True Blood Makes Bianculli’s Best & Worst List for 2011

January 16, 2012

And for All the Right Reasons Too!

HBO's True Blood Promo PosterTV critic, David Bianculli (Fresh Air), has posted his annual Best (And Worst) TV list. HBO’s True Blood made the best list – but was there ever any doubt? Since he had such a hard time of narrowing the list down to just 10 this year, he had to break his list up into categories of 10. True Blood made the ‘Best Scripted Comedies and Dramas’ list.

For fans, here is his entire list:

  1. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  2. Homeland (Showtime)
  3. The Good Wife (CBS)
  4. Modern Family (ABC)
  5. Justified (FX)
  6. Dexter (Showtime)
  7. American Horror Story (FX)
  8. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  9. Louie (FX)
  10. True Blood (HBO)

Maybe next year, it can be at the top of the list!

Source: npr.org – Bianculli Picks The Best (And Worst) TV Of 2011

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HBO Running True Blood Marathon

December 30, 2011

Truebies, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

True Blood PromoHow about reliving some of True Blood, season 4 all over again? HBO is presenting a special three-day marathon of the latest season of True Blood. Here’s the info:

Episodes 1-3 air Thursday, December 29 at 8 pm ET; episodes 4-8 on Friday, December 30 at 8 pm; episodes 9-12 on New Year’s Eve, at 10 pm ET.

I for one can’t wait for the marathon and the new season. Truebies, let us know if you are going to watch the marathon by commenting in the comment section below.

Source: www.wetpaint.com – Ring in the New Year with True Blood Marathon

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Rutina Wesley Talks About Fight Scenes on True Blood

November 9, 2011

Tara’s Fight Scenes Are Mostly Rutina:

Tara Thornton, played by Rutina Wesley on HBO's True BloodFans of HBO’s True Blood saw a different side of Tara (Rutina Wesley) in Season 4. Tara turned into a lesbian cage fighter!

The Bajan Reporter recently got to interview Wesley about this new direction. The first thing they wanted to know about was how much of the fighting was her, and how much was stunt doubles. Here’s what she had to say:

“I did do a lot of it. We all have stunt doubles but I did do a lot of it, ’cause I like to do that kinda stuff. It is just easier for camera work too, when they can get our faces and get our bodies moving around and fighting… I actually would love to train [in martial arts] but HBO would get mad at me, because it is so easy to get hurt. I mean, we are always taking off our clothes in some form or another, so you have to work out.”

The relationship between Tara and Sookie was then discussed. Wesley summed it up nicely by saying that although Tara can get mad at Sookie, their relationship goes beyond that. This is due to the fact that they were practically raised together since Tara’s mother was an alcoholic.

And being mad doesn’t necessarily mean that she won’t help out either. First she comes back in Season 4 because Sookie returns, then she extends her stay because her cousin Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is drawn into Wicca. So while she may seem like one tough cookie on the surface, she is, in fact, a soft teddy bear inside.

Wesley also owned up to the fact that she has only read the first Charlaine Harris book, on which Alan Ball based the series. Although, she has a very valid reason for this. And fans who have read the books, will understand also the very different path that the character of Tara Thornton has taken.

Some may not realize it, but for Wesley, True Blood is all new to her. She graduated (alongside Nelsan Ellis) not so long ago from Juilliard, but her area of expertise was theater, not television. While she is loving the experience, she is still finding it all a bit surreal:

“I still can’t believe I am on TV. Even when I watch the shows back, I am like, ‘Wow, that’s me!’ My family is so proud – I’m a Vegas girl but honestly, it still gets to me that I am getting to do what I love to do.”

Truebies, did you have any doubts it was actually her fighting? This is one tough woman!

Source: The Bajan Reporter – RUTINA WESLEY (Tara Thornton), TRUE BLOOD – SEASON 4, HBO {Mild Spoilers}

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Creating True Blood’s Pam de Beaufort’s Decomposing Face

October 31, 2011

How Pam’s Zombie Look Was Achieved:

Kristin as rotting PamSpecial FX Producer, Dan Rebert, gave us a little behind-the-scenes look at how HBO’s True Blood’s Pam de Beaufort’s decomposing/zombie look was created. Five stages were used throughout the whole process.

The first stage is composed of three tiny stages of make-up. Subtle pieces of make-up began the transformation and a visual effects reveal acted as a catalyst to continue the disfiguration. The second stage is composed of a face peel, where the skin on Pam’s face can be ripped off. A nose piece and dental piece were created as well. The third stage ignited Pam’s healing. The fourth stage signals Pam’s skin renewal, also known as what she looks like after the surgical wrap and face peel mask have been completely removed. The fifth and final stage is the tattoos that show the muscles and veins as Pam is healing.

Rebert said:

“The stuff we did on Pam was probably some of my favorite stuff we’ve done for True Blood…actually [Kristin Bauer] told me that running in heels in the woods was way worse than wearing any of the make-up.”

Hey Truebies, to get a great visual image of the transformation, check out the video!

Source Credit: HBO – The 5 Stages of Rotting Pam

Photo: Kristin Bauer van Straten

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True Blood’s Stephen Moyer Talks Candidly About Season 4

October 25, 2011

Moyer Talks Up the Show, His Coworkers, and Wife:

Stephen Moyer HBO promo S4When Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) first received the script for True Blood, he thought “Holy f**k, this is fantastic.  [It is] beautifully written [and] funny.”  He tells the Bajan Reporter what most audiences already understand to be the greatness of the show: that “there’s a lot going on underneath if you want there to be.”  Moyer also graciously commends the supporting actors like Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), and Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler) for their work on the show.

Moyer loves the depth offered by Bill Compton’s character. He enjoys the opportunity to take on the varying roles that Bill has inhabited over his centuries-old existence, like a 1920s nightclub entertainer or a punk-rocker in 1980s London.  From the books by Charlaine Harris, Moyer noted that Andy Bellefleur (played by Chris Bauer) is in fact Bill’s great great great grandson and he looks forward to a possible (albeit hilarious) line of subplot.

When asked about Bill and Sookie‘s breakup at the end of Season 3, he points out that Alan Ball resolves characters’ happiness with conflict. “You can’t watch two people be happy together for too long.”  This simple idiom seems to permeate every character’s interactions. Bill and Sookie’s synergy is no exception to the rule.  After their breakup, “there are a couple instances where she gives him an opening and he says, ‘Goodnight, Sookie.’ He’s reversing because he knows if there’s any hope for him with her… he has to let her be.”

Another case in point: by the end of Season 4, the triumvirate relationship between Bill, Sookie and Eric Northman seems untenable.  Where will it go from here? Will Sookie ditch them both into the arms of Joe Manganiello‘s character Alcide Herveaux? We don’t know, but what we can glean from previous seasons is that if it does happen, it probably won’t last long!

This brings us to the next question: (apparently on everyone’s mind) How does Moyer react to the on-screen romance between his wife, Anna Paquin and Alexander Skarsgård?  He handles the question with tact and points out the more uncomfortable situation that exists for his wife: “You’ve gotta remember what it’s like from Anna’s point of view… She’s having to do it with somebody else in front of all the crew who know us as a couple.”  As a loving husband, he reminds us gossip-mongers that the awkwardness is far greater for Paquin than his own.  But also, he comments on future “affairs” as husband and wife: they’ve considered working on projects together, but not acting together.  If a project came to fruition, one of the two would assume the role of director and the other, actor, so as not to overdo it for indulgent fans.

Truebies, see the full interview here and let us know what you think in the Comments section!

Source: Bajan Reporter

Photo: HBO

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Video: True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård Talks Melancholia

October 8, 2011

Skarsgård and Kiefer Sutherland Speak on Sci-Fi Picture:

Alexander Skarsgård as Eric NorthmanAlexander Skarsgård is taking a break from playing vampire Eric Northman on HBO’s True Blood to act in a few major motion picture films. With Straw Dogs already in theaters, Skarsgård’s next film is Melancholia, which is about two sisters who have a strained relationship that is tested even further when a mysterious new planet threatens to smash into the Earth.

On doing new work, Skarsgård said:

“If I read a script and find a character and I don’t feel anything new about that- If there’s nothing I can learn or discover about myself I won’t get creative… If you’ve done it before, it’s not fun. To me at least.”

Skarsgård’s father has worked with Melancholia director Lars von Trier six times. Skarsgård couldn’t resist a chance to work with von Trier.

On shooting Melancholia, Skarsgård said:

“Like, even if it’s a complicated scene with cars coming in, people going in and out… and we would shoot it and 98% would be a disaster… There would be these moments or just a look or an interaction that is so brilliant.”

The sci-fi drama also stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, and John Hurt.

Watch the video below to catch the whole interview:

Source Credit: The Hot Button on YouTube – Melancholia, actors Alexander Skarsgard, Kiefer Sutherland

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True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis’s Predictions About “The Help”

September 14, 2011

Lafayette Chats About the Number 1 Movie in the Country:

Nelsan Ellis is True Blood’s Lafayette ReynoldsThe Help, starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis, has literally taken the country by storm. After scoring big at the box office, multiple predictions have been made when it comes to the nominations The Help may possibly receive when the awards season rolls around. A face familiar to True Blood’s fans was spotted in The Help. Nelsan Ellis, who plays Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood, played a small role as a waiter. Ellis has big predictions for the film.

In regards to whether he thought the film would get a Best Picture nomination, Ellis said:

“It will, and it’ll probably win. Viola Davis is probably going to win the Oscar for that. How often do you see a performance where the actor is that dynamic, even without speaking? Her and Emma Stone are my favorite parts in The Help.”

Ellis also admitted that playing Lafayette while he was being possessed with Marnie was not an easy thing to do, in fact, he had to create someone and something else. Ellis added that the most exciting part of the finale is the cliffhangers.

“This year, it’s on a different scale. When we all read the script, we were like, ‘What?!’ The cliffhangers take it to another level. You’ll see, and it’ll throw you for a loop, and then you all will have to wait for eight months!”

It’s going to be a very long and torturous eight months Truebies

Thanks to Jennifer Vineyard for her contribution!

Source Credit: Vulture – Nelsan Ellis PredictsThe Help Will Win Best Picture, Best Actress

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TrueBloodNet.com Responds to TVDoneWright.com – Season 4 True Blood Finale

September 11, 2011

True Blood Alexander - Eric, Anna - Sookie and Stephen - Bill Season 4

TrueBloodNet.com takes on TVDoneWright and it’s WAR!

OK, maybe not war exactly. We were a bit over excited by the attack on the witch shop last episode! Our buddy over at TVDoneWright.com has a critique of the season and while we here at TrueBloodNet.com agree with some of his points, we disagree with others so we thought it would be fun to respond point to point (although we won’t reprint his whole article here and you should head over to TVDoneWright.com to catch all his well thought out, if slightly flawed, reasoning.) We say this in a friendly way… we think TVDoneWright rocks!

True Blood Marnie Fiona Shaw

Lose the witches

The season of the Witch has been a flop. We can’t blame Fiona Shaw who played Marnie, with three different accents at that. The story was just bad. It was so bad, it made me think “I sure miss Maryanne from Season 2”.

TrueBloodNet.com replies:

We agree for the most part. Frankly, the flashbacks were time-sucking megaboring events that slowed the story down so much that, on top of live-tweeting the show, we managed to surf the net looking for pictures of #TrueBlood #HotBottoms. It is bad enough Marnie is returning in the finale (and Fiona Shaw has been great in the role, no doubts about that) but we’d hate to see her lingering into next season. That said, we don’t want to see all the witches killed off, just break up the coven. In fact, we can imagine scenarios where the witches can be helpful here and there without being the center of attention.

True Blood Holly Lauren Bowles

TVDoneWright said:

The Fairies – Are they in or out?

At the beginning of the season, Sookie was in Fairy land. Then Eric kills the fairy-godmother, and then we forget about them. That’s until last week when another fairy randomly has sex with Andy.

Here we don’t agree. We liked the fairies and are fine with them popping in and out. They are like any other Supe and we don’t need to focus on them all the time for fairies to have a big part from time to time. The whole, “I was in fairyland for a year and that’s why everyone has aged” thing was a bit trite, but we here at TrueBloodNet.com are loving the new and responsible, if still boyish, foolish, and not-too-smart Jason and King Bill. With his heart, courage and new role as a policeman, Jason’s been rockin’ the show in Season 4 of True Blood. The first few seasons, Ryan did a good job acting but his story lines were lame — although we loved his interaction with Eddie. This season, he really blossomed. We just love Jason and hot, young vampiress Jessica — played by the talented Deborah Ann Woll — together and the difficulties it’s sure to cause with Hoyt. We hope True Blood doesn’t end up back in Hotshot next season though. The serial rape thing was just disgusting and went a bit too far. We’re all for pushing boundaries, but X-rated scenes with children are off-limits. We never rewatched that episode after the first night because of the EW! factor.

True Blood Jason Ryan Kwanten

At the end of last season, we at TrueBloodNet.com were very concerned that Bill would fade into the background or mope around pining for Sookie. King Bill has been awesome giving the brilliant Stephen Moyer the chance to showcase his acting chops. Not to mention, he’s been vampire sexy and his character Bill, like Jason, has moved forward through the series. And it has allowed for some great Sookie-Eric scenes and it was great that the Sookie-Eric Shippers got their moments. Alexander Skarsgård is very easy on the eyes and is delivering in the acting department.

TVDoneWright.com said:

Werewolves – Give them something better

Season 3 introduced the werewolves to True Blood. When this happened, they painted themselves in a corner. You see they added another mythology creature, but they never really managed to do anything interesting with them. That was especially the case with Season 4, which saw Alcide pretty much in the background the whole time.

To which we at TrueBloodNet.com reply: AAaaaAWOOOOoooO!!! For more reasons than one, we’d like to see more of Alcide next season, preferably as the new Alpha —  with lots of #HotBottom moments! While we appreciate that Alcide likes to be the lone wolf, we’d long to see the Werewolves evolve into a chaotic-good force. There are plenty of complex and challenging forces that can torture the poor wolf once he accepts the leader’s mane and has to temper his loner desires with his deeper understanding of the amount of good he can do by leading a wolf pack with true honor and fairness. On the other side of The Camera, Joe Manganiello — hot hot hot! — gave up Superman to play Alcide — he sure as heck deserves a meatier role than he’s gotten so far.

True Blood Joe Manganiello Alcide

We are also really loving the Bromance between Sam Merlotte and Alcide. They are like the Starsky and Hutch of True Blood, only they can act twice as well and are thrice as yummy.  Sam’s whole story line this season has been very riveting. We love that he’s got a shifter girlfriend, has grown and become more complex. His journey of self-discovery has been compelling and, as always with Alan Ball’s story lines, shows us the dark side of an adoptee’s journey to find his birth family. Sam Trammell is easily one of the best looking men on the planet and he just oozes kindness, which makes the changes in Merlotte’s character even more remarkable. His portrayal of Sam, as Tommy playing Sam, was astounding — and hilarious! Great acting chops there!

Sam Trammel True Blood Sam Merlotte

Speaking of the ill-fated and often annoying little brother Tommy — deftly portrayed by another #HotBottom Marshall Allman — anyone who didn’t tear up during his death scene needs to ask the wizard for a heart. We know Tommy was annoying, but he never had a chance; the deck was always stacked against him. We realize that Alan Ball may have been setting up the Alcide-Sam partnership, but somehow, allowing Tommy to die felt like a writer failure. Sure, it yanked at our heartstrings but what a dismal message to send to adoptees. Tommy’s death also took away a powerful tool — skin walking — that could have been used very infrequently, due to the high toll it took on Tommy. He could have infiltrated The Church of the Sun, for instance, as Steve Newlin. Hopefully, we’ll have some flashback scenes next year with some humorous memories of Tommy or a few good brother minutes we didn’t get to see in the year Sookie was in Fairyland.

Marshall Allman True Blood Tommy

And, of course, the stop and start again romance between Sam and the fiery shapeshifter Luna, adeptly portrayed by series newcomer Janina Gavankar, has been very well received by the fans, we at TrueBloodNet.com look forward to that storyline continuing to develop next year.

The Quadrangle — Eric, Sookie, Bill and Pam

TVDoneWright.com said:

Sookie – Pick one and move on

There are two scenes that annoyed me to no end this season.

The first was the dream-sequences where Sookie told Bill and Eric that they could both have her…in bed.

The second scene that annoyed me was last week when Eric and Bill were ready to kill themselves to save Sookie. Wait…what?

Here we at TrueBloodNet.com strongly disagree with the main premise but agree with one of the ‘WTFranklin‘ moments.

We like seeing Sookie torn between Eric and Bill, in fact, we’d like to add Alcide to the mix and see what happens. Personally, we don’t need to see a four-or five-way, but we sure do like it when all the Alpha males start… you know, looking for a ruler. We love the triad if for no other reason than the dialog writers, during these scenes, often have us laughing, just when we didn’t think we could stand the pathos of an episode. A welcome break. We can see where, from a male standpoint, this might not be the greatest story arc. But instead of changing Sookie and forcing her to choose, we’d suggest bringing on a real femme fatale next season for the menfolk’s pleasure — oh wait, True Blood already has one, Pam. Perhaps Alan could just let Pam and Sookie get into a mud fight… in a shared dream. And while we’re talking about Sookie, Anna Paquin‘s acting this season has been great! We just wish they wouldn’t write Sookie like a ditzy blonde…

True Blood Pam Kristin Bauer van Straten

While everyone keeps talking about this as a triad, we at TrueBloodNet.com strongly feel this is actually a quartet. Pam, played by the beautiful and talented artist, activist and actress Kristin Bauer van Straten, oozed jealousy during the season’s penultimate show last Sunday. Clearly, vampire Pam is not happy to see that, despite the curse being broken, Eric and Sookie are still a thing and no doubt that colors her later decision to fire a rocket launcher in Sookie’s general direction. We got to see a bit behind Pam’s stone wall exterior in Season 4 of True Blood, and we really felt her face-melting pain but we crave more background on Pam. Could it be in Season 5 we’ll discover how Eric chose to turn Pam and what her first reactions were to being immortal? At any rate, Pam’s lines, sharply to the point and dripping with sarcasm and disgust, are just our cuppa joe.

Which brings us to the point where TrueBloodNet.com totally agrees with TVDoneWright. When Bill and then Eric both agree to die the true death for Sookie, it was the stupidest moment on True Blood. First, if they did it, the show would be over — so what viewer believed it, even in the moment? But secondly, who would protect Sookie if they were both dead? Who would protect the other vampires? Marnie had already proven that she wasn’t trustworthy… it was just lame. If Bill was planning to kill Eric to get rid of him, stop Pam from killing him and find another way to save Sookie — only excuse for this idiotic behavior — True Blood sure didn’t do a good job of clueing in the audience.  Next time you’re thinking of doing that —  just say no.

True Blood 5 Vampires shot Season 4  Stephen Moyer, Kristin Stewart van Stratten, Alexander Skarsgaard, Jessica Tuck and Deborah Ann Woll

An area where we at TrueBloodNet.com do agree with TVDoneWright is that there are just too many individual story lines. It’s not so much that there are too many characters, although there is some of that and we would argue that the show certainly doesn’t need any more, but that they all have so much going on it’s hard to spend enough time to fully develop some storylines. We wouldn’t advocate killing off a main character however. Rather, we’d like to see them bring back Steve Newlin and King Russell next season, give us flashbacks with Godric, Tommy and bring in Dr. Ludwig, instead of bringing in any ‘new’ main bad guys — and certainly not a whole coven of them.

Of course, True Blood, another way you could make the story flow a bit better is by giving us back those 30 minutes you cut out of this season by ending the show early on three separate occasions to air HBO commercials (Hey! HBO! We pay for your service already — a real burden for many in this economy. We don’t need an advertising miniseries to chew up True Blood’s time slot! — very bad move.) And please, dump any flashbacks with folks we really don’t care about. Then you’d have more time to spend on the story lines about the characters we love.

Focusing on the (Mostly) Positives

True Blood Terry Bellefleur Todd Lowe

True Blood Arlene Carrie Preston

Scuttlebutt has it that we’re going to learn more about Terry Bellefleur, compellingly portrayed by Todd Lowe, next season. It could easily be argued that Terry is the beating heart of True Blood. Always forgiving, always understanding, brave as a lion, crazy as a bed bug… Andy’s addiction storyline has left a bit to be desired but not those scenes between Terry and Andy (we also like Andy’s burgeoning relationship with Holly — someone needs to give Andy some respect!), they’ve been great.

True Blood Andy Chris Bauer

Terry has not only helped his cuz down from the V addiction, he’s also been good for Arlene, maybe now that baby Mikey is safe from the spirit of his serial-killer daddy, Arlene can find more time to get fired up about vampires, or werewolves or rabid armadillos — no offense, Felix. Carrie Preston is flat-out gorgeous and it would be great to see her dressing up now and again. We think it bears mentioning that Chris Bauer has stepped up his game nicely, selling the roller coaster ride of addiction, and making us cringe in sympathy. We’re looking forward to his antics as comic relief next year… you know Andy rockin’ it with the fairy isn’t going to end well.

 

Nelsan Ellis True Blood Lafayette

No analysis of season 4 would be complete without a discussion of Lafayette, Jesus and cousin Tara. We have to say, while we were glad that Tara, well-played by Rutina Wesley, is no longer a door mat, her storyline was too random to be impressive. Suddenly she’s a pit fighter? Really? Sorry, but this is a profession that takes years to develop. We doubt Tara’s extensive book reading turned her into Louisiana’s Jeanne Claude Van Damme in a mere year. We at TrueBloodNet.com don’t know where they are going to go with Tara next year, but we hope it is better thought out than this year. A lot of the season felt like they put a bunch of names and occupations in a hat and pulled out two or three at a time and just went with it. Rutina is too sexy and talented to be wasted like that.

True Blood Tara Rutina Wesley

Lafayette and Jesus have just been dynamite this season. Nelsan Ellis did an incredible job with all these different personalities inhabiting his body; he and Jesus, portrayed by Kevin Alejandro, have been so piquant together. Jesus has really blossomed into a fascinating character and we’ve been allowed to glimpse his big heart –and the Bruho within. We hope that True Blood continues to grow that relationship next year —  no matter what happens in the season finale. The scene with Jesus and possessed Lala in Hoyt’s house brings a tear to the eye with every watching. Very powerful stuff.

True Blood Jesus Kevin Alejandro

One last request: As a sympathy retcher, we sincerely hope that True Blood got vomiting out of their system this year. There was more upchucking than #HotBottoms in some episodes. Enough already; thankfully, we don’t have smellovision yet.

The Finale Predictions

OK final ‘guess’ on what ‘familiar faces’ we will see today in the finale:

Gran: Protective spirit

Tommy: Zombie

We don’t expect it but in the ‘wouldn’t it be fun’ category:

Rene: Everyone else has taken a shot at taking over Lafayette’s body, why not Rene?

Dawn: Zombie after Jason

Jessica’s Truck driver: Zombie after Jessica

Daphne: Ghost haunting Sam

Eddie: Protector for Jason

Godric: Protector of Eric

Eggs: Zombie after Tara

True Blood Luna Janina Gavankar

Leave your comments below and then head on over to TVDoneWright and tell them what you think too.

Credit: TVDoneWright

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Video: True Blood Season 4 Finale Previews

September 10, 2011

Spoilers Ahead!

TB Season 4 poster-redThe end is here, Truebies!  Did you ever think this season of True Blood would fly by so quickly?  It was like a (vampire) bat out of hell. Before you start crying crimson tears, remember — we will be here, holding your hand through the agonizing wait for Season 5.  Keep up to date with everything and everyone related to True Blood here at TrueBloodNet.com.

So, what can we expect to see in the final episode?  Lafayette possessed (yet again), Bill and Eric facing the true death (yet again), Halloween mayhem, and some sort of proposal from Alcide.

In case you haven’t had a chance to see any previews of tomorrow’s finale (or you live under a rock), here you go:

Ep. 48 Preview

 

Ep. 48 Clip – Alcide Makes His Pitch

 
What or who will you miss the most? What do you think next season will be about? Share your thoughts with us below!

Source: HBO

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True Blood’s EP and Writer on Sookie’s First Love

September 10, 2011

Alexander Woo Talks Vampire King and Viking Vampire:

Vampire King Bill ComptonExecutive producer and writer of HBO’s True Blood, Alexander Woo, explained that Sookie Stackhouse’s first love, vampire king Bill Compton, was very recent and was also very, very deep. But now, Sookie seems to be falling in love with Eric Northman. Now the old Eric is back, memory and all. So what does this mean for the love triangle involving Sookie, Eric, and Bill?

On the choice to return Eric’s memory, Woo said:

“It felt like a good time because Sookie and Eric have gotten as close as… well, probably as they can get in this short period of time. This was the time for this roadblock where he [Eric] gets his identity back. And the fun of it for the viewer, I hope, is to see how that affects the relationship they had established while he didn’t have his memory.”

Woo said Alexander Skarsgård did an extraordinary job of conveying Eric’s sadness as a result of his memory returning because we got to see Eric at his core, the kind of humanity that Sookie fell for. Not only will the return of Eric’s memory affect his relationship with Sookie, but also his relationship with Pam.

On the changes that we have seen in Bill this season, Woo said:

“We wanted to show how he [Bill] has changed with this mantle of being the king of Louisiana. There are certainly a lot of responsibilities, so we thought it would certainly be fun to watch… interesting, and he seemed to be really good at it. But he has this gift. Part of it, I’m sure, comes from when we’ve seen Bill be charming, and so wonderful and so delightful. It reminds Sookie of why she was drawn to him in the first place.”

Woo adds that even though there are all of these things that have happened in the interim in the four years of the show or the four seasons since Bill and Sookie first met, we have to remember that it has really only been little over a year in their world. Sookie and Bill didn’t meet all that long ago. Bill doesn’t have to be Sookie’s lover, but he will always be a big part of her life.

Readers, do you agree?  Sound off in the comments!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter – ‘True Blood’ EP Defends Bill: ‘He was Sookie’s First Love’

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