August 18, 2014
Tara Buck Describes the Logistics of a Sex Scene with Eric Northman:
Well, wasn’t Episode 9 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7 interesting? For one cast member in particular, it was the climax of a promise made years earlier! If you haven’t watched the episode yet, you can read our recap by clicking here.
Tara Buck, who plays everyone’s favorite screamer, Ginger, finally got her moment on the throne with Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). And – surprisingly – she didn’t even scream:
In the script, there was a wonderful note: Ginger doesn’t scream. Everybody’s expecting her to scream, so do something else. What they wrote was a high-pitched, almost electric sound that’s almost a little eerie. So we tried all kinds of things. I thought it would be fun if there was a moment where you think Ginger’s actually having a heart attack—you think it could be the end for her.
While Ginger has been an Eric Northman groupie for longer than most of us truebies, she admitted that for Ginger, the anticipation leading up to her sexual encounter with the viking vampire, may have been her very undoing – and why that sex lasted such a short amount of time.
With the deed completed in only a few short moments, in reality, it took hours of filming to get the scene just right. This meant that by the end of the day’s shooting, Tara’s core strength had gotten quite a workout:
I had the stunt double and was thinking to myself, “I only get three pumps. I am not letting somebody else come in here and finish this off.” [Laughs] So the only way to have a dismount is to slowly fall back. In my head, I imagined the funniest thing would be climax and then Ginger just falls out of frame. But we couldn’t shoot it that way. I had imagined a soft pad or something that I could just fall off of him onto. But when we were doing rehearsal, there was no pad there yet. So from the noise—the tea kettle, sort of hissing—she just sloooowly falls backward and then slides off of him. Mostly I slid off of him because I was trying not to get hurt in rehearsal.
Considering Ginger is the ultimate Team Eric groupie, Tara fully admits she ‘took one for the team‘ with last night’s encounter with Eric:
I do love that after everything that Ginger’s been put through, she finally got hers. As an actress who looks after her character, loves her character, feels very emotionally connected and attached, I am proud of Ginger. I feel that she worked very hard for that carrot at the end of the trail, and good for her. I also think Ginger became the archetype for Alexander’s fans, so for all the ladies out there, I took one for the team, and I couldn’t have been happier to do that. [Laughs]
You can read the full interview Tara Buck did with Entertainment Weekly by clicking here.
What did you think of the sex scene between Ginger and Eric in Episode 9 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7? Hilarious or cringe worthy? Let us know by commenting below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly - ‘True Blood’ postmortem: Tara Buck talks Ginger’s moment
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August 17, 2014
SPOILERS: At Least Pam Makes it to Episode 10!
For many fans of HBO’s True Blood, Season 7 has been particularly hard, knowing it will be the very last one. But, even with our multitude of combined tears, it is pretty obvious that the person most upset with True Blood meeting the true death is Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays Pam, the vampire with more snark than anyone). But how did she cope with receiving – and reading – the very last script?
It is so funny. We were so heavily immersed in shooting and also night shooting. There were so many moments that were just business as usual, and then it would hit me that we’re coming closer to the end. I saw script 10 in my email and thought, “I’ll bring my iPad so I can read it when I’m in hair.” I didn’t think anything of it.
Then, my makeup artist had a paper copy of the script and said to me, “I skipped to the last couple of pages and read those first.” I thought, “What is she talking about?” Then I realized, “The last few pages? Oh my God.” It hit me so hard I couldn’t read the script. I put off reading it. I couldn’t even confront looking at the first page. It took me a day or two to even go into Adobe Reader and look for my Pam scenes.
So, at least we now know that Pam has scenes in Episode 10 (entitled Thank You). But for this vampire, it has been a tough season, aside from the actor’s grief. Pam has not only had to deal with the death of her progeny and lover, Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), but she has been trying to pull her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) back from the brink of death. In the process, we have seen a more vulnerable side to Pam. One that Kristin was happy to explore:
To have Eric weaker and to know that their time is limited makes Pam more human. We see their child/father relationship. We really don’t have relationships like this as humans. Our relationships can’t be so multi-faceted. You can’t be a lover and then also a maker and a father and an enemy and then go back to being a lover. Also, our human relationships can’t span over a century. I can imagine if I had over a 100 years with my father, who was one of my greatest allies, and that’s something that is hard to lose. It was hard for me to lose my dad after 30 years, much less a 100 years. I can layer that with my friendship with Alex Skarsgard.
While we saw her maker healed in Episode 8 (entitled Almost Home), there still appears to be issues for her to sort out right until the very end of Season 7 with Kristin hinting that Pam is still not over the death of Tara yet. I wonder just how that will unfold?
You can read the full interview Kristin Bauer van Straten did with Comic Book Resources by clicking here.
Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Source: Comic Book Resources - Kristin Bauer van Straten Talks Gore, F-Bombs and the End of ‘True Blood’
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August 15, 2014
Could an Original Cast Member Die in Episode 9 of HBO’s True Blood ?
It seems Episode 9 (entitled Love is to Die) will say a final goodbye to yet another original cast member of HBO’s True Blood! But will they die? It seems the devil is in the fine print of what TVGuide had to say about the upcoming episode recently:
With only two episodes to go, there are a lot of narrative threads to tie up, including the issue of Bill [Compton]‘s mortality. I will only say this: At least one original cast member will say goodbye for good this week. In possibly related news, a longstanding love triangle will be resolved and you’ll see one of the show’s weirdest — and funniest — sex scenes between a long-unrequited pair.
How interesting is that news? With the admission of a long term love triangle also being resolved, one could assume that with Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) death, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) finally chooses Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). Consolation prize anyone? However, there is another love triangle going on at the moment – that of Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack), Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). Perhaps TVGuide are referring to that triangle instead? Maybe Jess and Hoyt get back together and Jessica decides to move to Alaska to be with him? After all, it doesn’t specifically say the cast member will die.
And what of that sex scene, huh? Who do we know on True Blood that is part of an ‘unrequited pair’? Could it be Sookie and Eric? Probably not, since they have been intimate before. But it sure doesn’t leave many other options. Perhaps Arlene (Carrie Preston) and Keith (Riley Smith)? Especially since TVLine had this spoiler to announce:
Not everyone will get a happy ending on True Blood… but I think it’s safe to say that Arlene and Keith will be among the lucky few. Though we’re not going to get another pool table scene, this Sunday’s episode does show the effect Arlene’s relationship with Keith is having on her. (Spoiler Alert: She’s a very happy woman.)
But they haven’t been an item for very long, and many wouldn’t even really consider them as such. Oh, hang on a minute – what about Ginger (Tara Buck) and Eric? Now that would potentially be hilarious and weird!
Let us know your thoughts on this by commenting below!
Sources: TV Guide - Mega Buzz: True Blood’s Cure, an NCIS Return, and a Vampire Diaries Mystery
TVLine - Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Parenthood, Chicago Fire, True Blood, Glee, S.H.I.E.L.D., The Killing and More
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August 13, 2014
Who Makes it to Episode 10 (entitled Thank You)?
With only two more episodes left of HBO’s True Blood, fans are starting to worry at how all the loose ends will be tied up. Who will die? Who will live happily ever after? Who will Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) finally chose?
Well, we have the press release for the True Blood Season 7 finale! Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) makes it to at least the start of the episode, but it seems he is still suffering from his virulent dose of Hep-V – will he take the antidote or meet the true death? Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) makes a choice - hang on a minute didn’t he already do that in Episode 9? How many choices does Sam have to make? Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) also make it to Episode 10 (entitled Thank You) of True Blood. It seems they are not entirely comfortable with their relationship with Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) though – could one of these three die? And, finally, we come to an interesting little titbit: Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) gets an unexpected inheritance. This one disturbs me, after all it wasn’t that long ago that Bill was seeking legal advice about his will. Could Andy be the benefactor of Bill’s estate? And, if that is the case, does Bill die?
You can make up your own mind on this synopsis and let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Episode 10 Synopsis:
Episode #80: “Thank You” (series finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Sookie Stackhouse weighs a future with and without Bill Compton. Eric Northman and Pam struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus. Sam Merlotte makes a choice, while Andy Bellefleur comes upon an unexpected inheritance.
Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Scott Winant.
Source: HBO Inc./SpoilerTV - True Blood – Series Finale – Press Release
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August 12, 2014
SceenBid to Auction Many True Blood Items:
Well, here’s your chance!
ScreenBid is auctioning off many items that were used on the set of HBO’s True Blood over the last seven seasons. Items will go to auction from the 20th August 2014 and conclude on the 25th of August 2014. There are 54 items in total as part of this rare opportunity to obtain genuine prop and costume items from True Blood.
Details of the auctioning process are below:
Q: How do you get all these items?
A:ScreenBid conducts auctions on behalf of studios and producers who want to make props, wardrobe items, set decoration and other items available to fans and collectors.
Q: But how do I know it’s authentic?
A: Because ScreenBid conducts auctions on behalf of studios and producers, everything we sell comes direct from the source. And every ScreenBid item comes with a Certificate of Authenticity issued by the studio or producer, guaranteeing the authenticity of your purchase.
To ensure you know exactly who certifies authenticity, ScreenBid posts that information on every item’s individual page.
Q: Will I know if someone has outbid me?
A: You sure will. We’ll email you.
Q: Can the computer bid for me?
A: Sort of. You can set a maximum bid – some people call it a “proxy bid” on any item. If someone bids higher than your earlier bid, the computer will automatically increase your bid until you either win or reach your maximum. Other bidders won’t know that you’ve placed a maximum bid. They’ll just know that they have been outbid.
Q: How do I know if I’ve won?
A: You can watch the auction as it closes – it’s really interesting. But you don’t have to. ScreenBid emails all winners as soon as their item closes.
Q: I won! Now what?
A: Well congratulations! The next few steps are easy – and they’re up to you.
You’ll receive an email outlining what to do. We will bill the credit card we have on file for you after the entire auction has ended. If you’d rather pay by cash, check, wire transfer, or PayPal, we’re happy to accommodate you. When you receive your invoice, let us know immediately that you want to pay by a method other than credit card. We’ll take care of it.
Q: Will you ship my item to me?
A: While you are welcome to make any delivery arrangements you’d like, we are happy to have our shipping department help you. Whether we ship or you make other arrangements, we include a $14.95 handling fee on all items ($24.95 for items shipped outside the United States), and large items may require an additional fee.
Our shipping department sends all items individually — one item per package. If you have us ship for you, we’ll send you a tracking number as soon as your package leaves our facility. To protect you, we insure all items for the full amount you pay. Your invoice will list the cost of that insurance.
Q: I live outside the United States. Can you help me with shipping?
There’s a handling charge of $24.95 for international shipments, and you will, of course, be responsible for any tariffs, duties, import fees or other requirements imposed by your government.
If you want to see all the awesome items on offer, then you need to click here to go directly to the True Blood auction lot page.
Let us know what items you’re bidding on by commenting below!
Source: ScreenBid – True Blood Auction (#1000069)
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August 12, 2014
Why Bill Said No and Why Sookie Can’t Help Getting in Trouble:
Many fans were happy to see Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) get back together at the end of Episode 7 of HBO’s True Blood. Many were not. But, regardless of which team you were vying for, seeing Bill dying and Sookie being devastated about it, is not easy to watch. Hearing Bill say he wanted to die when offered the antidote to his terminal case of Hep-V was even worse. For HBO writer, Kate Barnow, she just hoped that people hadn’t guessed this already with the amount of Bill flashbacks this season:
Truthfully, we were a little concerned that maybe with all the flashbacks that people would guess this was where he was heading, that he was heading into this very fatalistic place. I think Bill has always been at conflict with himself as a vampire, and the thing that has kept him going has been Sookie. But I think that he’s feeling fairly resolute at this point that his time is nigh. That’s certainly what episodes 9 and 10 are gonna explore. Who’s to say if his time really is nigh? The moment where he decides he doesn’t want the blood is largely connected to the dream he’s had where Sookie’s holding the baby void. All of those flashbacks, that dream—everything’s adding up to this should be the end. That’s why he decides it, but all hell is about to break loose. People are not gonna be happy with his decision.
Sookie has risked so much to help heal Bill, having had a run in with the Yakuza and then having to be fake glamoured by Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) were just for starters in this episode, but over the whole season, she has been risking life and limb to fix him. Kate discusses how they wanted Sookie to be more active in this season:
The idea was that Eric would feel kinda at a new place emotionally, which is that he has, to some extent, acknowledged that he has compassion for Sookie, even though she’s a human being. So with this new lease on life, for him to say, “I really want to reassure you that I’m not gonna die”—his whole plan is completely stymied when he gets there. He went with one thing in mind and learns something completely different. And then it’s this conflict of the enterprising Eric up against the romantic Eric. He’s like, motherf–ker, this keeps happening to me: Every time I let my guard down and care for Sookie, it gets in the way. But for Sookie, of course, she’s desperate, and there’s no way that she’s not gonna go after Eric when she finds out there’s a cure. She was just a little bit behind him because he can fly, which, you know, is an advantage. What is truly fun is watching Sookie see the Yakuza standing outside of Fangtasia and just being like, “Okay, I’m doing this anyway.” It feels new, but it’s kinda the same old thing: Sookie’s pursuit of trying to get what she wants, and usually it has something to do with Bill, is gonna mess Eric and Pam up in a big way.
You can read more on what Kate Barnow has to say about the love quadrangle developing between Hoyt (Jim Parrack), Bridgette (Ashley Hinshaw), Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) as well as what it was like researching items for Violet’s (Karolina Wydra) sex dungeon and plenty more regarding Episode 8 of True Blood Season 7 by clicking here.
Source: EW - ‘True Blood’ postmortem: Inside the twists of ‘Almost Home’
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August 11, 2014
Bill Remains Resolute in His Decision:
Well it appears Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) can be as stubborn as a mule when it comes to deciding when he will die. After refusing to take a sip of Sarah Newlin’s (Anna Camp) restorative blood at the end of Episode 8 (entitled Almost Home), it seems Bill will be sticking to his guns in Episode 9 (entitled Love is to Die) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7.
As for the others still left in Bon Temps, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) and Bridgette all seem to have issues to sort out yet. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is seen flying off with what appears to be Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) is all bound up again.
Will Bill really meet the true death? Let us know what you think will happen in the penultimate episode of True Blood by commenting below!
Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) retreats in confusion. Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) makes a choice. Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) exercises uncharacteristic restraint, while Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) faces a dilemma after being caught in a lie.
Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Howard Deutch.
Source: YouTube - True Blood 7×09 Promo “Love is to Die” (HD)
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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 30, 2014
Eric Northman: Martyr or Suicidal?
This extremely short second sneak peek into Episode 7 (entitled May Be the Last Time) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7 reveals an Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) who may or may not be suicidal. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) also seems on the verge of desperation when she queries him about his motivation for still wanting to kill Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) even though she is now the antidote to his dose of Hep-V.
*NOTE: This episode has also previously been published with the title One Last Time*
Eric Northman, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) close in on Sarah Newlin in Dallas. Adilyn and Wade find a temporary haven, and unexpected hospitality. Refusing to accept the inevitable, a desperate Sookie turns to unexpected resources in search of a miracle. Bill recalls the inexorable forces that led him to his marriage 170 years earlier. A familiar face resurfaces in Bon Temps. Sam (Sam Trammell) faces a quandary.
What do you think? Is Eric suicidal, or is there more to it? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: YouTube - True Blood Season 7: Episode #7 Clip (HBO)
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July 23, 2014
Audrey Fisher Spills on Those Republic**t Costumes:
For HBO’s costume designer, Audrey Fisher, it is always a challenge to find just the right costumes for a show like True Blood. But she must be doing something right as fans and cast alike have continuously raved about her costume choices. For the record, she states that for each episode, her main focus is:
Try to get costumes that definitely were a big wink, but that weren’t too comical.
As for last week’s episode (entitled Lost Cause), there were certainly some extra challenges with making Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) just the right blend of republicomical:
I had to make at least doubles of it, maybe even triples. I sketched it up. We found a great fabric that we could get enough of, because he’s a tall man—it’s a lot of yardage, more than just the average suit. And a wonderful tailor in Koreatown whipped up these beautiful suits that fit like a glove and have really beautiful Western detailing. We topped it off with not a 10-gallon hat—that would be too comical—but a really beautiful Western hat.
As for Pam’s matching ‘republic**t’ costume, her task was a little simpler. Writer Craig Chester had already penned in a purple sequined gown as port of the scene requirement, so while Audrey didn’t have to design something from scratch, she did have to find the dress quickly. She found the near perfect gown and with a few minor alterations, had the perfect dress for Pam ready to go:
So his outfit I got to custom make, and her outfit I had to piece together a little more. That’s pretty typical of True Blood. Sometimes I’m able to make it from soup to nuts, and other times, I have to use all my wits to figure out a way to pull it off in 48 hours.
As for one of the other costumes used during the republican gala event, Sarah Newlin’s (Anna Camp) mother, Nancy Crabtree, was supposed to wear a red suit. However, due to the amount of blood shed in that scene, her outfit was changed to a pale pink suit so that the blood spray would show up better.
And, as for all those 80′s flashbacks, Audrey looked to Richard Gere in American Gigolo as inspiration for Eric Northman’s outfits!
What do you think of Audrey Fisher’s costume choices for True Blood? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly - ‘True Blood’ costume designer talks Eric and Pam’s formal, flashback attire
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