True Blood Season 3 Spoilers: 9 Points from Alan Ball

May 27, 2010 by  

Season 3 of True Blood premieres Sunday, June 13 and it seems that Alan Ball is willing to share more spoilers with the fans. Alan discusses in detail nine points about the show that will have fans speculating and their anticipation for the show’s return reaching a fever pitch.


As Alan has mentioned before don’t expect the characters to have a happily, ever after fairy tale story to it.

“Here’s the thing about happiness: It’s great in our lives, but it’s not really that interesting to watch on television.”

As Alan explains he feels that season 3 is going to be the best season up to now and that along with the great core cast, the addition of some new regulars and some guest spot appearances by notables such as Alfre Woodard, who will plays Lafayette‘s mother, it has been a fun and exciting season put together and he has high hope for it. Though he wasn’t willing to giveaway anything he did give nine spoiler points for fans to savor.

The Shifters and the Weres: Season 3 will introduce us to weres who we will discover may be different from shapeshifters but share some similarities.. This season we will be meeting several weres that will have significant storylines including werewolf Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello), his ex-girlfriend were Debbie Pelt (Brit Morgan), and werewolves Coot (Grant Bowler) and Gus (Don Swayze). While Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) meets his biological family and gets to know his brother Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman) who may or may not be a shapeshifter.

The Town of Hotshot: Readers of the book series are familiar with this town but for those will learn about the residents of this little community.

“We definitely do go to Hotshot. … We meet Hotshot, we meet the people in Hotshot, we meet Crystal and her father, Calvin,” Ball said. Crystal (Lindsay Pulsipher) becomes a major love interest for Sookie‘s brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten). As for the leader of the Hotshot group, Calvin (Gregory Sporleder), “I think our take on Calvin is a little different than the one in the book.”

Vampire Rights and Wrongs: Vampire politics will be part of the storyline this season with a closer look at the Vampire Rights Amendment to the Constitution the challenges around it.

The Vampire King of Mississippi: Alan states that this year we will meet the Vampire King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) who will be one of the baddest new regular.  Sharing his storyline will be his boyfriend of 700 years Talbot (Theo Alexander) who as Alan state, have a stable relationship but it is not a model relationship.  Also alot of action this season will take place in Mississippi.

“He’s definitely got his reasons for doing things, and I don’t think he thinks what he’s doing is wrong.”

Tara’s Scary Vamp Boyfriend: Another baddie this season will be vampire Franklin Mott (James Frain) who gets under Tara Thornton‘s (Rutina Wesley) psyche, which as Alan describes as personal, terrifying and hot.  The relationship is not classified as a happy one nor a functional one, beyond that Alan would not elaborate.

Lafayette’s Heart: Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) will have his own storyline revolving around his mother, Ruby Jean Reynolds (Alfre Woodard), and his new love interest Jesus (Kevin Alejandro).  Alan states that Jesus may be perhaps the first person who really tries to make “a  serious pitch for Lafayette‘s heart” and the difficulty that Lafayette has with it.

The Missing Bill: Alan states we find out right away who kidnapped Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), where he is being held and that he returns back to Bon Temps around the middle of the season.  What happens between Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Bill since we were left off with Sookie about to accept Bill‘s marriage proposal before he was kidnapped at the end of season two?  Alan teases us by stating,

“I would say their love is very real. I can’t really say whether it is going to last forever, ’cause I don’t want to give anything away, but I do think their love is real. I think what they feel for each other is very, very profound.”

Alan Ball Is Having Fun: Alan believes that the series can last many years based not only on the fact that there is lots of material to take from the book for ideas but because he enjoys working on the show.

“It continues to be fun, which for me is the most important thing. I would rather have fun on a show that nobody cares about than be miserable on a show that is the biggest hit in the world.”

Comic-Con Rock Stars: Alan expresses his disbelief at the enormous success of the show and the tremendous impact it has on fans.  In particular he mentions his experience at Comic-Con last year and how the fans treated the cast and himself as if they were rock stars.

“I never thought the series would be as huge. I didn’t really have much experience in the genre world, you know what I mean? I came to it fresh and I thought, ‘I think this show will have an audience.’ But I’ve thought that about other things and it didn’t really work out that way. I just knew it was a show I would watch, I would be deeply entertained by. I think the amazing growth during the second season in terms of not only the number of viewers, but the passion on the part of the viewers, was really a surprise to me … a very pleasant one. When we went to Comic-Con last year, when we walked out on stage it was like we were rock stars. … Well, it was like the cast was rock stars and I was also there,” said Ball with a laugh.”

So with all these little tidbits has it made you even more anxious for the return of season 3 of True Blood on June 13?


(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

  • Fang Banger

    Well I just started watching season #. And I HAVE TO SAY IT IS WAY TOO AWESOME!!!! One of the BEST seasons (and that saying alot considering the first two were also awesome! I am so ADDICTED and just CAN’T get enough of TRUE BLOOD! The only sucky part is, how GREAT it gets right before it’s about to end And I have to wait one whole too long of a week for the next episode. Not to mention the nude pics of Eric are pretty damn HOT too. I feel SOOOO bad for Bill Compton though. I have no pity for Loraina those. I was so hoping he was about to rip her head off! Pretty funny little scene there though!

  • Cherie DeSange

    This is the best show I have ever watched on television. I love all the metaphors and the storylines and sub-plots and the talented cast that makes this series such a wonderful cerebral and visual feast. Once addicted to True Blood, nothing else even comes close to satisfying or stimulating me mentally. I really enjoy everything about this trancendant series. Thank you Alan Ball, cast and crew for spinning your magic with this series. I love what you are doing with this amazing show.

  • I finally got my season 2 in the mail!!! Had to wait almost a year!! So, now I’m like watching again and Probably…Again!! Now, I think I’m gonna get HBO!! I just can not wait another Year! To see what’s going to happen!!??? My Hottie Hot Vampire Bill!! And Eric’s rather a hottie, too!! They are some sexy, nasty, Vampires!! Which is always a good thing!! Back to my show!!! True Blood!!

  • lizzie

    Thanks Adore Bill! I hope Bill and Sookie will find each other in the end, as I feel that after she has relationships with others, she will see what she is missing by not being with Bill. I think Love will find it’s way with these two.

    The other characters are interesting and am getting very excited!

  • jaxx

    I CAN’T WAIT. I like everything I’ve heard so far. For people who haven’t read the books, wait until you meet the towns people of Hotshot. A very different groups of individuals. LOL.

    I like the plots and subplots. Like in real life, even people who love each other have difficulties and do break up. Whether it is permanent in AB’s world, we will have to see. Can’t wait for Sookie to “sow her wild oats” a little with Alcide and Eric and who knows who else will be thrown in the mix. I think Sam will secretly always pine away for Sookie no matter who she’s with.

    I loved both Club Dead (book 3) and Dead to the World (book 4). If you have to combine plots to tell a good story, why not. Like someone said, the tv show won’t go on forever.

    Lots going on this year that will be interesting and captivating.

    Thanks Ollie!!! 😀 You do such a great job keeping us informed.

  • cvi0321

    It seems like season 3 will be based off of books 3 AND 4. A lot of the tidbits we have been getting such as casting Claudia and Crystal, Bill returning to Bon Temps halfway through the season, and also Eric and Sookie’s growing relationship, they all have a lot to do with the 4th book.

    My personal opinion is that, because the 4th book doesn’t have as much as book 3 as far as plot, they are more or less following the plot of book 3 but with a lot of book 4’s details and storyline thrown in, and season 4 will move on to more of book 5 and 6 and so on. TV shows of this genre rarely (if ever) last more than 7 or 8 seasons, and with the books as far along as they are, double up the stories per season will be a good way to get through the whole series. This will keep the season more interesting when the writers come to a book that may not be able to support a whole season on its own.

  • lee

    Just a few more weeks, can’t wait!!! You u truly love someone when u sacrifice a few true blood episodes to babysit them, gotta love the nieces! And Thank the Lord for “on Demand” feature!!!!