True Blood Quickie: True Blood Season 6 Episode 5 “F*ck the Pain Away” Recap

July 15, 2013

Alexander Skarsgard stars as Eric Northman in HBO's True Blood Season 6, Episode 5, entitled 'F*ck the Pain Away'What did you think of HBO’s True Blood Season 6, Episode 5, entitled F*ck the Pain Away? While I found there were moments of daytime television and bad lesbian prison porn, over all, I think this is my fave episode for Season 6 so far.

What went down:

  • WTF?! Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) parents tried to kill her? Really Warlow (Robert Kazinsky), I don’t believe your lies!
  • Oh, so NOW Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) is high…and remains so (with great hilarity) throughout Episode 5
  • Billith (Stephen Moyer) steals Benlow thanks to maker magic
  • Andy (Chris Bauer) finds his fae-girls – and only one of them survives. With the help of some vamper blood, Andy is able to revive her and discover Billith’s plan to save the vampires evil plotAndy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) saves one of his fae-girls in HBO's True Blood Season 6, Episode 5, entitled 'F*ck the Pain Away"
  • Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Tara (Rutina Wesley) surrender in order to break Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) out of prison. This plan will only work if Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) has convinced her daddy, Governor Burrell (Arliss Howard), that vampires are humans too. Oops, guess Eric didn’t get that memo…
  • Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) is a typical small town, narrow minded lady-dog who just likes to meddle in the lives of others. And when she can’t convince Burrell to marry her, she moves on to Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). When Jessica arrives on the scene, all fairy-blood high and claiming that Billith may not be god, but the devil instead, Sarah has her arrested – but not before there is a daytime television, lesbian-fuelled, bible-off
  • NOTE TO HBO: How can Sarah Newlin rescind Jessica’s invitation into Jason’s house?
  • We find out the nuts and bolts (but mainly the nuts when Warlow gets naked) of the Warlow and Lilith (Jessica Clarke) backstory – which gets a bit weird when Lilith’s face becomes Billith’s and we are reminded of the shaving scene between Jason and Ben in Episode 4
  • HBO are crap at making guys look hot with long-haired wigs
  • Alcide (Joe Manganiello) is just a small wolf trying to pee in a large pond
  • NOTE TO ALCIDE: don’t disown your daddy because later on (as according to the almighty laws of TV) he will be the one who finds Sam (Sam Trammell) and Emma (Chloe Noelle)
  • The werewolf storyline is boring
  • Vamp camp is really just bad lesbian prison porn a lab rat version of The Hunger Games, what with it’s reaping number system and gladiator pit and all…
  • Pam goes into therapy. Since she is new at having to discuss her feelings and all that crap, she should probably be forgiven for ending up in the aforementioned gladiator pit with her ex-maker after claiming she has no feelings towards him. Probably… but I will save my decision until the outcome of Episode 6Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) goes into therapy in HBO's True Blood Season 6, Episode 5, entitled 'F*ck the Pain Away'
  • Terry (Todd Lowe) hires an old mate, Justin, to kill him
  • Sookie hires Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) to make contact with her dead parents and it turns out Benlow was right – her daddy, at least, was trying to kill her in order to save her from becoming a vampire-fairy hybrid. And YAY, Lafayette FINALLY gets his own storyline in Season 6!
  • Maybe Benlow isn’t nasty, maybe he’s just lonely since he’s the only one of his kind…
  • Sam is a tool, not only for being callous to Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) after she tries to phone her parents and let them know she’s alive, but for forgetting that Luna (Janina Gavankar) has only just died…
  • The shifter story is boring
  • Jason joins up with the LAVTF in an attempt to save Jessica
  • Lafayette gets possessed by Sookie’s dad and tries to finish off what he started all those years ago…
  • Billith is nearly as good at mimicking Lilith as Lafayette is at being Corbett (Sookie’s dad)
  • Sarah and Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) join forces again to present the Gov. with the ultimate Hunger Games event: The Eric vs. Pam Stake Off!
Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) have a stake off in HBO's True Blood Season 6, Episode 5, entitled 'F*ck the Pain Away'


So what did you think of Episode 5, F*ck the Pain Away?

Source: Rachel Tsoumbakos – IN A NUTSHELL: True Blood Season 6, Episode 5 Recap

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SPOILER: True Blood’s Season 6 First Victim Speaks Out

June 19, 2013

[WARNING: Major Season Six Spoiler Ahead]:

The Unhappily Ever After End For Sam & Luna:

Luna Garza and Sam Merlotte

Janina Gavankar and Sam Trammell/Luna Garza and Sam Merlotte/HBO/True Blood

In true, True Blood style the Season 6 premiere of HBO’s True Blood on June 16 opened with the death of Luna(Janina Gavankar) girlfriend to the beloved Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell).

Though when we realized that Luna was going to die it was a sad moment to watch like many of the deaths on True Blood, most viewers were probably not shocked by the death of Luna.  The Season 5 finale, left the viewers thinking that Luna would likely die, after all, we know how the story ended for Sam’s brother (Marshall Allman)when he went skinwalking…Nevertheless, it is always terrible to watch a character die, especially one that is a mother to a young child!

For Janina she is happy and feels fortunate that her character lasted as long as she did, “I really thought I was going to die in the beginning” she told, “I was so thankful that they would even want me around for two years. It’s been an awesome experience.”

In the world of True Blood Janina said:

“No one really dies in True Blood land,” recalling a conversation with True Blood director Scott Winant, who noted that he had killed off Godric (Allan Hyde) twice on the series. “There’s always a chance, but even if it doesn’t happen, it’s been a dream. I took risks with this show that I’ve never taken on any other one. When you’re a woman in this business, you’re asked to do a lot of things. You have to decide if and when you’re ever going to do it, and I’m so proud to have been able to take the risks I have with this group of people around me. It’s been a blessing.”

Life Goes On for Janina Gavankar:

Though Janina’s time with HBO’s True Blood may be temporarily, or forever over, Janina is keeping herself plenty busy on other projects! She currently plays the role of McKenna Hall on the CW’s The Arrow, as well as a role on FX’s The League. One way or another we have not seen the last of Janina Gavankar!

Please let us know what you think of the unfortunate demise of Luna Garza!

Source:– True Blood Postmortem: Season 6’s First Casualty Speaks!

(Photo Credit:  Janina Gavankar and Sam Trammell)


Janina Gavankar Talks About Luna’s Role in Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood

May 22, 2013

Severe Consequences for Luna’s Actions to Come in Season 6:

Janina Gavankar stars in HBO's True Blood

After skin-walking on national television, what will happen to shifter Luna? With no hint of her fate from the few clips that have been released of True Blood‘s sixth season, one can only imagine what has happened until the show’s premiere on June 16.

Actress Janina Gavankar only fuels the mystery on her character, commenting that her character’s move will make a big impact on her character’s species as a whole:

“She just outed everyone in the shifter community, so now the world knows there’s more than one supernatural creature on this earth. Holy. F**k. Imagine being a human watching that. As it is, you have to deal with the idea of there being vampires. This is potentially bad for every shifter on the planet. You remember when [the vampires] ‘came out of the coffin? It’s like restarting the series all over again for that supernatural group.”

Not only does she hint that Luna will be facing lots of trouble, but she also says that scene involving Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) brought her to tears.

“I wasn’t even in the shot with him — I was off to the side, like 100 feet away — and the stuff I could hear him doing was making me lose my mind. I was in a warm up tent 100 feet away, and I was crying. True Blood is A-game all day long. I have nothing but major love for him. I go so lucky that I got paired up with him. He’s tremendous.”

What was the scene? We can’t wait to see!

Source: – ‘True Blood’ Scoop: Janina Gavankar Previews Luna’s Season 6 Punishment

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True Blood Shapeshifter Actress Shares Her Musical Creativity

November 26, 2012

Janina Gavankar Releases a Creative Music Video Showcasing Her Musical Side:

janina-gavankar-billboard magActress Janina Gavankar plays shapeshifter Luna Garza on HBO series True Blood. Ms. Gavankar has released a single and accompanying music video for her song, “Waiting for Godot”. A very creative artist, Ms. Gavankar plans to release a video for each track on her upcoming EP, and has consciously tried to break unstated rules of both music and video production.

Ms. Gavankar studied classical music and percussion as a child. Her EP is still in production with Randy Jackson’s label, Dream Merchant 21. She is unsure what the rest of the tracks will sound like, but has completed at least one other that she talks about in this way:

“very strange, all a cappella, and no moment is like the moment that came before it.”

While acknowledging it as a lofty goal, Ms. Gavankar intends to produce a music video for each track on her EP.

“But I really feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do. It’s the way that I think, it’s the way that I create. It’s all kind of one and the same. I don’t know how to do anything small-scale, much to the dismay of some of the people around me.”

Adding to her creative credentials, Ms. Gavankar produced the “Waiting for Godot” video herself. It was directed by her friend, Caitlin Pashalek. Several years ago, Ms. Pashalek also helmed the video for Ms. Gavankar’s cover of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown”.

“One stake we set in the ground from the get-go with this was this it wasn’t going to be a ‘regular music video.’ I don’t give a sh** about following any sort of norms. I don’t really care if people think I’m hot. I really set out to make something beautiful that had a strong narrative.”

Ms. Gavankar believes that all people are complex and multi-sided. Music and videos are ways in which she expresses the duality of her own nature. While most of her True Blood cast mates know about her musical side, Ms. Gavankar says she has not outwardly advertised it, but she knows most are aware. She believes her music videos are evidence that, as an actress, she is able to bring true creativity to her performances.

You can watch Ms. Gavankar’s music video here:



Video: HBO Keeps True Blood Fans Eager For Season 5 with Teaser Clips

May 29, 2012

Waiting Sucks and HBO Keeps Fans Wanting More:

Season 5 poster RomanEarly in the life of its series True Blood, HBO hit upon the simple but clever tag line of ‘Waiting Sucks’. Now, as anticipation over the June 10th premiere of Season 5 grows, fans find that they ‘Crave More’. HBO has fueled the excitement with titillating teaser videos; some provide glimpses behind the scenes, while others are simply humorous promotion.

Two recently released teasers provide peeks into two separate story lines. Both videos give hints as to what to expect from characters and plot, while still managing to raise additional questions that make fans eager to tune in to the show.

One of these two recent videos features Sam (Sam Trammell) and Luna (Janina Gavankar). Sitting on a sofa, Luna cries while Sam tries to lend comfort. The dialog tells fans that someone has died mysteriously. An unexpected, unidentified sound captures their attention just as the scene ends on a menacing note. Who died? How did they die? Are Sam and Luna in danger, too? What was that sound?

What do you think?

Another recent teaser video has Terry (Todd Lowe) and Patrick (Scott Foley) being held at gunpoint and handcuffed. They know this person, but fans don’t – yet. The scene ends with the unknown character asking if anything had followed them there. Who is the new character? Why is he cuffing Patrick and Terry? What is it that might have followed them?

Any guesses?

HBO also uses humor in its teaser videos. ‘Don’t Cry, It’s Back’ uses bloody tears and scenes of character anguish to promote Season 5. The video is a montage of True Blood characters crying. The clips are assembled in a way that makes it seem they are sad over the lack of new True Blood episodes.

Which one is your favorite?

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True Blood’s Leading Ladies in Top 25 Hottest Women on Horror TV Shows

February 19, 2012

What do Luna, Sookie, and Jessica Have in Common?

The 25 Hottest Women On Horror TV Shows by Complex (Jessica Hamby)They’re all hotties, of course! It’s obvious that HBO’s True Blood is one of the scariest and goriest horror shows on TV, but what makes it even better are the beauties we get to see on screen. Three of Bon Temps’ residents made it on the Complex Top 25 Hottest Women on Horror TV Shows list:

#2- Deborah Ann Woll  (Jessica Hamby)

#7- Janina Gavankar (Luna Garza)

#15- Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse)

To see the other 22 women, check out the results! Sit tight Truebies, more True Blood is coming our way soon!

Source: Complex



Video: MTV Talks to True Blood Cast at the Golden Globes

January 25, 2012


Season 5 Looks To Shake Things Up!

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse Recently, MTV got to speak to not one, but FOUR cast members from HBO’s True Blood! Ryan Kwanten, Janina Gavankar, Carrie Preston and Joe Manganiello were present, even though True Blood was overlooked for nominations this year. While there is a bit of a wait until Season 5 starts up, the stars were happy to drop a few snippets of information.

Ryan Kwanten hints at maturity developing in Jason Stackhouse, especially since Andy Bellefleur is not currently being the best Sheriff.

Janina Gavankar suggests nothing ever stays perfect in Bon Temps, so perhaps there will be more complications for the Luna/Sam Merlotte relationship? She hopes not:

“I will always have hope for Sam. They are meant to be. Nobody understands you like another shifter.”

Carrie Preston also suggests there will be trouble between Arlene Fowler and Terry Bellefleur — especially now that an old friend of Terry’s has arrived!

As for our fave werewolf, Alcide? Well, his is the quote of the clip:

“We’ve seen that he’s a sweet guy; we’ve seen that he’s the kind of guy that would be great in a relationship. I think that you’re going to be introduced to a side of him that’s going to slam you up against the wall and go for it.”

Really? I’d like to see that!

Make sure you check out the full video and let us know what you think will happen in Season 5.

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Source: MTV/Hollywood Crush – Joe Manganiello’s ‘True Blood’ Plans? ‘Slam You Up Against The Wall And Go For It’!

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Video: Interview with the Multi-talented Janina Gavankar

November 2, 2011

The Music/Info-geek and Tech-nerd Talks About Her Career:

Janina Gavankar as LunaThe multi-talented and very beautiful Janina Gavankar (Luna Garza) was recently interviewed by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s National Director Zino Macaluso about her True Blood role and social media/technology.

The tech-mogul / actress / musician was classically trained in music before falling in love with acting in high school.  In college Gavankar majored in Theater Performance and minored in Music Psychology.  She loves to continue using music as a performance medium and was involved in Kanye West’s “Love Lock Down.”  Her first paying gig was in a bank commercial for Mellon Bank and from there, her resume is lengthy.  Before True Blood, she played a major role in Showtime’s The L-Word (starting in the 4th season, like True Blood) as Papi and in the unfortunately short-lived show, The Gates.

She said the most exciting thing, or the thing she loves the most about True Blood are the amazing writers and table-reads.  She gets pumped about the awesome writing.  When everyone sits down to read an episode together, she compares the excitement to an audience watching the episode for the first time.  She also said that because she’s spent so much time in Shreveport, Louisiana she was able to create a rather lengthy mental back story for her TB character Luna.

Outside of her major work, she’s done a lot of social media work.  She has launched a new website for new actors, she maintains a fan page on Facebook and and is constantly tweeting from @janina.  She also claims to have been the first actor on Twitter, joining back in 2006 when “everyone still hated the word tweeting.”  Her advice to everyone in the social media world is to “be authentic… The YouTube generation can tell when you’re faking it.”  Also, this writer’s personal favorite Internet clip of Gavankar and mentioned in the interview, comes from Funny or Die called “Method Shapeshifting with Marshall Allman.”  Check it out, it’s hilarious.

Below is the full interview, so if you want to watch a full hour of her bubbly self, feel free. Let us know what you think in the comments!


Photo: HBO


Video: True Blood’s Janina Gavankar With Season 5 Scoop

September 19, 2011

Sam’s New Love Dishes on Hook-Ups:

Janina Gavankar as Luna GarzaThe cast and crew of HBO’s True Blood will return to work in November when Season 5 begins production. Janina Gavankar, who plays Sam’s new shifter love Luna Garza, insists that there are many secrets of what is going to happen in season five.

On season five, Gavankar said:

“If you like blood and sex… you’re going to love it even more next year because it’s gonna get bloodier and sexier.”

When Gavankar was asked who she would hook up with that she hasn’t hooked up with, she said she was pretty happy with what she’s got.

On Sam Merlotte, Gavankar said:

Sam Merlotte is a beautiful man to be in love with right now. The soulfulness that you see in his eyes is completely real. He’s a lovely human. I love working him. I’m very lucky. It’s a good gig.”

Watch the video, and remember Truebies, if you have any True Blood related news, we’d love to hear it!

Thanks for the scoop, Annie!

Source: PopSugar TV – True Blood’s Janina Gavankar Talks Hot Onscreen Hookups

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