July 12, 2014
Charlaine Harris is Sad to See Her Werewolf Killed Off:
While many Truebie fans were devastated over the loss of werewolf Alcide Herveaux (played by Joe Manganiello) in Episode 3 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7, for author Charlaine Harris, it was more personal than that.
In the books that True Blood is based on (the Southern Vampire Series), Alcide survives to the very end – even if he doesn’t end up with Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin in the TV series). Charlaine has seen the birth and death of many of characters differ from her series, but it seems this one has hit a nerve:
I did [watch] because I’m very fond of him. He’s a lovely guy, inwardly and outwardly, and I was very surprised, because, of course, that isn’t how my books end, but then, I didn’t really expect them to go out the way my books did. They haven’t really followed them significantly, which is fine, but it just leaves me wondering who else will bite the dust before the series is over.
Who do you think is next to die in HBO’s True Blood Season 7? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Access Hollywood - Author Charlaine Harris Reacts To Joe Manganiello’s ‘True Blood’ Exit
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July 11, 2014
Anna Camp Discusses Her Upcoming Role in True Blood’s Final Season:
Fans of the recurring baddie we love to hate, Sarah Newlin, all squealed in excitement at her anticipated return in Episode 3 (entitled Fire in the Hole) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7. However, her return heralded a new hair color for the usually perky – albeit crazy – blonde.
Anna Camp, the actress who portrays Sarah Newlin, discusses being a brunette in the final season of True Blood:
It’s actually a really well made wig, and I adore it. I’m naturally a brunette, so it’s been awesome—no pun intended—to go back to my roots. I walk by a mirror and don’t realize it’s me. I think it’s such a sexy hair color, and I’ve actually thought about going for it in real life.
Besides the obvious changes, what else is in store for Sarah in Season 7? Anna had this to tease about her character:
For Sarah, this season is about survival. She’s definitely on the run because Pam and Eric are hunting her down. She’s left her high heels behind and exchanged her business suits for yoga pants. She’s on the brink of going insane, so it will be an exciting season.
Do you think Sarah Newlin will survive Season 7 of True Blood? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Source: Allure - Anna Camp Talks Beauty, Blood, and Her Infamous Pitch Perfect Scene
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July 11, 2014
Joe Manganiello Talks About the Death of Werewolf Alcide Herveaux:
Joe Manganiello appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on July 9th 2014. Find out all about how Joe suspected the demise of his character, werewolf Alcide Herveaux, as soon as he realized Alcide would become romantically involved with Bon Temps resident fairy telepath, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) in HBO’s True Blood. You can also hear about exactly how cold and uncomfortable it was during the filming of his death scene.
You can watch the full video interview below:
Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube - Joe Manganiello Reveals a Major True Blood Spoiler
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July 10, 2014
Episode 3 of True Blood Claims More Casualties:
Last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s True Blood saw the demise of another favorite character: Alcide Herveaux. The actor who played the werewolf, Joe Manganiello, however, predicted his own departure earlier on:
When I read the script for the finale of last year, I called it. I put it down and I was like, “Oh, Alcide and Sookie (Anna Paquin) are together? They’re going to kill me.” Story-wise, you can’t have her break his heart because then the audience isn’t going to side with her. You have to get her to Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) because they have to tie up the A and B plot. If you’re looking at a show like this where they’re looking for characters to help the show be vital, meaning you can kill off main characters and all of a sudden anyone can be killed off at any time, there is no one else my character is connected to except for Sam (Sam Trammell). So by default, I did some quick math in my head and was like, “They’re going to kill me really quickly.”
While Joe may not have been a fan of how he died in the last moments of Episode 3 (entitled Fire in the Hole), he is at least thankful that his death was not the result of a vampire – a fate even worse than death as far as a werewolf is concerned! And he is even more thankful that his character was not turned after death, as suggested by Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll).
And as for whether he thought Alcide had seen his full potential in True Blood, the actor had the following to say to TVGuide:
I feel like there was so much left unexplored. You never really got into Robert Patrick’s character, you never found out where his mom went and why [he and his father] didn’t get along. He had a love interest that really didn’t go anywhere. There was this little girl, Emma, that he orphaned by murdering her father — rightfully so, but still. He didn’t want to have kids because he didn’t want to pass his genes on. He is then given custody of this little girl who is a werewolf and there was no real resolution to that or exploration of him, out of guilt, helping to raise this little girl in the pack. You never really explored the guy. I would play him again in a movie if the rights became available. I would do a spin-off. I actually started writing a story line for that guy intended to be for the comic books, but then they got canceled, I guess.
As for leaving the show in it’s very last season, when asked if he took anything with him as a memento, he shared the following with People magazine:
When I got up off of that ground in 30 degrees after playing the death scene, I brought the sock home with me. I’m gonna frame it up and put it in my guest bathroom… I had to lay on the ground for hours, naked except for my [strategically placed] sock. It was freezing cold. The director’s like, ‘Stop rattling!’ And I’m like, ‘I’m trying!’
After filming a scene like that, I don’t blame him!
You can read more about Joe Manganiello’s final episode of HBO’s True Blood by clicking on the links in the sources below. Let us know what you thought about Alcide dying in True Blood by commenting below!
Sources: HBO - Joe Manganiello Talks About His Dead-On Prediction, Faking Sexy, and Alcide and Sookie
TVGuide - True Blood’s Latest Victim: “You Have to Get Him Out of the Way”
People - Joe Manganiello Took What from the True Blood Set?
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July 10, 2014
Sookie and Bill Head to Fangtasia:
It seems someone has finally worked out where all the Hep-V infected vampires are hanging out: Fangtasia. Here’s hoping no one dies (except the Hep-vamps) during this rescue attempt in Episode 4 (entitled Death is Not the End) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7!
In the aftermath of yet another bloodbath, Sam (Sam Trammell), Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) find themselves the bearers of bad news in Bon Temps and beyond. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) recalls the events that led her and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to Shreveport and Fangtasia. Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) get nourishment from unexpected sources. Following a new lead, Sookie enlists a band of vampires and humans to track down the H-Vamps.
Written by Daniel Kenneth; directed by Gregg Fienberg.
Source: HBO.com – Episode 4 preview
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July 7, 2014
Deborah Ann Woll’s boyfriend, EJ Scott, Interviews a Whole Heap of True Blood Stars:
Fans of HBO’s True Blood can check out the latest podcast interviews with EJ Scott (the boyfriend of True Blood actor Deborah Ann Woll). EJ will be interviewing a whole heap of actors leading up to the True Blood Season 7 finale. So far, the list of cast interviewed are as follows:
- Joe Manganiello (1/27/2014)
- Chris Bauer (3/20/2014)
- Marshall Allman (3/27/2014)
- Sam Trammell (5/13/2014)
- Rutina Wesley (6/23/2014)
- Ryan Kwanten (7/3/2014)
Clicking on the links will take you straight through to EJ’s podcast interviews, but make sure you check back here regularly as we know of at least two more interviews (with Stephen Moyer and Nelsan Ellis) pending thanks to EJ’s shoutouts on Twitter.
Source: EJ Scott – Podcast Interviews
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July 7, 2014
- What are we doing in a yoga retreat? Are we even watching True Blood? *checks remote* Oh, lookie, it’s Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp)!
- Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) have a chat which results in Pam admitting she felt Tara Thornton’s (Rutina Wesley) true death and a flashback to 1986 about the birth of Tru Blood.
- Alcide (Joe Manganiello) works out Sookie (Anna Paquin) is missing and tracks her to Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) house. But they aren’t there because they are driving to wherever it is Sookie needs to be in order for her plan to work.
- Adilyn (Bailey Noble) and Holly’s son are sitting in jail – flirting and kissing until Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) arrive and rescue them.
- Sam (Sam Trammell) has a heart to heart with the reverend before heading off with his vampire bodyguard. They bump into the riled up towns folk and it all goes pear shaped from there. Sam loses his vampire to a bullet and his clothes thanks to the fact he has to turn into an owl and escape in a hurry.
- Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) gets her invitation rescinded thanks to bringing home a V affected Lettie Mae (Adina Porter).
- Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) and James (Nathan Parsons) gets wasted and the tentative beginnings of an attraction are formed – even if James does insist him and Jessica are together (even if they aren’t particularly ‘together’).
- Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) wants a family with Violet (Karolina Wydra) – even if they have to adopt. Needless to say, Violet is not impressed with this idea. Luckily Andy and Jessica arrive during this awkward moment and they are on a mission to save Sookie from the crazy towns folk.
- Back at Fangtasia it seems the Hep-V infected vampires need another feed and take Holly (Lauren Bowles) along with them.
- Sookie and Bill are sitting in a clearing waiting. It seems Sookie has placed herself as bait. While they wait they chat. Sookie fesses up to the fact that Alcide loves her more than she loves him.
- Jason’s group are on the hunt for Sookie. Instead they find Sam’s abandoned car. Before they can worry Sam has been killed, the towns folk descend on them. It gets heated. As a result it’s R.I.P. Mrs. Fortenberry (Dale Raoul). Jessica gets hit with a bullet but it hurts, not kills her.
- We get a Bill flashback which doesn’t really advance the story line any but it’s nice to see Bill as a human I guess.
- We also get another Eric and Pam 1986 flashback. It seems Eric once had to make a choice between his human love (Sylvie) and his progeny (Pam). Not sure what any of this has to do with Season 7, but, once more, it’s nice to see backstory on some of our favorite vamps.
- Back to 2014 and Eric is trying to convince Pam to leave and let him die. Pam is smarter than that and lets slip that Jason let Sarah Newlin live. Oh look Eric now has a mission – it’s a road trip!
- Speaking of Sarah. It seems she still has a taste for men in power and is currently in bed with her yoga guru. Fortune shines on her when she leaves the room to fetch a bottle of wine. It seems the company that makes Tru Blood is also on the hunt for Sarah. While her guru lover admits he knows her, he doesn’t let slip that she is merely a room away. He loses his head as a result.
- We finish this episode with Sookie finally attracting the Hep V vamps – along with a dazed Holly. A bloodbath ensures with Sam, Alcide, Jason, Andy, Jessica and Violet arriving all at once and attacking the Hep-V vampires. Some of the townsfolk also show up. As a result, Alcide is shot. And killed. Seriously a horrible moment. Sookie is devastated.
What did you think of Episode 3 of True Blood Season 7? Let us know in the comments below!
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July 6, 2014
Will Bill Compton and Sarah Newlin be the Last Standing?
Probably not, but you never know with HBO these days (anyone remember the red wedding in Game of Thrones?). But thanks to Twitter, both stars have confirmed they have completed their last ever scenes for HBO’s True Blood Season 7. And considering shooting apparently winds up on July 9, it seems both actors may be surviving until the very end of the show.
Anna Camp’s tweet doesn’t actually give a lot away, in fact she doesn’t even really confirm that she is even talking about True Blood except to use the phrase ‘Goodbyes Suck‘:
Today marks the end of something pretty special… ???????????? Goodbyes suck.
— Anna Camp (@TheRealAnnaCamp) July 3, 2014
But if this tweet is in relation to her final scene with True Blood, then we can assume – unless they were reshooting a scene – that Sarah Newlin gives being the last person standing a red hot go! And how about Stephen Moyer? It seems the last scene he filmed for True Blood was in Bill Compton’s bedroom:
— Stephen Moyer (@_smoyer) June 28, 2014
I wonder what happens in there? A happy ending for him and Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) or does he come to a bloody end?
Let us know your thoughts on these tweets by commenting below!
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July 5, 2014
Joe Manganiello Opens Up About Being Alcide Herveaux:
With the death of Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) so early on in HBO’s True Blood Season 7, fans are now starting to worry about a rumor circulating about the possible death of Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello):
In the books they have Alcide Herveaux still alive, but the books and the show have not always been the same, and this season will prove that point on multiple occasions with one of the big things being Alcide being killed.
This was reported recently on Hollywood Life by an apparent True Blood insider source, but has yet to be confirmed as factual. Fans have also pointed to the fact that Joe made the following comment in relation to the show as extra confirmation:
I think it creates a sense of urgency and electricity to the season that anybody could go at any time.
While there is no way to prove or disprove this rumor until either Alcide dies or survives True Blood Season 7, Joe still has plenty to say about being Alcide that can be substantiated. Recently he spoke to GQ magazine about what it’s like being known more for his abs than his acting career:
I think a lot of people don’t realise I’ve been acting for 21 years. They think that I just started a few years ago. There are probably a lot of people out there that also don’t think I can walk and chew gum at the same time because they are focused on the exterior, which you know is fine. When you’re underestimated, you spend an entire lifetime sneaking up on people and it’s easy to get ahead that way, so it’s all good.
But this actor is more than just the brawn that is Alcide. While working out is a big part of his life, the actor has so much more to offer, albeit recently still revolving around his physique. Thanks to being asked so often about his work out routine, he published a book, Evolution. Now he finds, while he still likes to talk about fitness and working out, he can direct people to his book and therefore free up time to chat about other things. He can also add documentary maker to his resume thanks to his success in the stripper flick, Magic Mike. La Bare is a doco that delves into the world of strippers also:
La Bare which is a real-life Magic Mike about a group of male strippers at one of the oldest clubs in the world in Dallas, Texas. It’s insane. I directed, financed and produced it with my brother Nick.
You can read the full interview GQ did with Joe Manganiello by clicking here.
And as for confirmed details about his character, Alcide Herveaux, in Season 7 of True Blood, it seems Joe is glad to be working with the core group of actors he started with after his disappointing story line in Season 6. He had the following to say to Digital Spy:
In my first couple of seasons on the show, I worked with the main cast. Then as time went on, I wound up on this satellite werewolf offshoot TV show, that was part of the show, but away from the main plot. I was happy with season seven because I got to come back to the main cast and work with those people again, and felt like I was part of the show.
I thought it [the Season 6 story line] was very one dimensional. There was a whole plotline that was cut from the show that dealt with Alcide and his father, played by Robert Patrick…We switched showrunners and one of the casualties was the loss of that storyline which I thought added balance, because without that storyline it came off as mindless yelling.
His final words on True Blood Season 7 confirm that there is still plenty of action to be seen before the show winds up for it’s final season:
It’s gonna wrap up all the plot lines, in hopefully a satisfying way for the fans, going all the way back to season one. I’ll be interested to see how the crowd reacts. It’s gonna be controversial to some fans, I think, and hopefully satisfying to others.
How do you think Alcide’s story line will be finalised – with a death or true love? Let us know by commenting below!
Sources: GQ Magazine - Joe Manganiello would prefer to keep his shirt on, if you wouldn’t mind
Hollywood Life - ‘True Blood’: Alcide Killed Off? — Joe Manganiello Teases His Death
Digital Spy - True Blood’s Joe Manganiello: ‘Alcide plot became one-dimensional’
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July 5, 2014
Arlene Fowler and Betty get Personal:
Many fans of HBO’s True Blood were intrigued by the death of vampire Betty in Episode 2 (entitled I Found You) of True Blood Season 7. It seemed they were wondering whether Betty died because of an accelerated version of Hep-V or whether she possibly died because of something special in Arlene Fowler’s (Carrie Preston) blood.
Besides this dilemma, how did HBO even go about getting a person to explode while drinking blood from the femoral artery of Arlene? It seems Carrie Preston was happy to spill the beans in that department:
It’s a practical effect that actually happened between my legs,” she said with a laugh. “I ended up calling that doll De-fellatio [Laughs]—lady between my legs! I don’t know if you can print that, but that’s what I called her. De-fellatio remains very much part of that scene and it gets very scary, it gets very scary as the next couple of episodes are pretty terrifying…These Hep-V vampires are no joke…[T]hey’re still vampires and even though they’re weak, they’re still vampires and they’re stronger than humans.
While the mechanics of this scene is quite hilarious to think about, Carrie then goes on to drop the following bombshell:
The carnage does not end after episode two.
Let us know your thoughts on just how bad it could get for Arlene and the others in the basement of Fangtasia by commenting below!
Source: E!Online - Carrie Preston Breaks Down True Blood’s Exploding Vampire, “De-Fellatio”
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