August 17, 2014
Hello all Truebies! As we wind down the last two episodes of True Blood (SOB!) I received this picture in the mail from HBO. It’s like they knew my walls are lined with fake Dutch master floral paintings! It’s a wonderful gift.. and I can but assume it was from one of the sets because there was ABSOLUTELY NO NOTE!
So I’d like some help.. does anyone remember this picture hanging in a house or office or anywhere? I’d love a little provenance to go with my new treasured picture.
Oh, I also got one of these, no packaging, just tossed into a giant box and sent with no return address. It took me 2 weeks to figure out it was Alcide! LOL What a fun little surprise! Thanks to the powers that be. 🙂 It turns out it’s made by Funko and you can get one of your own from HBO!
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Photo Credits: Funko
August 9, 2014
It’s More About Sookie Stackhouse’s Journey Than Her Destination:
By far the hottest subject for HBO’s True Blood Season 7 is who Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) will end in at the season finale. While for Team Alcide fans, it is already a race lost for the werewolf (played by Joe Manganiello), there are still two other contenders on the table:
- Team Bill
- Team Eric
After watching Episode 7 (entitled May Be the Last Time), fans could be lead to believe it will be a happily ever after with Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). But Team Eric [Northman (played by Alexander Skarsgard)] are counteracting that claim to Sookie’s affections with the fact that there are still three more episodes left and that is a long time in the Sookieverse for things to go horribly wrong for Sookie and Bill!
However, for Lauren Bowles (who plays Merlotte’s waitress and resident wiccan, Holly Cleary) she’s all for Team Sookie:
You know what? I’m Team Sookie… I’m a card-carrying feminist and I think ultimately whether you pair off or not or who you pair off with [doesn’t matter]. Ultimately everyone’s relationship with themselves is at the core for all of us to figure out, as individuals living in this world and with these characters like [Sookie]. And I think so often on shows like this everyone’s focused on the answer: ‘Which one?’ ‘Who will she end up with?’ And to me, it’s just more interesting to sort of see how they all settle in with themselves.
What do you think? Are you Team Sookie as well? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Source: Bustle – Sookie & Eric or Sookie & Bill? Doesn’t Matter, Per “True Blood’s” “Card-Carrying Feminist” Lauren Bowles
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July 12, 2014
Charlaine Harris is Sad to See Her Werewolf Killed Off:
While many Truebie fans were devastated over the loss of werewolf Alcide Herveaux (played by Joe Manganiello) in Episode 3 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7, for author Charlaine Harris, it was more personal than that.
In the books that True Blood is based on (the Southern Vampire Series), Alcide survives to the very end – even if he doesn’t end up with Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin in the TV series). Charlaine has seen the birth and death of many of characters differ from her series, but it seems this one has hit a nerve:
I did [watch] because I’m very fond of him. He’s a lovely guy, inwardly and outwardly, and I was very surprised, because, of course, that isn’t how my books end, but then, I didn’t really expect them to go out the way my books did. They haven’t really followed them significantly, which is fine, but it just leaves me wondering who else will bite the dust before the series is over.
Who do you think is next to die in HBO’s True Blood Season 7? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Access Hollywood – Author Charlaine Harris Reacts To Joe Manganiello’s ‘True Blood’ Exit
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July 10, 2014
Episode 3 of True Blood Claims More Casualties:
Last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s True Blood saw the demise of another favorite character: Alcide Herveaux. The actor who played the werewolf, Joe Manganiello, however, predicted his own departure earlier on:
When I read the script for the finale of last year, I called it. I put it down and I was like, “Oh, Alcide and Sookie (Anna Paquin) are together? They’re going to kill me.” Story-wise, you can’t have her break his heart because then the audience isn’t going to side with her. You have to get her to Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) because they have to tie up the A and B plot. If you’re looking at a show like this where they’re looking for characters to help the show be vital, meaning you can kill off main characters and all of a sudden anyone can be killed off at any time, there is no one else my character is connected to except for Sam (Sam Trammell). So by default, I did some quick math in my head and was like, “They’re going to kill me really quickly.”
While Joe may not have been a fan of how he died in the last moments of Episode 3 (entitled Fire in the Hole), he is at least thankful that his death was not the result of a vampire – a fate even worse than death as far as a werewolf is concerned! And he is even more thankful that his character was not turned after death, as suggested by Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll).
And as for whether he thought Alcide had seen his full potential in True Blood, the actor had the following to say to TVGuide:
I feel like there was so much left unexplored. You never really got into Robert Patrick’s character, you never found out where his mom went and why [he and his father] didn’t get along. He had a love interest that really didn’t go anywhere. There was this little girl, Emma, that he orphaned by murdering her father — rightfully so, but still. He didn’t want to have kids because he didn’t want to pass his genes on. He is then given custody of this little girl who is a werewolf and there was no real resolution to that or exploration of him, out of guilt, helping to raise this little girl in the pack. You never really explored the guy. I would play him again in a movie if the rights became available. I would do a spin-off. I actually started writing a story line for that guy intended to be for the comic books, but then they got canceled, I guess.
As for leaving the show in it’s very last season, when asked if he took anything with him as a memento, he shared the following with People magazine:
When I got up off of that ground in 30 degrees after playing the death scene, I brought the sock home with me. I’m gonna frame it up and put it in my guest bathroom… I had to lay on the ground for hours, naked except for my [strategically placed] sock. It was freezing cold. The director’s like, ‘Stop rattling!’ And I’m like, ‘I’m trying!’
After filming a scene like that, I don’t blame him!
You can read more about Joe Manganiello’s final episode of HBO’s True Blood by clicking on the links in the sources below. Let us know what you thought about Alcide dying in True Blood by commenting below!
Sources: HBO – Joe Manganiello Talks About His Dead-On Prediction, Faking Sexy, and Alcide and Sookie
TVGuide – True Blood’s Latest Victim: “You Have to Get Him Out of the Way”
People – Joe Manganiello Took What from the True Blood Set?
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July 5, 2014
Joe Manganiello Opens Up About Being Alcide Herveaux:
With the death of Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) so early on in HBO’s True Blood Season 7, fans are now starting to worry about a rumor circulating about the possible death of Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello):
In the books they have Alcide Herveaux still alive, but the books and the show have not always been the same, and this season will prove that point on multiple occasions with one of the big things being Alcide being killed.
This was reported recently on Hollywood Life by an apparent True Blood insider source, but has yet to be confirmed as factual. Fans have also pointed to the fact that Joe made the following comment in relation to the show as extra confirmation:
I think it creates a sense of urgency and electricity to the season that anybody could go at any time.
While there is no way to prove or disprove this rumor until either Alcide dies or survives True Blood Season 7, Joe still has plenty to say about being Alcide that can be substantiated. Recently he spoke to GQ magazine about what it’s like being known more for his abs than his acting career:
I think a lot of people don’t realise I’ve been acting for 21 years. They think that I just started a few years ago. There are probably a lot of people out there that also don’t think I can walk and chew gum at the same time because they are focused on the exterior, which you know is fine. When you’re underestimated, you spend an entire lifetime sneaking up on people and it’s easy to get ahead that way, so it’s all good.
But this actor is more than just the brawn that is Alcide. While working out is a big part of his life, the actor has so much more to offer, albeit recently still revolving around his physique. Thanks to being asked so often about his work out routine, he published a book, Evolution. Now he finds, while he still likes to talk about fitness and working out, he can direct people to his book and therefore free up time to chat about other things. He can also add documentary maker to his resume thanks to his success in the stripper flick, Magic Mike. La Bare is a doco that delves into the world of strippers also:
La Bare which is a real-life Magic Mike about a group of male strippers at one of the oldest clubs in the world in Dallas, Texas. It’s insane. I directed, financed and produced it with my brother Nick.
You can read the full interview GQ did with Joe Manganiello by clicking here.
And as for confirmed details about his character, Alcide Herveaux, in Season 7 of True Blood, it seems Joe is glad to be working with the core group of actors he started with after his disappointing story line in Season 6. He had the following to say to Digital Spy:
In my first couple of seasons on the show, I worked with the main cast. Then as time went on, I wound up on this satellite werewolf offshoot TV show, that was part of the show, but away from the main plot. I was happy with season seven because I got to come back to the main cast and work with those people again, and felt like I was part of the show.
I thought it [the Season 6 story line] was very one dimensional. There was a whole plotline that was cut from the show that dealt with Alcide and his father, played by Robert Patrick…We switched showrunners and one of the casualties was the loss of that storyline which I thought added balance, because without that storyline it came off as mindless yelling.
His final words on True Blood Season 7 confirm that there is still plenty of action to be seen before the show winds up for it’s final season:
It’s gonna wrap up all the plot lines, in hopefully a satisfying way for the fans, going all the way back to season one. I’ll be interested to see how the crowd reacts. It’s gonna be controversial to some fans, I think, and hopefully satisfying to others.
How do you think Alcide’s story line will be finalised – with a death or true love? Let us know by commenting below!
Sources: GQ Magazine – Joe Manganiello would prefer to keep his shirt on, if you wouldn’t mind
Hollywood Life – ‘True Blood’: Alcide Killed Off? — Joe Manganiello Teases His Death
Digital Spy – True Blood’s Joe Manganiello: ‘Alcide plot became one-dimensional’
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June 26, 2014
Episode 2, I Found You, Gets Two More Video Clips to Tease Fans:
The first one features Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) and Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello). This small group has ventured out to the neighboring town of Saint Alice. A town that is new to fans, but now we know why it is important this season – it was the last town attacked before the Hep-V vampires moved on to Bon Temps! Thanks to Jason and his uncanny ability to ingest and then estimate how old pizza is, we now know just how long ago the town of Saint Alice was attacked:
The second clip features Sookie and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). It seems Sookie is in need of Bill’s protection – or his knowledge of whether she is in trouble or not:
So, what do you think will go down in Episode 2 of True Blood’s Season 7? Let us know in the comments below!
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June 20, 2014
Joe Manganiello: Sex With Sookie is Awkward With Her Husband Looking On:
With HBO’s True Blood Season 7 premiere event this week, there has been a glut of information from the stars of the show about what will happen in the final season. Access Hollywood got a chance to talk to Joe Manganiello (who plays Alcide Herveaux) about the new relationship between his character, Alcide, and Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) – and just what it’s like to be directed by Anna’s real life husband, Stephen Moyer (who also stars in True Blood as vampire Bill Compton). When asked whether this situation was awkward or not, his reply was:
Oh course it is… but Stephen and I have such a great friendship and we get along so well together that, you know, we’re professionals. And, obviously, you read that [in the script] and you go “Oh boy, here we go,” but, ah, if we didn’t get along so well together I think it probably could have been weird but it wasn’t.
Stephen Moyer actually has a different take on what it’s like to direct his wife in sex scenes with other actors:
In a funny way, I feel like — without revealing too much — it’s quite interesting for us as a couple because we’ve kind of gone to places where a lot of people don’t get to. And we’re still here. And I think that’s good for us in a way.
he recently told Entertainment Weekly.
And what about Anna Paquin’s take on it? She also had this to say to Entertainment Weekly:
It’s not as awkward as you would think. If you were to picture the perfect day at work for your spouse, would that be it? Probably not, but this is just kind of how it’s always been. So it doesn’t feel as bizarre.
Besides this awkward and unique situation he also has time to talk about his upcoming role in Magic Mike 2 and how he keeps in shape for the show. You can view the entire interview below:
Sources: Access Hollywood – Joe Manganiello’s Awkward ‘True Blood’ Love Scenes
Entertainment Weekly – This Week’s Cover: Inside the crazy, sexy final season of ‘True Blood’
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June 19, 2014
Joe Manganiello Discusses His True Blood Character, Alcide Herveaux:
At the end of HBO’s True Blood Season 6, we discovered Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) in the arms of a new beau: Alcide Herveaux! The actor who plays Alcide the werewolf, Joe Manganiello, had this to say to TVLine about how his character will fare in True Blood Season 7:
He is domesticated [and] living in society… He isn’t the wild crazy wolf-guy anymore. [Sookie and Alcide] go to church on Sundays. He has to wear a blazer. He lives in gran’s house. He’s got a to-do list for the house. It’s different life for him. But it is what he has always wanted. He finally got the girl and he got the life. Now the only problem is that there are these marauding Hep-V pyscho vampires destroying the world. There’s gotta be something.
So life seems to be peachy for Alcide and Sookie – at the start of the season anyway. And considering the fact that the Hep-V infected vampires Joe mentions appear at the very start of Episode 1 in Season 7, I predict he and Sookie have about seven and a half minutes of happiness before it all goes down the drain! Here’s hoping their troubles don’t start because one of them is the shocking death that is reported to occur in episode 1.
Do you think Alcide is “the one” for Sookie? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Source: TVLine – Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Reign, CSI, Good Wife, Revenge, PLL, True Blood, Teen Wolf and More!
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May 20, 2014
Pre-Order Sookie, Eric, Bill and More Now at HBO.com:
You can order them through HBO.com right now with the following characters to become availible for shipping on the 11th of August 2014:
- Sookie Stackhouse
- Bill Compton
- Eric Northman
- Pam Swynford De Beaufort
- Lafayette Reynolds
- Alcide Herveaux
Each figurine retails for $9.99 and stands at 3.75 inches tall. According to Zap2It.com, these figurines will also be available for purchase in store at the following locations: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Toys R Us, Hot Topic, Target, Walmart, 7-Eleven, Amazon.com as well as other specialty toy retailers.
You can pre-order directly from the HBO Shop online by clicking here.
I certainly can’t wait to get my hands on all of these!
Let us know which ones you will be buying by commenting below.
Sources: HBO.com – HBO Shop
Zap2It.com – HBO announces ‘True Blood’ Funko Pop! figurines: See a first look here
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May 9, 2014
Promo Stills from the Final Season of HBO’s True Blood Reveal Little:
It’s that exciting time of year when HBO starts releasing all the delicious teasers in relation to the season return of True Blood! This year though it is both exciting and sad as this will be the very last time we get to squeal in excitement at the tasty morsels HBO are throwing our way.
While there are photos of all our faves: Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), there is nothing to show for those other faves whose lives hang in the Season 6 finale limbo. Since Brian Buckner confirmed that Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) will be appearing in True Blood Season 7, we have not seen a single glimmer of hope in any of the promotional ephemera released so far. The same thing can be said about Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten).
So, will they live or die in Season 7? And what of the others? What can we glean from the nine released pictures?
Only time will tell! You can view all the images below. Let us know your theories in the comments.
(Photo Credits: Tony Rivetti/HBO Inc.)