Blood fans and many unhappy True Blood fans at the end of True Blood Season 6 Finale which aired on HBO last Sunday.

There was a lot to happen to be jammed packed into one episode, setting the stage for what to expect in Season 7. The attached video Inside the Episode #10, features some of the writers, and they give us the opportunity to find out what is in store for some of our favourite characters!

Source: YouTube-True Blood Season 6:Inside the Episode #10

(Photo Credit) Starpulse.com c/o HBO

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HBO lets us see Inside the Episode for True Blood: Season 6 Episode 6

July 24, 2013

So many big moments in this episode” says Howard Deutch (director Episode 6):

R.I.P to True Blood's Terry Bellefleur (played by Todd Lowe)

HBO’s Inside the Episode this week follows the last day of Terry Bellefleur in True Blood Season 6, Episode 6, entitled Don’t You Feel Me? And yes, we know its his last day because of what was set in motion by him in Episode 5. What Daniel Kenneth (writer) and Howard Deutch (director) wanted to do was to make it as ‘normal’ as possible.

We see him die, not with the pain of the war still furrowing his brow, but a loving embrace, a smile, a kiss, and a light heart is how he finishes his time on True Blood

Daniel Kenneth says,

“We wanted to give the audience that feeling of what ‘happy Terry’ is like. Show how much he loved his family, loved Arlene, and ultimately he dies happy”.

Also, Bill shows us in this episode just what he is made of. The writer had this to say,

“What was really fun about that scene was that all of his powers are on display, His skin can’t be penetrated, he can walk in the day, everything he can do is on display in that one scene!”

Deutch, who directed the show said,

“I’ve never directed a scene like that, I’m proud of it, I think it’s terrifying but also woven in there’s a lot of human moments because ultimately these are two people whose children are gone. “

Finally we see Sookie accepting that Warlow is not what she thought he was, the demons of her past have shifted face, and she has confronted them maturely. Things heat up with Ben/Warlow, as Deutch describes,

“It’s kind of like when you’re in the ocean and you feel the undertow, and it’s a riptide. You know you’re not supposed to get near that, but sometimes you can’t help it!”

Call it chemistry or fate, but it’s a new direction that Sookie has to consider, the fairy vampire hybrid that she fears, may be her ultimate reality. In the mean-time, she decides to loose herself to the moment and go with what feels good, and Ben, well, he doesn’t really complain does he!

You can watch the full Inside the Episode interview below:

Ep. 66: Inside the Episode

Source: HBO – Inside the Scene

(Photo Credit: Rachel Tsoumbakos/HBO Inc.)

 

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HBO’s True Blood Season 6: Inside the Episode 6.5

July 19, 2013

Find Out All About Episode 5, F*ck the Pain Away, in HBO’s ‘Inside the Episode’:

Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) gets up close and personal with Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) in HBO's True Blood Season 6, Episode 5, entitled 'F*ck the Pain Away'The latest Inside the Episode video is now live on HBO’s website!

Find out all the secrets and behind the scene information on True Blood Season 6, Episode 5, entitled F*ck the Pain Away.

This is your chance to get behind the scenes with Angela Robinson (True Blood writer) and Michael Ruscio (True Blood Episode 5 director). What is Bill (Stephen Moyer) is really thinking now he’s Billlith? Why did Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) run so readily to Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp)? And, finally, what is going down with Vamp Camp.

Ep. 65: Inside the Episode

Source: HBO.com – Ep. 65 Inside The Episode

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True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll on Season 6 “Bigger, More Focused” Story Lines

July 3, 2013

Deborah Ann Woll on True Blood Season 6

True Blood is back and Season 6 is bigger and better than ever! Deborah Ann Woll, who plays Jessica Hamby, Bill Compton’s(Stephen Moyer) progeny. Jessica was turned into a vampire at the age of 17, so much of the fun with her character is burgeoning adolescence and the challenges of growing up.  Learning and controlling her vampire powers is difficult for Jess, and failed relationships with Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) have been making her mature even faster.

Deborah Ann Woll shares some of what’s coming up in Season 6:

“I’ve noticed this season we’re kind of gathering into our story lines. I work with a lot more people this year. The story lines are bigger, more focused, where more people are focused on the same plot”.

Woll also comments on the evolution of Jessica, and teases what she will be struggling with in Season 6:

“Even though she’ll be 17 forever, time is what matures us. I like to think of Jessica as irrepressible, that you can’t really get her down. These terrible things happen, she does terrible things, she feels horrible about them, but somehow she’s able to rally her spirits and start again. I find that to be a really admirable quality. I think [in] this season that comes off in a big way. She’s gonna be really tested to see if she is mature enough to pick up the pieces and start again because every season she seems to be alone and looking for someone to be there for her and we’ll see who that is”.

Woll describes what it’s like to work with Ryan Kwanten, the hot Australian actor who portrays Jason Stackhouse on the show. Kwanten has become a fan favorite, making the bumbling, dimwitted, man-child Jason likeable, and even loveable. Woll is very complimentary on her co-star:

“[Ryan] is so excellent and he’s fun to hang out with as well. These are long days and 40 percent of them is just waiting around and it’s nice to have someone who is interesting and fun to talk to. He’s a smart, kind man”.

Another eagerly anticipated aspect of True Blood is the “baby-vamp-Jessica” vlog, which stars Woll. The vlogs, a sort of “video diary”, captures Jessica’s inner musings and daily struggles of living and learning to be a vampire. It is a stand-alone feature on HBO, but serves to deepen the character of Jessica outside of the show. Woll shares that the vlogs will be part of season 6:

“We will continue the vlogs into season 6. Those are really crazy shoots because we shoot them all in one day, so I do ten costume changes and 15 pages of words, so we shoot them all in one day. But they will be airing”.

Woll is sure to be vamping on screen in season 6. Who will be that “someone” to help Jessica pick up the pieces this time?

Source: CBSNews.com Deborah Ann Woll of “True Blood”: New season story lines are “a lot bigger”

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 6: Live From the Set- Steamy Q&A

June 20, 2013

True Blood’s Season 6 Premiere Kicked Off In a Big Way:

True Blood Season 6 Cast Live from the Set

True Blood Season 6 Cast/HBO/Live From the Set

For those of you who may have missed the live social media event hosted by HBO prior to the Season 6 True Blood Premiere, HBO has posted all the Q&A’s on their HBO Connect website!  For the first time ever our favourite cast members appeared live on the set of Fangtasia to answer fans burning questions.  True Blood’s Season 6 is sure to come with many ups and downs…check out some of my favourite questions, and hit the link to the HBO site for full Q&A details! Or you can check out the actual You Tube video if you have 15 minutes to burn!

Q (For all cast members): Without giving too much away are there any scenes in Season Six that made you cry in real life?

A): This is a season that takes its toll on the humans for sure.

Q(For Alex) 1st Season Eric was evil, then amnesia Eric wasn’t – do you think THIS SEASON’s Eric is a nice mix of the both, or more evil?

A): I’d say the old Eric is pretty much back. But the Amnesia changed him fundamentally, and he’ll always carry that experience within.

Q): Who does the best impression of other characters on True Blood?

A): Chris Bauer: Without a doubt the best mimic on our set, and in my opinion most underrated actor, is Sammy Trammell. If anyone wants to have a conversation with Alexander Skarsgard, and he can’t be there, just have Sam imitate him instead. It’s uncanny.

Check out full Q&A here: http://connect.hbo.com/events/true-blood/trueblood-live-set/?cmpid=ABC162

 

Source: HBO Connect-#TrueBlood Live From the Set-Archived Q&A with #Trueblood:Live from the Set

Video Credit(YouTube.com) True Blood Season 6 Live From the Set

Photo Credit(Wetpaint)-True Bloods Season 6 Cast Parties for Premiere!(PHOTOS)

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True Blood’s Live Event Starts Early!

June 16, 2013

True Blood Stars Inundate Twitter With Their Onset Photos:

TB Live Sookie, Bill and EricFans of HBO’s True Blood are currently waiting with baited breath for Season 6 to kick off. There is also the very special HBO Live Event to contend with. (You can find all the details here.)

Well, it appears the stars of True Blood can’t wait for Episode 1 either! Currently they are bombarding @TrueBloodHBO on Twitter with all their images from on set while they wait for the live event to start!

Here are some of the best images, but you can view them all on Twitter by clicking here, signing on with your Twitter account and scrolling through all the pictures.

What a great way to kill some time until Episode 1, Season 6 of True Blood starts!

TB Live Eric & Bill

TB Live Ryan Kwanten

TB Live Arlene

TB Live on set

TB Live entire cast

Source: Twitter – @HBOTrueBlood

(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./Twitter)

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 6 Premiere – The Stars Talk!

June 12, 2013

True Blood Stars Dish Out the Dirt on Season 6:

HBO's True Blood: Season 6 promo posterYesterday we had the excitement of the Season 6 premiere red carpet event. Today we have VIDEO footage of the stars spilling the beans on Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood!

OnTheRedCarpet.com have shared some fabulous footage of Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello and Rutina Wesley talking about what is in store for truebie fans on Sunday June 16 when Season 6 premieres on HBO.

And, boy of boy, do they dish out some juicy spoilers!:

  • Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) thinks that Sookie and a ‘normal’ relationship are still a long way apart
  • Stephen Moyer (Billith/Bill Compton) lets us know Billith is going to discover his powers (and who he ACTUALLY is) as the season progresses. Billith will spend all his time on these issues and not on a relationship – but Moyer suggests it is “to his detriment”
  • Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman) has a lot to say about his complicated relationship with Pam (Kristen Bauer), but even more so about the real threat humans will pose to vampires this season
  • Skarsgard then goes on to say how passionate he is about True Blood – perhaps to help dispel all those rumours about the possibility of his character’s death? Only time will tell!
  • Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) hints at the appearance of some ‘perks’ of being packmaster in Episode 1, but then go on to say that there are also some definite downsides to being leader of the pack
  • Rutina Wesley (Tara) was quick to dispel any ideas that there might be a threesome going on between Tara, Pam and Eric

Wow! A lot of them seem to be concerning the relationships between characters. Make sure you check out the videos below to get the full story:

Source: OnTheRedCarpet.com – ‘True Blood’ season 6: 5 things we learned from the premiere (Video)

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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