COMIC CON 2014: True Blood Cast Hints at a ‘Not Happily Ever After’

July 29, 2014

Are Eric and Pam True Blood’s Version of ‘True Love’ Then?

True to the End HBO True Blood Season 7 promo posterLast weekend at San Diego’s Comic Con 2014, Zap2It got to talk to the cast of HBO’s True Blood about things such as true love and happy ends and do they exist in the Sookieverse. So how do the residents of Bon Temps and Shreveport view love in this TV series?

According to Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays vampire Pam, she feels her character’s relationship with her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) transcends the idyllic notion of true love – after all they have been together for more than a hundred years. She suggests that their love is perfect and unconditional after all their time together.

Nelsan Ellis (who plays the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds) thinks that his character could definitely find true love. And then immediately backs it up with a ‘but we’ll have to wait and see‘ stock response. Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), on the other hand, believes his character has come to forgive vampires and has had the realization that vendettas are actually pointless. Once he discovers this, he also finds out that he is no longer alone in this word any more.

As for Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler-Bellefleur) and Anna Camp (who plays god-shopper and resident baddie, Sarah Newlin), both women agree that Arlene could possibly be the only person who could talk some sense into Sarah. But apparently the pair never get a scene together, so it is a moot point. Although, this would indicate that Sarah Newlin’s story line could be held entirely in Dallas for this final season. And what a shame too, that is one southern scrag fight I would have loved to see!

Stephen Moyer’s (who plays vampire Bill Compton who is currently suffering from an accelerated dose of Hep-V) words are possibly the most telling though. When asked about whether there will be a happy ending for anyone in True Blood Season 7, his reply was:

I’m not sure that’s how Alan Ball conceived things. Even though Alan’s not running the show any more, happily ever after is something that we have always known on our show that as soon as something good happens to a character, something bad is about to happen. So, do you ever know? Are they ever happy? I don’t know.

You can watch the full Zap2It video interview and make up your own mind on the fate of True Blood:

How do you think True Blood will end? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: Zap2It – ‘True Blood’ Cast Teases the End of Season 7

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COMIC Con 2014: Stephen Moyer Talks About True Blood’s Final Episode Ever

July 27, 2014

Episode 10; “It’s a clever way… to tie up a lot of knots!”

Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) takes a bath in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 5 (entitled 'Lost Cause' and previously entitled 'Return to Oz')Fans of HBO’s True Blood are in for a glut of new teasers about True Blood’s final season. Michael Ausiello from TV Line got a chance to sit down with Stephen Moyer (who plays vampire Bill Compton in True Blood) and ask him what Stephen thought about the very last episode of the show:

Obviously, as the season’s going on, you get an idea of where things are moving. So, there were a lot of things in there that I was expecting, there were a couple of things I wasn’t. And I think that Brian Buckner – Bucky – has done a good job of giving every single fan something that they would like.

What of filming that last scene?

Of course Stephen is sad, but he is also happy too. it is a somewhat bittersweet moment for him.

And what about Bill and his recent case of Hep-V? Is there any hope for him?

I think the interesting thing about it is… One of the things I was slightly unsure of going from Season 6 into Season 7 was that Hep-V is this disease that only kills vampires. Obviously there’s lots of metaphors in there and parallels with our society and, therefore, I was worried that because it’s so debilitating that it might be a downer, that it might feel like it’s actually sort of crushing the energy of our show which has always been so dynamic and great. But, actually, I think it makes the emotion become more impacted.

Mmm, sounds like he avoided answering the question there…

Ausiello then asked how Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill fans will like the Season 7 finale:

I think there will be people who are pleased and people who… don’t quite get what they expect… It’s a clever way, we do well to tie up a lot of knots.

There is plenty more to this interview, and you can watch it in its entirety below:

Source: TV Line - True Blood’s Stephen Moyer Opens Up About Series Finale, ‘Sweet’ Farewells and How One Storyline Surprised Him

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COMIC CON 2014: Kristin Bauer van Straten Talks About All the ‘Lasts’ for True Blood

July 27, 2014

True Blood Season 7: The Last Scene, The Last Day:

Kristin Bauer van Straten stars as Pam in HBO's True Blood Season 7 promo trailer 1Michael Ausiello was lucky enough to get a chance to sit down with Kristin Bauer van Straten (who stars as vampire Pam in HBO’s True Blood) during San Diego Comic Con 2014 and chat about all things relating to True Blood. For the actor who is very emotional about the show and cast at the best of times, this time it was especially emotionally draining as she talked about all the ‘last times‘ for True Blood Season 7:

You know we’ve had so many ‘lasts’. My last scene with this person, then this person. And then my last day of shooting, and then we didn’t get all of it, so then I had another last day… then throughout this whole process I sort of keep it together by going; “See you at Comic Con!” And I don’t know what I’m going to say here.

To lighten the mood (and, I suspect, to keep Kristin Bauer van Straten from tearing up there and then), Ausiello moved on to talk about all the fun stuff Kristin’s character, Pam, has had to do so far in the first half of Season 7. Kristin promptly starts laughing about all the fun she had shooting the scenes involving the tea party massacre, seeing Alexander Skarsgard (who plays her maker, Eric Northman) in an authentic Texan outfit, and the fact that her infamous line (which sounds a little like ‘republican’) from Episode 5 managed to trend on Twitter! But, mostly, she thoroughly enjoyed exploring her character via those fantastic flashbacks.

But how does she cope with the fact her maker is dying?

I try to, as an actor, borrow from anything Kristin has. And I have such fondness for Alex [at this point Kristin tears up] that I just thought about how it was our last season. [pauses] You know there was enough to borrow from, like, my time [as] Pam and Eric is limited.

There is LOADS more Kristin has to say to TV Line and you can check out the full interview below:

Let us know what you think by commenting below!

Source: TVLine - Kristin Bauer’s True Blood Series Finale Preview Reduces Her to Tears!

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COMIC CON 2014: All the True Blood Photos from Twitter!

July 27, 2014

With all the excitement of San Diego’s Comic Con 2014, there has been a flurry of photos uploaded by the cast and crew of HBO’s True Blood to social media sites. Below is all the photos we have found – so far – on HBO’s official True Blood Twitter account as well as from other verified Twitter accounts of various True Blood cast members. (All images come from verified accounts and all images are credited back to the authors.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Twitter – @TrueBloodHBO

(Photo Credits: Twitter – @TrueBloodHBO, @TheRealAnnaCamp, @SamTrammell, @AnnaPaquin, @_smoyer,

 

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COMIC CON 2014: The True Blood Panel Says Goodbye!

July 26, 2014

Read the True Blood Comic Con Transcripts Here:

Group shot of the True Blood signing at Comic con 2014

Image courtesy of @TrueBloodHBO Twitter Account

For the very last time, Comic Con will be seeing a True Blood panel. *cries* With this in mind, here is a rundown on everything that was said and done during this epic finale panel. (Sincere gratitude and immense thanks to DigitalSpy and HitFix for doing all the hard word of transcribing the panel so quickly!) We have included some of the highlights directly for you to enjoy, otherwise click on the DigitalSpy and HitFix links after our recap for the full coverage.

So what happened? What was said? Did anyone cry? (HINT: It’s Kristin Bauer van Straten mostly…)

It seems with all the sad goodbyes, there was plenty of reminiscing going on. When asked about the very first episode of True Blood, the panel had the following to share:

“Can anybody remember seven years ago?” [Stephen] Moyer ponders. “I just remember that ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ was shooting next door and we had all of these naked bloody people walking around,” [Sam] Trammell says. [Rutina] Wesley remembers being terrified, because it was almost her first job out of school. Lafayette was supposed to die at some point. [Nelsan] Ellis remembers wondering why his shirts had to be so tight. Moyer remembers a moment in the pilot when Nelsan was cooking and started humping the grill. Nelsan said something to an extra named “Big John” and Big John has been in every episode since.

As for all the flashbacks included in Season 7, it seems Brian Buckner is trying to find closure for all the characters. Bill (Stephen Moyer) is finding himself, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Fangtasia had to have a backstory that was suitably appropriate – considering how long us Truebies had to wait for one!

And what of the last day on set? Since we are still remembering?

Wesley calls it “weird.” She remembers a long hug with her TV mother. “It was beautiful and sad and also… it’s like it’s on to new things.” Buckner promises that we haven’t seen the last of Rutina, yet. “My last day, I wrapped at 4 a.m. off in the woods somewhere,” [Deborah Ann] Woll remembers. She says that they wrapped 17 people at once, so that they could all go together. [Carrie] Preston admits to being the first cry, “mourning, but celebrating too.” “We started crying at the table read for that episode,” Preston says. “I’m still waiting for that cry,” [Kristin] Bauer [van Straten] admits. Moyer also wrapped with a 5 a.m. shoot, saying that we’re as much a part of this as they are. He references the continuity with the crew as well. “Seven years is like doing a doctorate in vampirism and it’s all with the same people and that is just extraordinary to have,” Moyer says. In his last moment, he was struck by saying “Bye” to the crew, because he knew he’d see the actors again here.

When discussing the tea party massacre in Episode 5, it seems Kristin Bauer van Straten was happy to hear that Sarah Palin drew offense from it:

“She’ll weigh in on anything. It’s sweet, many many years later that I’ve made her angry,” animal rights activist Bauer van Straten says, recalling Palin as the wolf-killer-lady.

And who will Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) end up with? Brian Buckner had the following to say:

They’re in each other’s spheres for sure. This show started out and worked because of the chemistry they shared. They got married for us! I certainly felt coming into it that we had to go back to Bill and Sookie. How we come back to them, I’m not telling you.

While it is a stock question lately, it seems the cast are still filching things from set. So what have they taken now from the True Blood set?

“I’ve got my brown hair in case I ever need it,” [Anna] Camp says. Buckner took Sookie’s porch swing. Moyer took two dead deer feet from Merlotte’s. “I strongly suspect they’re gonna end up in our house,” says a disgusted [Anna] Paquin. “HBO should probably sue me, because I’ve been stealing from them for seven years,” Ellis says. He’s been forgetting to bring back a lot of Lafayette’s wardrobe. All of the vampires took their fangs. Rutina also took some human clothes, including a pair of Tara’s jean shorts. Trammell took a couple boxes of matches and his boots. What Trammell really wants is the big wooden menu from Merlotte’s, but Warner Brothers took it.

An awesome fan question came in the way of “is there a reason there hasn’t been much time to mourn Tara and Alcide (Joe Manganiello)?” It seems these is:

You don’t get to mourn before you know what’s going to happen.

It seems Brian Buckner wanted people to see all aspects of death, not just those massive scenes where people are prepared – both before and after – for it. He wanted people to be just as shocked and horrified when they didn’t see it coming, that they would have to work through the pain themselves.

And what about looking ahead? What can we expect in the second half of Season 7? Brian Buckner had this to say:

It’s not done changing, it’s not going to slow down… You guys love these characters and we felt we had to land them in places where you would be okay not seeing them anymore.

Will Sarah Newlin get what she deserves before the show ends? Anna camp had the following to say:

I think I get what I deserve.

She wouldn’t elaborate any further, but did admit that even her boyfriend (in real life) thought Sarah deserved to be punished!

You can read the full transcripts here (for HitFix) and here (for DigitalSpy)

Sources: HitFix - ‘True Blood’ visits Comic-Con for the last time: Live-Blog

DigitalSpy - True Blood at Comic-Con 2014: As it happened

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COMIC CON 2014: What’s Ahead for True Blood Season 7 (Sneak Peek VIDEO)

July 26, 2014

Here’s the latest True Blood teaser video – direct from San Diego Comic Con!

Stephen Moyer stars as Bill Compton, the latest Hep-V victim, from HBO's True Blood Season 7There is plenty of new stuff to be gleaned from this latest True Blood teaser. For example:

  • It seems HBO are preparing us for a decision to be made over who Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) will end up with when True Blood concludes in a few short weeks.
  • With Sookie realizing Bill (Stephen Moyer) is dying from Hep-V, it seems she is spurred on in search of a cure.
  • We also see a reappearance of Sookie’s fairy grandfather, Niall Brigant (Rutger Hauer) – could he be a part of the Hep-V cure?
  • Well, it seems Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) knows – since she claims there is, in fact, an antidote! YAY! Will she help though?
  • Tara (Rutina Wesley) is set to make more appearances. This means only one thing: Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) has gotten her hands on another vampire.
  • Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) seems to have his hands full with Violet (Karolina Wydra).
  • Hoyt (Jim Parrack) meets Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) for the first time – well, that he can remember anyway…
  • Arlene (Carrie Preston) gets her promised sex dream – or is it reality?

And then we have a huge blur of action. Did you pick out everything that happened right at the end? Let me know what you saw by commenting below!

You can watch the whole sneak peak teaser direct from Comic Con below:

Source: YouTube - True Blood Season 7: In the Weeks Ahead (Comic Con)

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True Blood’s Latest Emmy Nominations

July 26, 2014

Michael McMillian Gets Nominated… But NOT For True Blood!

Michael McMillian stars as Steve Newlin in HBOs True BloodRecently, HBO’s True Blood scored two Emmy nominations in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera)
True Blood
HBO
Suzuki Ingerslev, as Production Designer
Cat Smith, as Art Director
Ron V. Franco, as S.D.S.A.
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Miniseries Or Movie

True Blood
HBO
Hiro Koda, as Stunt Coordinator

While this is pretty awesome, a new nomination has come to air about one of True Blood’s former stars, Michael McMillian (who played newly made gay vampire and ex-reverend, Steve Newlin, who also happens to be the husband of Season 7′s current baddie, Sarah Newlin).

It seems Michael has picked up a nomination for his work as host on HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere interactive program:

Outstanding Interactive Program – 2014.

Game of Thrones Premiere – Facebook Live and Instagram – HBO

Sabrina Caluori, HBO/ VP Digital and Social Media; Paul Beddoe-Stephens, Facebook + Instagram/ Strategic Partnerships TV; Jim Marsh, Digital and Social Media/ HBO; Michael McMorrow, HBO/ VP Event Planning and Production; Michael McMillian, Host

Here at TrueBloodNet, we wish Michael McMillian, HBO and True Blood the best of luck in the upcoming Emmy awards!

let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

Source: Emmys.com - Game of Thrones Premiere – Facebook Live and Instagram, True Blood Nominations

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COMIC CON 2014: Blood Drive Video Features True Blood Actor

July 24, 2014

Give blood During Comic Con 2014:

Comic Con 2014 True Blood blood drive t shirtRecently we announced that Comic Con 2014 would feature a blood drive as part of their program. This drive is in memoriam of Robert A. Heinlein and all people who book and participate will receive a True Blood goodie bag along with the sense of accomplishment of knowing your blood will now go on to save lives.

All the details of the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive are below:

The Blood Drive is open from 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 10:00 AM–3:30 PM on Sunday. The Blood Drive location has changed this year: it’s now located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, in the America’s Cup, Regatta, and Nautical rooms (on the 4th floor of the tower closest to the Convention Center). The Hyatt is located at 1 Market Place, on Harbor Drive (the same street as the Convention Center), at the corner of Market and Harbor. If you’re registering onsite at Comic-Con, please go to the Blood Drive booth near the Freebie Table in the Sails Pavilion, upstairs at the Convention Center. After you’ve given blood, catch the Comic-Con Shuttle for a quick trip back to the Convention Center!

In addition to receiving a goodie bag, HBO’s True Blood will be providing bandages, t-shirts, water bottles, and band aids to participants.

People who give blood are also entered into daily drawings for fantastic prizes, which are donated by Comic-Con exhibitors. Winners are posted at the Blood Drive sign-up booth at 6:30 PM each day (4:00 PM on Sunday) in the Sails Pavilion.

Below, you can check out the following video interview about it which also features True Blood actor Chloe Noelle (who played Emma Garza, daughter of Luna in Seasons 4, 5 and 6 of the hit HBO vampire show):

Source: Fox 5 San Diego - Blood drive takes center stage at Comic-Con

(Photo Credit: ComicCon.org/HBO Inc.)

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True Blood: Can’t Attend Comic Con 2014? No Sweat!

July 18, 2014

Watch the True Blood Comic Con Panel LIVE From the Comfort of Your Lounge Room:

True Blood CastIf you haven’t scored tickets to Comic Con 2014, or you live too far away to attend, there is no need to worry thanks to HBO Connect! Thanks to an announcement made recently, fans can now watch the whole event LIVE and online:

HBO is bringing Game of ThronesTrue Blood, and Cinemax’s Banshee to San Diego Comic Con this year. If Friday and Saturday rolls around and you find yourself unable to be in the panel rooms for these shows, don’t worry! HBO will be hosting live coverage on HBO Connect (hbo.com/connect) and through the hashtags for True Blood (#TrueToTheEnd), Game of Thrones (#SurviveTheRealm), and Banshee (#SDCCBanshee).

All you have to do is log in to your HBO Connect account. The True Blood panel will commence at 5.00pm:

The TRUE BLOOD panel in Ballroom 20 at 5:00 p.m. will be moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Panelists include: executive producer Brian Buckner and cast members (in alphabetical order) Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Nathan Parsons (James), Carrie Preston (Arlene Bellefleur), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby). Autograph signing is at the WB booth at 2:00 p.m.

Let us know if you will be attending Comic Con in person, online with HBO Connect or via Twitter by commenting below!

Source: Nerdophiles – Can’t Make it to SDCC for HBO Content? They’ve Got You Covered!

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True Blood Confirmed for Comic Con 2014!

July 17, 2014

True Blood Cast Will Appear at This Year’s Comic Con:

Group still of HBO's True Blood Season 7The following press release has been issued for Comic Con 2014 in relation to HBO’s vampire series True Blood:

HBO AND CINEMAX BRING THREE SERIES

TO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2014

Stars And Producers Of True Blood,

GAME OF THRONES And BANSHEE To Appear

The HBO series True Blood and GAME OF THRONES and the CINEMAX series BANSHEE are confirmed for panels and autograph sessions at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014.

Below is panel information on the three series. Expect live coverage of all HBO and CINEMAX Comic-Con activities at HBO Connect (hbo.com/connect) and at True Blood #TrueToTheEnd and GAME OF THRONES #SurviveTheRealm. For BANSHEE, fans can go to cinemax.com and #SDCCBanshee.

Comic Con 2014 will occur July 24-27. The True Blood schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 26

The True Blood panel in Ballroom 20 at 5:00 p.m. will be moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Panelists include: executive producer Brian Buckner and cast members (in alphabetical order) Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Nathan Parsons (James), Carrie Preston (Arlene Bellefleur), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby). Autograph signing is at the WB booth at 2:00 p.m.

Since filming for the movie Tarzan has just begun, Alexander Skarsgard (who plays vampire viking Eric Northman), will not be attending. Perhaps they will have to use a cardboard cut out like in previous years?

As well as this event, fans attending Comic Con need to watch out for the HBO pop up shop:

To pick up official product from GAME OF THRONES, True Blood and other favorite HBO series, fans can visit the HBO Pop Up Shop at Market St. and 8th Ave. The Pop Up Shop, which has made previous stops at SXSW in Austin and at the Linq in Las Vegas, will be open at Comic-Con on Thursday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.), Friday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.), Saturday (11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.).

You can also be a part of this year’s Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive:

The Blood Drive is open from 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 10:00 AM–3:30 PM on Sunday. The Blood Drive location has changed this year: it’s now located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, in the America’s Cup, Regatta, and Nautical rooms (on the 4th floor of the tower closest to the Convention Center). The Hyatt is located at 1 Market Place, on Harbor Drive (the same street as the Convention Center), at the corner of Market and Harbor. If you’re registering onsite at Comic-Con, please go to the Blood Drive booth near the Freebie Table in the Sails Pavilion, upstairs at the Convention Center. After you’ve given blood, catch the Comic-Con Shuttle for a quick trip back to the Convention Center!

In addition to receiving a goodie bag, HBO’s True Blood will be providing bandages, t-shirts, water bottles, and band aids to participants.

People who give blood are also entered into daily drawings for fantastic prizes, which are donated by Comic-Con exhibitors. Winners are posted at the Blood Drive sign-up booth at 6:30 PM each day (4:00 PM on Sunday) in the Sails Pavilion.

On Thursday July 24, 2014 10:30am – 11:30am in Room 4 you can check out the music panel which includes True Blood composer, Nathan Barr, among other great musicians.

Let us know if you are attending Comic Con 2014 by commenting below!

Sources: Comic Con – Schedule, Press Release, Blood Drive

The Young Folks - TARZAN, starring Alexander Skarsgård, begins filming today

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