True Blood Season 3 Spoilers from Alan Ball

September 13, 2009 by  

Alan BallSPOILER ALERT!!!!  SPOILER INFORMATION ABOUT SEASON 3!!! If you do not want to know what Alan Ball has in store for season 3 DO NOT read any further!!!  You have been warned.   Alan Ball, the man behind True Blood, conducted an interview with TV Squad and gave some insight into what we will see in season 3 and his thoughts regarding the storyline in the show vs. the books.

Alan Ball explained that although the hit show is based on the books, it’s not a literal adaptation of it. He said that if they were to follow the books, it would be more likely to focus on Sookie since she narrates the story and the other characters whom we loved would not even show up.

“I think a book and a television show are two different mediums.  I’m doing what I think is the best way to turn that story into a television show. Also, if I just stuck to the books, there would be no surprises. You could go pick up the books anywhere and know exactly what was coming. So personally, I don’t see any benefit of making a carbon copy of the books for TV.”

In regards to his artistic process in figuring out which storyline and characters to follow, he said,

“At the beginning of each season, we go through the books, pick out the points we really love, and pick out the points we think would make a great cliffhanger moment at the end of an episode. Then we start to wrap the other characters in… Then sometimes we’ll look at something that happens in the book, and we’ll say, “Maybe it might work better if we just change this.”

Take for example the Bill staking Longshadow scene. It would have been Eric facing the tribunal board for killing Longshadow if they had followed what was in the book. Furthermore, we would have never seen the newly-turned vampire, JessicaAlan Ball explained,

“Well, it seemed more dramatic within the world of our television show to have Bill be the one who staked him. None of that was in the book and had it been Eric, at that point of Eric‘s place in the show, I don’t think we would have followed him. Eric was introduced sort of into the periphery of Bill and Sookie, and now Eric‘s become a character in his own right.”

I know you’re all aching to know what’s going to happen in season three as we will all be left hanging with the cliffhangers in the season finale.  If you’re wondering if Eric and Sookie will get together next season, here’s what Alan Ball had to say:

“I can’t tell you if they’re going to get together, because that’s going to ruin the anticipation. But, if you’ve been following season two, he’s definitely been doing things to make her more vulnerable and more susceptible to him. And he does want her, he’s just not sure why. I think it’s deeper than just, “I want her because Bill Compton has her.” Although that’s part of it, because Eric is a total alpha-dog.

He added that in season three, we’ll meet Russel Edgington – the Vampire King of Mississippi and encounter some werewolves. He’s also excited for the coming out of the new character, Debbie Pelt, which he commented as being “bad news”.

Alan explains that Debbie Pelt is the ex-girlfriend of a guy who’s helping Sookie find Bill. This is now going to make us all wonder who has Bill and why.  Remember just because you read the books doesn’t mean it is going to be the same reasons.  He described Debbie Pelt as “just hard ass, white trash bitch on wheels.”

On the other hand, Bon Temps‘ detective Andy Bellefleur will find out that he is related to somebody and it will totally shock him when he finds out who it is. As for Godric, he’s really dead but he may have flashback scenes together with Eric.

Furthermore, season three will be based on identity struggles for the characters.

“Everybody is struggling with identity in season threeWhat am I? Who am I? What is my life? Is it what I want it to be? How do I make it what I want it to be? What are my real values? And some people are like, “Am I human? I always thought I was, but maybe I was wrong.” In one particular case, its like, “Yes, honey, you were wrong.”

Alan provides a little bit more detail by stating that after the white-thing with Maryann, Sookie realizes that she is not 100 percent human but, as to what she is, she doesn’t know yet.

Another component that Alan is bringing into season 3 is the introduction of a vampire that is not at all protective as Bill is towards Sookie. The name is one that book readers will recognize and will lead many to wonder how this story line is going to play out – Franklin Mott.

Now there you have it – spoilers straight from Alan Ball himself.  Unfortunately it is very sad at the same time because we willl all have to wait for 9 excruciating months until season three returns.  Until then let the speculations begin.


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