September 3, 2014
True Blood Season 7 and True Blood: The Complete Series to Be Released Simultaneously:
Recently we announced that the DVD and Blu-Ray of HBO’s True Blood: The Complete Series was available for pre-order via Amazon. Now we have all the extra juicy details along with the release date of November 11th 2014! You can view the full press release from HBO below:
New York, N.Y., September 2, 2014: Over the course of seven seasons, the sexy, scary, wildly entertaining hit HBO® series True Blood has kept fans on the edge of their seats with twists, turns and romantic entanglements for Sookie Stackhouse and her group of supernatural friends and foes. Created by Academy Award®-and-Emmy®-winner Alan Ball, the groundbreaking series will be released as a complete series set day-and-date with the seventh and final season box set, just in time for diehard “Truebies” to add to their holiday wish lists.
True Blood: The Complete Series, available on Blu-ray ($299.99), DVD ($249.99) and Digital HD on November 11, 2014,features all 80 episodes from the revolutionary series on 33 discs, packed with all of the bonus content from the individual season releases, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, a Snoop Dogg music video, Tru Blood beverage ads and 40 audio commentaries.The Blu-ray set also includes a Digital HD copy of all 80 episodes.
True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season will also be available on Blu-ray with Digital HD ($79.98) and DVD ($59.99) on November 11, 2014 and includes the full 10-episode final season, along with extensive bonus materials including behind-the-scenes interviews and never-before-seen content that gives viewers a look at the final days on set.
For fans who can’t wait until November to binge on the final batch of episodes, True Blood:The Complete Seventh Season will also be available to own on Digital HD September 22, 2014, a few short weeks after the series finale on August 24.
This is the first time in the series’ history that episodes will be available digitally so soon after airing on HBO!
Bonus features for True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season include all of the exciting content True Blood fans have come to expect, while taking a special focus on the final days on set as cast and crew say farewell to the show:
Blu-ray Features (along with all DVD extras):
- True Death: The Final Days on Set – Witness the final days of True Blood through the eyes of your favorite cast members as they document their experiences on their last times on set. See cast and crew as you have never seen them before with this exclusive access. Be there as we say goodbye to the town of Bon Temps forever.
- True Blood Lines – Uncover secrets from relationships past and present in this engaging fully interactive guide and archive.
- True Blood: A Farewell to Bon Temps: Say goodbye to True Blood with this behind-the-scenes special of the series as it enters its seventh and final season.
- Audio Commentaries – Five commentaries with cast and crew.
- Previews & Recaps
About True Blood: The Complete Series
Thanks to a Japanese scientist’s invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures “coming out of the coffin.” In the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, local waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is open-minded about the integration of vampires – particularly when it comes to Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year old living up the road. But at the service of Bill’s less virtuous vampire associates, Sookie is drawn into a series of catastrophes that will put their love to the test.
About True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season
This year, a season-opening battle between raging Hep-Vamps and their Bon Temps prey sets the stage for a season-long series of hair-raising denouements for Sookie, Bill, Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), Jason (Ryan Kwanten), Sam (Sam Trammell), Alcide (Joe Manganiello), Tara (Rutina Wesley) and their human/vampire allies and adversaries. As we’ll see, some of True Blood’s most beloved figures will meet cruel fates, while others will cheat death (true and otherwise) to forge happily-ever-after relationships that will leave fans surprised and, ultimately, satisfied. What will happen to your favorite True Blood character?
Source: HBO Inc.
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August 30, 2014
Alexander Skarsgard Discusses the End of HBO’s True Blood:
Considering how much blood and gore and unhappiness can occur during your average True Blood episode, the finale turned out to be surprising upbeat – in between the aforementioned blood and gore! But, arguably the happiest – and funniest – ending of all went to the crew at Fangtasia. Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and his progeny, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), ended up taking over Mr. Gus’s (Will Yun Lee) company and making their fortune selling New Blood.
But what did Alexander think of his character’s story?
I think how he ends fits with how he’s lived. He’s always had a clear mission and a clear agenda on his mind.
But while he may be happy with how Eric’s story ended, it didn’t mean he was happy with the show ending. With the conclusion of the final scene, Alexander had this to say:
It was unbelievably emotional. That show has been such a huge part of my life. I’ve met some really good friends on that set, and there is no doubt that they will remain close friends forever… The last scene I filmed, I was just trying to take it all in and I started crying.
So it wasn’t just Kristin Bauer van Straten who was crying about the demise of the show then.
You can read the full interview Alexander did with US Magazine by clicking here.
What do you think about how the story ended for Eric and Pam? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Source: US Magazine – Alexander Skarsgard on the True Blood Finale: “It Was Unbelievably Emotional” to Film, I “Started Crying”
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August 30, 2014
Joining HBO’s True Blood Was Like Joining a Family:
For newcomer, Riley Smith, joining the cast of HBO’s True Blood was daunting, but the cast welcomed him with open arms – especially Anna Paquin (who plays main character Sookie Stackhouse)!
Riley joined the cast of True Blood for the final season as vampire Keith, a member of James’s (Nathan Parsons) band seen in Episode 1 (entitled Jesus Gonna Be Here) of Season 7. He falls for waitress Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston) after he saves her life by giving her his blood in order to heal her. Their relationship is hindered right from the start though considering Arlene has never been a vampire advocate as well as the fact she is a Hep-V carrier. In the True Blood finale (Episode 10, entitled Thank You), we see Keith and Arlene seem to have their happily ever after.
In the video interview below, Riley discusses the True Blood family, their fans and plenty more with AfterBuzz TV hosts Kristin Carole and Scott Moore. Riley also discusses his character’s relationship with waitress Arlene and how there possibly wasn’t enough time left to really flesh out their love story. He was also unaware of just how much of a fan favorite Arlene is to the truebies.
Let us know your thoughts on Keith, Arlene and their happy ending by commenting below!
Source: AfterBuzz TV – Riley Smith (90210) Interview | AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On
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August 28, 2014
Kristin Talks About Pam and Eric’s Ending in the HBO True Blood Finale:
It seems for a show like HBO’s True Blood, there was much to cry about with Season 7. Besides the fact this would be the vampire show’s final season ever, many of the characters either lost their lives or had to deal with the loss of those loved ones.
But there was one story line that got a truly happy ending; that of vampires Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). For Kristin, though, she had no idea where her character might end up by the end of Episode 10 (entitled Thank You):
It was a total surprise to me. I had no idea, and I tried to not have expectations, because that’s how you keep your sanity as an actress. I was just happy to be still on the show. You can never tell with an HBO show where it’s gonna go. To get to spend all that time with Alexander, have Eric and Pam together, and then to have so many varied emotions to play throughout the whole season? We’ve had the highest highs we’ve had in any year, and the lowest of lows we’ve had in any year. For an actress, it was a dream.
With Eric and Pam now running a giant corporation and selling their stolen New Blood product, what did Kristin think the moral to their story was?
The main thing that I felt was that Pam and Eric really do have an unconditional love that really does endure. In my mind, it was an immortal connection. That was what I really began playing from fairly early on, but it didn’t really sink in until year three when we saw Pam’s vulnerable side and when Eric was possibly dying. Because Alex and I got along, it really helped, and this last year, it was just really kind of a true love story that transcended a romantic relationship even.
Another person within her story arc also got a happy ending, that of Ginger (Tara Buck). Many fans have wondered how Pam might have reacted to this. Kristin had this to say:
There was a draft where she did have a reaction. He walks back into the office, and instead of not finding Pam, Pam said, “Did you just have sex with her?” I think Pam said something like, “I always thought it would’ve been louder.” [Laughs] Pam was a little surprised that there wasn’t the Ginger scream, which of course was the writers’ joke, that for once she didn’t scream. It was too much.
You can read the full interview Kristin Bauer van Straten did with Entertainment Weekly by clicking here.
What did you think of Pam and Eric’s story line? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly – Kristin Bauer van Straten talks Pam’s ‘True Blood’ ending
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August 28, 2014
The True Blood Finale Surprised Deborah Ann Woll:
For Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), HBO’s True Blood ended with a wedding, but not to the person Deborah thought Jessica would be marrying. In Episode 10 (entitled Thank You) we find Jessica having her happily ever after with Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack), the man she glamoured a couple of seasons back after their relationship soured. But, according to Deborah, she thought the story would end a little differently:
If I’m really honest, I thought she’d end up with Jason [Ryan Kwanten]. It seemed the way it was going, and I also was so fond of that storyline and so fond of Ryan. This took me a little by surprise. I’d been trotting down one path, and I had to make a change… [The writers] had mentioned to me they were planning on bringing [Hoyt] back before the season started, and there would be romantic ties. I assumed that it would be a triangle ending in a different way.
While the marriage to Hoyt was a spontaneous one in order to allow her maker, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) walk her down the aisle before he succumbed to Hep-V, Deborah Ann Woll had this to say about Jessica’s growth over seven seasons:
She was a girl who lived mostly on impulse when she was younger and let her feelings have her do whatever she needed to do in the moment. She had very little control. Certainly now, I think, she thinks before she leaps, and she understands when something is a vampire impulse that might not work in the modern world. That’s why this first episode was so interesting for her. It put her up against the one thing she couldn’t resist. In the end, I wanted her to be victorious.
Jessica managed to make it to the True Blood finale, but was Deborah ever concerned she might be killed off?
You worry a lot because it would be very heart-wrenching to many characters if Jessica died. Imagine the storyline for Bill if Jessica died. They could kill me off and have a field day with the results of that. I was always very nervous because it seems like such an emotionally powerful storyline.
What did you think of Jessica’s decision to chose Hoyt over Jason? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter – ‘True Blood’s’ Deborah Ann Woll on Series Finale: “It Was Not What I Expected”
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August 27, 2014
Sookie Stackhouse Creator Defends HBO’s Adaptation:
For 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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August 27, 2014
HBO’s True Blood Wrapped up This Week with Season 7:
In 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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August 27, 2014
Finally We Have Some Information About Mr. Sookie Stackhouse:
While 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:
Source: Vulture – Meet the Actor Who Played the Bearded Mystery Man in the True Blood Series Finale
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August 26, 2014
Check Out What Stephen Moyer Had to Say About the True Blood Finale:
Recently 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:
— Stephen Moyer (@_smoyer) August 25, 2014
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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August 26, 2014
Bill Compton Leaves a Message For His Progeny on Her Blog:
Over 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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