Sam Trammell Talks About The Frenzy On True Blood

August 22, 2009 by  

As HBO’s True Blood closes its second season, we find the town of Bon Temps in total chaos. True fans of Alan Ball’s award-winning series make one important distinction between the “Sookie Stackhouse, Southern sam-merlotteVampire Mysteries” by Charlaine Harris and the television series: although Sookie, played by Anna Paquin, is the main character, True Blood is not written from her perspective. This is very obvious right now as Sookie has been absent from Bon Temps for much of the second season.

While Sookie’s been away, a viscous Maenad has taken up residence — not only in her town, but in her home. The one constant voice of reason in town has been shape shifter and bar keep Sam Merlotte, played by Sam Trammell.  A creative, new storyline for the series brings the conniving creature, Maryann Forrester, played by Michelle Forbes, from Sam‘s murky past to the forefront of lusty pleasures. Sam may feel responsible for bringing the Manead to town but he is still the voice of reason.

“I’m kind of trying to rein in everybody,” admits Trammell in an interview with Toronto Sun Columnist, Bill Harris. “I’m the bedrock of town. At the beginning, Sookie is ready to just run off with this vampire and I’m warning her not to do that. I’m warning Tara not to go off with Maryann,” says Trammell.

Just as no one expected the trouble with Maryann to escalate to a full fledged war, Tramell didn’t expect True Blood or his character Sam would receive such a  phenomenal reception by millions of fans.

“When I saw the words ‘created by Alan Ball‘s and ‘HBO‘, I was interested before I even read the pilot, and of course you hope things take off,” Trammell said. “I was hoping we might be half as popular as Six Feet Under (Ball‘s previous series). But right now it’s at a frenzy.”

Sam spends most of his time as a human, but very often finds that life as a collie can make being the town watch dog  simpler. Perhaps for the storyline, it’s best that Sam’s warnings aren’t being acknowledged, as it is giving an opportunity for more diverse shape-shifting.

Trammell said he wasn’t a die hard devotee of the vampire genre prior to True Blood, but he now finds himself drawn to all the old horror movies many of us watched as kids that he missed.

“I love the idea of running away from something that’s trying to kill me.”

Looking at coming attractions for the final three episodes of the season, a lot of running (or flying) seems to be what is in store for .

SOURCE: Toronto Sun

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)