True Blood’s Third Season is More Intense

June 19, 2010 by  

As we know, True Blood started with a bang last weekend, and will do the same again on Sunday for the second episode. And according to many people, we’re in for an amazing new season which will focus on how people react to extraordinary events. Alan Ball described the third season of True Blood by saying,

“TV shows grow into themselves, and I feel like this show really grew into itself last year—and now it’s just really working at full capacity.”

According to Anna Paquin, the new season of True Blood is much more intense than either of the two previous seasons. There is more weird stuff going on, it’s scarier… Basically we can expect True Blood to be at it’s absolute best.

As we already know, the season is starting out with Sookie searching for Bill. However, this search will lead Sookie to learn about her own past and that she’ll eventually learn that she has something in common with several other characters. (If you’ve read the books or kept up with previous spoilers, you can probably guess what that is already.)

We’ll learn new things about pretty much every lead character too. With Bill, we’re going to learn about his relationship with his maker Lorena, which Stephen Moyer says will be shown as “pretty gnarly.” Eric‘s past will be looked at as well. Alexander Skarsgard had this to say about Eric:

Season 3, for Eric, is about vengeance. The audience will find out that something happened a thousand years ago when Eric was still a human and he lost someone. He gets presented with an opportunity to avenge that person early on in the season.”

Alex continued, saying:

“[His humanity] is something that Eric always tries to suppress and fight and hold back. After Godric died [in Season 2], which was the greatest loss of his life, Eric once again just suppressed it… Sometimes you see a softer side, but he always pulls it back. He hates it when he shows weakness.”

I think the cast and crew of True Blood are having a bit too much fun tormenting the fans with these tidbits! They also added to Sookie/love interest debate, with Alex wanting Sookie and Eric together, Stephen wanting Sookie to end up with whoever makes her happy, and Alan Ball saying that Bill and Sookie‘s relationship will be tested, but that for fans, it’s a personal choice for who they want Sookie with as there are so many great men in True Blood.

Since we know that Bill and Sookie are in for a rocky future, the strongest current relationship on True Blood is going to be between two newcomers, King Russell and his consort Talbot. This couple has been together for hundreds of years already, and though their relationship is strong, they bring lots of drama to True Blood, including speculation about how they’re going to be connected to the werewolves we’re soon going to meet.

The cast didn’t say much about how the werewolves are involved with everything going on currently on True Blood, but they did say that these wolves are somehow connected to Eric‘s past and that Eric hates them. Meanwhile, Sookie will become attracted to one of the new werewolves, specifically one Alcide Herveaux. Anna Paquin thinks that Sookie‘s attraction makes perfect sense.

Bill’s gone [and] Sookie’s sad and lonely. [Alcide] is big and strong and can hang out during the daytime… Yes, he turns into a werewolf, but it’s a little simpler. The warmth, the daylight thing. It’s not bad.”

Alcide doesn’t sound too bad, especially when compared to some of the other new characters who will be on the show, like Coot, Debbie Pelt, and Franklin Mott, amongst many others. However, don’t expect them to take the prominence they may have had in the books. Alan Ball says that these new characters are here in order to serve the regular cast, and their fates could be different than what happened in Charlaine Harris‘ books. Alan may be staying true to the spirit of the books True Blood is based on, but in no way does he need to actually follow them perfectly. He summed it up perfectly, saying:

“Ultimately, there are really no rules. Gran died in the first book and it was shocking, but it was so important in terms of Sookie’s arc that I couldn’t deviate from that. However, Lafayette dies in the second book but when we were shooting the pilot and Nelsan [Ellis] starting working his magic I went, ‘Oh no, we can’t ever kill this guy.’ I mean, I could [but] there is a core group of series regulars that by this point I’m very emotionally invested in and I don’t want to see any of them die… But it’s a show about vampires. Of course people are going to die.”

Sounds like we’re going to be up late every Sunday night, chatting with fellow fans about everything that’s going on!

SOURCE: The Daily Beast

(Image Credit: HBO Inc.)