Charlaine Harris Weighs in on the True Blood Finale Debate

August 27, 2014

Sookie Stackhouse Creator Defends HBO’s Adaptation:

Charlaine HarrisFor author Charlaine Harris, causing an uproar within an established fan base is something she knows all about. After many years and just as many books, she recently concluded the popular vampire novels that HBO’s True Blood is based on. In the books, Sookie Stackhouse made a very similar choice at the end as well; no vampires for her, just a regular life. While Sookie ended up with Sam Merlotte in the book series, in the Season 7 finale, she chose someone who the audience didn’t even know. Sookie chose a normal life was the point showrunner Brian Buckner was trying to make. Many fans were not impressed with his decision.

But what did Charlaine Harris think?

You know, I really enjoyed [it], because to me it bears the mark of Alan Ball, even though I know there was a different showrunner the last year and a half. Because he gives you a glimpse of the future so often at the end of his runs, and in a way, Sookie ended up not with Sam, as she did in the books, but in the same place.

She also offered up her own version of how Sookie (Anna Paquin) might have met Mr. Sookie Stackhouse in the TV series:

He was someone she met after the show! A human. She had someone she could live a human life with, have human babies with, and stay in her home, which was what she wanted. He could be a shifter or a were, but my point is she didn’t end up with a vampire.

Overall, Charlaine Harris was happy with the way HBO and the writer’s had portrayed her series on TV, even though it was so vastly different to her own version of the Sookieverse.

You can read the full interview Charlaine Harris did with Vulture by clicking here.

What did you think of HBO’s interpretation of Charlaine’s novels? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: Vulture - Author Charlaine Harris on the End of True Blood, Viewer Backlash, and ‘Fabulous’ Lafayette

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Show Runner Brian Buckner Defends the True Blood Finale

August 27, 2014

HBO’s True Blood Wrapped up This Week with Season 7:

True Blood finale final shotIn the finale of HBO’s long running vampire series, True Blood, it turned out Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) only needed to chose herself. While both Team Eric and Team Bill fans alike were disappointed Sookie ended up with some random stranger, for show runner, Brian Buckner, there was never a doubt:

The deal was we wanted Bill to be correct when he said that Sookie can have a normal life. The twist, of course, being that Sookie chose to keep her power and specialness and persevere despite his belief that she couldn’t be OK without giving up her powers. Charlaine [Harris] took a lot of abuse for choosing Sam [Sam Trammell]. We felt like it was irrelevant who Sookie wound up with. What we wanted to know was that she was happy and living the life she wanted to lead. To introduce some other stranger in the last five minutes of the finale wouldn’t have made a lot of sense. So, we made a choice to say it’s “every man,” it doesn’t matter.

Besides Sookie’s story being concluded, Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) story also saw an ending – by way of the true death. Since the Season 7 finale, many people have been questioning whether this was the right decision to make on a show that has strongly drawn an allegory between vampires and the gay community. Brian addressed this matter with the following statement:

I’ve done some thinking about this one. What I will say to that is yes, True Blood is an allegory about otherness, but when you read a novel that is allegorical, it’s usually about one character. To maintain allegorical correctness across the board with 20 characters is sometimes impossible. You have to pick a center. So, for us in this story line, I think it’s obvious from the seven years that Sookie and Bill were not meant to be [in] true love forever. So now you’ve got to pick whose otherness you’re going to protect. I think the allegory to be protected was Sookie’s.

Then Brian had to justify the fact that for a series that’s staple was sex and violence, there was surprisingly no nudity in the season finale:

I know our show has made its living on sex and gore and violence, but without story that all takes on the feeling of a snuff film. The director, Scott Winant, put in better words than I could. He said I get what you’re doing here. If you’re going to go bigger and bolder than you’ve ever been, then where are you going to go. And so the more surprising ending here is this intimate, small, beautiful story of these people in a small town… To me, you want to know that these people are going to be OK.

How well did you think Brian Buckner handled the True Blood finale? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Sources: Vulture - True Blood Showrunner Brian Buckner: ‘I’m Sort of Defiantly Proud of What We Did’

Yahoo’s The Wrap - ‘True Blood’ Boss Brian Buckner Talks Finale, Says Eric and Pam Could Make a Good Spinoff

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True Blood Finale: Timothy Eulich is Sookie’s Mystery Man

August 27, 2014

Finally We Have Some Information About Mr. Sookie Stackhouse:

True Bloods Timothy Eulich Mr Sookie StackhouseWhile there were many moments to talk about and discuss in regards to HBO’s True Blood finale, probably the hottest question on everyone’s lips was; ‘Who was the bearded guy Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) ended up with?

For many it was more about the fact that Sookie didn’t choose Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) or Bill (Stephen Moyer), that she ended up with just some random stranger. But, for Brian Buckner, True Blood’s show runner, it was more about the fact that Sookie chose to be human and have a normal life rather than who she ended up with.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t still wonder, right?

It turns out, bearded Mr. Sookie Stackhouse was picked at random from the stunt doubles on set at the time. His name is Timothy Eulich and he was chosen because he had the best pair of arms there! Recently Vulture got to ask Timothy some questions about being Mr. Sookie Stackhouse:

I was laughing with my wife Sunday night about all the tweets from all the people freaking out about not getting to see Sookie’s husband’s face. It was fun!

However, Timothy hasn’t had a chance to watch all of Episode 10 (entitled Thank You) yet, even though he has worked on set throughout Season 7.

In the past, Timothy has been a stunt double for many True Blood characters including Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) and even Eric Northman. In fact, when you see Eric catching on flames at the end of Season 6, it was Timothy, in part, you were seeing:

 I just did the fire. With everything that we did, we worked very closely with the visual effects team, so they wanted to get the real fire elements for that. I was in a full black suit on a black backdrop, with a huge fire burn, and they went and layered in Alex baking on the mountainside. But that was definitely Alex’s body. [Chuckles.] I didn’t take my clothes off for that!

Besides being a stunt double, you actually get a chance to see his face in Season 2! He was playing a character called Rich, who got saved by Sookie. So, in theory, perhaps Sookie ended up meeting up with Rich again and falling in love:

You know, I was thinking about that, and I don’t think it’s terribly far-fetched that it’s Rich! I don’t think the writers would necessarily think that [laughs] but I mean, Sookie did save Rich from being killed by Eric in that scene, so there was a little moment there and it’s possible it turned into something, years and years later. “Hey, remember that time at church when you saved my life? That was really awesome of you. We should go have a drink sometime.” Yeah, I think it would have been nice.

You can find out more about Timothy Eulich by checking out the following sites:

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

Source: Vulture - Meet the Actor Who Played the Bearded Mystery Man in the True Blood Series Finale

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Stephen Moyer Uses WEEV to Answer True Blood Q & A

August 26, 2014

Check Out What Stephen Moyer Had to Say About the True Blood Finale:

Stephen Moyer WEEV True Blood Finale Q & ARecently we mentioned that Stephen Moyer (who played Bill Compton on HBO’s True Blood) would be on Twitter answering truebie questions after the True Blood finale. As well as answering a lot of questions the traditional way on Twitter, it turns out he used he very own, newly created app as well! WEEV was recently launched by Stephen Moyer at the San Diego Comic 2014 and is a handy way to ask and answer questions via video. As a result, fans had the opportunity to tune in on the night and WEEV questions directly to Stephen Moyer.

Many questions were asked of Stephen about the finale, and in particular, about Bill’s death. People were also wondering about who the mysterious bearded guy that Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) ended up with. Stephen had this to say about it on Twitter:

 

 

You can view  his full Q & A by going to his Facebook page here.

To find out more about WEEV, please click here.

Sources: Stephen Moyer – Facebook page

Stephen Moyer – Twitter

WEEV – iTunes

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VIDEO: True Blood Finale – Bill’s Last Words to Jessica

August 26, 2014

Bill Compton Leaves a Message For His Progeny on Her Blog:

HBOs True Blood finale Bill Compton leaves a video blog for Jessica HambyOver the last few seasons of HBO’s True Blood, we have gotten a chance to see behind the scenes of some scenes and episodes thanks to serial blogger, Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). Now we see the tides turned on her as her maker, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), who is dying from Hep-V, leaves his own video message to Jess on her computer.

Be warned, you will need tissues to watch this video! ;-)

I wonder what Jessica’s reaction will be when she sees it? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

Source: YouTube - True Blood Season 7: Jessica’s Blog – A Father’s Love (HBO)

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 7 – After the Finale

August 25, 2014

HBO Gives Us A Sneak Peek Into the Final Scene of Season 7:

HBOs True Blood Season 7 after the finaleIt has been twenty four hours now since HBO’s final episode ever of True Blood, fans have watched and rewatched the Season 7 finale episode (entitled Thank You) and are now searching for every last little scrap of True Blood footage out there.

So here’s what I have found for you. It’s a special video which delves into a behind the scenes look at the final scene for the True Blood Season 7 finale! There are plenty of interviews with the cast present for the Thanksgiving feast as well as the crew to keep you going for a while longer.

Source: YouTube - True Blood Season 7: After the Finale (HBO)

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True Blood Quickie: True Blood Season 7 Finale Episode 10 “Thank You” Recap

August 25, 2014

I can’t believe this is it. I can’t believe this is my last ever True Blood recap! Here’s what went down in Episode 10 (entitled Thank You) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7:

  • Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) stars in HBO's True Blood finale Episode 10 (entitled 'Thank You')We start off pretty much where Episode 9 (entitled Love is to Die) ended; at Sookie’s (Anna Paquin). Her and Bill (Stephen Moyer) are having a chat about how Bill wants Sookie to have a life and how Sookie wants Bill to live. Then he drops a clanger on her: he not only wants to die, he wants Sookie to kill him! *starts wimpering* Turns out he has a reason for that. He figures if she uses her super fairy light ball once and for all, she will no longer be an attractant to all the supernaturals out there. Needless to say, Sookie is pissed…
  • Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) hatch a plan: release Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) and use that as a ploy to lure Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) down into the dungeon so they can kill him and his Yazuka security guards. This plan actually works and we can say RIP to Mr. Gus, the bad guy that wasn’t really such a bad guy, just an annoying one. Sarah is really on the loose too, but that’s okay because Pam has given her some vampire blood and can track her like a bloodhound. Once that happens, Sarah does the only thing she knows how; try and talk her way out of the situation. Sarah tries to convince Pam to turn her into a vampire – to which Pam refuses, but more on that later…
  • Oh, and the Yakuza on the way to Sookie’s house? Don’t worry about them because Eric totally has a handle on it! *cue Eric jigging away to J-Pop in the car*
  • Jessica and Hoyt get married in HBO's True Bloof finale Episode 10 (entitled 'Thank You')So Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Hoyt (Jim Parrack) turn up to talk to Bill, but the table is turned when Bill goes all parental on Jess and insists Hoyt makes an honest woman of her. To which Hoyt agrees and we have an epic vampire wedding organized at vamp speed so Bill can walk Jess down the aisle. *This is the first time I really start bawling*
  • Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) is called in to officiate the wedding and Bill drops a bombshell on him: he is now the heir apparent to Bill’s estate. Andy doesn’t want it, but that’s okay because Bill wants Andy to rent it to Jess and Hoyt. For $1 dollar a month. Man, where can I get a landlord like that?!
  • Sookie has her own flashbacks in Episode 10. This time we get to see Sookie and Tara (Rutina Wesley) as kids. They’re all running in the rain and getting dried off by Gran (Lois Smith). Yes, Gran’s back! And she’s still giving out sound advice by telling Sookie that the only boundaries she has is the ones she sets upon herself.
  • Sookie goes looking to her brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) for some advice as to what to do about the kill Bill situation. Turns out Jason is just as surprised as the rest of us that his advice might be useful. But Sookie reads Bridgette’s (Ashley Hinshaw) mind while she’s there and lets Jason know that she is totally okay about him and Bridgette hooking up. Of course, Jason had no idea because he equates not having sex with ‘she doesn’t like me‘.
  • Speaking of Jason, he and Hoyt work things out and he is Hoyt’s best man at his wedding.
  • So, we are at this vampire wedding and Sookie is suddenly able to hear Bill’s thoughts. WTH?! Is Bill turning human? Is that how his Hep-V works now?
  • Sookie is still having a hard time working out whether to kill Bill or not, so she goes to see Reverend Daniels (Gregg Daniel) about it. He has as much good advice to give as Gran did, so Sookie is starting to come to a realization…
  • Sookie sitting on Bills coffin in the HBO True Blood finale Episode 10 (entitled 'Thank You')…that the True Blood finale is going to be all about a wedding and then a funeral. Sookie meets Bill at the cemetery where is grave is open and ready for him. There is much talking going backwards and forwards between these two and I am howling at the TV right now because I am coming to realize Sookie is not going to kill Bill with her fairy light, she is going to stake him instead! At least Bill is okay with that, because I am so not okay with it, and I’m not even Team Bill! And there we have it, Sookie in a coffin filled to the brim with Bill gloop and I am rocking and crying and eating Gran’s pecan pie with my bare hands. Guess that ‘maybe Bill is turning into a human‘ idea is completely moot now.
  • Fast forward to a year later. Wait, what? I’m still grieving over here! But HBO has a show to wrap up and they don’t have time for that crap. It seems Eric and Pam are shooting an infomercial about their new product: New Blood. They have a great little story about how Sarah got away, all except for a few stray drops of her blood from which they were able to synthesize a cure. Nice lying there Northman ;-)
  • Oh, wait, is that Charlaine Harris? Why, yes it is!
  • Now it’s three years later and Pam is looking suspiciously like Sarah Newlin as they float their product on the stock exchange.
  • Oh, look, it’s Fangtasia. Pam is in the dungeon letting vampires take their New Blood straight from the source. Yep, Sarah Newlin actually survived the True Blood finale! But she’s now the antidote whore Pam promised in Episode 9. We also get another cameo appearance from Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) here because Sarah is now officially crazy.
  • Next it’s Thanksgiving and some random guy is deep frying a turkey at Sookie’s house. Seems there is a big gathering going on. Oh look, there Jason and Bridgette and their three kids. And, wow, Sookie’s pregnant too! Wonder who the lucky guy is? Now they are all sitting down to dinner and there’s Sam (Sam Trammell) and Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) with their second child. Hoyt and Jess still look happy, and so do Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and James (Nathan Parsons). In fact, everyone in Bon Temps does. But who the heck is Sookie with? Then she leans over and kisses a guy with a beard. AND WE DON’T EVEN GET TO SEE HIS FACE.
  • Oh, I get it, Sookie chooses to be human and that’s more important than which guy she ends up with. And I am crying all over again because Sookie is happy.

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What did you think of the finale episode ever of True Blood? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

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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

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VIDEO: Alexander Skarsgard Says ‘Thank You’ on Instagram

August 24, 2014

Yet Another True Blood Star Thanks the Truebies for Watching:

Here we have, possibly the last Instagram thank you video! Alexander Skarsgard, who plays viking vampire Eric Northman, has joined the long list of True Blood stars who are thanking their band via the HBO True Blood Instagram account.

You can check out the full list of thank you videos by clicking here.

Alexander Skarsgard reflects on how the series “changed his life.” Watch the series finale tonight 9PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood

Source: Instagram – TrueBloodHBO

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True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… Villians

August 24, 2014

Who Would You Rate as the Best And Worst Villains from HBO’s True Blood?

Anna Camp stars as Sarah Newlin in HBO's True Blood Season 7With HBO’s True Blood fast coming to a close, I thought I’d rate the best and worst True Blood villains!

  1. BEST: Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp). Over and over again Sarah has plagued the show, always bringing her warped sense of religious righteousness along with her for the ride. She even outlasted her husband, Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) – no easy feat since he became a vampire in the end. However, it is her tenaciousness and lack of whiny little spinelessness her husband possessed that has made her the top villain we love to hate so much.
  2. WORST: Mr Gus (Will Yun Lee). Mr. Gus had potential. Anyone who Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and his progeny, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) are happy to side with have got to have something going for them after all. However, no one is really sure – Mr. Gus included – if he is even a bad guy. Sure he has the Yakuza backing him up but there just hasn’t been enough plot development for us to really fear him.
  3. BEST: Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare). The guy ripped out a newsreaders beating heart while they were reading the news. On TV. With millions of people watching. Did Russell care? Oh no, he did not.
  4. WORST: The Ifrit. Really HBO, a smoke monster? And now Bill (Stephen Moyer) is dreaming of Sookie (Anna Paquin) having babies that look suspiciously like mini-Ifrits. Oh HELL no!
  5. BEST: Rene Lenier (Michael Raymond-James) Also known as Drew Marshall. Back in Season 1 of True Blood there was a real murder mystery going on. And, for fans of Charlaine Harris’s books (on which True Blood is based), we all just sat back and watched and waited. We knew how shocked people would be when they worked out sexy Cajun Rene, hubby to waitress Arlene (Carrie Preston), was the one murdering cats and grandmothers alike.
  6. WORST: Bill/Billith (Stephen Moyer). So Bill Compton drank the blood of Lilith (Jessica Clarke) and became Billith. Still not really sure how he un-became Billith, but that’s okay. Maybe that’s the real reason his Hep-V is so virulent now?

So who are your best and worst True Blood villains ever? Let us know by commenting below!

You can also check out TVLine’s list of villains they love to hate to refresh your memory by clicking here.

Source: TVLine - True Blood’s Best & Worst Villains

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